Giant Defy 4 - for a big lad...

guy.spartacus
guy.spartacus Posts: 321
edited January 2011 in Road buying advice
Hey

I'm hoping to buy a Defy 4 in the next month or so as it seems to give best bang for buck and Wiggle have the 2010 model for £360

thing is, I'm 105kg. I just wonder whether the bike will take the strain I'm likely to put on it. I do a lot of weight training so there will be quite a lot of power going through the pedals too - I plan on losing 10-15kg, but also keeping up the weights.

Has anyone any experience being heavy and using the Defy? Seems I need to be quick as they're selling quite quick

Also, anyone have any other recommendations of places to buy a large one in case Wiggle sell out before I grab one?

Cheers

Guy
Road - '10 Giant Defy 3.5
MTB - '05 Scott Yecora
BMX - '04 Haro Nyquist R24 (don't judge me)

Comments

  • danowat
    danowat Posts: 2,877
    If Giant don't specify a weight limit, you'll be fine.
  • Mr Dog
    Mr Dog Posts: 643
    Call your nearest Giant Store.. they will be happy to help. :)
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  • garzar
    garzar Posts: 11
    I'm a similiar weight to you and ride a 2010 defy 3 with no problems. I saw an advert in this week's cycling weekly advertising them cheap it may have been JE James but don't quote me.
  • Excellent news

    seems Wiggle are already out of the large ones....bums

    Will go and try some for size at Senacre cycles down the road - but they seem to be expensive
    Road - '10 Giant Defy 3.5
    MTB - '05 Scott Yecora
    BMX - '04 Haro Nyquist R24 (don't judge me)
  • Anyone any experience with paulscycles.co.uk?

    Seems they have a Defy 3.5 in my size for fairly cheap
    Road - '10 Giant Defy 3.5
    MTB - '05 Scott Yecora
    BMX - '04 Haro Nyquist R24 (don't judge me)
  • benno68
    benno68 Posts: 1,689
    A guy at the club is a big guy, I'm guessing at least 115kg's, no problems with his Defy although he apparently broke a chain and the BB on his new FP2.

    Keep a close eye on the wheels losing spoke tension in the first few weeks.
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  • Good to hear

    Just need to wait for some money to come through then it's full steam ahead
    Road - '10 Giant Defy 3.5
    MTB - '05 Scott Yecora
    BMX - '04 Haro Nyquist R24 (don't judge me)
  • stokepa31
    stokepa31 Posts: 559
    im a big lad and to be honest i dont think any of the bike brands have a problem carrying the weight. wheels are the thing to watch out for. machine built wheels are initially very good but if they do lose tension they will go out of true or worse very quickly. i upgraded my wheels at the time of purchase to easton ea70s and have found them rock solid. im sure other brands are good too but the appeal was that they are a handbuilt wheel and have not budged from true in the year i have used them. I weigh 260lb.
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  • excellent

    money on its way

    does anyone have experience with paulscycles.co.uk?
    Road - '10 Giant Defy 3.5
    MTB - '05 Scott Yecora
    BMX - '04 Haro Nyquist R24 (don't judge me)
  • danowat
    danowat Posts: 2,877
    The one in Dereham?, I've brought a couple of bikes from there, they were alright, I know club mates use them too.
  • Yeah, in Dereham

    They've got a few up for good prices

    cheers
    Road - '10 Giant Defy 3.5
    MTB - '05 Scott Yecora
    BMX - '04 Haro Nyquist R24 (don't judge me)
  • taimur
    taimur Posts: 173
    I am also on the heavier side.
    i just bought a road bike and remember reading some weight guidelines in the owner's manual as follows:

    Road bike 115Kg
    Mountain bike 115Kg
    Cruiser bike 140kg

    As advised above, best check with bike store carrying the bike you want, if possible get a test ride as well. Even if you are within limits and wont snap the bike riding it, you want something solid not something that feels squidgy under stress.
    1996 Cannondale M500 CAAD3 (Hardtail MTB)
    2007 Cannondale F700 CAAD
    2010 Cube Agree SL (Road, retired)
    2011 Cube Litening Super HPC DI2 Frame, with Ultegra Di2 Components
  • Before I commit - is there anything else worth considering for £400-450?

    I'll gladly take a reduced 2010 model
    Road - '10 Giant Defy 3.5
    MTB - '05 Scott Yecora
    BMX - '04 Haro Nyquist R24 (don't judge me)