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Defy vs Infinito

Old 12-09-20, 11:02 AM
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Defy vs Infinito

I have been riding my Defy 2 since 2009. It has been a great bike. Really zero issues other than replacing chains, brake pads and an occasional derailleur adjustment. (have a triple in front). My average ride is about 40 miles and I typically do a century or two a year and a 160 miler, RAIN Ride. Over the last year or so, I've been looking to get a new bike and believe I have it narrowed down to another Giant Defy, this time carbon, Advanced Pro 2 to be exact. Or a Bianchi Infinito cv. Budget is $4,500'ish. I've spent hours going over geometry specs and stack / reach ratio's etc. My current Defy is a M/L. Only adjustment I made was a shorter stem. (stiff lower back) I'm 5'11" with a 32 inseam and believe the bianchi 55 is very comparable size-wise. Have to admit, I'm in love with the Celeste, and Giant's paint schemes have become very dull and unattractive IMO. My question is about feel. Has anyone ridden both of these bikes? My problem is there are no bianchi's close to me. So I can't get a test ride. Will appreciate any insight on this. I've read tons of reviews on both but that's just not the same as riding one.
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Old 12-09-20, 07:31 PM
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I haven't ridden the Defy, but I own the Bianchi Infinito CV, and I've put a little over 6,200 miles on it. It's a great bike! Comfortable and fast. I really hate it when it's in for service and I have to ride my Cannondale (not very) Quick. The Infinito feels like you're in the bike, whereas the Quick you feel like you're on the bike. I am 71-1/2" tall, shrunk from 72" in the past couple of years and I ride the 57cm. You may want to reconsider the size you are thinking of. Mine is a 2019 and it came with a 130 mm stem. I believe the 2021's come with a 120 mm stem, so you'll be slightly more upright than with mine.
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Have not ridden both but have a 2020 Infinito CV disk with tubeless. Compared to my steel and aluminum bikes it’s like riding on a cloud. I ride it off road as a quasi gravel bike, where it does quite well, but really excels on the road. At 6’1” 165 lbs, it fits me well and goes like stink. It responds to inputs quickly, is comfortable and doesn’t beat me up like my other bikes so I can ride farther.

I was in the same position as you are; none in the area to test ride. I bought it online out of L.A. and it took me about a month to dial it in but enjoy it a ton and have put nearly 3000 miles on it in 4 months. This CV tech was not as dramatic as expected, but going tubeless with lower pressures really made it a significant difference, but didn’t slow me down. Had several PRs with that bike.

Good luck on your hunt.

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Old 12-09-20, 11:19 PM
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Also own a 2020 Infinito CV Disc. Super ride. Solid, fast and nimble.. I do 20-30 mile rides 4-5 days a week and find the CV to be a very comfortable bike. I must say it is a beautiful ride. Surprised how often people comment how great it looks. The Celeste is special. I got mine in July from a LBS in Los Angeles who ordered it for me and had it inthe shop in 5 days or so. Nice discount as well which was surprising. BTW, I am 5-9 at 170 lbs and am riding a 53cm frame.


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Old 12-10-20, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by nedb7 View Post
I have been riding my Defy 2 since 2009. It has been a great bike. Really zero issues other than replacing chains, brake pads and an occasional derailleur adjustment. (have a triple in front). My average ride is about 40 miles and I typically do a century or two a year and a 160 miler, RAIN Ride. Over the last year or so, I've been looking to get a new bike and believe I have it narrowed down to another Giant Defy, this time carbon, Advanced Pro 2 to be exact. Or a Bianchi Infinito cv. Budget is $4,500'ish. I've spent hours going over geometry specs and stack / reach ratio's etc. My current Defy is a M/L. Only adjustment I made was a shorter stem. (stiff lower back) I'm 5'11" with a 32 inseam and believe the bianchi 55 is very comparable size-wise. Have to admit, I'm in love with the Celeste, and Giant's paint schemes have become very dull and unattractive IMO. My question is about feel. Has anyone ridden both of these bikes? My problem is there are no bianchi's close to me. So I can't get a test ride. Will appreciate any insight on this. I've read tons of reviews on both but that's just not the same as riding one.
Well. I am close, but no cigar.

End of 2017 my Ridley X-fire was destroyed in a hit-and-run. Even before I was walking again (almost 4 months), I decided to order an Infinito CV; I, too, had read the reviews and wanted one. I was never test riding ANYTHING in my size (My infinito is a 63), so I took the chance and ordered. Plus. You know. I was on crutches and non-weightbearing

It had to come from Italy. It took... a while. I had been hoping to use it for the half-century I did 6 months after the impact, but no. Did it on an MTB on slicks.

In the meantime, I found an XL Defy 3 on Craigslist cheap, so got that. I'd imagine it is relatively similar but lower-speced to your Defy 2 -- both ALUXX, though mine is the most recent iteration of Sora and has a rather larger range than what I see on-line for the 2009 Defy 2. Good bike, for sure. Did a decent number of rides on it, took it up Sandia Crest a couple of times (and was grateful for that range on that climb.) Even got some nice Strava PRs, since I was pretty intense about recovering !

Fast-forward to August, and the Infinito finally came in. I was not expecting a tonne, honestly -- it seemed that I had made a vanity purchase for some nice bicycle jewelry. The Defy was, as you observed, a pretty nice bike!

Yeah. I was /so/ wrong. I set the Infinito up and jumped on it. Within 200m of my driveway, I could feel the difference. It was more alive, more connected, more responsive, more everything. Night and bloody day -- I was quite frankly shocked and dead pleased given the somewhat random way I bought it.

It's been a fantastic bike since. I love it. I love the colours, I love riding it. Just brilliant.

Do it. If you can afford it.
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Originally Posted by ultrarider7 View Post
I haven't ridden the Defy, but I own the Bianchi Infinito CV, and I've put a little over 6,200 miles on it. It's a great bike! Comfortable and fast. I really hate it when it's in for service and I have to ride my Cannondale (not very) Quick. The Infinito feels like you're in the bike, whereas the Quick you feel like you're on the bike. I am 71-1/2" tall, shrunk from 72" in the past couple of years and I ride the 57cm. You may want to reconsider the size you are thinking of. Mine is a 2019 and it came with a 130 mm stem. I believe the 2021's come with a 120 mm stem, so you'll be slightly more upright than with mine.
Thanks, helpful.. at one point the 57 made sense to me, but I'm always right between sizes. I was 71.5 inches most of my life.. probably shrank to 71 by now. I'm not real flexible and have a bit of a stiff back... what's your ballpark inseam? do you feel like you're stretched out on the 57? My thought is either way I'll have to go to a 70mm or 90 mm stem..
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Originally Posted by nedb7 View Post
Thanks, helpful.. at one point the 57 made sense to me, but I'm always right between sizes. I was 71.5 inches most of my life.. probably shrank to 71 by now. I'm not real flexible and have a bit of a stiff back... what's your ballpark inseam? do you feel like you're stretched out on the 57? My thought is either way I'll have to go to a 70mm or 90 mm stem..
thanks again.
I am a 32" inseam. When I first got the bike I debated about switching to a 110 mm stem, but stayed with the longer one. Now I'm glad I didn't. My Cannondale has a 90 mm and I sit more upright on that bike.
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Old 12-11-20, 02:07 AM
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My defy has reliably and comfortably taken me to amazing places and on epic adventures. But it's not celeste.
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Old 12-11-20, 03:33 PM
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I'm 5'11" with 32in inseam, on a 57cm Infinito (pre-CV) that fits perfectly, I think you'll want a 57cm. The Bianchi 57cm fits about like most brands 56cm.
I suspect the Infinito will feel a bit stiffer than the Defy. That can make the bike feel a touch more lively and responsive, but I suspect the Defy may be a hair smoother.
I would definitely test ride both. Both are excellent bikes, so it's about finding the bike that matches your riding personality.
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