The Giant Defy and Giant Avail got major updates this year. The incorporation of the entry-level alloy versions raised the sales as the prices were lower but the performance and durability were decent. The carbon variants of these models got the additional disc brakes.
The Taiwanese bicycle giant has set out to make further changes in the 2016 versions of these bikes. The alloy versions too will get the disc brakes this time. The alloy frame design will be based heavily on the carbon counterparts.
Since the mere addition of the disc brakes is not enough for all the riders, it is worth mentioning that the increased brake control offer perfectly secure braking in any given weather and terrain, which is not so easy to find in an entry-level bike.
Coming to the price, the Giant Defy has been priced aggressively at USD 1500, and at around ASD 1800 in Australia. The price of the bike in the United Kingdom is not yet confirmed. The entry-level bikes have a good quality frame and good handling.
The bike will be highly functional considering the price and the specifications sound reliable. However, the bike is way too noisy and the seatpost is only branded while the wheels are heavy. Overall, the low priced bike is durable and the ride is reliable too.
The bike has been built to fit the lesser experienced riders. The Defy is a range of endurance bikes with an upright alignment and easy handling compared to the regular racing bikes. The bike is ideal for people who want to ride mainly for physical fitness or recreation in moderate terrains. The bike is not meant for rough rocky terrains.
The geometry and angles of the bike have not undergone much change because it is a fine bike anyway. The ride isn’t the most exciting, but it is comfortable and handy. The bike can handle quick descents too. The wide rimmed 25c tires make up for the small bumps and the road inconsistencies.
Despite its comfortable alignment, the bike is not a treat for rough roads as the alloy frame is basically narrow. The bike can even get noisy in rough terrains. Nonetheless, the endurance bike handles rough terrains better than any alloy frame in the same price bracket. The bike is stabilized at slopes with the help of the high volume rubber and the mass of the frame. For riders who want a lower position, the stem can be swapped.
The handlebar height can be adjusted to suit most riders, but the more experienced riders might want to go for the stem swap for a lower alignment for better forward push. The frame is basically not the most powerful, but it is a decent performer in all terrains except the most extreme and slippery roads. The cranking in the saddle indicates the slightest flex at the quick release dropouts, but that is hardly a problem. So basically, this bike is a good performer for the average purposes. It is an endurance bike, but with a low key drivetrain.