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    2015 Defy - rumors anyone?

    I'm seriously considering a Giant Defy Advanced SL1 but I'm just beginning to hear the faintest of rumors re the 2015 lineup.

    Has anyone heard anything re Giant's plans for the 2015 Defy?

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    Giant rep.
    2015 will get a full redesign.

    1. Disc brakes for all models
    2. They are stealing the seatpost design straight from their XTC advanced bikes.
    Giant-2013-XTC-seat-clamp | Spoke Magazine

    This will give it a little more compliance to compete against the domane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r1lee View Post
    Giant rep.
    2015 will get a full redesign.

    1. Disc brakes for all models
    2. They are stealing the seatpost design straight from their XTC advanced bikes.
    Giant-2013-XTC-seat-clamp | Spoke Magazine

    This will give it a little more compliance to compete against the domane.
    Test rode a 2014 Trek Domane 5.2 and a Giant Defy Advanced this afternoon. The Domane was awesome inspiring over a very rough road; so much so that I could briefly imagine what Paris Roubaix must be like. Yes, everyone can dream...

    The Defy, on the other hand, was what I would clearly rate as the second most compliant endurance bike that I've ridden (2nd only to Domane and I've ridden just about all of them over the last year), however the Defy felt much quicker and more responsive. Climbing was an absolute joy (as much as it ever can).

    The Domane was smooth and enjoyable but the Defy made me want to ride it.

    Now I'm stoked to learn more about the 2015 line up. I've waited this long so another few weeks probably won't kill me.

    Has anyone heard anything re Trek's 2015 plans for the Domane?

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    Quote Originally Posted by r1lee View Post
    Giant rep.
    2015 will get a full redesign.

    1. Disc brakes for all models
    2. They are stealing the seatpost design straight from their XTC advanced bikes.
    Giant-2013-XTC-seat-clamp | Spoke Magazine

    This will give it a little more compliance to compete against the domane.
    My wife will also be in the market for a comparable women's bike. Any idea if they are doing the same thing with the Avail? Thx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JT2Wheels View Post
    Test rode a 2014 Trek Domane 5.2 and a Giant Defy Advanced this afternoon. The Domane was awesome inspiring over a very rough road; so much so that I could briefly imagine what Paris Roubaix must be like. Yes, everyone can dream...

    The Defy, on the other hand, was what I would clearly rate as the second most compliant endurance bike that I've ridden (2nd only to Domane and I've ridden just about all of them over the last year), however the Defy felt much quicker and more responsive. Climbing was an absolute joy (as much as it ever can).

    The Domane was smooth and enjoyable but the Defy made me want to ride it.

    Now I'm stoked to learn more about the 2015 line up. I've waited this long so another few weeks probably won't kill me.

    Has anyone heard anything re Trek's 2015 plans for the Domane?
    Well the Roubaix isn't going to be anywhere as compliant as the Domane as the Zertz insert really doesn't do anything but dampen very high vibrations.

    I have a 6.9 Domane P1 and yes, the one thing going for it is that for rough roads nothing right now is better. I will admit that it's sort of Mute and very uninspiring to ride. It doesn't have the same responsiveness as the Defy.

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    I wonder:

    1. Will the TCR and Defy get Disc brakes?
    - perhaps, but i suspect only the Defy will (test waters),
    whilst both Defy & TCR get internal cabling.

    2. Will Giant 'have to' use non-standard disc brake wheels/hubs
    (as i believe the roubaix does) due to apparent chain line problems with 135mm rear hubs

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaff View Post
    I wonder:

    1. Will the TCR and Defy get Disc brakes?
    - perhaps, but i suspect only the Defy will (test waters),
    whilst both Defy & TCR get internal cabling.

    2. Will Giant 'have to' use non-standard disc brake wheels/hubs
    (as i believe the roubaix does) due to apparent chain line problems with 135mm rear hubs
    My crystal ball says.

    1. TCR will get 'aero brakes'. Defy will get disc brakes.

    2. thru axle on the front fork of the Defy.

    Correct, the Defy is a much more powerful climber than the Domane. Giant make the stiffest climbing bikes on the planet in 2012 onwards for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by durianrider View Post
    My crystal ball says.

    1. TCR will get 'aero brakes'. Defy will get disc brakes.

    2. thru axle on the front fork of the Defy.

    Correct, the Defy is a much more powerful climber than the Domane. Giant make the stiffest climbing bikes on the planet in 2012 onwards for sure.
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    No Defy shown but TCR and others shown. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...5618164&type=1 All the #2 models appear to have the latest 11 speed 105 group

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    Looks like all disc for the carbon and all rim for the aluminum. Giant is making some radical moves recently. They also jumped very heavily into the 27.5 wheel size on the mountain side. They've become a very aggressive brand.

    2015 Giant Defy and Liv Avail endurance road bikes announced - BikeRadar

    All carbon models will be disc-equipped for 2015; aluminum bikes will all be rim brake-only. Impressively, Giant looks to have done this without adding any weight – and in fact, says certain complete bikes even end up about 50g lighter than their comparable rim brake-equipped versions. We measured a top-end Defy Advanced SL 0 model at just 7.3kg (16.1lb)

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    Looking at the story a day later the most interesting thing isn't the disc brakes but the different levels of carbon fiber bikes. In the past Giant offered Advanced SL, Advanced and Composite. Now it's Advanced SL, Pro and Advanced.

    Is this new Advanced the same as the old Advanced or is it just a re-branded name for Composite? Is Pro something new or is it just a re-branded name for Advanced? Is there any way to find out?

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    They seem to be using advanced pro on a few bikes. Maybe they will removing the comp name.

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    Those 2015 bikes look great.
    2015 Specialized Tarmac, Ultegra 6800, HED C2 rims
    2014 Specialized Roubaix Expert, Ultegra 6800, HED C 2 rims.
    2012 Giant Defy Advanced 2, Ultegra, Pacenti SL 23 rims.
    Moots VaMoots, Dura-Ace, Pacenti SL 23 rims

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsumner303 View Post
    I'm getting one. Probably the mechanical Ultegra version. I can't see paying another $1000 for Di2 especially since mechanical 6800 is so good.
    2015 Specialized Tarmac, Ultegra 6800, HED C2 rims
    2014 Specialized Roubaix Expert, Ultegra 6800, HED C 2 rims.
    2012 Giant Defy Advanced 2, Ultegra, Pacenti SL 23 rims.
    Moots VaMoots, Dura-Ace, Pacenti SL 23 rims

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    Really? Cause $1k for di2 is a worthwhile upgrade IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOTA View Post
    Looking at the story a day later the most interesting thing isn't the disc brakes but the different levels of carbon fiber bikes. In the past Giant offered Advanced SL, Advanced and Composite. Now it's Advanced SL, Pro and Advanced.

    Is this new Advanced the same as the old Advanced or is it just a re-branded name for Composite? Is Pro something new or is it just a re-branded name for Advanced? Is there any way to find out?
    The link below shows the advance and advance PRO using advance-grade composite. The 14 defy composites list it as composite-grade composite. So it appears composite is now advance and they just added advance pro. Looks like the biggest differnce with the PRO is it adds different wheels.

    First Look and Ride: 2015 Giant Defy endurance road bike line | Road Bike News, Reviews, and Photos | Page 3

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtm21 View Post
    The link below shows the advance and advance PRO using advance-grade composite. The 14 defy composites list it as composite-grade composite. So it appears composite is now advance and they just added advance pro. Looks like the biggest differnce with the PRO is it adds different wheels.

    First Look and Ride: 2015 Giant Defy endurance road bike line | Road Bike News, Reviews, and Photos | Page 3
    I believe it would be correct to compare the frames of the 2015 “Advanced” and “Advanced Pro” to the 2014 “Advanced” They all are referenced by Giant as “Advanced-grade composite”. the 2014 “Composite” frame is not part of the new lineup. Also note these changes apply to the Avail also.


    Still not sure I want disks on what would be my entry into carbon road bikes. Anyone have a deal on a 2014 Defy composite 2?


    Here are all the articles I’ve see so far.


    New 2015 Giant Defy endurance bike released » Canadian Cycling Magazine


    2015 Giant Defy Advanced Road Bikes Get Disc Brakes Across the Line, Plus More New Models!


    2015 Giant Defy Road Bike Test and Review | Bicycling Magazine


    Giant Defy and Liv Avail endurance road 2015 ranges announced - BikeRadar

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc7654 View Post
    Still not sure I want disks on what would be my entry into carbon road bikes.
    if it's an advanced grade frame, meaning T700, it wouldnt' be a entry level carbon road bike. Giant's T700 carbon and their carbon layup is arguably the best in the business.

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    $2,075 for an advanced-grade composite defy w/105 components seems like a great deal. Plus they are saying it will take 28mm tires, which for me is awesome. Can't wait till they are available

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    2015 Defy - rumors anyone?

    What is the benefit of 28mm tires?

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    Just discovered this official info page.
    2015 Defy Range - Giant Bicycles | Offical site

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    Oh and the Liv Avail bikes too. 2015 Avail Range - Liv Cycling

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    Nice find. The video is kind of cool too.

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    smoother ride and better capability. I ride on a lot of crush limestone so the 28mm tires help.

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    What is the benefit of 28mm tires?

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