The bike that I am looking at and may get this Summer or Fall is the Giant Defy Alliance as the geometry is what I am looking for- lax head tube, long wheelbase- and in my size, I really like what I see.
The thing that bothers me is that it not only doesn't come with a triple but it comes with a compact with a braze-on front derailleur. I know I can just install a triple and a braze-on triple front derailleur but how is one to know if I will be able to set up the front derailleur so that I can avoid rubbing the derailleur in my big ring/small cog and my small ring/big cog combinations? IOW, how can you know if the derailleur will be able to move far enough laterally to accommodate the additional width of a triple?
The base of my concern is that Giant designed this frame to fit a compact, not a triple.
I wanted to contact Giant but their site gives a pop-up window that says:
GIANT Bicycles USA
3587 Old Conejo Rd.
Newbury Park, CA 91320California
Phone: For more info, please contact your local Giant
Fax: authorized bicycle dealers.
I guess they don't want to be bothered. I kinda wonder what they would do it I snail-mailed them my question.
I talked to my local dealer, Off Ramp Bicycles in Santa Clara, CA wasn't too confidence-inspiring when I asked them as they gave me a "it depends" answer.
(this is cross-posted in the Road Cycling forum)