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Giant Defy 1 2014 £699 – Save £300

Posted on September 30, 2014 | in Road Bikes | by

For the last 4 years the Giant Defy 1 has proved itself to be the best road bike in the sub £1000 category.

It has beaten all comers in numerous polls and review lists, and has won the Cycling Plus crown for being the best £1000 bike on more than one occasion. Here’s what they said:

“Giant’s Defy delivers a sublime blend of easy speed, surefooted handling and a premium ride at all times. Add impressive spec and impeccable detailing and it’s still the benchmark all-rounder on the four figure frontier.”

Giant Defy 1 2014 £699 at Rutland Cycling

Giant Defy 1 2014 £699 at Rutland Cycling

So why wouldn’t you want a Giant Defy 1?  Only 3 possible reasons I can think of…

  1. You already have one.
  2. You have a far more expensive bike.
  3. You don’t have £1000.

With Rutland Cycles selling the Giant Defy 1 for £699 you no longer need £1000 to own the best £1000 bike. If you already have one you should probably buy a spare, and if you have a more expensive bike you should buy a Defy 1 for the winter months and save your expensive bike for the spring. No excuses really.

You’ll have to be quick as their aren’t many left and I’ve never seen a Giant Defy 1 at this price point before (and believe me I’ve been looking).  You even have a choice of both colour at the time of writing this:

Giant Defy 1 2014 Compact Road Bike £699.00  this is the BLUE one

Giant Defy 1 2014 Compact Road Bike £699.00 and this is the BLACK one
I have a Giant Defy 0 which is basically the same as the Giant Defy 1 with a different colour scheme and some of the drive-train upgraded from 105 to ultegra. It’s a fantastic bike and I’ve never thought about changing it, but the idea of a brand new Defy 1 for such a low price is seriously tempting me. It’s just fortunate that I have absolutely no money!  The great thing about the Giant Defy range is the quality of the frame and the general package. There are plenty of bikes with similar specs but the Defy 1 is far greater than the sum of its parts. It’s one of those bikes where the designers get it just right and the whole package works beautifully.

Not sure how the Defy 1 alchemy happened, but Giant have left it pretty much unchanged and none of their competitors have been able to match it. It’s a kind of ‘once in a decade’ sort of a bike.  The frame geometry makes it comfortable and the lightness makes it quick. You’ll need a slightly smaller frame than you’d normally choose (mine is a 53.5 cm and that’s a medium / large) and you ride with a fair amount of seat-post.  It’s easy to ride on the drops and very comfortable standing on the pedals and riding on the hoods.  Not sure why you’re reading this waffle. You should be following one of these links and ordering your new bike:

Giant Defy 1 2014 Compact Road Bike £699.00 this is the BLUE one

Giant Defy 1 2014 Compact Road Bike £699.00 and this is the BLACK one

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