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Gios Owners - Information Please !!(4 posts)

Gios Owners - Information Please !!davidl
Aug 22, 2001 10:56 AM
I am looking at Gios Megalite and Compact Pro steel frames. Is there any difference in these frames aside from the chrome lugs on the C-Pro ? Is the steel and geometry the same ? How does the steel fork ride compared to carbon ? How is all steel, fork included ? Do you like the frame ?

Thanks for any information !
re: Gios Owners - Information Please !!Jack S
Aug 22, 2001 11:27 AM
Well gee, one is tig'ed the other lugged, one has that massive down tube, one has gimmicky adjustable dropouts the other horizontal (cool for fixed gear in the off season!), both have crappy paint that will chip easy after awhile. You ought to check out the Excel and Gios sites for more info on the tubing; geo should be the same but you can look that up as well. IMO, a good steel fork is always better on a steel frame.
compact prograndemamou
Aug 22, 2001 11:55 AM
I have had a compact pro for about 8 yrs. It will probably be around for at least 8 more. It's a second bike now. A little heavy for racing by todays standards. It's a great all around bike. Great in all areas but not spectacular in any one. Has a real tight rear triangle so it accelerates well for a heavy steel bike. It is not as smooth as some steel frames but still plenty comfy for epic rides. As for the steel fork it's heavy but an excellent fork. I often thought about replacing the fork to carbon but it's too pretty. Excel is the only place to get them stateside so I doubt you will find very many riders to compare.

Don't know much about the megalite but from posted weights it appears mega heavy.
re: Gios Owners - Information Please !!Frank
Aug 22, 2001 3:02 PM
I bought a lugged Gios Megalite in near-new condition from a fellow on rec.bicycles.marketplace last month. I bought it because the price was so good ($500 for a complete bike with Ultegra 9 speed components and DA shifters, plus pedals) and because I planned to take the components off and use them on another frame and would sell the Gios frame and fork.

I took the Gios out for a ride just to see how it rode before taking it apart, and was pleasantly surprised by how well it rode. It feels lighter than my Tommasini SLX with same componentry, handles well, and is very stable on descents. I ended up selling the frame I was going to build up and am now riding the Gios.

I had only seen the Gios bikes in Excel catalogs and with the Kelme Team in the TDF, but they are prettier in person and look to be well built. I don't know about the adjustable dropouts, but I prefer lugged traditional frame design.

Advice: make sure fit is right for you (relatively steep seat tube and short top tube) and look at the spec comparisions in the Excel catalog between the bikes you are considering.