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Gios Compact Pro frame(8 posts)

Gios Compact Pro framedavidl
Jul 23, 2001 3:51 PM
Any experience with the Gios Compact Pro steel frame/bicycle? The geometry looks good to me. If anybody has one and has any evaluations and war stories, yea or nay, I'd sure like to hear them. Thanks!
Never had one, but always wanted onecory
Jul 24, 2001 8:24 AM
That's an old-school frame with a long history. A friend of mine raced one years ago, and I rode it a few times and loved it, but I was just out of college and had no money. Gios blue is still one of the top all-time colors for a bike (it just blows celeste away, no matter what the Bianchi weenies say...).
Last winter I finally nutted up and bought an Atlantis, which is my all-time favorite bike and I plan to ride it until I die. But when I saw the Compact Pro on sale in a catalog (Excel, I think) last month, I could feel my credit card twitching in my wallet. I still want that bike.
Never had one, but always wanted oneLeroy L
Jul 24, 2001 9:03 AM
Thanks, I'm going to build one up with a Campy mix I already have, mostly. I was just fishing for the off-post that might signal a warning. I'm 'old school', myself - those lugs look cool.
Got onebianchi boy
Jul 25, 2001 7:31 AM
I bought a Gios Compact Pro from Excelsports in June (just before they went on sale!). I've already put nearly 1,000 miles on it, and it is a great riding frame. I bought the Gios because I had a bike-fitting done and needed a frame with a shorter top tube, and Gios is one of the few stock frames with that geometry. I was afraid the tight geometry might result in a harsh or twitchy ride, but that's not the case. The Gios absorbs bumps like any good steel frame and it's very stable and sure feeling. The rear dropouts are adjustable if you want a longer wheelbase, but mine are set at the shortest point and I haven't tried adjusting them yet.

The most incredible thing about the Compact Pro is the quality of finish. Although I bought it because of the geometry, I am really impressed with the chrome lugs, forks and stays. It has a lot of other nice details as well, like an Italian flag badge on the top tube, a cool Gios logo on the head tube, internal cable routing on the top tube, and engraved forks and bottom bracket. The Gios blue color is incredible. I also have a Celeste Bianchi, and it's hard for me to decide which color I like better.

Excel also has some nice Gios accessories. I would recommend the head tube badges, which will keep the cables from rubbing paint off the frame. The Gios water bottles suck and I am gonna return them because they leak water all over your face whenever you drink out of them.

The other great thing about the Gios is the price. Even before they went on sale they were a great value. I was able to buy mine fully built with Campy Chorus 10-speed for less than $2,000. Where else could you get a high-quality frame with Chorus for that price?
Bianchi Boyzelig1
Jul 25, 2001 7:40 AM
Sounds like you got the standard threaded fork. Has going to a quill stem sorted out the stem issues you had on the Bianchi?

Glad you're enjoying the Gios. I have a 1975 Gios Torino, bought new, and love the bike.
Bianchi Boybianchi boy
Jul 25, 2001 10:25 AM
Nice to hear from you, Zelig,

Actually, the Gios has a threadless stem with about 3" of spacers, which looks rather dorky. Excel has ordered me a threaded fork from Italy that I will swap out once it arrives. I considered installing a 90- or 105-degree stem, which would reduce spacers to 1.5-2", but it just doesn't look as nice to me as a threaded stem. I think the threadless is actually heavier with that many spacers because the steel steerer tube is heavier than an aluminum stem.

I am definitely more comfortable with the higher handlebars but I am still having some numbness problems in my hands, which may just be taking a while to clear up since my nerves were probably hurt. The numbness seems to be getting better though. The pain in my elbows has totally gone away because I am not so stretched out. Took the Gios on a weeklong 435-mile tour with my brother in June, and I was very comfortable the whole ride.

I didn't realize you had a Gios, or that you had been riding so long. The bike I rode in 1975 is now in a scrap heap somewhere. Your Torino must be a real classic. I am hanging onto my old 1985 Bianchi, as well. It has a beautiful frame and paint job and fits me well. In fact, I swapped all the Ultegra components off my newer Alloro onto the old Bianchi frame, so now I have two up-to-date bikes. It was sad removing all the old Campy gear, but it's hard to go back to old down-tube shifters and 7 speeds.
Jul 25, 2001 8:34 AM
You're gonna return USED waterbottles??! Geez!
well ...bianchi boy
Jul 25, 2001 10:27 AM
I just used them once, and they were totally useless. Sprayed water all over my face when I drank. I am assuming Excel will give me a refund if I send them back -- particularly if they try drinking out of them one time!