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As a mountain biker venturing on to asphalt, I was looking for a reasonably priced entry level ride with decent components that would fit in on fast, weekly group rides, long charity rides as well as some light touring. Seems like a lot to ask from an entry level bike. The Giant Defy 2 hit the nail on the head. Reasonably priced meant around $1000. Bingo. Decent components? Generally a Shimano Tiagra build with a few other manufacturers mixed in. The trickle down of technology has made these entry level components a real bargain. A variety of rides? The bike is stiff and quick and a lot of fun in a group. However the geometry leans a little toward comfortable touring, so after 3 hr training rides and 100+ mile charity rides you won’t have any problem standing back up. Flip the stem over to raise the bar an inch and with the little surprise on the seat stays (Giant included hard points to attach light racks if desired) you have a great light touring bike. I completed my first double century set up this way (without racks). The only component that made me debate over other bikes was the wheel set. The stock Giant branded wheels are a little heavy. This can be a good thing. The added weight on training rides can be a benefit come race day if you can afford a lighter wheel set to swap out. Also, the wheels are strong and durable. I have put over 3,000 Montana road miles and 50+ hours with an indoor trainer on the bike in the 8 months since I bought it and the wheels have not shown the slightest bit of deformation. As a mountain biker turned part time roadie, I don’t always remember to avoid rough roads, so the tough wheels have been a good thing. I’ll probably stick with them. The only real disappointment was the stock Kenda Kriterium tires. I made it 3 miles on my first ride and flatted. 6 miles later, again. 10 miles later…again. The first flat was a cut long enough to ruin the tire, but I rode with a boot to save the First Ride. Prior to that I had been riding Continental Ultra Gatorskins and had not had a flat in over 1,500 miles. In the following 3,000+ miles on Gators, only 2 flats. (Knock on wood !) Finally the saddle. Everybody has a different butt, but I doubt there are many that would find that thing comfortable. No big deal. I swapped the Bontrager Inform RL saddle off my old bike and all is good. Bottom line. I love the bike, the ride, the geometry and the bang for the buck. As I wear out the components I will probably upgrade to 105’s or SRAM Apex for slightly smoother shifting. The frame is definitely worth the higher level components.
As a new Cyclist and Beginner Triathlete I can't say enough about this bike as a first Road Bike. Some bikes in this price range may look faster or be more drool worthy, but I doubt any bike could have been more effective at making me a better more confident cyclist. My 2009 Defy is comfortable, fast, stable, and begs to be ridden. I test rode six to eight bikes before I decided on the Defy 2. I couldn't have made a better choice.
After over 2000 miles I can highly recommend the Giant Defy 2. I believe even the triple crankset will be useful when I travel to the mountains.
First post to forum. I have a Defy 2.5 (Ca 2009/10) and it is in need of some serious maintenance (new chain, cassettes etc) and I'm not that keen on the triple setup, always needs adjustment, seem to get a lot of chain noise etc etc.
Had a look around and it appears possible to conv ... Read More »
I'm a crossfitter that used to ride bikes a lot more in my youth, and want to get back into it.
My goals are to build up to 20-30 fast miles on the road. I'm not looking to tour or tri.
I'm 53, but in fairly good shape, so I want a nice bike, but have a relatively limited budget. Based on price/ ... Read More »
Hello I am currently purchasing my second road bike which o am to use for racing and longer rides and I am having trouble deciding between these two bikes.
I can can get the focus for roughly $600 dollars less than the giant.
Can someone with some experience with one or both of these bikes give me ... Read More »
First post. First wanted to thank everyone for all the great information on this board. I am a long time lurker, first time poster. My bike experience is very limited. A year ago I bought my first bike in a decade for general fitness purposes. I typically ride ~30-50 miles a week on p ... Read More »
[h=2](I posted this in probably the wrong forum so I'm cross posting here).
For someone who rides 76 miles/MONTH, 2012 Defy 2 w/Tiagra for $900 or a 2012 Cannondale Synapse 7 with Sora for $750 or a "entry level" like Defy 5. Flat trail for an hour a time.
I'm a 45 year old male wh ... Read More »