Giant Defy Advanced 3 (Compact) - 2011

Giant Defy Advanced 3 (Compact)
$1,799.95 - $1,930.00
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Watch your daily and weekly mileage goals increase faster with Giant's Defy Advanced 3. This stellar ride features a composite frame and fork for the same effortless velocity that the pros appreciate, while also delivering vibration damping and an upright position for a comfortable ride. The drivetrain follows suit with a easy-pedaling compact crankset. It gives you the gears to master almost any grade. And, this sweet ride comes with lightweight Giant wheels and reliable Shimano 105 components which ensure the perfect gear every time.

Giant painstakingly creates every Advanced frame using monocoque (one-piece) technology, which eliminates lugs, saves grams and adds strength, resulting in a featherweight bike that rides like a champ.


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Specs

Frame Giant Advanced Composite, Compact Road Design
Fork Giant Advanced Composite w/aluminum steerer
Rims/Wheels Giant P-R2
Hubs Formula sealed
Spokes SAPIM Race 14/15g
Tires Giant P-R3, 700 x 25c
Crankset FSA Gossamer
Chainrings 50/34
Front Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Cogs Shimano 105, 10-speed: 11-28
Shifters Shimano 105 STI
Handlebars Giant Connect
Stem Giant Connect
Brake Levers Shimano 105
Brakes Tektro TK-R540
Saddle Selle Royal Seta
Seatpost Giant Vector Composite

Part Numbers

Option UPC MPN Store SKU
X-Small 826225856624 385662
Small 826225856631 385663 500
Medium 826225856648 385664
Medium/Large 826225856655 385665
Large 826225856662 385666
X-Large 826225856679 385667

Reviews

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5.0

(based on 8 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable  (7)
  • Fast  (7)
  • Handles well  (7)
  • Lightweight  (7)
  • Responsive  (7)

Cons

  • Crank 
  • Uncomfortable seat 
  • None 

Best Uses

  • Exercising  (7)
  • Serious training  (5)
  • Casual riding  (3)
  • Climbing  (3)
  • Racing  (3)
  • Commuting  (2)
  • Group rides 
  • Training 
  • SocialGroup Rides 

REVIEWS

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5

"This bike is hot"

By 

from Munroe Falls, OH

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Handles Well
  • Fast
  • Responsive
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Uncomfortable Seat

Best Uses

  • Group rides
  • Serious Training
  • Casual Riding
  • Exercising
  • Climbing

Comments:

My Giant FCR-2 was a great bike, but the dfference in the Defy Advaned 3 with the carbon fiber frame makes this my greatest bike yet! It is light, fast, climbs well and I do not notice as much body fatigue on long rides. It is definitely worth the $ 400 more I paid than if I would have bought the Defy I with the aluminum frame.

4

Nice Ride

By 

from Lees Summit MO

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Handles Well
  • Fast
  • Stiff
  • Comfortable
  • Good Geometry
  • Responsive
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Crank

Best Uses

  • Training
  • Exercising

Comments:

Replaced my 2004 OCR with this. The ride is much better and faster. The only negative I could comment on is the shifting of the front sprockets. Shifts down fine but sometimes slips back down when shifting upwards. I have over 500 miles on it now and have had the store adjust the cable once. I plan on taking it in today for another adjustment. Other than that I enjoy the bike very much. I was considering the Madone 4.5, Cervelo S2, and a Sworks before I purchased the Defy 3.

4

Great bike

By 

from Vancouver, Wa.

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Handles Well
  • Responsive
  • Comfortable
  • Fast
  • Lightweight
  • Good Geometry

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Serious Training
    • Climbing
    • Casual Riding
    • Commuting
    • Exercising

    Comments:

    The Defy Advanced 3 is a great road bike. This bike is very stiff and handle very well. It feels very solid for a composite bike. I say this because, I am a bigger rider. The damping system that they use keeps the hand from getting numb and the legs from getting to fatigue after a long ride. The geometry of the bike is upright and still low enough to have a race feel to it. This bike is fast with the wheel set came with it. The first upgrade that I would do is replace the saddle and the wheel sets and tires. If you are planning to buy the Defy Advanced 4, I would save up a little more and buy the Defy Advanced 3. But if you can afford the Defy Advanced 2 I would get that, because of the components.

    4

    Only One Problem

    By 

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Comments:

    I purchased my Defy Advanced 3 from Cal Coast Bikes in San Diego (great shop). I've ridden it about 1,000 miles now and I love it. It has recently developed a little "creaking" noise in the bottom bracket for which it will be going into the shop today. Overall I'd say the bike is excellent. It's super light, rigid, and climbs like a monster. I upgraded the wheels to Mavic Ksyrium Equipe and they have proved to be a great improvement. I changed the stock Tektro brakes for a set of super smooth 105s... I added Profile Designs tri-bars, a computer, and two bottle cages... Vala... bike is great, The FSA Gossemer cranks are nice, but not perfect... a little heavy. The 105 transmission is flawless. The stock saddle is super flat and a real hunk of junk... changed it into a Fizik and it's great now. I've done several 30+ mile rides and one 50 mile ride. This bike really shines on long bumpy rides. It's smooth, smooth, smooth and very stiff for a non-race oriented bicycle. I'm not crazy about the drab gray color and I hope Giant adds a little "pop" to future paint work... but this is a great bike for any 35+ year old rider who likes to log long miles and can't afford feeling every bump along the way!

    5

    Unbelievable Value

    By 

    from Cuyahoga Falls, OH

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Good Geometry
    • Confident
    • Comfortable
    • Responsive
    • Lightweight
    • Handles Well
    • Fast
    • Value

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • SocialGroup Rides
    • Casual Riding
    • Serious Training
    • Exercising
    • Climbing

    Comments:

    I really didn't know a bike could be this good. Here are some specific attributes I noticed on my first group ride (2 days, 75 miles per day): -Comfort: Of the 5 members of our group, I was the only one who was comfortable both days, and that's really saying something for a performance road bike. -Agility: The bike moved with TREMENDOUS confidence--I avoided two accidents that I could not have avoided on my previous bike (both a car and a fellow rider braked in front of me, and my bike's agility allowed me to avoid both). -Climbing: This is probably the greatest attribute. I've never been able to accelerate in the middle of the climb until I got this bike, you lose seemingly no energy in the bottom bracket! -Value: My level of riding consists of group rides, intense training, and climbing, but no racing. Bearing that in mind, for my needs this bike is perfect. A perfectly-performing bike for sub-$2000 is just incredible, an unbelievable value! In short--I don't know about racing, since I don't do it. And perhaps this wouldn't be the best commuter bike. But for all other uses, this may well be as good as it gets.

    5

    This bike is GREAT!!!

    By 

    from Apple Valley, MN

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Handles Well
    • Comfortable
    • Responsive
    • Lightweight
    • Fast
    • Good Geometry

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Racing
      • Serious Training
      • Exercising

      Comments:

      I just bought this bike yesterday and immediately went on a 30 mile ride. Just awesome!!! Very comfortable, but not cushy. Very responsive and nimble, but not unruly. VERY FAST and can stop quickly without getting fishy. Shifting is a breeze with the Shimano 105 components. I did change the seat, but for people who don't need as much support as I do, the stock seat is probably fine. For the price, this bike is a great bike for full carbon and far above average quality components. Can't wait to ride again tonight!

      5

      Giant broke the model with this one.

      By 

      from Lexington, KY

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Handles Well
      • Fast
      • Lightweight
      • Responsive
      • Good Geometry

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Racing
        • Exercising

        Comments:

        I have been blown away by this bike, Biggest Bang for the Buck!!! Can not say enough good things about this bike. It handles like a dream and very comfortable. The team at Pedal Power in Lexington KY is top notch.

        5

        Outstanding bike

        By 

        from Mountain View

        About Me Competitive Cyclist

        Pros

        • Fast
        • Lightweight
        • Responsive
        • Comfortable
        • Handles Well
        • Good Geometry

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Serious Training
          • Exercising
          • Racing
          • Commuting

          Comments:

          This is one of the best entry level, race ready road bikes on the market. Shimano Ultegra and 105 componants, carbon frame and a price that doesn't hurt.

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