A first edition 1987 Gios Compact. The bike was built before 1988 and therefore it is eligible to join the “registro storico of Gios“, a historical register founded in order to protect the wealth of technical information related to the blue bicycles of Turin.
The 14 speed Gios is 59cm with Columbus SL tubing. The bike, which is the famous Gios blue, has the engraved Gios marks, dropout ends, brake cable guides and the head badge. The unique feature of the Compact is the ability to adjust the patented rear drop outs which change the geometry of the bike for different conditions.
Gios build bikes of unrivaled quality and this is a fine example that also has top level components including the superb Campagnolo Delta brakes:
- Campagnolo C-Record crankset
- Campagnolo C-Record rear derailleur
- Campagnolo C-Record front derailleur
- Campagnolo Delta brakes
- Campagnolo C-Record brake levers
- Campagnolo C-Record shifters
- Campagnolo C-Record headset
- Campagnolo BB
- Look pedals
- ITM stem
- 3ttt bars
- Campagnolo aero seat post
- San Marco Rolls saddle
- Campagnolo C-Record hubs
- Campagnolo Omega rims
Gios was first established in 1948 by Tolmino Gios, a member of the Italian National Team for the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.
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In 1972 Gios became famous when Brooklyn Chewing Gum decided to create and sponsor a new professional cycling team, with Gios bikes being their ride of choice. The new Brooklyn team, headed by two of the biggest stars of the era, Roger De Vlaemink and Patrick Sercu, quickly became a major force in professional cycling.
From 1973-1977 the Brooklyn team amassed an enviable list of results including classics such as Paris-Roubaix, Milan-Sanremo, Tour of Flanders and the 1974 Tour de France green jersey.
The now famous ‘Gios blue’ colour was originally developed by Alfredo Gios to match stars and stripes on the jersey of the Brooklyn team. This unique and recognisable colour combined with the success of the Brooklyn team, meant that Gios became an iconic part of a rich Italian cycling history…. and to this day enjoys an almost cult following among cycling enthusiasts worldwide. Read the full history here.