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New Defy 2015 with disc - slightly heavy.

Old 10-08-14, 04:40 AM
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New Defy 2015 with disc - slightly heavy.

I'm thinking of getting the Defy 2015 - probably the Advanced Pro with mechanical Ultegra. The Ultegra Di2 would be another $900. I want this bike to last me years - can't afford to change bikes anymore as everytime i sell i lose quite a bit. ANd i'm about 51 now so there's not many more years of hard riding to be done - Damn wish i was 23!!!!

The Defy 2015 are very hard to find - no one in Melbourne has a good stock - they are all predicting Dec 2014 - It's gonna be a damn long wait till then as i've sold my current bike to make way for this Defy.

I've been to a bike shop and lifted up a Advanced SL 1 - it's a nice looking bike with the discs brakes - but it sure wasn't feather light. There's a bit of heft to it. So there's some truth that disc brakes add weight to a bike because I'm sure the SL version of the non disc brake bike would be very very light in comparision to the 2015 disc models.
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actually i've just sighted a Trek Domane 4.5 with disc brakes and it uses thru axles - woo hoo. I'm a big believer in thru axles - I think the giant quick release with disc brakes could produce disc rubs which will sound terrible on a road bike - i've read and seen youtube that thru axles will make it more rigid and the wheels can go in more precisely thereby eliminating disc rub. I'll check it out at the LBS over the weekend.
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First off, what's this 51 and not many more years of hard riding left crap. I'm 63 and still ride 8,000 miles a year, many of that with some pretty fast retired racers. I intend to be riding for a long time yet and have a Propel Pro 1 on order.

Second, I've ridden the defy with disc brakes and its a nice bike but it's a sport racer. It does what it's designed for well which is comfortable, long distance fast riding. I've lifted and ridden one and have no idea what it weighs, but I wouldn't worry about the weight; it feels reasonable for its price range to me.

Given all that, if you're looking for performance, look at the TCR and the Propel though I'm pretty sure the Defy can do whatever job that most of us require getting done.
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Originally Posted by Machoman121 View Post
actually i've just sighted a Trek Domane 4.5 with disc brakes and it uses thru axles - woo hoo. I'm a big believer in thru axles - I think the giant quick release with disc brakes could produce disc rubs which will sound terrible on a road bike - i've read and seen youtube that thru axles will make it more rigid and the wheels can go in more precisely thereby eliminating disc rub. I'll check it out at the LBS over the weekend.

I'm a bit worried about annoying swish-swish sounds myself on road bikes with disc brakes. Don't notice it on the trail on a mtb but it could be annoying on the road if a disc gets a little wobble.
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I'm a bit worried about annoying swish-swish sounds myself on road bikes with disc brakes. Don't notice it on the trail on a mtb but it could be annoying on the road if a disc gets a little wobble.
That's the good thing about a SRAM components on a disc brake equipped bike. The drivetrain noise will cover up any noise from a rubbing disc.
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I'm a bit worried about annoying swish-swish sounds myself on road bikes with disc brakes. Don't notice it on the trail on a mtb but it could be annoying on the road if a disc gets a little wobble.
I'm no expert on the subject, but my '15 Cannondale Synapse had a little disc rub at first and it was easily backed off and the brakes still work very well.
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That's the good thing about a SRAM components on a disc brake equipped bike. The drivetrain noise will cover up any noise from a rubbing disc.
Then once you get used to the noise and don't notice it, the chain comes off in front. SRAM keeps you focused.
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Then once you get used to the noise and don't notice it, the chain comes off in front. SRAM keeps you focused.
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Then once you get used to the noise and don't notice it, the chain comes off in front. SRAM keeps you focused.
When you're a pro like Andy Schleck you can get it to come off the bottom rear.
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Hi Guys - I"ve ordered a Defy Advanced SL 1 - the one with the integrated seat post (ISP). I love everything else about the SL - carbon wheelset, stem, and handlebar - except for the ISP concept. I guess the defuse concept is maximised in the ISP but i'm having serious thoughts about an ISP bike. It would be my first ISP bike. Would I regret the ISP?

Anyone who rode an ISP bike and had regretted?

I"m quite happy to get 'downgraded' to the advanced pro 1 but feared i might miss the carbon wheelset. My justification for the SL is there's no more room to upgrade further in the future as it's all pretty much as good as it gets now.


I still have to dig pretty deep to pay for the SL though.

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Originally Posted by Machoman121 View Post
Hi Guys - I"ve ordered a Defy Advanced SL 1 - the one with the integrated seat post (ISP). I love everything else about the SL - carbon wheelset, stem, and handlebar - except for the ISP concept. I guess the defuse concept is maximised in the ISP but i'm having serious thoughts about an ISP bike. It would be my first ISP bike. Would I regret the ISP?

Anyone who rode an ISP bike and had regretted?

I"m quite happy to get 'downgraded' to the advanced pro 1 but feared i might miss the carbon wheelset. My justification for the SL is there's no more room to upgrade further in the future as it's all pretty much as good as it gets now.


I still have to dig pretty deep to pay for the SL though.
Looks like you've already started a thread about it. See my post in that tread and my comments. I ride a giant with an ISP. A propel now and previously a TCR. Going to the ISP was a big noticeable difference.

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Have you ridden an Emonda in the SL/500 carbon range?

I enjoy the handling of the Giant Defy more, but thought the Emonda was a much much better frame for isolating you from road vibration, bumps, shocks, etc. I rode around 15 bikes this summer, and it was the only one I was kinda amazed by.
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