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Model Year: 2010


Frame:Giant AluxX SL aluminium, Fluid FormedTM

Forks:Cromoly: OverDrive Steerer

Rear Derailleur:Shimano 2300

Front Derailleur:Shimano 2203

Shifters: Shimano 2300 24 speed

Chainset:FSA Tempo, 30/42/52

Bottom Bracket:Cartridge

Chain: KMC Z7 << tempted to write yes here !

Freewheel:SRAM PG 850 12-26

Stem:Giant Alloy

Handlebars:Giant Alloy Anatomic Bend, 26.0mm

Front Brake:Tektro Giant specific Dual Pivot

Rear Brake:Tektro Giant specific Dual Pivot

Brake Levers:Shimano 2300

Rims:Giant Sport Road, Double Wall

Front Hub:Formula Sealed

Rear Hub:Formula Sealed

Spokes:Stainless Steel

Tyres:Kenda Kriterium, 700x25mm

Saddle:Giant Performance Road

Seatpost:Giant Alloy

Pedals:Caged w/ Clips
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#1
Paul's Cycles always have good deals on Giant bikes
#2
Pauls Cycles is simply superb! - they will always beat any genuine price. Service is top notch
#3
I recently bought one of these from a different site for roughly the same price, well recommended bike! It's my first road bike and it's awesome!
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1 Like #4
Giant's Defy is a superb introduction to road bikes - they handle very sweetly and are well worth upgrading as you go.

It's a 2010, so plenty of places are discounting them now. I'd recommend going the extra £40 for the Defy 3.5 (£414.95), though - the composite fork on that will give you a much more comfortable ride.

Don't forget there's £15 p&p, plus you've got to reassemble it when it arrives - don't underestimate the value of picking it up from the shop then you can be sure it fits right and it's built right.

Edited By: Duggie_22 on Mar 14, 2011 17:35
#5
I usually get my bikes serviced at Paul. They are nice guys.
#6
A little off topic but it looks like there are people who know what they are talking about on here. I am thinking of getting a Ridgeback Momentum (hybrid) £450 can anyone give me a steer as to whether this is a reasonable bike or should I be looking at something else. Using for both on and a little off road (trails).
4 Likes #7
Lawlost
A little off topic but it looks like there are people who know what they are talking about on here. I am thinking of getting a Ridgeback Momentum (hybrid) £450 can anyone give me a steer as to whether this is a reasonable bike or should I be looking at something else. Using for both on and a little off road (trails).


If you're going to use this bike mainly for commuting i'd recommend getting a more road orientated hybrid such as a specialized sirrus, i've had one for several years and bought it second hand for a couple hundred quid (probably only worth £100 now) but the componants are still some of the better ones your can get on the market and the bike itself is light and can handle some off road (although the road tyres i've got on it won't stand up to trails proper).

Sirrus' i'd recommend are the comp, sport or elite levels (these all fall in your price range if you go for a year old secondhand one or look through the sales online)

The groupsets, we'll assume shimano as these are ubiquitous, i'd recommend would be tiagra, xt, 105 or dura ace (although this is top spec so unlikely to be found on a bike at this level unless the owner has put it on aftermkt).
What a groupset is exactly is just the bits you put on the frame to have a working bike eg. gear shifters, gears themselves, chain, derailleurs (the bits that move the chain from cog to cog) etc. Generally these are just as important as the bike frame and so the better quality ones you can get the better off you are. Caveat, better wheels at this level are probably more important than mid-high spec groupset because of weight and also the extent dura ace derailleurs are going to help the experience of riding a sirrus (or general hybrid bike for that matter).

So in conclusion, i'd highly recommend getting a second hand sirrus. Fit is very very important so please do try to get your bike from a local bike shop who'll give you tailored advice to your needs. Failing the Sirrus, any of the trek 7 series are comparable, but yeah secondhand is the way to go as you can get so much more for half of your budget (if saving money is important which I assume is the case given the nature of the forum).
#8
what's the best cycle store in the south-east?
1 Like #9
logical_zombie
Lawlost
A little off topic but it looks like there are people who know what they are talking about on here. I am thinking of getting a Ridgeback Momentum (hybrid) £450 can anyone give me a steer as to whether this is a reasonable bike or should I be looking at something else. Using for both on and a little off road (trails).


If you're going to use this bike mainly for commuting i'd recommend getting a more road orientated hybrid such as a specialized sirrus, i've had one for several years and bought it second hand for a couple hundred quid (probably only worth £100 now) but the componants are still some of the better ones your can get on the market and the bike itself is light and can handle some off road (although the road tyres i've got on it won't stand up to trails proper).

Sirrus' i'd recommend are the comp, sport or elite levels (these all fall in your price range if you go for a year old secondhand one or look through the sales online)

The groupsets, we'll assume shimano as these are ubiquitous, i'd recommend would be tiagra, xt, 105 or dura ace (although this is top spec so unlikely to be found on a bike at this level unless the owner has put it on aftermkt).
What a groupset is exactly is just the bits you put on the frame to have a working bike eg. gear shifters, gears themselves, chain, derailleurs (the bits that move the chain from cog to cog) etc. Generally these are just as important as the bike frame and so the better quality ones you can get the better off you are. Caveat, better wheels at this level are probably more important than mid-high spec groupset because of weight and also the extent dura ace derailleurs are going to help the experience of riding a sirrus (or general hybrid bike for that matter).

So in conclusion, i'd highly recommend getting a second hand sirrus. Fit is very very important so please do try to get your bike from a local bike shop who'll give you tailored advice to your needs. Failing the Sirrus, any of the trek 7 series are comparable, but yeah secondhand is the way to go as you can get so much more for half of your budget (if saving money is important which I assume is the case given the nature of the forum).


That reply is spot on. I would second the advice given but also muddy the waters with the suggestion of getting a Hardtail (suspension at the front only) moutain bike and fitting it with slick tyres. Mountain bikes sell in higher volumes than Hybrids so you generally get a better spec for your money. If you're mainly cycling in town you will appreciate the more upright position and powerful brakes etc too.

That said you can't really go wrong, especially at Paul's they're great and really friendly instore too. Kind of weird that they are in Dereham, there's nothing else there!
1 Like #10
Golaboots888
logical_zombie
Lawlost
A little off topic but it looks like there are people who know what they are talking about on here. I am thinking of getting a Ridgeback Momentum (hybrid) £450 can anyone give me a steer as to whether this is a reasonable bike or should I be looking at something else. Using for both on and a little off road (trails).


If you're going to use this bike mainly for commuting i'd recommend getting a more road orientated hybrid such as a specialized sirrus, i've had one for several years and bought it second hand for a couple hundred quid (probably only worth £100 now) but the componants are still some of the better ones your can get on the market and the bike itself is light and can handle some off road (although the road tyres i've got on it won't stand up to trails proper).

Sirrus' i'd recommend are the comp, sport or elite levels (these all fall in your price range if you go for a year old secondhand one or look through the sales online)

The groupsets, we'll assume shimano as these are ubiquitous, i'd recommend would be tiagra, xt, 105 or dura ace (although this is top spec so unlikely to be found on a bike at this level unless the owner has put it on aftermkt).
What a groupset is exactly is just the bits you put on the frame to have a working bike eg. gear shifters, gears themselves, chain, derailleurs (the bits that move the chain from cog to cog) etc. Generally these are just as important as the bike frame and so the better quality ones you can get the better off you are. Caveat, better wheels at this level are probably more important than mid-high spec groupset because of weight and also the extent dura ace derailleurs are going to help the experience of riding a sirrus (or general hybrid bike for that matter).

So in conclusion, i'd highly recommend getting a second hand sirrus. Fit is very very important so please do try to get your bike from a local bike shop who'll give you tailored advice to your needs. Failing the Sirrus, any of the trek 7 series are comparable, but yeah secondhand is the way to go as you can get so much more for half of your budget (if saving money is important which I assume is the case given the nature of the forum).


That reply is spot on. I would second the advice given but also muddy the waters with the suggestion of getting a Hardtail (suspension at the front only) moutain bike and fitting it with slick tyres. Mountain bikes sell in higher volumes than Hybrids so you generally get a better spec for your money. If you're mainly cycling in town you will appreciate the more upright position and powerful brakes etc too.

That said you can't really go wrong, especially at Paul's they're great and really friendly instore too. Kind of weird that they are in Dereham, there's nothing else there!


Hey, don't knock Dereham! It has the best Poundland in East Anglia...
#11
My advice would be to go for a compact 50/34. You'll likely never use the bottom ring on a triple, certainly not in the South East.

If you know what to look out for, you can get a lot for your money if you hawk ebay.

Edited By: curiosityx on Mar 14, 2011 19:27
#12
You would in Yorkshire, was crying up a 1in6 today OucH!!
I would probably add that for the road the feel of a 700c wheel is far and away better than a comparable 26" wheel, but obviously it would limit your offroad options.
banned#13
Duggie_22
you've got to reassemble it when it arrives
My cycle came from Paul's, and there was no assembly required.

Duggie_22
don't underestimate the value of picking it up from the shop then you can be sure it fits right and it's built right.
Lol, yea, sure you can :D

Second on the Giant Defy being a great bike though, but the price is nothing special - this is the bottom of the range and can regularly be found at this price if you hunt around.

Edited By: SanToki on Mar 14, 2011 19:46
#14
logical_zombie
Lawlost
A little off topic but it looks like there are people who know what they are talking about on here. I am thinking of getting a Ridgeback Momentum (hybrid) £450 can anyone give me a steer as to whether this is a reasonable bike or should I be looking at something else. Using for both on and a little off road (trails).


If you're going to use this bike mainly for commuting i'd recommend getting a more road orientated hybrid such as a specialized sirrus, i've had one for several years and bought it second hand for a couple hundred quid (probably only worth £100 now) but the componants are still some of the better ones your can get on the market and the bike itself is light and can handle some off road (although the road tyres i've got on it won't stand up to trails proper).

Sirrus' i'd recommend are the comp, sport or elite levels (these all fall in your price range if you go for a year old secondhand one or look through the sales online)

The groupsets, we'll assume shimano as these are ubiquitous, i'd recommend would be tiagra, xt, 105 or dura ace (although this is top spec so unlikely to be found on a bike at this level unless the owner has put it on aftermkt).
What a groupset is exactly is just the bits you put on the frame to have a working bike eg. gear shifters, gears themselves, chain, derailleurs (the bits that move the chain from cog to cog) etc. Generally these are just as important as the bike frame and so the better quality ones you can get the better off you are. Caveat, better wheels at this level are probably more important than mid-high spec groupset because of weight and also the extent dura ace derailleurs are going to help the experience of riding a sirrus (or general hybrid bike for that matter).

So in conclusion, i'd highly recommend getting a second hand sirrus. Fit is very very important so please do try to get your bike from a local bike shop who'll give you tailored advice to your needs. Failing the Sirrus, any of the trek 7 series are comparable, but yeah secondhand is the way to go as you can get so much more for half of your budget (if saving money is important which I assume is the case given the nature of the forum).


Really appreciate the advice people, thank you :D

Edited By: Lawlost on Mar 14, 2011 19:53
#15
Lawlost
A little off topic but it looks like there are people who know what they are talking about on here. I am thinking of getting a Ridgeback Momentum (hybrid) £450 can anyone give me a steer as to whether this is a reasonable bike or should I be looking at something else. Using for both on and a little off road (trails).


Just to offer an alternative view to the others you have. I've got a road bike, and a hybrid.
They are are different tools for different jobs. I love my hybrid, and commute on it often as its more comfortable and bullet proof tyres (specialised armadillos). Road bikes are good, and I also love my road bike, but its a more dedicated point A to point B tool. For longer rides, its the obvious choice.
But if you're going < 7 miles, then a hybrid is more versatile. If you will go further most of the time, then a road bike is the smarter choice. Also, anticipate doing more miles, as cycling can become very addictive :) [and expensive :), realise you will spend as much on "gear" as you will on the bike itself, seriously !!]
#16
Why type of bike is best for road and canal riding? Mountain or road? Some of the canal paths can be slightly gravelly :S

Edited By: daveredfern on Mar 15, 2011 07:26
#17
daveredfern
Why type of bike is best for road and canal riding? Mountain or road? Some of the canal paths can be slightly gravelly :S


I'd go hybrid. Or mountain. Road bikes are much better than anything else if you're on a good surface, but for versatility (and so you don't need 5 different bikes) a hybrid or mountain bike is great. Hybrids are fine for cycle paths and good country paths (and roads), mountain bikes for when you go a bit further off road.
If I was commuting on roads, and the route was longer than about 30min, then a road bike would be best.
If commuting on mixed roads, cycle paths and similar, a hybrid bike would be best.
If I wanted a universal bike that could also go up and down dodgy dirt tracks at the weekend, than a mountain bike would be best. Preferably with fork lockout for commuting during the week.
#18
Hello - I'm looking for some help amongst some knowledgeable people (of which there seem to be many here)! I'm looking for my first bike to commute to work - roughly a 10 mile on road cycle. I'm not looking to spend too much if I can help it but I don't mind spending a bit more for something decent and that will last me! Can anyone offer some good advice? Any help is appreciated!
#19
I used to cycle a lot - daily - but stopped a few years ago after a disagreement with a car and bus (_;). I'm 6' 2" and 15 stone. Anyone know if these are suitable for my size/weight as I'm thinking of getting back in the saddle?
1 Like #20
Quids
I used to cycle a lot - daily - but stopped a few years ago after a disagreement with a car and bus (_;). I'm 6' 2" and 15 stone. Anyone know if these are suitable for my size/weight as I'm thinking of getting back in the saddle?


Your weight is not an issue.

Your height will probably put you on a 'Large' sized Defy. The medium equates roughly to a 54cm, where at 6'2" you be looking more towards a 58cm, maybe even a 60 if you've a long back or long arms.

Edited By: Duggie_22 on Mar 15, 2011 12:24
#21
happymeel
Hello - I'm looking for some help amongst some knowledgeable people (of which there seem to be many here)! I'm looking for my first bike to commute to work - roughly a 10 mile on road cycle. I'm not looking to spend too much if I can help it but I don't mind spending a bit more for something decent and that will last me! Can anyone offer some good advice? Any help is appreciated!


If you can try one and it's a good fit, the bike in this deal is a good starting point.

Your ride is long enough to benefit from the road bike position and the Defy will take guards (Giant actually do a slim guard set called 'Defy' that, as you might expect, fit these beautifully) so you can stay clean in winter.

If you'd prefer to be sat up a little more, take a look at the Sirrus range from Specialized as others have mentioned on here. Alternatively, if you've a longer upper body than suits the Sirrus (it's quite a short bike) try something from Trek's FX range. Very lively road oriented hybrids with a range from about £200 to £2000.

Find shops that stock a few and try them back to back. Buy the one that feels the best - you're going to spend an hour a day sat on it.
#22
Duggie_22
happymeel
Hello - I'm looking for some help amongst some knowledgeable people (of which there seem to be many here)! I'm looking for my first bike to commute to work - roughly a 10 mile on road cycle. I'm not looking to spend too much if I can help it but I don't mind spending a bit more for something decent and that will last me! Can anyone offer some good advice? Any help is appreciated!


If you can try one and it's a good fit, the bike in this deal is a good starting point.

Your ride is long enough to benefit from the road bike position and the Defy will take guards (Giant actually do a slim guard set called 'Defy' that, as you might expect, fit these beautifully) so you can stay clean in winter.

If you'd prefer to be sat up a little more, take a look at the Sirrus range from Specialized as others have mentioned on here. Alternatively, if you've a longer upper body than suits the Sirrus (it's quite a short bike) try something from Trek's FX range. Very lively road oriented hybrids with a range from about £200 to £2000.

Find shops that stock a few and try them back to back. Buy the one that feels the best - you're going to spend an hour a day sat on it.


I have a Trek 7.3FX. I've been pleased with it, although it does give a firm ride, and until I added carbon bar ends and bought Specialized BG Gel gloves, suffered from pain in my hands caused by "road buzz". Knowing what I know now, I would have bought a higher spec Trek with carbon forks, as this would dampen the vibration.
#23
Random and off topic here but I need a new bike saddle since my current one gives me really bad cycling pains. I am currently looking at a brooks b17 special since it has been highly recommended. What do you guys think or recommend?

Cheer
#24
Duggie_22
Quids
I used to cycle a lot - daily - but stopped a few years ago after a disagreement with a car and bus (_;). I'm 6' 2" and 15 stone. Anyone know if these are suitable for my size/weight as I'm thinking of getting back in the saddle?


Your weight is not an issue.
Your height will probably put you on a 'Large' sized Defy. The medium equates roughly to a 54cm, where at 6'2" you be looking more towards a 58cm, maybe even a 60 if you've a long back or long arms.


Ta.


Edited By: Quids on Mar 16, 2011 13:29
#25
daveredfern
Random and off topic here but I need a new bike saddle since my current one gives me really bad cycling pains. I am currently looking at a brooks b17 special since it has been highly recommended. What do you guys think or recommend?

Cheer


What sort of riding are you doing? That's a good saddle for long distances, although it needs some time to fully adjust to your bum.
#26
Fabula
daveredfern
Random and off topic here but I need a new bike saddle since my current one gives me really bad cycling pains. I am currently looking at a brooks b17 special since it has been highly recommended. What do you guys think or recommend?

Cheer


What sort of riding are you doing? That's a good saddle for long distances, although it needs some time to fully adjust to your bum.


Mostly road and canal riding for 1-2 hours a time, 2-3 times a week.
#27
Duggie_22
happymeel
Hello - I'm looking for some help amongst some knowledgeable people (of which there seem to be many here)! I'm looking for my first bike to commute to work - roughly a 10 mile on road cycle. I'm not looking to spend too much if I can help it but I don't mind spending a bit more for something decent and that will last me! Can anyone offer some good advice? Any help is appreciated!


If you can try one and it's a good fit, the bike in this deal is a good starting point.

Your ride is long enough to benefit from the road bike position and the Defy will take guards (Giant actually do a slim guard set called 'Defy' that, as you might expect, fit these beautifully) so you can stay clean in winter.

If you'd prefer to be sat up a little more, take a look at the Sirrus range from Specialized as others have mentioned on here. Alternatively, if you've a longer upper body than suits the Sirrus (it's quite a short bike) try something from Trek's FX range. Very lively road oriented hybrids with a range from about £200 to £2000.

Find shops that stock a few and try them back to back. Buy the one that feels the best - you're going to spend an hour a day sat on it.


Thank you for the reply. I've not particularly tall (5'7) so I'll have a look at this bike in a shop. Quite excited about it really! My first bike :)
#28
Does anyone know if these guys ship to australia? I really want a giant defy (2010) model and can only find in the UK. Also wondering what cost would be (approx)

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