Last year I purchased an older Cannondale R500 (did a Triathlon on it!) to give cycling a try and I was hooked. So I recently picked up this 2016 Giant Defy Advanced Disc (demo bike) for a great price. This is my first "proper" bike. First time riding in clipless pedals and shoes, first carbon bike, first bike with shifters on handlebars! I chose this bike because it was a great bargain, came with good enough components, comfortable for long rides, and would be a great all around bike for me to ride in all terrains.
Having stalked this site for a few months, I have been itching for a few upgrades. So far, I have only adjusted the stem/fork tube length, seat height and recently added a Giant Carbon cage. I would like to shed a little bit of weight (hoping for <17lbs) and have some ideas for now:Carbon Clinchers
(Chinese/Taiwanese) - I am 68kg and with disc brakes i'll take my chances for the priceTires
- maybe slight weight savingGiant SLR Carbon handlebars
- the stock handlebars are wide for me (i think i can go narrower 40cm and lighter)Stem
- after new handlebars I'll see how that changes the geometry and position and maybe go for a carbon stemSaddle
- if I don't find the stock saddle to be comfortable
First priority will be wheels. I know the stock wheels are pretty sub-par, but to be honest, it's more of a aesthetic and cool upgrade for me. I'm no pro and not competing so this will just get me more excited about riding. I've been researching different companies and have narrowed it down to a few reputable brands, but any advice is appreciated - 38mm, 24H, sapim, axle size?