Giant Defy 2 - 2012

Giant's Defy 2 is ready to rack up the miles thanks to its super-light ALUXX SL aluminum frame and carbon fork that gives you an awesome feel over any distance. The stiff, oversized head tube delivers major cornering precision and awesome h ...(Read More)

Giant Defy 2
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Giant's Defy 2 is ready to rack up the miles thanks to its super-light ALUXX SL aluminum frame and carbon fork that gives you an awesome feel over any distance. The stiff, oversized head tube delivers major cornering precision and awesome handling, plus Shimano's Tiagra drivetrain provides effortless shifting and 20 compact, hill-flattening gears. And, the Defy sports Giant wheels and tires for smooth rolling everywhere, a Giant Road saddle that's super comfy and a reliable Giant Sport handlebar, stem and seatpost!



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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 FSA Omega compact
Chainrings 50/34
Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
Rear Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
Rear Cogs Shimano Tiagra, 10-speed: 12-30
Shifters Shimano Tiagra
Handlebars Giant Sport
Stem Giant Sport
Brake Levers Shimano Tiagra
Brakes Tektro TK-R340
Pedals Platform w/clips
Saddle Giant Performance Road
Seatpost Giant Sport

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4

More Bike for the Buck!

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from Lexington, KY

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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!!

 
5

Smooth ride and effortless shifting

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from Norfolk, VA

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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.

 
5

Great Bang for your Buck!

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from Des Moines, IOWA

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Great Bike!

 
5

Great bike for great price

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from Dublin, CA

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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.

 
5

Love this bike!

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from Tampa, FL

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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.

 
5

Nicer one

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from Auburn, Wa

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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!

 
5

Giant Defy 2

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from New Jersey

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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

 
4

Gian Defy 2

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from Chicago

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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.

 
1

This is Overpriced

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from colorado springs,co

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

 
4

Great Performance for the Price!

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from Miami, FL

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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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