RoadBikeReview.com's Forum Archives - General


Archive Home >> General(1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 )


Gios Compact Pro(7 posts)

Gios Compact ProHENRY K
Oct 13, 2003 2:49 PM
Has anyone had any experience with the Gios Compact Pro bike? It is a CroMoly frame with Cromed lugs that is sold through Excel Sports (for $649). I can't find any reviews on it. It does seem like it is a little heavy but I am looking for ride quality and durability answers.
re: Gios Compact Probianchi boy
Oct 13, 2003 6:14 PM
I've got a Gios Compact Pro that I bought from Excel about 2-1/2 years ago. I rode 10,000 miles on it in a little over two years and it still looks like new. My frame doesn't have any paint chips or rust after all of those miles and the paint looks as good as any frame I have seen. The frame also has a lot of nice details like chrome chainstays, lugs and fork; adjustable and replacable rear dropouts; and internal cable routing. In my view, it's an excellent value if you're looking for a relatively inexpensive but good quality steel frame.

The main issue with Gios is the fit. They have steep seat and head tube angles, short chain stays and relatively short top tubes -- very different from a LeMond, for comparison. It's a great bike if you want something with a shorter top tube. Despite the steep angles and short wheelbase, it is a very nice riding frame and really smooths out the rough pavement. It does steer quickly, which might take a little getting used to if you've only ridden bikes with slacker angles. Although the Gios isn't as light as many steel frames nowadays, it doesn't "ride" heavy and was originally designed as a climbing frame. The chrome fork is excellent.

I recently replaced my Gios frame with an Eddy Merckx because the geometry suits me better, and my Gios frame is a little small for me. If you're looking for a size 57 center-top (or 56 center-center), send me an email at jetmather@msn.com. I need to sell my frame and have been putting off doing it because I hate to part with it.
re: Gios Compact ProLeroy
Oct 13, 2003 8:46 PM
That's ditto on the compact pro. I've had mine about a year. I have zero issues with it, fit or otherwise. I like the shorter top tube; the frame fits me fine. The chrome fork is really smooth. It rides like a cadillac. I love it. Highly recommended. It's a good deal from Excel Sports.
$649 for the Frame?Jer77
Oct 14, 2003 8:38 AM
How much does the fork run? I looked at Excel online and did not see the chrome fork you mentioned above. I have been contemplating picking up one of these as well. What about geometry specs? Any info on that? Thanks.
$649 for the Frame?tarwheel
Oct 14, 2003 9:21 AM
The Compact Pro frame sells for $649, and you can choose between a carbon fork (about $250) or chrome steel (about $180 I think). Excel still lists the chrome fork in their catalogue. To find on their website, try doing a search by brand for Gios from the home page.

For info on Gios geometry, go to their website: www.gios.it

All Gios frames have 74 seat tube angles and relatively short top tubes. Keep in mind that a steep seat tube angle effectively lengthens the top tube, so they're not as short across the top as the numbers might suggest.
Actually steep SA's shorten top tubes (nm)ss jimbo
Oct 14, 2003 10:16 AM
Why would that be? Assuming you're going to want the samedjg
Oct 14, 2003 10:29 AM
saddle position (relative to the bottom bracket), the steeper seat angle should effectively lengthen the top tube.