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  • Giant Defy Sizing – Input needed from other 6ft tall + riders!
  • 6’2″ with 33″ inside leg, With a fair bit od seatpost out.

    I had the Large, loved it. ran it with a 120mm stem.

    I gave it to my dad who is a little shorter than you and uses a 100mm stem. He’s a big fan of it too now.

    erny
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    just under 6’2″ and I ride a large carbon defy

    Can’t help with Defy but I’m 6’2 on a L TCR Advanced SL so I’d say M/L too.

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    6’1 32″ inside leg. I’ve only pootled round a car park on one but the m/l felt better than the L

    wurzelcube
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    I’ve just been comparing the geometry of my 58cm Synapse with the large Defy and the dimensions look very similar.

    Thanks for the feedback – that’s confirmed my instinct to go with the large – time for a coffee before clicking buy on a Defy Composite 1.

    wurzelcube
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    Back from a coffee and sees posts relating to M/L and just read a review saying the large was enormous.

    I’m looking at a 2012 online and don’t want to be a nob wasting my LBS’ time trying bikes I won’t be buying from them.

    wurzelcube
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    I’m 6ft 1 tall and struggling with Giant’s road bike sizing; typically I’d go for a large however having read various articles many suggest that the Giant sizing tends to be bigger than other manufacturers and that perhaps I’d be better of with a M/L rather than the L.

    I know everyone is slightly different (torso / leg dimensions) but would welcome feedback from other 6ft / 6ft 1 Defy owners to know which frame size you are riding.

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    I am 5ft 10 with 30 leg. Had a bike fit when i bought it and was sized to a M. The size chart is bang on.

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    I haven’t got one, but i’m 6’1 and a bit with 32″ inside leg and I tried their sizes out and couldn’t get one I was happy with, took the M/L, L & XL out for test rides and nothing suited. Giant wanted to charge extra for adjusting stem length. Would say the L with a longer stem would have been the best fit.

    If you are looking at other brands, I ended up going for a L Focus Culebro, which the shop I bought it from happily fitted to me at n/c, changing bits and adjusting etc.

    Frankers
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    I’m 6′ and my Defy is a M/L, the large was too stretched

    wurzelcube
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    Looking at Giant’s sizing chart for 6FT 1 with 33/34″ inside length I could either take the M/L or the L.

    Am I right to think go smaller if I want to be a little lower at the front (more race orientated) or larger if I want to be a bit taller at the front (more relaxed)?

    Giant’s website suggests the cranks on the M/L are 172.5 whereas the L are 175.

    I will have to visit the LBS and the level of service will determine whether or not I purchase one from them rather than a 2012 online (I prefer using a LBS but £400 difference is significant)

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    Why not go M/L with a 10mm longer stem ? That’s what I ended up with on my M from the bike fit. Sizing is all about reach which has biggest impact on comfort. You can play with spacers on the headset to suit

    meehaja
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    6ft tall, with long legs, went for an M TCR, M/L I was too stretched out

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    If its anything like the SL then the M/L has 172.5 cranks and 42 bars, the L has 175’s and 44’s. Which is annoying as I like 175’s and need 44’s. Got a M/L TCR C2 which has seen me good the last 5 years and I’m just a smidge under 6′. For me a L would be too long (incidentally when I found a giant frame sizer thing somewhere it pointed me directly at a M/L, I’ll see if I can find that..)

    Just go a good shop and get fitted

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    I’m 6ft and have the Defy 0. I went for the L as it felt more relaxed and comfier on longer rides.

    turbo1397
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    Im 6ft 2″. I ride a large defy carbon.. i have a 35″ inseam, short torso and long arms. running it with the factory 110mm stem. I used to have a cannondale synapse in a 60. geometry never felt right, changed stem etc and just couldn’t find the sweetspot. Tried a spesh 58 and a 61.. 58 wouldnt allow me to run enough seatpost and 61 was too big on the reach. I find the large defy ideal, right amount of seatpost and t/tube is 575mm which is perfect for me.. hope this helps! 😀

    timbur
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    I’ll be in Giant Shoreham tomorrow if you want to throw a leg over one of each.
    I’m 6’1” and would go L but that’s just me.
    A colleague has just bought a ML and he’s only slightly shorter than me.
    Tim

    trail_rat
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    I ride a large – im 6ft 3 with a 35 inch inseem

    Any smaller than it wont be compact you really want m/l

    I can ride a stock m/l too but run a 130mm stem on it to get the length i like.

    mau00149
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    6’2″ tall 32″ inside leg, sat on a m/l in the shop and it felt fine, picked up a large second hand and it fits nicely (first road bike so just getting into the whole scene/sizing)

    andyl46
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    6ft5 with an XL on a Defy Advanced. No help to you at all, but a brilliant bike. 😉

    wurzelcube
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    I’ve been told that If when sitting on the bike i can see the front axle behind the bars when looking down the frame is too small as it should be in line or in front with the bars – is this a good indicator or nonsense?

    wurzelcube
    Member

    Just realised that there is a Giant store a couple of miles from Cribbs Causeway… Handy as there is a shopping trip already planned for tomorrow 🙂

    tarquin
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    I’m just over 6 foot 2 and have an XL defy alliance.

    The frame is a little large, I could have gone for an L with a longer stem perhaps but as I bought second hand my options were limited. Moved the seat forwards to compensate for my smaller arms, but quite long legs so the rest of the frame is ok.

    I’m a fraction under 6ft and an M/L is perfect.
    It’s a shame Giant don’t do the same size in their mtb range!

    stratman
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    About 5’10”, but shortish legs and longish back

    Happy on a M/L with stock stem

    I’d get on one. By the way I love mine

    wurzelcube
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    Having sat on both again I am still none the wiser… either will fit me with a bit of adjustment.

    I may end up having to go for a 2013, paying full price and getting the store to fit it.

    trail_rat
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    It is much easier to make a bike slightly too small into a bike that fits but doesnt handle like a pig than it is to make a bike thats slightly too big fit well and not handle like a pig. – imo , ymmv

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    My Defy 1 arrived on Friday I’m 5’10” witha 31.5″ inside leg and I went for the M/L. Mine’s an insurance replacement so I didn’t tried one prior to deciding on model and size. Having sat on it it seems to be a very good fit for me.

    Not ridden yet as I’m at least another 4 weeks away from riding the road bike whilst my injuries heal!

    wurzelcube
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    Having visited the shops several times and had a little pootle on both the M/L and the L I’ve opted for the L; I may need to change the stem but will see how I get on.

    The M/L was a little too cramped for me, and due to the seat / bar height difference it felt too aggresive for my liking (I’m not the most flexible).

    Can’t wait to get it 🙂 I resited the urge to go for a 2013 and instead opted for the reduced 2012.

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