Published on May 15th, 2013 | by James Tennant

Giant Defy 1 2013 review

The Defy is possibly the best sub £1000 bike on the market. So we took a closer look. Watch the video above, or if you don’t have speakers you can read what we had to say below:

The Giant Defy 1 is not only one of the best aluminum road bikes on the market, it’s also one of the best with a sub £1000 price tag. The Defy’s accolades include’s Editor’s choice for 2013, and cycling plus magazine brand it as a benchmark for alloy responsiveness and ride quality and is the best bike they know of for this price – so don’t just take my word for it.

The Defy range is Giant’s sportive class bike – these are designed to take on races like the Paris-Roubaix, but their ride and handling characteristics make them more comfortable when eating up the miles on a commute or sportive. A longer head tube and higher handlebar position place you in a more upright seating position and smaller chain rings on the front will help in the hills.

The Defy has Shimano 105 mechs and shifters, which weight aside, are virtually indistinguishable from Ultegra and provide smooth and reliable shifting. The rest of the drive train is built up of other Shimano branded parts. Giant keep costs down by finishing the bike with their own connect bars, stem, saddle and carbon seatpost; their P-R2 wheels are great for the money and all components can be upgraded easily should you want to.

The best feature of the Defy 1 is its frame; You’ll notice the flattened top tube and tapered seat stays – these features allow the bike to remain both stiff, yet compliant over rougher roads; the defy will ease the sting out of potholes, while still feeling snappy and responsive if you go for a sprint. The Defy 1 also has a composite carbon fork to absorb road vibrations and reduce weight. Giant built the Defy from their own lightweight ALUXX aluminum to create a bike that out-performs pretty much everything in its class.

The Defy range has what’s known as a compact frame geometry; this smaller frame design makes it both stiffer and lighter, but you WILL need to refer to the size guide before buying – I’m 5’11” and usually ride a 56cm frame, or Medium/Large in Giant’s compact sizing – but the actual seat tube is around 54cms if measured

The Defy 1 is simply THE perfect bike for anyone looking to take on a sportive, but with a price tag of just 999.99 it’s available on most cycle to work schemes,s and I can’t think of a faster or more stylish bike to get you back and forth to work. Giant also offer a specifically designed set of close fitting mudguards for the bike to help keep you dry in the rain.


Giant Defy 1 2013 review

About the Author

has been a cyclist for over fifteen years and in that time he's raced off road in both the UK and Europe. He's a Cytech level 2 mechanic, qualified cycle coach, guide and has extensive cycle industry experience. JT rides both road and mountain although refuses to commute by bike because he lives so close to work. You'll also see his mug on most of our Tredz TV productions.

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