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Giant Defy 3

Giant Defy 3

2016

Product Rating
 
5.0 stars
 (43 Reviews)
 

Product Details

2016 Giant Defy 3

Swing a leg over Giant's Defy 3 and take a peek at what's over the horizon and around the bend. Giant's ALUXX aluminum frame and Advanced composite fork with an OverDrive steerer lets the Defy dominate the climbs while soaking up road vibration for a super-smooth, refined ride. Climbing up, or cruising down, the frame's tall head tube and stable geometry offer a comfortable, back-friendly position so you feel great through every mile. This Defy boasts Giant's lightweight SR-2 rims along with Shimano's Sora drivetrain for crisp shifting, Tektro brakes for confident stopping, and reliable Giant components for a fast ride that's sure to impress.

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    Specification Description
    Frame Giant ALUXX aluminum
    Fork Giant Composite w/aluminum OverDrive steerer
    Rims/Wheels Giant SR-2
    Hubs Giant Sport Tracker Road
    Spokes Stainless steel, 14g
    Tires Giant S-R4, 700 x 25c
    Crankset Shimano Sora
    Chainrings 50/34
    Front Derailleur Shimano Sora
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Sora
    Rear Cogs SRAM PG-950, 9-speed: 11-32
    Shifters Shimano Sora
    Handlebars Giant Connect
    Stem Giant Sport
    Brake Levers Shimano Sora
    Brakes Tektro R312, dual-pivot
    Saddle Giant Performance Road
    Seatpost Giant Sport

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    5.0 stars

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    Pros

    • Comfortable  (37)
    • Handles Well  (34)
    • Lightweight  (32)
    • 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)
    • Climbing  (18)
    • Serious Training  (18)
    • Racing  (16)

    Reviewed by 43 customers

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    5.0

    Great Bike

    By Big Gene

    from Corona Ca

    About Me

    Pros

    • Balanced
    • Comfortable
    • Fast

    Cons

    • Tires

    Best Uses

    • Training
    • endurance

    Comments:

    This bike is balanced comfortable and quick. The only caveat is the tires. I was averaging a flat a week until I switched them out for a set of Maxxis Refuse's. I tested every bike in the $1000 range and this one took the cake. No regrets whatsoever.

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    4.0

    Great All-Around Road Bike

    By Rees

    from Kansas City, MO

    About Me

    Pros

    • Fast
    • Sleek
    • Lightweight
    • Comfortable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sprints
      • Long distance
      • Entry level
      • Crit Races
      • Intermediate

      Comments:

      I am a long time MTB Rider switching to Road Racing. This is a great entry to mid level priced bike. The bike is comfortable and very fast. After four flats in one month I had to upgrade the tires to a more durable pair. Other than the tires, I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

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      4.0

      Excellent road bike for the price

      By Miles Long

      from Crofton, MD

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Rides Forever
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      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

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

        • Responsive
        • Good Geometry
        • Fast
        • Handles Well

        Cons

        • Uncomfortable Seat

        Best Uses

        • Exercising
        • Commuting
        • 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

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

        Cons

        • Entry bike has no triple
        • Brakes seem bland

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Road cycling

        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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        5.0

        Great Entry Level Bike

        By Giant Fan

        from Missouri

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Exercising
          • Climbing
          • Casual Riding

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

          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

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

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

          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

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            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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