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Giant Defy 3

Giant Defy 3

2013

Product Rating
 
5.0 stars
 (41 Reviews)
 

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2013 Giant Defy 3

Giant's Defy 3 is perfect for exploring on your bike. Giant's ALUXX aluminum frame and Advanced carbon fork with an OverDrive steerer lets the Defy dominate the climbs while soaking up road vibration for a super-smooth, refined ride. Riding up or cruising down, you'll love the tall head tube and stable geometry that allows for a more comfortable position so you feel great through every mile. This Defy boasts Giant's lightweight S-R2 rims along with Shimano's Sora gruppo for crisp shifting, Tektro brakes for confident stopping, as well as reliable Giant components for a fast ride that's sure to impress.

 
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    Specification Description
    Frame Giant SL ALUXX aluminum
    Fork Giant Advanced composite w/aluminum OverDrive steerer
    Rims/Wheels Giant S-R2
    Hubs Giant
    Spokes Stainless steel, 14g
    Tires Giant S-R4, 700 x 25c
    Crankset FSA Tempo
    Chainrings 50/34
    Front Derailleur Shimano Sora
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Sora
    Rear Cogs Shimano, 9-speed: 12-27
    Shifters Shimano Sora
    Handlebars Giant Sport
    Stem Giant Sport
    Brake Levers Shimano Sora
    Brakes Tektro TK-R312
    Pedals Platform w/clips
    Saddle Giant Performance Road
    Seatpost Giant Sport

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    5.0 stars

    (based on 41 reviews)

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    Pros

    • Comfortable  (35)
    • Handles Well  (34)
    • Lightweight  (33)
    • Fast  (29)
    • Good Geometry  (27)

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable Seat  (12)
    • Brakes Could Be Better  (7)
    • Poor Components  (3)
    • None  (2)
    • Seat Could Be Better  (2)

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding  (31)
    • Exercising  (25)
    • Serious Training  (18)
    • Climbing  (18)
    • Racing  (16)

    Reviewed by 41 customers

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    4.0

    Excellent road bike for the price

    By Miles Long

    from Crofton, MD

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Versatile
    • Rides Forever
    • Lightweight
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City
      • Road Biking

      Comments:

      The Giant Defy 3 rides like a dream. It seems to go on forever. I was looking for a reasonable road bike that wouldn't empty out the wallet. This is it. The construction is top-notch, typical excellent Giant-quality, good components, and a solid overall bicycle that weighs next to nothing. If you're getting into road-biking, this is THE bike to start with.

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      4.0

      Great foundation to build on

      By Gary

      from Kansas City

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor Components

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Exercising

      Comments:

      I ride an '09 Defy 3, but it is essentially the same as the '11. It is a remarkable bike. I did, however, upgrade the components to SRAM Force and now it is a formidable beast of a bike. For a minimal investment, I can easily keep up with the big boys on their high dollar toys.

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      5.0

      Good starter bike

      By Pauly

      from Urbandale, Ia

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Handles Well
      • Fast
      • Good Geometry
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Uncomfortable Seat

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Exercising
      • Casual Riding

      Comments:

      Weekly riding. Average 25 miles a ride several times a week. It is a well rounded bike with composite forks which is a benefit over the TREK equivalent. The seat is not very comfortable and the gear levers are lower end shifters.

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      4.0

      Fantastic Bike

      By Noob

      from Edmonton AB

      About Me

      Pros

      • Excellent price
      • Lightweight
      • Comfortable
      • Fast
      • Beautiful DesignPaint

      Cons

      • Entry bike has no triple
      • Brakes seem bland

      Best Uses

      • Road cycling
      • Commuting

      Comments:

      I bought two bikes, the higher end Defy 0 and this bike at the same time. (This review is based on 2011 Defy 3). For half the price this bike is negligable vs the Defy 0. The speed and performance is comparable to the more expensive bike, except for brakes noticably lower quality and shifters somewhat less. This bike seats you more casually and is super comfortable for all around usage. I intend to actually commute with mine as the 2011 model has a triple front sprocket enabling me to do river valley hills better. For an entry level bike I feel this 2012 model should have retained the triple sprocket as the triple sprocket is really designed for individuals without bulked up racing leg strength as most beginners or entry level cyclists usually are. Overall though for the money this is a steal.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Entry Level Bike

      By Giant Fan

      from Missouri

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Good Geometry
      • Handles Well
      • Fast and Smooth
      • Climbs Well

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Climbing
        • Casual Riding
        • Exercising

        Comments:

        First road bike and I love it. Have had it almost a year and really enjoyed it. Climbs hills well and has good speed. Had no idea that cycling could be so fun!!

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        5.0

        Giant Defy3

        By BillC

        from NJ

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Brakes Could Be Better

        Best Uses

        • Serious Training

        Comments:

        Bought 2 for my wife and I...Excellant choice for an entry level bike..Shifters needed tuning and brakes were upgraded after 250 miles..Replace the pedals w/ clipless..after a few adjustments the seat fits well..

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        (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great bike!

        By Biker

        from Lancaster,Oh

        About Me Competitive Cyclist

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Climbing
        • Serious Training
        • Racing
        • Casual Riding
        • Exercising

        Comments:

        I love the bike!! Would not go without it.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great starter bike

        By Back on the road

        from Lees Summit MO

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments:

          After looking at all brands that have offerings in this price bracket I went with the Defy 3 and I am very pleased. Having been on a quality Mountain bike for years I was looking to get back to the road. Rode this bike all weekend and have found it to be light, fast and nimble. Seat is fine I could ride this thing all day.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Love this bike!

          By dmd0919

          from New Gloucester, ME

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Uncomfortable Seat

          Best Uses

          • Exercising
          • Casual Riding

          Comments:

          This is my first road bike and I could not be any happier. For a bike in this price range, which is on the lower end for road bikes, I am very satisfied with how it handles and have no complaints. I have always had mountain bikes and this road bike doesnt even compare. Very enjoyable to ride! The seat is a bit uncomfortable, but I think that is a standard complaint with road bikes.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          i would buy this product agian and again

          By ed

          from chicago

          About Me

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments:

            wow a great bike for this price i'm so happy with this bike. this is my first road bike and i made the great choice.

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