“ Brand: Giant / Type: Road Bike „
*What is it? Price?*
Giant Defy 2 is a road bike made by Giant. The Defy series has several bikes in its range, from the top; Advance 1 costing around £2000 all the way through to Defy 5 at around £500. The defy 2 slots nicely in the middle of the range at around £800. For a road bike this is a fairly well priced. It comes in a range of frame sizes, Giant unique sizing system gives a greater amount of precision. They come in Small, Small/Medium, Medium, Medium/Large, Large, X Large. I am around 5 foot 9 and use Medium comfortably.
The Defy 2 is made from premium lightweight aluminium called ALUXX. It is very lightweight but sturdy, the bike only weighs about 8kg (maybe slightly less) and the aluminium material is second only to carbon which costs a lot more! Most of the components on the bike are Shimano Tiagra, a decent brand and fairly mid-range in terms of spec. The colour of the bike is white/silver and blue which looks great. The drop bars are black and used cork based tape which is soft and comfy but durable in the winter weather!
The bike rides very well for the price paid. The gear change using the brakes as shifters are effective quick to kick in and shift up and down. The small gear indicators are slightly confusing though! The range it provides
makes going quickly, up hill or down hill very easy. As with all road bikes the lack of suspension and thin tires makes for a bumpy ride on UK roads but you get used to it. The wheels clip out and in for easy changed should you get a flat, of which I have only had one cycling on some horrendous roads. The lightweight saddle isn't exactly comfy but used with padded shorts the problem is alleviated. I replaced the pedals with clip in spd pedals which are much better for riding. The turning circle of the bike is also generous, which gets you out of some sticky situations on the road!
Overall this is a great price for the £800 price tag, it could be priced a lot higher for the ride quality it delivers. The bike would certainly be a recommended by me for someone looking for a bike in this price range, it is an award winning bike. A great stepping stone to a carbon bike if you are serious about cycling. 5 stars.