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Giant Defy 2

Giant Defy 2

2015

Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (12 Reviews)
$1,104.99
Medium/Large
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2015 Giant Defy 2

Climb, descend, and chase the road out to the horizon: Giant's Defy 2 is the right tool for the job. This bike is ready to go all day thanks to its super-light ALUXX aluminum frame and composite fork that gives you an awesome feel over any distance. The stiff, oversize head tube delivers cornering precision and awesome handling, plus Shimano's Tiagra drivetrain provides effortless shifting and 20 wide-ranging, hill-flattening gears. The Defy sports Giant wheels and tires for smooth rolling everywhere, a supportive Giant saddle, and a selection of excellent Giant components.

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    Specification Description
    Frame Giant ALUXX aluminum
    Fork Giant Composite w/aluminum OverDrive steerer
    Rims/Wheels Giant S-R2
    Hubs Giant Tracker Sport
    Spokes Stainless steel, 14g
    Tires Giant S-R4, 700 x 25c
    Crankset Shimano Tiagra
    Chainrings 50/34
    Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
    Rear Cogs Shimano Tiagra, 10-speed: 12-30
    Shifters Shimano Tiagra
    Handlebars Giant Connect
    Stem Giant Sport
    Brake Levers Shimano Tiagra
    Brakes Tektro R312, dual-pivot
    Pedals Platform w/clips
    Saddle Giant Performance Road
    Seatpost Giant D-Fuse, composite

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    Option Barcode Manufacturer's Part Number Store SKU
    Medium/Large 08717611756081 50002515 DEF22882619E
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    4.5 stars

    (based on 12 reviews)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    Pros

    • Handles well  (10)
    • Lightweight  (8)
    • Responsive  (6)
    • Good Geometry  (6)
    • Fast  (5)

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable seat  (6)
    • Poor Components  (2)
    • Brakes Could Be Better 
    • Derailleurs not great 
    • Nothing I can think of 

    Best Uses

    • Exercising  (8)
    • Serious training  (8)
    • Casual Riding  (4)
    • Commuting  (3)
    • Racing  (3)

    Reviewed by 12 customers

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    4.0

    May 2015 Purchase

    By Matt

    from Rochester, NY

    About Me

    Comments:

    I made the jump from a vintage road bike to the Giant Defy 2 in May 2015. Since then, I've put almost 400 miles on the bike and used the bike for two triathlons. The bike has been very reliable, gears shift easily and mechanicals work smoothly. I tested a few $2500 road bikes when I was looking around (e.g., Trek Domane) and the only real difference I was able to notice was the difference in weight. For my level of riding, I was happy to pay $1400 less for the Giant Defy 2. I'm hoping to ride this for another couple of years and then upgrade to an even nicer bike once I become more experienced.

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    4.0

    I love this bike

    By BillyBoBob

    from Rochester, NY

    About Me

    Pros

    • Responsive
    • Lightweight
    • Handles well

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable seat

    Best Uses

    • Exercising
    • Serious training

    Comments:

    When I got into biking for fitness I opted for a mountain bike so I could ride on either trails or the road. Just say no! It was fine for casual road rides but I soon outgrew its road performance. The Defy is SOOOO much more enjoyable for road rides! This bike is lightweight and stiff. It jumps forward when I mash on the pedals. The carbon fork doesn't sap pedaling effort on climbs. One reason I picked the Defy was the cassette. Topping off the 10-speeds with that 30 tooth cog for climbing was the perfect solution for me. It's awesome! Being used to the mountain bike upright riding position, I was afraid of the hunched-over road bike position. Not an issue. This is not a racing bike or tri-bike so the postion isn't radical. With a new saddle, multi-hour rides are a breeze. Steering: I like it. Responsive with no unpleasant surprises. I'm not qualified to rate how fast/slow, stable/twitchy it is. For around a thousand bucks this 22 pound wonder (in ride trim- pedals, seat bag w/ tools & parts, bottle cages and computer) is the perfect bike for my current and future ability. Other than the saddle, I have no intention of upgrading anything else. I'm looking forward to getting many years and thousands of miles out of this bike.

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    4.0

    More Bike for the Buck!

    By ApogenA

    from Lexington, KY

    About Me Commuter

    Pros

    • Handles Well
    • Fast
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable Seat

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Racing
    • Serious Training
    • Casual Riding
    • Exercising

    Comments:

    Generally speaking, the Giant Defy 2 is a good bike with a relatively good value. By the latter, I mean compared to its counterparts in other brands it's better priced for what it offers, but only by that comparison. I personally think the price is just a little bit higher than it should be. Also, I am a student who happens to prefer biking to college over driving, so I would be obviously happier if manufacturers offered special discounts to people like me.The only problem that I noticed right away was the discomfort of the seat (which is a big deal in long commutes) and a slight issue with ergonomics. Obviously, the seat is designed by expert engineers based on years of research and testing, but my thighs couldn't care less about that. They felt uncomfortable nonetheless! I think the idea today is to make seats narrower so that they are in less contact with the inside of your legs, especially considering men's genitals!! But I personally prefer the traditional wider and more cushioned (softer) seats.As far as ergonomics, the bike is pretty good, except after the staff at [...] did the adjustments for me, the seat seemed much much higher than I expected! When I sat on the bicycle and leaned forward to place my hands on the handlebars, I felt like I was falling forward. The staff who helped me insisted that that was the right height for the seat based on their measurements and adjustments with their protractors, rulers and string-weights. Nonetheless, I didn't feel comfortable with that "standard" height adjustment for the seat. So, as I am 6'3" and taller than average, I would lower it.Anyway... the Giant Defy 2 (basically all Giant Defy bicycles) are good and I would recommend it to those wanting to go to the next level beyond the average 400 to 700-dollar bicycle. Needless to say, any bicycle above 500 dollars is considered expensive in this country (especially outside the big cities), so I recommend buying two U-locks instead of a U-lock and a cable lock. Then again, I am a rather paranoid and super careful person! Using two U-locks is usually difficult because the places designated for bicycle parking are normally equipped with narrow bicycle racks, so more often than not it seems impossible to use two U-locks. I think a combination of two U-locks and a cable lock is even better! Sorry, I can't help being paranoid!! 1200 dollars plus the cost of protective ware and accessories plus taxes amounts to quite a lot and I personally don't take any chances. There are many dishonest people among us who don't mind a bit of thievery every now and then! And bicycles are hot items for thieves because they sell well.So! If you want to experience the true excitement of bicycling AND you can afford to pay 1200 dollars plus "applicable sales tax", the Giant Defy 2 is a good choice for you. Bike on!!

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    5.0

    Smooth ride and effortless shifting

    By Red machine

    from Norfolk, VA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking

      Comments:

      After riding mountain bikes exclusively for years, I did not know what I was missing out on. This is my first road bike and I cannot imagine a better starting point. The Giant Defy 2 is fast, lightweight, and affordable. The frame fits me like a glove. I plan on moving up the ladder of the Giant Defy rode bike series as my experience increases.

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      5.0

      Great Bang for your Buck!

      By Dat D.O.

      from Des Moines, IOWA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Handles Well
      • Good components

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Serious Training
        • Casual Riding
        • Exercising

        Comments:

        Great Bike!

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        5.0

        Great bike for great price

        By Kevin

        from Dublin, CA

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Handles Well
        • Responsive
        • Comfortable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Exercising
          • Casual Riding
          • Serious Training

          Comments:

          First bike I purchased. Rides great and very comfortable. I have completed a metric century and logged approx. 400 miles with all original parts minus pedals. The tires are little cumbersome to remove from the chassis when I try to put it in the trunk or fix a flat. Besides that, this bike has no flaws.

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          5.0

          Love this bike!

          By johnv

          from Tampa, FL

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Comfortable
          • Handles Well
          • Responsive
          • Lightweight
          • Good Geometry
          • Fast

          Cons

          • Nothing I can think of

          Best Uses

          • Distance riding
          • Exercising

          Comments:

          I'm in my mid sixties and got hooked on cycling about a year ago and have been riding up to 20 miles every day. I bought this Defy from [...] and I am not sorry that I did. It is a great bike and a great value when compared to other brands having the same components. At 18 pounds, it is slightly heavier than some of the full carbons belonging to people I ride with. If you are looking for a great road bike at an affordable price, this is the bike for you. I would recommend it to everyone.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nicer one

          By Nikolay

          from Auburn, Wa

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Responsive
          • Lightweight
          • Good Geometry
          • Fast
          • Handles Well

          Cons

          • Uncomfortable Seat
          • Poor Components

          Best Uses

          • Serious Training
          • Commuting
          • Racing
          • Casual Riding
          • Exercising

          Comments:

          I bough this bike new in local bike shop in June 2010. What can I say about it: I Like it! Cool frame designe, light weight Allux frame, handles great! I was actualy thinking to buy Specialized Allez but after riding both of these bikes I choose Giant Defy 2 'cause I feel more comfortable with it. So, If you looking for a Cool ride choose Giant Defy 2, you won't be dissappointed!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Giant Defy 2

          By Rob

          from New Jersey

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Good Geometry
          • Lightweight
          • Handles Well
          • Responsive
          • Fast

          Cons

          • Uncomfortable Seat

          Best Uses

          • Exercising
          • Serious Training

          Comments:

          I paid [$] for the Defy 2. For the money it is well worth it. It is very light for an aluminum frame. the components aren't the greatest, but You can upgrade anything... The seat is pretty much as uncomfortable as they come. I've only put about 100 miles on it and it shifts better now than when brand new. It is a good bike for entry level. Better than any other bike I have seen in this price range

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Gian Defy 2

          By highenuff

          from Chicago

          About Me Competitive Cyclist

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Responsive
          • Good Geometry
          • Handles Well

          Cons

          • Uncomfortable Seat

          Best Uses

          • Exercising
          • Racing
          • Serious Training

          Comments:

          Back riding again....Was looking for an entry level bike that would not kill me with the cost. Great bike, have about 250miles on it so far... Using it to train for tri's.

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