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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.
Hi guys, I was hoping to get some input on selection for my first road bike. I have a deal lined up for either a 2012 Giant Defy Composite 2 or a Cannondale CAAD10 4 for the same price. I know the best advice is whatever one feels better, but the CAAD10 is 4 hours away, so I can't just casually rid ... Read More »
I am testing a bike I really like this weekend. A Giant Defy Advanced 2. I can get the 2012 Defy Advanced 2 for $2000 or I can pick up a 2012 Defy Advanced for 3k. Do you think the electric shifting is work the 1k difference? I believe the 0 also comes with better wheels. Take into account I haven't ... Read More »
[SIZE=2][FONT=tahoma]For anyone who owns, has owned, is familiar with, or is willing to take a look at (use the link below) the 2012 Giant Defy 2, can you please give me your opinions/thoughts?
[URL="http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/bikes/model/defy.2/9014/48854/"]Defy 2 (2012) - Bikes | Giant B ... Read More »
Does anyone know if I can fit the standard Defy mudguards to the composite frame? The details say that they fit the aluminium frame but don't mention composite.
Just trying to decide which bike to go for, any help would be appreciated
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i have between 1500 and 2000 pounds to spend and these two bikes keep cropping up. i am a regular commuter cyclist and have started doing longer charity rides and triathlons. between 50 and 100 miles. not really racing minded. more leisure and charity stuff. the poor roads of london mean i us ... Read More »