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Last Post 05/30/2014 12:01 AM by Steve Gabbard. 31 Replies.
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05/29/2014 10:15 AM
so did you ever get the domane? i'm leaning that direction. the giant defy, though a good deal, i don't think will work for me.
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05/30/2014 12:01 AM
I bought a Domane 4.5 (2013).  Basic differences between 4.5 and new 4.7 are full Ultegra 11 speed on the 4.7, but 10 speed Ultegra, with 105 cranks and brakes, on 4.5.  The bike was a demo, basically brand new, for about 40% off.  At that price, I figured I could sell it if I didn't like it.  The bike feels very comfortable, but I am coming from an aluminum/carbon Orbea.   Riding the Domane back to back with a Roubaix showed that the Domane felt more comfortable to me.  I have not ridden a Giant Defy.

The main difference for me was the ability to get a higher bar.  For example, my BB to saddle height is ~78 cm, and with the stock fork steerer tube length on a 60cm, I am currently running with the bar 2 cm above the saddle.  Check the stack and reach on the bike, and you will see the stack is about the highest and reach the shortest of the "endurance" frames.  You could still easily get a race position by using an -6 or -17 degree stem, but I wanted a higher bar. 

There doesn't seem to be any negative to the flexible seatpost.  Long-term durability will be something to see how it plays out.  The only time I notice it is when I am in way too low of a gear, spinning at 120 rpm or so.  It seems like there is a bit of springiness that makes me be not so smooth, but for normal cadences, it is not noticeable.  The higher end 5 series frames will have different frame material, as well as a seat mast that supposedly adds a few more millimeters of compliance. 

So, in general, I like it.  No negatives that I can notice, fit is much more relaxed, perfect for an old guy.  It will go as fast as you can pedal it, this is no slow cruiser or touring bike, but a carbon frame with a higher bar and more comfortable rear triangle.

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