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Giant Defy 5
  • Color: Black/White
  • Color: Satin Black/Red

Giant

Defy 5
2016

$659.99
Product Rating
 
5.0 stars
 (13 Reviews)
 

2016 Giant Defy 5

Explore your world on two wheels with Giant's Defy 5. Giant's ALUXX aluminum frame lets the Defy zoom up the climbs while muting road vibration for a super-smooth, refined ride. Beyond just light and smooth, you'll love the tall head tube and stable geometry that allows for a more comfortable, back-friendly position so you feel great through every mile. This Defy boasts Giant's lightweight SR-2 rims, 16-speed Shimano components for crisp shifting, Tektro brakes for confident stopping, and a selection of reliable Giant components.

Features and Information

 
Specification Description
Frame Giant ALUXX aluminum w/rack mounts
Fork Giant aluminum w/OverDrive steerer
Rims/Wheels Giant SR-2
Hubs Giant Sport Tracker Road
Spokes Stainless steel, 14g
Tires Giant S-R4, 700 x 25c
Crankset FSA Tempo
Chainrings 50/34
Front Derailleur Shimano Claris
Rear Derailleur Shimano Claris
Rear Cogs SRAM PG-850, 8-speed: 11-32
Shifters Shimano Claris
Handlebars Giant Connect
Stem Giant Sport
Brake Levers Shimano Claris
Brakes Tektro R312, dual-pivot
Saddle Giant Performance Road
Seatpost Giant Sport

* Subject to change without notice.

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Pros

  • Durable  (3)
  • Smooth ride  (2)
  • Versatile  (2)
  • Cost 
  • Fits my body type 

Cons

  • Heavy as my 1988 trek 
  • Heavy-ish stock wheels 
  • Stock saddle 
  • None 

Best Uses

  • Road Biking  (2)
  • Endurance riding 
  • Entry level road cycling 
  • For new ridders 
  • Bike Trails/Streets and Roads 

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4.0

Excellent entry level bike

By Jeffry

from Sioux Falls, SD

About Me

Pros

  • Very comfortable
  • Great Rider, as long as don't look to race
  • Great aesthetics, good looking bike

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Workout riding
    • Long Distance at slow to moderate pace
    • Bike Trails/Streets and Roads

    Comments:

    I started riding road bikes in 2011 when I bought a 2010 Trek 1.1 as a graduation gift for myself after finishing grad school. Then in 2014, I bought a 2014 Trek 1.1 after putting about 5000 miles on the 2010 bike. I also used a Serfas Gel Seat and 700x28 Bontrager tires on the Trek bikes that I owned before buying this Giant Defy 5 in June 2016. I transferred the same tires and seat over to this bike immediately upon purchase. I can only give fair comparison of this bike to the Trek 1.1's that I previously owned, as I have only test ridden other brands such as Cannondale, Felt, Bianchi, Specialized but have never owned them. This bike is very comfortable compared to the Trek 1.1's ( I liked the 1.1's, its not like they were poor bikes for me, but now after riding this one, I do prefer the comfort of the Giant Defy 5. All that being said, my characteristics are as follows: Male 45 years old 6'1" about 245-250 lbs I am just fine classifying myself as a rider, I am definitely NOT a racer! I average about 14-15mph while riding. A typical daily ride for me is about 20-25 miles (for workout purposes, not commuting to work). A typical week of riding for me this year is about 100 miles. Two weeks ago, I completed my first ever century ride. The one thing that the Trek 1.1's had over the Giant Defy 5 is that I only had to replace the rear cassette on the first 1.1 that I owned after about 2500 miles. I had to replace the rear cassette on the Giant right around 1000 miles, and I am going to need to replace (upgrade) the front crank pretty soon, too. Need something stiffer to help support the extra 50-75 lbs I carry, but I am also trying to lose. In the end, the comfort exceeds the relatively low cost replacements I have had to do so much sooner after purchase than previous bikes I have owned. As long as the expectation isn't to provide high speed rides (races) then this bike is an excellent value!

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    5.0

    Great bike for the price

    By Chuck

    from San Bernardino, CA

    About Me

    Pros

    • Great Entry Level Road Bi

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments:

        Commuting/Excercise

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        5.0

        Great 1st road bike

        By happyseitz

        from Beaumont,CA

        About Me

        Pros

        • Cost

        Cons

        • Stock Saddle

        Best Uses

        • For New Ridders

        Comments:

        I'm just getting into this sport as a runner. Training for a triathlon, so I didn't want to spend thousands of $ on a bike. This is the best bike out there for newbies like me. I've had it for 7 days now and put only 50 miles on it. but I like the ride, it feels right.

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        4.0

        Perfect starter bike at a hard to beat price

        By Kevin

        from Milwaukee, WI

        About Me

        Pros

        • Great Value
        • Relaxed Riding Position
        • Fits My Body Type

        Cons

        • Heavy-ish Stock Wheels
        • Heavy As My 1988 Trek

        Best Uses

        • Endurance Riding
        • Entry Level Road Cycling

        Comments:

        I picked the Defy 5 over the Specialized Allez and Trek 1 series due to how well this bike felt. I got the sensation of being atop the other two bikes, but the Defy felt like I was inside of it, a part of it. Not as snappy and aggressive as the Allez, but more planted and just about as agile as the Allez. The Trek felt cramped, the Allez felt stretch out, but the Defy felt just right. Kind of heavy for a road bike, but I'll take it as good climbing resistance training. Great first modern road bike for anyone looking to get into the sport. The guys at Allis Bike and Fitness in West Allis, WI were very patient and informative and let me try out a number of bikes before I settled on the Defy. Couldn't be happier!

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        5.0

        Great Bike for the money

        By Deen

        from Jersey

        About Me

        Pros

        • Little Vibrations
        • Smooth Ride
        • Handles Well

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments:

            Thanks to Barry settled on this bike and wow!!! Great ride and would recommend this bike to others. Thanks Barry

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            5.0

            Great Ride

            By DPICK

            from KANSAS CITY MO

            About Me

            Pros

            • Smooth ride
            • Great for climbing
            • Smooth shifting
            • Decreased Road Vibration

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Road riding

            Comments:

            Great for road riding. I've have no complaints. Very well constructed entry level cycle. Have ridden over 500 miles on this cycle with no mechanical failures. Only one flat.

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            5.0

            Great Bike and Fun to Ride

            By Brandon

            from Houston, TX

            About Me

            Comments:

            I've had this bike for two weeks and put over 150 miles on it already (about 10 a day). The XL is comfortable for a 6'2 male. It rides well without too much vibrations. I like the gearing and the shifters/brakes are easy to reach from the hooks. It's stable at all the speeds I can reach (and I topped out at about 27 with a tail wind one day). For the recreational/exercise rider, this is a great bike. It's not the lightest, not the fastest, and not the slickest looking, but I've gotten a few complements. This is an excellent bike! I recommend it for the beginning cyclist or someone looking for a solid exercise bike.

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            5.0

            Perfect Entry Level Roadie

            By Alison

            from Cincinnati, OH

            About Me

            Comments:

            I bought this bike at Montgomery Cyclery in Anderson a few months ago after doing extensive research on entry-level road bikes for quite some time before finally purchasing. I could not be happier with my purchase. Exceptional value for the $, super smooth, lightweight, easy shifting, very comfortable, fast and fun. Definitely recommend!

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            5.0

            Aggressive and Competitive

            By Paulus Maximus

            from Cocoa Beach, Florida

            About Me

            Pros

            • Agile
            • Sleek
            • Speedy
            • Aggressive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Road Endurance

              Comments:

              It is a finely tuned machine without breaking the bank. I have put over 250 miles on it in just under a month. She is smooth and agile. I rode it stock for about 100 miles before I installed the 105 5800 shifters, FD, RD and cassette (I did the "remove the 16 trick")! Very simple and inexpensive upgrade. She was speedy before and remains so now.

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              4.0

              number five in top 13 pick for beginers

              By mitsu 4G69T

              from englewood fl

              About Me Commuter

              Comments:

              This bike is my first road bike. I was really nervous spending over five hundred dollers but but talking to my LBS was the best thing I did they didn't get pushy about spending money they simply said let's take a ride the bike was amazing it sold itself best bike on the market if our on a budget I now have about a 1000 miles on it with no problems and the guys at real bikes have bin great to me for service and allways steer me in the wright direction for parts and upgrades I couldent be happier with my purchase

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