Giant Defy Advanced 0 Road Bike

4.4/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $5500.00

Product Description

frame - Advanced-Grade Composite
fork - Advanced-Grade Composite, Full Composite OverDrive Steerer
handlebar - Giant Contact SLR, Composite, 31.8
stem - Giant Contact SLR, Composite
seatpost - Giant Vector Composite
saddle - Fi'zi:k Antares w/ Braided Composite rails
pedals - Look Keo Classic
shifters - Shimano Dura-Ace 7900
front derailleur - Shimano Dura-Ace 7900
rear derailleur - Shimano Dura-Ace 7900
brakes - Shimano Dura-Ace 7900
brake levers - Shimano Dura-Ace 7900
cassette - Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 12x27, 10-speed
chain - Shimano Dura-Ace 7900
cranks - Shimano Dura-Ace 7900, 34/50
bb - Shimano Dura-Ace, Internal Press Fit
rims - Shimano Dura-Ace Carbon WH-7850-C24-TL
hubs - Shimano Dura-Ace
spokes - Shimano Dura-Ace
tires - Michelin Pro Race 3, 700x25 Folding

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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Tom Sibbald

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2015

Strengths:    Price, looks, weight and DI 2 components. The large frame came in at 17 1/2 pounds which was very good for the cost.

Weaknesses:    DT wheel set. Broken spoke, then the rim cracked and needed replacing. Two more broken spokes all within one year. I am a 200 pd. recreational rider who doesn't jump curbs or any other crazy stuff. Finally paid $$$ to upgrade the wheels so I could have confidence in them. No help from Giant. Just now, the front fork developed a severe crack 2 inches above the wheel shaft. This could have resulted in a very serious crash! Fortunately, I spotted it. All this and only 3800 km on this 2014 model. Big regrets buying a Giant. I thought it would be a great product at good value. Wrong!

Bottom Line:   
I could not recommend buying a Giant. There is no one to contact other than the dealer. They are totaly at arms length and the quality is suspect. I paid another $600 (wholesale) to upgrade the wheels so they would stop failing. That should never be necessary on a $4500 bike. As stated, I am a 200 pound recreational rider and 69 yrs. of age. The cracked front fork used up one of my 9 lives. Hope I still have a couple left!

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Price Paid:    $4500.00

Purchased At:   Fort St. Cycle, Vict

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KH1

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2013

Strengths:    Looks great - even though it's a Giant.
Rides great.

Weaknesses:    Could be lighter but that is really nit picking.

Bottom Line:   
I have owned many bikes including a few Giants but this is by far the best all rounder to date. It does everything well. For a bike that is supposed to be focused on comfort it still manages to accelerate and corner like a proper race bike. I didn't think I would find a bike that I enjoyed as much as my late (sob) Supersix, yet here I am totally blown away by how good this bike is. The standard spec is incredibly good. Some would change the bars stem and saddle to their preferred favourites but out of the box they are pretty much on the money. The Giant (DT Swiss) wheels are also a revelation, a little on the heavy side at 1600g.... again I am really being picky here as they are tubeless ready, roll great and look good on the bike.
It looks really nice too. The matte black and white is very subtle and the frame shapes are quite pleasing (I never thought I'd say that about a compact frame).
I have to award this bike 5 stars! It is that good. Don't be put off by the fact it's not something exotic, you'll get over that once you realise how nice it is to ride.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by f2000gv

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2013

Strengths:    i have a Giant mountain bike, (Anthem X 29) and happened upon a great deal for the Defy Advanced 0. What a great bike!! Super light, incredible Di2 drive, and super comfortable - after you get rid of the stock fisik saddle.

Weaknesses:    stock fisik seat - just wasn't my size

Bottom Line:   
Acceleration and cornering is spot on. I live in the Hudson river valley, lots of hills, and the Defy tackles them with ease. I cant imagine how much better it can get with a bike that might cost thousands more.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by as300 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2013

Strengths:    I wanted to upgrade my 2007 Specialized Roubaix to something that was faster and more performance. I like the endurance style frame but not the lack of performance. I test rode several high end bikes like Parlee, Time, Domane and others and just happened to try a Giant. I tried the Defy Advanced 0 and was impressed that the ride was very close to the Parlee and Time yet thousands less. Yes, Parlee and Time have the bling factor but I wanted a daily driver to to everything. The bike is light, fast, comfortable and a great all round bike that does everything well. This is not a race bike so you would need to look at the TCR Advanced but if you are looking for a bike that climbs well, fast, comfortable and corners on rails this is the one. Oh yes, the Ultegra Di is nothing short of incredible and I swore i would not go to Di until I tried it.

Weaknesses:    The seat was really uncomfortable and changed it right away. Everything on this bike is awesome and I can not find any weakness at all.

Bottom Line:   
This bike got the Plush bike award from Bicycling and I would say it is comfortable but to say it is plush would be misguiding as it is a true performance bike that is comfortable. I am just blown away how they can make such a great bike that has the ability to do so many things well and still be a bargain for what you get. I did turn my nose up at the Giant products but once on the bike it was just amazing. 5 out of 5 stars and would highly recommend this bike.

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Favorite Ride:   Torrey Pines, Camp Pendelton

Price Paid:    $3800.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Roubaix

Bike Setup:   Ultegra Di
Giant wheel set

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jlich10r a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2010

Strengths:    It's all the equipment I would pick if I built the bike myself, but Giant gets a better price.

Weaknesses:    At 200 pounds and haven broken drive chains on a couple occasions. I am a bit scared of all the carbon fiber components. I am an aerospace engineer investing much, much more in the Boeing 787 carbon fiber aircraft, this is a little exercise in trust. Also have always used Shimano Flight Decks, the DA 7900 shifters are NOT compatible.

Bottom Line:   
This is a 2010 model. It seems easier to keep up on group rides, it also draws attention. People think it's got tubeless tire because the wheels say tubeless. I prefer the tubes lighter and fast to repair. The wheels feel like sew ups I rode a million years ago. I have 11o miles of groups rides on it and some light roller work, it January!

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Favorite Ride:   The Wright Stuff Century, WI

Purchased At:   Shosies Cyclery, Lov

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Synapse SL 2, loved it, had full Dura Ace 7800 stuff and Orion II wheels. I was content but someone removed it from my van :-(

Bike Setup:   At this point all stock, except for a

Serfas Level 3.3 computer and a Fizik seat bag.

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