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Giant Defy 3

Giant

Defy 3
2012

Product Rating
 
5.0 stars
 (40 Reviews)
 

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.

 
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)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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)
  • Seat Could Be Better  (2)
  • None  (2)

Best Uses

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

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4.0

Great foundation to build on

By Gary

from Kansas City

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

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

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

  • Fast
  • Responsive
  • Handles Well
  • Good Geometry

Cons

  • Uncomfortable Seat

Best Uses

  • Exercising
  • Casual Riding
  • Commuting

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

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

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

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fast and Smooth
  • Climbs Well
  • Good Geometry
  • 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

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    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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    4.0

    Great bike!

    By Biker

    from Lancaster,Oh

    About Me Competitive Cyclist

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

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

    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

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      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

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

      Cons

      • Uncomfortable Seat

      Best Uses

      • Exercising
      • Casual Riding

      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

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        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

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Looking Bike
        • Price
        • Handles Well

        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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