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Old 05-09-08, 11:20 AM   #1
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Gios Compact Pro Evolution

Does anyone have any information about this bike? I just picked one up locally. It has the Compact Pro adjustable rear drop outs, stamped GIOS on the lugs, a small raised italian flag on the main tube, a braised on FD holder (very classy) and the square "COMPACT PRO" sticker on the seat tube...BUT ITS YELLOW. everything i have seen about GIOS is their beautiful blue frames (most, at least). This one was in really good riding shape, and it was a good price so i picked it up. Rides smooth, and is really light. Perfect size as well.

Anyway, just seeing if anyone has a catalog scan or a picture of their non-blue Gios compact pro evolution. The stamped lugs and adjustable rear drop out made me think that this was not one of the "counterfeit" bikes. I'm not too concerned about it either way, its not for resell, and the bike rides great. just wanted to know, i guess.

Thanks for your help!

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Old 05-09-08, 11:21 AM   #2
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sorry, found a non-blue. its this bike, but in yellow...real or fake?

http://www.bikecult.com/works/archiv.../giosEVOR.html
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anyone?
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i dont remember the years, but i do remember seeing them in another color other than blue. i remember seeing a red version. if there are Gios stamps on it, i wouldn't worry so much. especially if it has the adjustable rear drops. if you find the serial #, send it off to Gios and see if they have any records of it.
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thanks maddog17. i also found this reference on the web, a letter from the GIOS brothers that describes how to tell a counterfeit from a real gios. thought it would be helpful in the future

http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/gios-misc/4.jpg
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Back in 1989-1990, I worked at a shop that had a blue Gios Compact and a white Gios Compact.
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thanks maddog17. i also found this reference on the web, a letter from the GIOS brothers that describes how to tell a counterfeit from a real gios. thought it would be helpful in the future

http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/gios-misc/4.jpg
I think (at least the only ones I've seen) the model they are addressing here is the Professional. And they are very obvious counterfeits. The work is shoddy, and the seat-stay attachment and BB shell is completely different than a real Gios.

I'm not positive but I am pretty sure the CP models with the adjustable drop-outs were not affected.
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searching for "GIOS" on the classic redezvous site over on bikelist.org reveals a convoluted story involving the US, mexico, bike shops in canda, jim mercier, law suits, rumors, spray, etc. etc. not sure what to make of the story, but yes you are correct, i think, not entirely confidently, that the bikes with stamped lugs and adjustable rear drop outs are real GIOS bikes.

on a side note, took out my gios for a quick spin yesterday--rides pretty smooth...what i was most impressed with, however, was the shimano 600 ultrega brifters and deraillers. VERRRY smooth shifting. they made some good stuff!
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