|Gios frames||Erik W|
Mar 8, 2001 8:35 PM
|Has anyone had any experience with Gios frames? Or heard anything about them? What do you think? Good quality, bad? They are imported exclusively by Excel Sports Boulder so I know it's not a well known brand.|
|re: Gios frames||Hank|
Mar 8, 2001 9:05 PM
|are they really exclusive to Excel now? They were quite the cult bike in the 80s. The ones I saw in the 90s (a few came into the shop when I was working as mechanic) all seemed pretty decent. Basically, it's a mid-priced Italian frame. One thing to be aware of is the 74 degree seat tube angle on all sizes. That wouldn't work for me, but hey it might work for you.|
Mar 9, 2001 3:35 AM
|I've had a compact pro for several years. Although not my primary ride any more she still gets a few miles. I couldn't part with it. It's a really nice steel frame. Kind of heavy but it has a real tight rear triangle which makes for great acceleration. Very reasonably priced now.
As far as I know Excel is he only US distributer but I have seen them advertised in several British shops in Pro cycling. I don't know if the prices are any better across the pond but they may be.
|not a well-known brand???||campy dropout|
Mar 9, 2001 6:37 AM
|Remember the Brooklyn Chewing Gum team? Gios has been around a long time, and while not one of the hyped, glamorized Italian makers they are solid bikes. Gios Torino was the old name. As for the newer steel (Dedacciai), they are not light and have tight, steep geometry- good mid-level frames. The Compact is compact, but the Megalite and Lite are not light. Don't know much about their ti or alu but they were good enough for Kelme in recent years. They used to have a pretty good website.|
|I'm new to cycling so hadn't heard of them before.||Erik W|
Mar 9, 2001 4:29 PM
|I live about 5 minutes from Excel in Boulder. I was in their store for the first time last weekend. I was impressed by the quality you get for the price you pay with the Gios frames, specifically the Megalite (though I agree it's not particularly light). I had also checked out the Gios website, before it went down a week or so ago. I'm thinking of buying a Megalight from Excel with their Ultegra kit and a carbon fork.|
Mar 10, 2001 3:54 PM
|To do otherwise would be sacreligious! You can make up the difference with the standard steel fork. To get a steel bike and carbon fork makes little sense (see other thread). Get Daytona, you won't be disappointed.|
|Shimano isn't sacreligious||MRD|
Mar 10, 2001 4:28 PM
|Get whatever you want! Besides shimano is compatible with more wheelsets, and Ultegra is fine. It's the legs! The legs, I say!
PS Not that i have anything against campy. i love campy too, but dudes it really doesn't matter that much. so what if you like italian bikes and japanese components. is it sacreligious to put campy on a Fuji Team?