Keen but require advice Trek or Giant Defy 4?

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by utdrd, 13 Apr 2010.

  1. utdrd

    utdrd Active Member

    Feel the need to get a road bike and as posted before have possibility of a Trek 1000sl second hand from £325-£350. It looks in great condition with little wear (from a photo) and seller tells me it's carbon fork despite giving these specs from trek website:

    FramesetSizes54FrameAlpha SL AluminumForkBontrager Approved, carbonWheelsWheelsAlloy hubs; Alex alloy rims w/eyeletsTiresBontrager Select, 700x25cDrivetrainShiftersShimano Sora STI, 8 speedFront DerailleurShimano 2203Rear DerailleurShimano TiagraCrankBontrager Sport 52/42/30CassetteSRAM 850 12-26, 8 speedPedalsAlloy/nylon road w/clips and strapsComponentsSaddleBontrager Race Basic LuxSeat PostBontrager CarbonHandlebarsBontrager Sport, 26.0mmStemBontrager Select, 17 degreeHeadsetAheadset Slimstak w/semi-cartridge bearings, sealedBrakesetAlloy dual pivot w/Shimano Sora STI levers

    I have found a Giant Defy 4 NEW with the following specs for £525 :
    Frame - Giant AluxX SL aluminium, Fluid FormedTM
    Fork - Cromoly, OverDrive Steerer
    Shock - N/A
    Handlebar - Giant Alloy Anatomic Bend, 26.0mm
    Stem - Giant Alloy
    Seatpost - Giant Alloy
    Saddle - Giant Performance Road
    Pedals - Caged w/ Clips
    Shifters - Shimano 2300 24 speed
    Front Derailleur - Shimano 2203
    Rear Derailleur - Shimano 2300
    Brakes - Tektro Giant specific Dual Pivot
    Brake Levers - Shimano 2300
    Cassette - SRAM PG 850 12-26
    Chain - KMC Z7
    Crankset - FSA Tempo, 30/42/52
    Bottom Bracket - Cartridge
    Rims - Giant Sport Road, Double Wall
    Hubs - Formula Sealed
    Spokes - Stainless Steel
    Tyres - Kenda Kriterium, 700x25mm

    I know very little about road bikes and would really appreciate advice in what I should do here. The only thing I do know is that I am keen to get started asap. I'm a bit worried about 8 gears only on the Trek. In my position (on a limited budget) what would you guys recommend?
  2. accountantpete

    accountantpete Legendary Member

    Isn't the Giant 8spd as well?

    I'd go for the Trek if it has carbon forks - the chatter from the road using alloy forks can take a bit of getting used to,the bike has some good reviews and it leaves you with a bit of dosh to get some decent tyres (use the stock pair for winter).
  3. Kestevan

    Kestevan Last of the Summer Winos

  4. e-rider

    e-rider crappy member

    South West
    If you're going to spend £500-£600 then you have a lot of choice. I would step back and research all the bikes properly before buying - even test ride a few.

    For £300-£350 you have much less choice and will be mainly looking at secondhand bikes. Be cautious about buying a bike you've only seen a picture of - I wouldn't do it. Depends how much £300 means to you I guess.

    There are new bikes for £300 but they are not up to much - depends what you want it for really.

    I would (if you have the budget) look at spending 500-600 on a new bike, buy from a local shop if possible (and if it's a good shop) or look at one of the big online cycle shops as they offer free P&P and often have good deals. Wiggle even offer a 7 day test ride after which you can send the bike back for refund if you don't like it.
  5. Monsieur Remings

    Monsieur Remings Veteran

    Yatton UK
    I've got a Defy 3 (2009) and bought it 2nd hand for £350 and I would not pay anything like £500 for a Defy 4 - go for the Trek, or alternatively if you've got that money to play with, buy the Trek and keep some aside for upgrades like a better set of wheels.

    Saying that, I've done over 750 miles on the Defy 3 since February and the Alex rims are still true and yet I have replacements for them because I know it is a cheaper option than buying a whole new bike and will make a difference to performance.

    I also know that people moan a lot about the Sora groupset but it's a damn sight better than what's on the new Defy 4.
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