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€500 Bike upgrade

  • 27-10-2021 6:53pm
    Registered Users Posts: 6

    Hi all,

    Long time reader and once contributor but probably haven’t done so in 10 years!

    I have a 4 year old Giant Defy 0 which I love and I keep in good condition. Nice Ultegra group set and stock Giant wheels. I cover between 2-3000km yearly with duathlons and sportives thrown in there too.

    I’d love a new bike but just can’t find a reason to change. So my question is… with a budget of €500 what would you change? Is the answer simply wheels?



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,102 ✭✭✭2 Wheels Good

    New wheels the biggest outlay.

    In the if it ain't broke department. Cockpit area, new saddle, bar tape, handlebars?

  • Registered Users Posts: 934 ✭✭✭nicksnikita


    Different wheels would make the biggest difference.

    The PR-2 wheels that Defys were stocked with are a solid but weighty wheel.

    With an outlay of €500, you would expect to either drop half a kilo or improve aerodynamics (and drop weight to a lesser extent).

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 48,737 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    you'd be able to buy a pair of zondas with that money, and have spare left for new tyres. they'd be one of the stock suggestions for wheels at that price bracket.

  • Registered Users Posts: 329 ✭✭Drake66

    I changed the stock wheels on my defy to zondas and it made a huge difference. They feel great on the bike

  • Registered Users Posts: 6 dublindefy

    Thanks, I don’t really know where the PR-2s fit in the hierarchy but assumed at the lower end

    Would you have a link?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 21,621 ✭✭✭✭Squidgy Black

  • Registered Users Posts: 534 ✭✭✭lissard

    Just echoing all the other posters. A €500 wheel upgrade will make a huge difference to your bike. At that price they should weigh around 1500 g. There are several popular options.

    Campagnolo Zonda

    Mavic Ksyrium

    Fulcrum Racing 3

    I have the Mavics and they are night and day compared to the stock wheels I got with my bike.

  • Registered Users Posts: 534 ✭✭✭lissard

    Here's a link to the Zondas

  • Registered Users Posts: 6 dublindefy

    Thanks folks, appreciate the input.

    Just need to decide from the options above now 🙂

  • Registered Users Posts: 6 dublindefy

    Never heard of them, good to have an Irish alternative to wiggle.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 874 ✭✭✭byrnem31

    I have a defy advanced 2 2020. There have been changes to the bike since 4 years. D fuse technology is now in the front and as with your model the seat post. Also, much bigger tyre clearance, i can get 35s on mine so i have the pr2s with 35s for gravel and hunt carbons with 4 seasons 32s with room left for full mudguards for the road. Id say with bigger tyre clearance and d fuse in the handlebars its more comfortable than an older model but they are near 3k now so its not worth it tbh. I don't know if your model has the conduct brake system on the front but most that do hate it. If it does, then it might be worth upgrading to a new bike.

    If not, i have hunt aero 33s that weigh 1350 and completely trasform the bike to another level. The pr2s are rubbish and im still wating on a warrarty replacement rear wheel that's going on since i bought it in may 2020. It works ok but the rear hub was overtightened in the factory and it makes and intermittent noise every now and then. Giant have admitted that many defys and liv models in 2020 have overtightened rear hubs.

    A stunning bike and ill be holding onto it for many years to come.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 48,737 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    have bought off them (well, him, really, i suspect) once or twice, seems like a very decent type. plus, that price will be hard to beat.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Nothing like new wheels, but new bar tape is second in life's simple pleasures. I love the whole process of taking the old stuff off and wrapping the cables while putting the new one on, except that one time when I for got about the cables and had to re do it 😪

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 48,737 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    there's always the seondhand route too, if you'd be comfortable inspecting and buying secondhand wheels.

  • Registered Users Posts: 166 ✭✭pairofpears

    Get in touch with Lukasz in Apex Cycles in Kildare. He made me up a set of wheels with DT-Swiss hubs and rims which have vastly improved my bike. Most I have ever spent on an upgrade but well worth it.

    Or Robin Seymour in Expert Cycles and I am sure others can recommend people they have used.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,829 ✭✭✭fat bloke

    For that money, I've been eyeing up set of Scribe wheels as well. Irish company too.