giant defy sizing

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giant defy sizing

Postby j0sh123 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:21 am

I know Giant's defy range uses compact,

I'm 5'4'' (165cm) with a 31'' (78cm) inside leg measurement, so am I right to be looking at the 'small' frame sizes?
I will pop into my LBS as soon as possible to have a ride but until i'm able to do that i'm just browsing possible bikes... :lol:
does anyone have any experience with these bikes and how they fit i.e. biggish/ smallish?

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Re: giant defy sizing

Postby alxce » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:42 am

I have a Giant Defy Composite 2 and when I bought it I was expecting to need a Large as I am 6'1" with 33" inside leg measurement. I came away with a Med/Large as it turned out to be ideal.

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Re: giant defy sizing

Postby Bungalballs » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:47 am

I bought the defy 0 - I'm about 6'1 with 34" leg; thought I would need large/extra large, but having sat on them in the shop I ended up with M/L which I think is 53cm and still find it quite long. So I would say their sizing is on the large side...

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Re: giant defy sizing

Postby ALIHISGREAT » Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:17 pm

another 6"-er with a M/L

Go into the LBS to avoid confusion with the sizing.

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Re: giant defy sizing

Postby OwenB » Fri Oct 05, 2012 13:35 pm

I've got a 2010 Defy XL which should fit bearing in mind I'm 6'3", I've found it very long in the top tube and have shortened the stem by 20mm to cover this.
I'm looking to get a new bike soon and am looking at a Defy Composite but in a L!

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Re: giant defy sizing

Postby Mikey41 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 19:22 pm

At 5'9" - 5'10" the LBS reckoned I would fit a M/L, but the M was the one that fitted best.
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Re: giant defy sizing

Postby mattshrops » Sat Oct 06, 2012 21:09 pm

TBH you have realllllly long legs for your height. So your legs would fit a medium/large quite well but your body is going to be well stretched out on that. I'd guess on a small but with your sizing you definitely need to get in to a shop to try some out. I'd actually say that a womens frame would fit you best with your measurements - although not many blokes would want to do that.Get a fitting.
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Re: giant defy sizing

Postby Wobbit » Sat Oct 06, 2012 21:17 pm

Another 6.2" here on a M/L defy
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Re: giant defy sizing

Postby DefyComp2 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 22:34 pm

5'11'' and riding a M. Long legs but short body. Giant says M/L for my height but it was too stretched out on a test ride.

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Re: giant defy sizing

Postby turbo1191 » Sun Oct 14, 2012 16:28 pm

also buying a defy.. im 6'2" with a 35" inside leg so need the large for the leg length.. but im going to need to shorten the stem by 10mm or so as i have a short torso...

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Re: giant defy sizing

Postby Lycra-Byka » Sun Oct 14, 2012 18:11 pm

6'2 and ride a L. I find this ideal.

Did expect to need an XL but giant defy's seem to be oversized somewhat.

Maybee that's why it's a defy, it defies sizing charts.


Oh and good look getting a new 2013 model anytime soon...just saying

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Re: giant defy sizing

Postby RiderUk » Sun Oct 14, 2012 18:22 pm

I'm just over 6ft and ride a M/L Defy 2. My LBS had the large in stock,allowing me to compare both sizes.
The reach on the large was to long for me.

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Re: giant defy sizing

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Sun Oct 14, 2012 18:30 pm

I'm 5' 9", inside leg 31" - Defy 3 composite (2012) size M
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Re: giant defy sizing

Postby BlakeysFC » Mon Oct 15, 2012 01:28 am

I'm 6ft, with a 32" inside leg.

My 2012 Defy 1 fits me like a glove and is Medium/Large size.

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Re: giant defy sizing

Postby DefyGravity » Mon Oct 15, 2012 20:08 pm

6' with a 32 inside leg and I'm on a defy Composite 2 in a large and it fits me well. Had an old SCR in a M before and it felt too compact. Giant size rig put me somewhere between a M/L and an L, tried them both but the L is more comfortable (for me anyway!)

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Re: giant defy sizing

Postby Briggo » Mon Oct 15, 2012 22:00 pm

I'm 5' 8 with a 30" leg, lbs said M/L size, M felt so much better.

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Re: giant defy sizing

Postby ELPTX51 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 20:47 pm

I'm 5'7" with 29" leg so I'm closer to your size than most of the other posts. I got a Defy 1 two months ago in a S frame size and love it. The fit is perfect. I tried the M but it just didnt feel right and sure enough when the LBS mech measured he moved me to a Small. Definitly recommend seeing your LBS to get fit proper.

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Re: giant defy sizing

Postby renatomarchetti » Sun Nov 24, 2013 15:02 pm

Hi, I'm italian and, in Italy, Defy has very low selling numbers, almost everybody that buy a Giant, buy a TCR.
Last week I decided to buy a Defy Advanced 2 and I'm in doubt about the size.
Of course there was no Defy to try out in the shop. The seller phoned to Giant Italy and they said that the correct size was absolutely M. My height is 5' 9" and my inside leg is 33,5".
I saw that Giant sizing chart says the same; M size.
But I stay with doubts because I have long arms and now I'm OK in a bike with traditional frame size L with 55,5 cm horizontal pipe and 11 cm steering pipe.
Maybe a M/L size was better?
The bike is arriving in February 2014 so I can change if I want.

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Re: giant defy sizing

Postby paulorg » Tue Nov 26, 2013 19:29 pm

6ft 1" with a 34 IL, riding an M/L sized Defy 1 that fits but I would say is slightly too long for my liking, I sometimes feel like I'm very slightly over reaching but not so much that its particularly uncomfortable unless I start to think about it. And no I don't have arms like a T-Rex ;)
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Re: giant defy sizing

Postby Mikey41 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 19:48 pm

renatomarchetti wrote:Hi, I'm italian and, in Italy, Defy has very low selling numbers, almost everybody that buy a Giant, buy a TCR.
Last week I decided to buy a Defy Advanced 2 and I'm in doubt about the size.
Of course there was no Defy to try out in the shop. The seller phoned to Giant Italy and they said that the correct size was absolutely M. My height is 5' 9" and my inside leg is 33,5".
I saw that Giant sizing chart says the same; M size.
But I stay with doubts because I have long arms and now I'm OK in a bike with traditional frame size L with 55,5 cm horizontal pipe and 11 cm steering pipe.
Maybe a M/L size was better?
The bike is arriving in February 2014 so I can change if I want.

Your height and inside leg suggests a M, you're about the same as me. If your arms are longer then you may simply need a slightly longer stem to fix the reach.

I have both a Defy 2 and an Advanced 2. I found that the reach on the Advanced is slightly longer than the Defy as Giant set the bars lower.
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