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Giant Defy 2

Giant

Defy 2
2013

Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (10 Reviews)
 

2013 Giant Defy 2

Giant's Defy 2 is ready to go all day thanks to its super-light ALUXX aluminum frame and carbon fork that gives you an awesome feel over any distance. The stiff, oversize head tube delivers major 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 Giant Road saddle that's super comfy, and a reliable Giant handlebar, stem and seatpost!

 
Specification Description
Frame Giant ALUXX SL Aluminum
Fork Giant Advanced Composite w/aluminum OverDrive steerer
Rims/Wheels Giant S-R2
Hubs Giant
Spokes Stainless steel, 14g
Tires Giant S-R4, 700 x 23c
Crankset FSA Omega compact
Chainrings 50/34
Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
Rear Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
Rear Cogs Shimano Tiagra, 10-speed: 12-28
Shifters Shimano Tiagra
Handlebars Giant Connect
Stem Giant Connect
Brake Levers Shimano Tiagra
Brakes Tektro TK-R312
Pedals Platform w/clips
Saddle Giant Performance Road
Seatpost Giant Sport

* Subject to change without notice.

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4.5 stars

(based on 10 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Handles Well  (9)
  • Lightweight  (7)
  • Good Geometry  (6)
  • Responsive  (5)
  • Fast  (5)

Cons

  • Uncomfortable Seat  (5)
  • Poor Components  (2)
  • Nothing I can think of 
  • Derailleurs not great 
  • Brakes Could Be Better 

Best Uses

  • Serious Training  (7)
  • Exercising  (7)
  • Casual Riding  (4)
  • Commuting  (3)
  • Racing  (3)

Reviewed by 10 customers

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4.0

More Bike for the Buck!

By ApogenA

from Lexington, KY

About Me Commuter

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Fast
  • Handles Well

Cons

  • Uncomfortable Seat

Best Uses

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

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

Verified Reviewer

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

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Handles Well
    • Lightweight
    • Good components

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Exercising
      • Casual Riding
      • Serious Training

      Comments:

      Great Bike!

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      5.0

      Great bike for great price

      By Kevin

      from Dublin, CA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Responsive
      • Handles Well

      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

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Nothing I can think of

        Best Uses

        • Exercising
        • Distance riding

        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

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Uncomfortable Seat
        • Poor Components

        Best Uses

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

        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

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Uncomfortable Seat

        Best Uses

        • Serious Training
        • Exercising

        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

        • Handles Well
        • Lightweight
        • Responsive
        • Good Geometry

        Cons

        • Uncomfortable Seat

        Best Uses

        • Racing
        • Serious Training
        • Exercising

        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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        (5 of 63 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        This is Overpriced

        By manwhowishedhenevergotmarried

        from colorado springs,co

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Handles Well
        • Good Geometry

        Cons

        • Too expensive
        • Poor Components
        • Uncomfortable Seat
        • Brakes Could Be Better
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

          Comments:

          Paying over $1000.00 for a bike with substandard components is ridiculous. This bike is not worth the price, especially the alloy frame. [...]

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          (49 of 49 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Performance for the Price!

          By Luis

          from Miami, FL

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Handles Well
          • Fast
          • Perfect entry bike
          • Great Looks
          • Great performanceprice
          • Comfortable
          • Good Geometry

          Cons

          • Derailleurs not great

          Best Uses

          • Serious Training

          Comments:

          I was looking for a good entry road bike without breaking the bank to train and ride at least 100 miles per week and after evaluating the Defy3, Defy2 and Allez I chose the Defy2 over the Allez for its more racy position (not as radical as the TCR). I special ordered it because it was not in stock and well worth the wait! The bike is great and does everything you ask it to, it handles very well, it has been comfortable, smooth and looks twice the price. The aluminum frame (same as Defy1) is great! together with the carbon fork soaks bumps and feels solid. I read not that positive comments about the Tiagra/Sora derailleurs but I keep the drivetrain clean and it shifts without problems although a bit notchy. The good things is that the bike is fully upgradable and changing a derailleur is not that expensive. Compared to the Defy 3 it has a 9 speed cassette, better crank and BB, lighter wheels, better handlebar/stem. That alone makes it worth the price difference, not to mention the red/black/silver finish looks nicer to me than the blue Defy3. I’m very happy with the bike, installed a computer and in a bit over a month (some days there has been bad weather I haven’t been able to ride) I already logged like 430 miles on mine and routinely lap riders on more expensive bikes. It is holding great, tires show minimal wear and grip well, feels solid and made of one piece yet light and responsive, I love it, would buy it again. This is my second Giant bike, the other is a Trance2 MTB, bang for the buck you can’t go wrong with this one!

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