Giant Defy 1 2013 (White) Now £799.99 with Free Delivery @ Ashcycles
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Giant Defy 1 2013 (White) Now £799.99 with Free Delivery @ Ashcycles

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Found 23rd Aug 2013
Price now dropped even lower with the 2014 models due out soon. Great reviews.

I'm currently waiting for my employer to join the Cycle-to-Work scheme and this is the bike I have my eye on - very, very frustrating!

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I'd pick up a carbon framed bike for a tad more if i were you

Great bike! My husband has this model and loves it and I just picked up my 2014 model ( blue) last week. True, you can pick up a carbon framed bike for a little more but you have good components on the Defy 1. Good find, thanks for sharing
Edited by: "clarabootlace" 24th Aug 2013

mikeyw

I'd pick up a carbon framed bike for a tad more if i were you



Nah, this beats the crap out of low end carbon. Fantastic piece of kit

bits of machined metal sure are expensive

Original Poster

I've looked at carbon frames but don't want to crash it and damage it permanently. Lots of potholes on my commute.

xlgaz

I've looked at carbon frames but don't want to crash it and damage it … I've looked at carbon frames but don't want to crash it and damage it permanently. Lots of potholes on my commute.

just as risky riding a crash alu bike, get a dent in the one of the major triangles and you are asking for trouble.

For £1000 can get the planet x carbon pro, which has a great light frame and top quality components, only bit that is rubbish is the wheels. But ride it till next spring and swap over the wheels for some £150 ones, which will lighter. The bike by 1/2kg and you will have a seriously fast 7.5kg bike plus some spare winter wheels. That's my plan anyway.

But if you want an alu bike or max out at £800 then this is a worthy ride, so hot.

Argh auto correct and spelling errors, hope the above makes some kind of sense.

Great bike, ive got the defy 2 and love it, you can't go wrong with a defy

It didnt win bike of the year two years on the trot for nothing, hot from me

bikeradar.com/gea…849

This is my bike. A steal at this price. Enjoy anyone who gets it

Banned

How many gears does this have

lordniall87

How many gears does this have


20 gears. With a full shimano 105 gear set. Very smooth.

My bike too, very happy with it and a great ride. Got mine on cycle to work scheme too.

mikeyw

I'd pick up a carbon framed bike for a tad more if i were you

I wouldn't! Cheap and nasty carbon fibre is used at the bottom end - They flex like crazy. If you have to choose between a top end aluminium and low end carbon, go for top end aluminum every time.

Original Poster

Am i right Ashcycles would do the discounted price on the Cycle-to-Work scheme?

All 2013 Giant bikes are 20% off in Giant stores....I'd prefer this deal...yes £300 more but what a spec

rutlandcycling.com/449…tml

mrcashman

20 gears. With a full shimano 105 gear set. Very smooth.


Only the shifters and mechs are 105, the rest is lower grade or 3rd party.

Help, what frame size would you recommend for a 5' 10" , 32 1/2 " inside leg cycling noobie? Options appear to be 46.5, 50, 53.5, 55, 58.5 cm.

I'm 5'10'' with 32'' inside leg and I have the 53.5 (M/L) and it's an excellent fit. Can't recommend the bike more highly.

currychops

All 2013 Giant bikes are 20% off in Giant stores....I'd prefer this … All 2013 Giant bikes are 20% off in Giant stores....I'd prefer this deal...yes £300 more but what a spechttp://www.rutlandcycling.com/44946/Giant-TCR-SL-1-Road-Bike---2013.html



That is a great bike at that price but very different geometry to the Defy. The TCR is more aimed at racing while the Defy is a little more upright and comfortable.

a good deal. bike bargains should start getting better now.

crowcrow

just as risky riding a crash alu bike, get a dent in the one of the … just as risky riding a crash alu bike, get a dent in the one of the major triangles and you are asking for trouble. For £1000 can get the planet x carbon pro, which has a great light frame and top quality components, only bit that is rubbish is the wheels. But ride it till next spring and swap over the wheels for some £150 ones, which will lighter. The bike by 1/2kg and you will have a seriously fast 7.5kg bike plus some spare winter wheels. That's my plan anyway. But if you want an alu bike or max out at £800 then this is a worthy ride, so hot.



agree on carbon and alu being equal in terms of vulnerability in a crash.

wheels however should last for many many years if looked after properly. unless you mean to sell them (or keep as spares) and upgrade. if that's the case, why wait? do it immediately and get more for the wheels you're selling.

rando

That is a great bike at that price but very different geometry to the … That is a great bike at that price but very different geometry to the Defy. The TCR is more aimed at racing while the Defy is a little more upright and comfortable.



Agreed...maybe this is the better Defy deal

chainreactioncycles.com/gia…494

djh6

I'm 5'10'' with 32'' inside leg and I have the 53.5 (M/L) and it's an … I'm 5'10'' with 32'' inside leg and I have the 53.5 (M/L) and it's an excellent fit. Can't recommend the bike more highly.



Really? That seems very small for someone your size? But I guess if it works....


Duckpond

Help, what frame size would you recommend for a 5' 10" , 32 1/2 " inside … Help, what frame size would you recommend for a 5' 10" , 32 1/2 " inside leg cycling noobie? Options appear to be 46.5, 50, 53.5, 55, 58.5 cm.



I'd probably go 55 as I'm 6 ft 1 and all my bikes are approx 58cm range ish. But you really won't know till you sit on one and try its yourself.

djh6

I'm 5'10'' with 32'' inside leg and I have the 53.5 (M/L) and it's an … I'm 5'10'' with 32'' inside leg and I have the 53.5 (M/L) and it's an excellent fit. Can't recommend the bike more highly.

Duckpond

Help, what frame size would you recommend for a 5' 10" , 32 1/2 " inside … Help, what frame size would you recommend for a 5' 10" , 32 1/2 " inside leg cycling noobie? Options appear to be 46.5, 50, 53.5, 55, 58.5 cm.



my spare bike is a 2009 defy 1. i'm 5'10" and it's a medium which fits perfectly. that's not to say it will be the same for all people of the same height. always a good idea to try out sizes at lbs, although it's a bit cheeky to try out a bike and then buy it online.

why not find a lbs that stocks defy 1 and ask them to price match? that way you can get sized properly and will benefit from their advice. it's also easier to return the bike if it develops problems. it's always advisable to have the bike serviced between 30-60 days, and most lbs offer this for free.
Edited by: "llywmog" 25th Aug 2013

aSp00kyGhost

bits of machined metal sure are expensive



The laws of diminishing returns sure kicks in with a completely awesome viciousness. But that has always been the way it has been. Fine wines, watches, automobiles, washing machines. Why not for the humbles bicycle too?

As the price for product 'X' increases the actual value decreases while the perceived exclusivity increases. Depending on your point of view, that is just good marketing, if it succeeds, or lying, deception and fraud, if you don't much care for it.

This bike is well worth the 'best bike for under £1000' accolades and at this price you just can't go wrong. I love mine (bought in June13) and have put well over a 1000 miles on so far without any issues. The frame is stiff and the bike gets up to speed very quickly. Compared to a bottom end carbon it's a no brainier. Shim 105 is more than good enough for 99% of us (only the deluded disagree) and changes are slick. The brakes are a lot better than I had read about and this last Sunday in pouring rain from manic Central London (yeah I know) all the way to Guildford they never missed a beat. The original tyres in this downpour even @ 120 psi defied logic and gave confidence to push hard through 'wacky races' traffic so much so on safe return that night I wrote a specific review.

Mine is fitted with time pedals and Giant computer. The overall 'feel' this whole package gives is one of bomb proof build quality (I was a welding engineer and I'm impressed with the frame) and class. It's a performance bargain and gets nods of approval from the elite at Richmond park on machines costing five times as much.

Buy it. You won't be disappointed.

mikeyw

I'd pick up a carbon framed bike for a tad more if i were you


Really at that sort of money you end up with a carbon frame which is badly constructed, and will ride worst than this high end alluminum frame. Aswell as this carbon is more liable to breakages so probably best to stick to allumium at this price point
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