Giant Defy Sizing – Input needed from other 6ft tall + riders!
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.Posted 5 years agonickdaviesSubscriber
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.Posted 5 years ago
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)Posted 5 years agometalheartSubscriber
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..)Posted 5 years agoturbo1397Member
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! 😀Posted 5 years agotarquinMember
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.Posted 5 years agoleftyboySubscriber
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!Posted 5 years ago
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.Posted 5 years ago
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