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Giant Defy Advanced 2

Giant

Defy Advanced 2
2017

Product Rating
 
5.0 stars
 (11 Reviews)
 

2017 Giant Defy Advanced 2

From gran fondos to epic solo rides, stay strong from start to finish. Smooth, fast, engineered for endurance.
Handcrafted with lightweight Advanced-grade composite and endurance geometry to minimize fatigue on long rides, this smooth-riding road bike combines speed, confidence and control. Disc-brake technology with 12mm front and rear thru-axles gives you total control in all types of weather. The rear triangle features ultra-thin, flattened seatstays to reduce road vibrations, and the D-Fuse seatpost helps smooth out the road. So even on your longest, hardest days, you can stay strong from start to finish.

Features and Information

 
Specification Description
Frame Advanced-grade composite
Fork Advanced-grade composite, Hybrid OverDrive steerer
Rims/Wheels Giant PR-2 Disc
Hubs Giant Performance Tracker Road Disc, Sealed Bearing, [F] 12mm axle [R] 142x12mm axle, 28h
Spokes Sapim Race, 14/15g
Tires Giant P-SL 1, Front and Rear Specific, 700x25, Folding
Crankset Shimano 105, 34/50
Bottom Bracket Shimano, Press fit
Chain KMC X11 EL
Front Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Cogs Shimano 105 11x32, 11-speed
Shifters Shimano RS505
Handlebars Giant Contact, 31.8mm
Stem Giant Connect
Brake Levers Shimano 105
Brakes Shimano RS505, hydraulic disc, 160mm
Pedals N/A
Saddle Giant Contact Neutral
Seat Post Giant D-Fuse, Composite

* Subject to change without notice.

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Pros

  • Comfortable  (9)
  • Lightweight  (9)
  • Fast  (8)
  • Handles Well  (8)
  • Responsive  (8)

Cons

  • Uncomfortable Seat 
  • Proprietary Seatpost 
  • Saddle shape, like Fizik, may not work for all 
  • Wheels Just Average 
  • Wheels a bit heavy 

Best Uses

  • Serious Training  (7)
  • Climbing  (7)
  • Exercising  (6)
  • Racing  (5)
  • Commuting  (4)

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5.0

Fantastic Bang for the Buck

By Rider51

from New England

About Me

Pros

  • laterally stiff, vertically comfortable
  • Perfect gearing
  • Responsive
  • Light weight

Cons

  • Proprietary Seatpost
  • Wheels a bit heavy
  • Saddle shape, like Fizik, may not work for all

Best Uses

  • Rough Roads
  • Long rides/centuries
  • Hilly terrain

Comments:

This is a fantastic bike for the cost. The frame is light and responsive, stiff horizontally at the bottom bracket where it matters, but compliant vertically, so you don't get beat up, even on rough roads. I rode a Specialized Roubaix and a Trek Domane to compare, and the Defy won out over those two, and I have now piled up close to 2,000 miles on it. This bike came with the Shimano 105 groupset, which has been very efficient, with great gearing for almost anywhere. The wheels are a tad heavy, but remain true, and I have not had a single flat tire on the road, not one. The frame and wheels will take up to 28mm tires, in case you are curious. There are two things also to know, the seapost here is a proprietary Giant post, in a D shape. Giant does this to make it more comfortable, but if you want another post, you can't just put anything on there. The saddle is also fairly similar to a Fizik in shape, which doesn't work for everyone. I found the padding on the saddle to be perfect though. This however you can change to whatever you find works for you. The difference between the 2016 and 2017 models are minimal. The newer version has hydraulic brakes, and thru axles on the hubs. If you can't justify the cost, take a look at the Defy Disc, which is the aluminum version of this bike (with carbon forks). Only slightly heavier, and not quite as comfortable, it's a great bike in it's own right. Do not order one of these bikes blind. Get to a bike shop and ask to test ride one so you can feel it, and check what size works for you. Any bike shop worth it's weight in salt won't blink at your request. They likely know you'll buy one. I also highly recommend you get a basic fit with any bike you purchase.

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5.0

Fantastic Bike at a Great Price

By Rider 51

from New Engkand

About Me

Pros

  • Beautiful
  • Comfortable
  • Light
  • Great Value
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Wheels Just Average

Best Uses

  • Long Rides
  • Group Rides
  • Centuries
  • Gran Fondos

Comments:

Dollar for dollar this is maybe the best carbon bike you can buy. It's very comfortable on even rough roads or packed dirt. The bike comes with 28 tires, but will fit 28. It's also laterally stiff where it matters most, making the bike responsive. The endurance geometry is fairly relaxed, but make sure it fits you. Some feel that the bike is a tad long, so if you have short arms, make sure you do a test ride and get the right fit. The disc brakes work great for not being hydraulic, and the rear shifting is spot on perfect. I found the front derallieur needs a bit if trimming at times. The wheels are not great, but not bad either. Finally, like most Giants, this bike is really nice looking. Both the white and yellow versions. Though not a reason to buy a bike, it's still a nice touch.

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5.0

superior value for a serious road bike

By MC

from GR, Michigan

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to maintain
  • Great value
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Wheels Could Be Better

Best Uses

  • Road Biking

Comments:

have been biking for a while and was pretty happy with a lower end Trek. wanted to upgrade and was told to check out Giant because of the great value for your money. tried a number of bikes, but really fell in love with the Defy. its lightweight, great components and durable. probably will upgrade wheels and tires in a couple of years, but otherwise, love it! lots of hills in Michigan and this bike helps me kill them

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5.0

Professional Bike without Break the Bank

By Scott

from Long Beach, CA

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Climbing
    • Serious Training
    • Exercising
    • Racing

    Comments:

    After buying an old 10 speed and getting into riding and riding a lot I took the leap and bought this amazing bike. It has an aggressive feel while still remaining comfortable. Its great for 50+ mile rides but it also fast for shorter rides. With Shimano 105 components it shifts perfectly without spend way to much on anything nicer. Its just a great light fast bike thats comfortable for long rides. Plus the people at Jones are wonderful and so helpful.

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    5.0

    1st comfortable road bike

    By Buff in Nebraska

    from Nebraska panhandle

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable Seat

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Serious Training
    • Climbing

    Comments:

    The most comfortable road bike I ever sat on. The personalized fit at Full Cycle (Nancy and Mike?) was great. After putting on the selle Italia max lite seat it was perfect. Nancy spent an hour setting it up. I was about ready to buy a Modone 4.5, then found this bike at Full Cycle.The Giant just fit me better.

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    5.0

    Great Bike!

    By Alex

    from Long Pond, PA

    About Me

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Serious Training
      • Racing

      Comments:

      I actually bought the 2009 Defy Advanced 2 (with Ultegra) from Curt. Was impressed with the ride compared to the Orbea Onix and Specialzed Roubiax. I felt like I could anyhting on this bike. It's fast and responsive. A real quality product. Giant does'nt mess around and neither does the staff at Curt's Cyclery. They were knowledgeable and very friendly.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Ride and Drive will put you in the seat

      By Dean

      from Richmond, IN

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Climbing
        • Exercising
        • Racing
        • Commuting
        • Serious Training

        Comments:

        I love this bike compared to my former bike. I ride 25-30 miles a day and this bike is fast, agile and comfortable. A very comfortable fit in terms of the seat and handlebar geometry, fits like a glove. I would highly recommnend this bike to anyone who wants quality and performane. I purchased this bike 11/09.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Liked it

        By Rambo

        from Agoura Hills, CA

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Exercising
          • Climbing

          Comments:

          test rode it Sunday, 8/16. Also tested the Cannondale priced a few hundred $$ more. Liked the Giant better. Waiting for the 2010's to come out, so I can get the '09 on a close-out. Might put a triple crank set on it for climbing the extra steep hills around where I live.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great bike

          By GEE

          from michigan

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments:

            I just got this bike a month ago, my first all carbon bike. Loved it from the first 5 seconds on it. This bike was a demo I got at a local shop and save about a grand off sticker, so that was great. It's quick and comfy. Being that I am 38 years old and with the legs of a 14 year old school girl, it climbs like a champ.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Price- Great Ride

            By MC-

            from Sacramento, CA

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting
              • Climbing
              • Serious Training
              • Racing
              • Exercising

              Comments:

              Bought the in January, Tested and rode a lot others. Rode over a 2000 miles so far, including a Century. Very comfortable and quick. Not as soft as the Robuiax, but more responsive, rigid and lighter. The rims have been solid, no complaints about the components. I would defiantly buy this bike again. Awesome deal!

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