Steel frames need more preparation than a carbon frame. Using a form of rust resistant lubricant on the inside of a bike like the Gios helps reduce long-term corrosion inside the frame. Reaming and facing the head tube is often necessary, as is cutting the bottom bracket threads and facing the cups. Doing this alleviates any chance of errant creaks, paint cracking or ill-fitting components.
Thankfully, all of these processes had been completed by Gios before the frame arrived and it was in tip top condition to start building. Campagnolo Athena with external gear cables, a quill stem, a threaded bottom bracket and external headset cups meant that it was an easy and satisfying build.
(For a full review and ‘build report’, see RIDE #73 p.198)
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– Photos and words by Jack Lynch