The Gios brothers, Alfredo and Aldo, addressed the issue of counterfeits in one of their brochures. Although not dated, they speak about the Compact model, so that would place this brochure no earlier than...when did the Compact model come out?
From Mark Bulgier's site:
Ray Dobbins Off to check for serial numbers on my Gios, in Miami FL USA
DoubleB <email@example.com> wrote: "So, I guess my question is,did anyone actually ever see a counterfeit Gios Torino?"
I think I have one, it's a white GIOS Torino Professional with blue panels and GT pantographed on the seatpost and big chainring, but it has no serial number on the bottom bracket shell or anywhere else on the frame, so I have always believed it to be a fake, a good fake mind you, but a fake nevertheless.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada