Giant Supply Problems

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frosty99
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Giant Supply Problems

Postby frosty99 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:34 am

Hi I've been waiting for a TCR composite 3 for over 6 weeks now. Heard today its been put back another 2 weeks, apparently Defy 1s are put back until Jan 2013. Anyone else having problems?

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Re: Giant Supply Problems

Postby invincible » Sat Oct 06, 2012 16:52 pm

yep wanted the defy 1 but was told xmas so bought defy 3 that my LBS had ordered in stock due to knowing of the short supply & a couple of models were available at the time, they have few models that they did that with :lol:

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Re: Giant Supply Problems

Postby Captainlip » Sat Oct 06, 2012 17:58 pm

I work in a store and was looking at our supply dates for giants. good luck getting one this year, well done giant!
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Re: Giant Supply Problems

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Sat Oct 06, 2012 18:07 pm

I just bought a 2012 Defy Composite 3 from the Twickenham store, and test rode it against a 2013 Defy 1 (Al frame, 54cm). They still have the Defy 1 I think if that's any help to anyone.

If it's any consolation, a bloke that worked in one of the stores I've been visiting recently told me that all the manufacturers are experiencing supply that struggles to keep up with demand - due to the Olympic effect. No idea how widespread it is in reality but I guess not surprising.
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Re: Giant Supply Problems

Postby garethjohn » Sat Oct 06, 2012 18:56 pm

Slightly off subject, was told that a caad10 which has just been requested wont be available until April! Work that one out.

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Re: Giant Supply Problems

Postby Monty Dog » Sat Oct 06, 2012 19:57 pm

FWIW the bike industry works on a forecast demand at least 6 months in advance and dealers are awaiting 2013 stock- UK dealers simply couldn't have predicted the Bradley/Olympic effect and regretably the supply-chain for popular models and sizes has simply run dry. I expect if you looked beyond the big brands there's plenty of decent bikes out there.
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Re: Giant Supply Problems

Postby Philinmerthyr » Sat Oct 06, 2012 21:43 pm

I'm planning to buy a sportive bike in February. The Defty and Caad are high on my list.

Do I need to make a decision now and order the bike? Without them being available for a test ride this would be difficult but I don't want to have to wait months for my chosen bike.

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Re: Giant Supply Problems

Postby Captainlip » Sat Oct 06, 2012 22:53 pm

no madone? :shock:
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Re: Giant Supply Problems

Postby Cannock Chase » Sun Oct 07, 2012 09:16 am

Captainlip wrote:no madone? :shock:

I ordered a 2013 Trek Madone 3.1 from my LBS towards the end of August. Was told three weeks delivery. Got a call less than two weeks bike was in shop..!! Excellent.
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Re: Giant Supply Problems

Postby Captainlip » Sun Oct 07, 2012 09:40 am

Treks B2B is excellent and acurate, unlike giants, id suggest Madone over Giant anyday.
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Re: Giant Supply Problems

Postby BlakeysFC » Mon Oct 08, 2012 01:47 am

Philinmerthyr wrote:I'm planning to buy a sportive bike in February. The Defty and Caad are high on my list.

Do I need to make a decision now and order the bike? Without them being available for a test ride this would be difficult but I don't want to have to wait months for my chosen bike.


Go for the Defy 1 if you're planning to do alot of Sportives/Long Distance ride, the CAAD is more of a race bike.

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Re: Giant Supply Problems

Postby DavidJB » Mon Oct 08, 2012 06:24 am

And I thought having to wait a month for my neilpryde burasl was a long time :shock:

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Re: Giant Supply Problems

Postby Bozman » Mon Oct 08, 2012 06:32 am

Plenty of Treks available, i wonder why?

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Re: Giant Supply Problems

Postby chilling » Mon Oct 08, 2012 08:41 am

Bozman wrote:Plenty of Treks available, i wonder why?


Probably because they have a better buying department who recognised the demand earlier and hit the button to produce more bikes quicker.

I mean, Giant are always going on about having their own factories, you would have thought they could ramp up production whenever they wanted.

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Re: Giant Supply Problems

Postby Captainlip » Mon Oct 08, 2012 09:15 am

The carbon treks are in short supply until nov/dec but the alu models are pretty much available.

how peeps jump on the trek hating bandwagon is beyond me, narrowminded individuals if you ask me
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Re: Giant Supply Problems

Postby Philinmerthyr » Mon Oct 08, 2012 17:46 pm

Captainlip wrote:The carbon treks are in short supply until nov/dec but the alu models are pretty much available.

how peeps jump on the trek hating bandwagon is beyond me, narrowminded individuals if you ask me


If I were looking for a sportive trek bike in the £1000-£1200 price range, what is available?

I'll be using it to train for a 100 miler next summer. Defty 1 is currently op of my list but also considering Ribble but would prefer to buy from lbs so I can get the right size and test ride the bike. :lol:

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Re: Giant Supply Problems

Postby lotus49 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 17:52 pm

Aargh, I hope this isn't true.

I ordered a Defy 3 just over a week ago from Halfords (I know, but it was through the Cycle to Work scheme so effectively half price and I am stuck with my employer's choice). They told me then it would be 5 weeks, which was long enough, but I would be very disappointed to have to wait so long that I will have missed the best of the weather. I live in God's Own County so there isn't that much good weather to start with.

I shall have to learn to be patient I suppose. What a pain.

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Re: Giant Supply Problems

Postby BlakeysFC » Tue Oct 09, 2012 21:13 pm

Philinmerthyr wrote:
Captainlip wrote:The carbon treks are in short supply until nov/dec but the alu models are pretty much available.

how peeps jump on the trek hating bandwagon is beyond me, narrowminded individuals if you ask me


If I were looking for a sportive trek bike in the £1000-£1200 price range, what is available?

I'll be using it to train for a 100 miler next summer. Defty 1 is currently op of my list but also considering Ribble but would prefer to buy from lbs so I can get the right size and test ride the bike. :lol:


Ribble make decent bikes too, but their customer service department seems somewhat lacking. There's been endless threads on here about Ribble's customer service department that I would seek out if you're seriously considering a Ribble.

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Re: Giant Supply Problems

Postby Gazspurs » Wed Oct 10, 2012 14:20 pm

good to see its other suppliers.

I ordered a Ribble 7046 curved frame on 6/9 & been told delivery will be around 15/10. This is due to Olympics & recent adds placed in various bike magazines.

In fairness they've been more than good, phoned me twice to make me aware of lead times etc, perfectly happy to wait as bike I cant wait to get.

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Re: Giant Supply Problems

Postby ALIHISGREAT » Wed Oct 10, 2012 15:58 pm

chilling wrote:
Bozman wrote:Plenty of Treks available, i wonder why?


Probably because they have a better buying department who recognised the demand earlier and hit the button to produce more bikes quicker.

I mean, Giant are always going on about having their own factories, you would have thought they could ramp up production whenever they wanted.


Not really..

Fixed capital and labour in the short term..


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