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Giant Defy 3

Giant Defy 3

2012

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5.0 stars
 (40 Reviews)
 

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2012 Giant Defy 3

Giant's Defy 3 boasts race-ready engineering without breaking the bank thanks to its super-light ALUXX SL aluminum frame and carbon fork that provides great feel, cornering precision and fine power transfer. Shimano's positive-shifting Sora drivetrain offers 20 hill-flattening gears. And, the Defy 3 is equipped with frictionless Giant wheels and tires, a Giant Road saddle that's super comfy, and ready-to-ride pedals with straps.

 
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    Specification Description
    Frame Giant ALUXX SL Grade Aluminum
    Fork Giant Advanced-Grade Composite w/aluminum OverDrive steerer
    Rims/Wheels Giant S-R2
    Hubs Giant
    Spokes Stainless steel, 14g
    Tires Giant S-R4, 700 x 23c
    Crankset Shimano Sora
    Chainrings 50/34
    Front Derailleur Shimano Sora
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Sora
    Rear Cogs Shimano, 9-speed: 12-25
    Shifters Shimano Sora
    Handlebars Giant Sport
    Stem Giant Sport
    Brake Levers Shimano Sora
    Brakes Tektro TK-R340
    Pedals Platform w/clips
    Saddle Giant Performance Road
    Seatpost Giant Sport

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    5.0 stars

    (based on 40 reviews)

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    Pros

    • Comfortable  (35)
    • Handles Well  (34)
    • Lightweight  (32)
    • Fast  (30)
    • Good Geometry  (27)

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable Seat  (12)
    • Brakes Could Be Better  (7)
    • Poor Components  (3)
    • None  (2)
    • Seat Could Be Better  (2)

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding  (31)
    • Exercising  (25)
    • Serious Training  (18)
    • Climbing  (18)
    • Commuting  (16)

    Reviewed by 40 customers

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    4.0

    Great foundation to build on

    By Gary

    from Kansas City

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor Components

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Exercising

    Comments:

    I ride an '09 Defy 3, but it is essentially the same as the '11. It is a remarkable bike. I did, however, upgrade the components to SRAM Force and now it is a formidable beast of a bike. For a minimal investment, I can easily keep up with the big boys on their high dollar toys.

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    5.0

    Good starter bike

    By Pauly

    from Urbandale, Ia

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Responsive
    • Good Geometry
    • Fast
    • Handles Well

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable Seat

    Best Uses

    • Exercising
    • Commuting
    • Casual Riding

    Comments:

    Weekly riding. Average 25 miles a ride several times a week. It is a well rounded bike with composite forks which is a benefit over the TREK equivalent. The seat is not very comfortable and the gear levers are lower end shifters.

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    4.0

    Fantastic Bike

    By Noob

    from Edmonton AB

    About Me

    Pros

    • Fast
    • Comfortable
    • Lightweight
    • Excellent price
    • Beautiful DesignPaint

    Cons

    • Entry bike has no triple
    • Brakes seem bland

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Road cycling

    Comments:

    I bought two bikes, the higher end Defy 0 and this bike at the same time. (This review is based on 2011 Defy 3). For half the price this bike is negligable vs the Defy 0. The speed and performance is comparable to the more expensive bike, except for brakes noticably lower quality and shifters somewhat less. This bike seats you more casually and is super comfortable for all around usage. I intend to actually commute with mine as the 2011 model has a triple front sprocket enabling me to do river valley hills better. For an entry level bike I feel this 2012 model should have retained the triple sprocket as the triple sprocket is really designed for individuals without bulked up racing leg strength as most beginners or entry level cyclists usually are. Overall though for the money this is a steal.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Entry Level Bike

    By Giant Fan

    from Missouri

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Climbs Well
    • Good Geometry
    • Fast and Smooth
    • Handles Well

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Exercising
      • Climbing
      • Casual Riding

      Comments:

      First road bike and I love it. Have had it almost a year and really enjoyed it. Climbs hills well and has good speed. Had no idea that cycling could be so fun!!

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      5.0

      Giant Defy3

      By BillC

      from NJ

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Brakes Could Be Better

      Best Uses

      • Serious Training

      Comments:

      Bought 2 for my wife and I...Excellant choice for an entry level bike..Shifters needed tuning and brakes were upgraded after 250 miles..Replace the pedals w/ clipless..after a few adjustments the seat fits well..

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      (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great bike!

      By Biker

      from Lancaster,Oh

      About Me Competitive Cyclist

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Climbing
      • Serious Training
      • Racing
      • Exercising
      • Casual Riding

      Comments:

      I love the bike!! Would not go without it.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great starter bike

      By Back on the road

      from Lees Summit MO

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments:

        After looking at all brands that have offerings in this price bracket I went with the Defy 3 and I am very pleased. Having been on a quality Mountain bike for years I was looking to get back to the road. Rode this bike all weekend and have found it to be light, fast and nimble. Seat is fine I could ride this thing all day.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Love this bike!

        By dmd0919

        from New Gloucester, ME

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Uncomfortable Seat

        Best Uses

        • Casual Riding
        • Exercising

        Comments:

        This is my first road bike and I could not be any happier. For a bike in this price range, which is on the lower end for road bikes, I am very satisfied with how it handles and have no complaints. I have always had mountain bikes and this road bike doesnt even compare. Very enjoyable to ride! The seat is a bit uncomfortable, but I think that is a standard complaint with road bikes.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        i would buy this product agian and again

        By ed

        from chicago

        About Me

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments:

          wow a great bike for this price i'm so happy with this bike. this is my first road bike and i made the great choice.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great beginner bike!!

          By JasperIN

          from Jasper, IN

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Price
          • Handles Well
          • Good Looking Bike

          Cons

          • Uncomfortable Seat

          Best Uses

            Comments:

            Great bike for the price. Rides smooth and fast. Only thing I could complain about is the seat.

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