The January/February 2009 issue of ROAD turns over page 60 to the Giant Defy 1 ($1299), a stock item for Century Cycles, although it's a bit hard to get and we currently only have one (in Rocky River). In ROAD, editor Neil Browne spends some time on the technology and construction of the bike in addition to its performance.
“The Giant Defy 1 is constructed from Giant’s proprietary aluminum called Aluxx. Giant doesn’t just go out and outsource their aluminum, they smelt their own aluminum from Taiwan in order to maintain quality control. They have been working in aluminum for 30 years so they know a thing or two about working with this material.”
Nice, huh? I mean, when the editor takes the time to help tell your technology story, well that just helps reinforce what we tell folks everyday. Here’s Neil’s take on the ride of the Defy 1: “The Defy 1 was very comfortable and encourages the rider to enjoy the ride. Just because the frame geometry is designed for comfort doesn’t mean that it isn’t responsive. The Aluxx aluminum is still enough for the rider that is looking to log in a miles at a relaxed speed.”
The magazine is on newsstands now.