Sorry for the delay. My reserve duties had me out for a few days..
just bought a Gunnar Roadie, serial numbers G01152. I understand this means my frame was made in July of 2001, and that it was the 152 Gunnar of the year, correct?
Correct, however; 152nd that month.
My first question is - I've scoured through posts on here, and on another thread, someone from Gunnar states that the Roadie was introduced in 2002, and prior to that, it was called the "Hot Dog!" or "Tire Biter." I'm wondering how or why my bike, seemingly from 2001, is a Roadie and not one of the other two titles.
Frame was built in mid 2001, but we had already phased-in the new 2002 decals. We made the "official" decal change at Interbike in the fall of '01.
what type of steel was this bike made out of? I see references to True Temper OS2 and Reynolds 853, but there doesn't seem to be anything concrete, and there's no tubing sticker on my bike to indicate anything. FWIW, the dropouts are Ritchey.. not sure how pertinent that is.
All Gunnars use full air-hardening steel alloy tube sets -including stays. We launched Gunnar in 1998 with a full Reynolds 853 tube set. As the line progressed, we worked with True Temper to develop lighter tubes out of this material. Yours is a blend of Reynolds 853 and True Temper OX Platinum. Everything was what we called OS1. We phased in our OS2 (oversize second generation) tube dimensions mid-2003 for the 2004 model year.
Basically OS1 was a 1 1/8 top tube and 1 1/4 downtube (ala Waterford and the OS Paramounts). OS2 went to 1 1/4 top tube, 1 3/8 downtube, thinner walls and different butt profiles.
Finally, I keep reading here about the changes in the geometry between the models of the Roadie. Generally speaking, what kind of changes were made? Is it just the compact geometry, or is one considered more "aggressive," and the other more "relaxed"?
The core handling geometry has never changed. It's quick, lively and fun. The semi-compact design helps us to pare out some weight, help bring the headtube up to account for the low stack heights of todays headsets, give more flexibilty to accommodate a wider range of fits with various stems, and finally to maintain the standover height of a typical level top tube bike in an equivalent size.