The Giant Defy 1 is a road bike built for endurance and performance rather than speed. With no carbon in the double-butted alloy frame, the Defy 1 is different from the Defy Alliance and the Defy Advanced. However, the Defy 1 is made with high-tech features, such as extensively hydroformed top and down tubes, and a tapered fork. The Defy 1 and other Defy models have what Giant calls Endurance Positioning, a geometry with a slightly shorter top tube and taller head tube to place the rider in an upright position, like that of most of today's plush road bikes. But the Defy 1's long-reach, deep-drop handlebar keeps the rider position somewhat more aggressive than most plushies. The Defy 1 is stable, even while descending at speeds exceeding 50 mph, thanks to the rock-solid frame and trustworthy geometry. At those speeds the Shimano 105 brakes offer a level of power and modulation that the generic-brand models typically found in this price range don't come close to matching. One downside to the Defy 1 are the stock Kenda wheels which will wear out after 500 miles. Overall, the Defy 1 is for those who want a comfy yet sporty ride with good performance. It is available in White/Charcoal/Black & Green/White/Black.
- ALLUX SL FluidFormed Frame
- Composite Blade fork with tapered alloy steerer
- Shimano Tiagra 18speed Drivetrain
- Shimano R500 Wheelset
- Raceface Ride Bar/Stem
- Frame: ALUXX SL alloy; FluidFormed; smooth welded
- Fork: Composite blade, 1 1/8 - 1 1/4 alloy head steerer