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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:25 pm 
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Ever since joining this site and watching Elev12k's builds I've been pretty much devoting as much time to road bikes as I am into old MTB tat.

I love the engineering principles and looks of Alan and other bonded frames so when worlds of finances and opportunity collided on an equal scale, I jumped at the chance of purchasing stuarts Vitus 979.

So a quick trip to Northampton and marvelling at stuarts modern road bike (a strange overly light plastic thing that felt as if it didnt exist), a lovely Gios and a Ford Transit designed broken Vitus, I beheld my first proper bonded frame in the flesh.

Exited, I get all me bits out...


and nothing fits :roll: :lol:


My lovely gold Weinmanns - no good, too long

My lovely gold Sakae bars - wrong diameter

My lovely Campagnolo Record chainset - blooming axle too short

You get the idea. Anyway, here it is so far, its at the smaller end of frame size for me but I dont think I'll have any trouble riding it. I've read up on the potential flex these frames have but I'm not that worried, I dont ride enough anyway.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:02 pm 
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Sorry can't help with bits. But it does look nice so far..............
That Elev 12 has a lot to answer for :) I'm now taking a strong interest in dutch bikes, but i'm trying to resist the urge to buy....


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:59 pm 
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Nothing I own fits.

And you my friend seem to own a lot! :wink:

Looking good so far matey! :D


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:05 pm 
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Nice to learn my builds are in some kid of way perceived inspiring. I now realize it has already been quite some time ago I finished a full project. There are enough, what can not be said of time.

On your Vitus project: In my case, with that much pieces of the puzzle missing I would quit the project, move the frame on and the small parts go back in storage. That has everything to do with that I already have enough projects lined up, of which most only have to be assembled. There is no argument for half complete projects for me atm. In your case that is maybe different, I do not know. Moreover it sounds like you really wanted this bike, so not giving up seems like the way to go for you. Still mildly bummer you can't get it out already upcoming weekend :) (if weather is good :roll: )

Btw if you're really determined to go for gold: I've a full PX-10 cockpit consisting of Philippe stem/bar, MAFAC levers (fresh hoods) and black tape. Never mounted and ready for fitting. French sizing stem. However a decade earlier, what would make it not my prefered choice.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:52 am 
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Elev12k wrote:
Nice to learn my builds are in some kid of way perceived inspiring. I now realize it has already been quite some time ago I finished a full project. There are enough, what can not be said of time.

On your Vitus project: In my case, with that much pieces of the puzzle missing I would quit the project, move the frame on and the small parts go back in storage. That has everything to do with that I already have enough projects lined up, of which most only have to be assembled. There is no argument for half complete projects for me atm. In your case that is maybe different, I do not know. Moreover it sounds like you really wanted this bike, so not giving up seems like the way to go for you. Still mildly bummer you can't get it out already upcoming weekend :) (if weather is good :roll: )

Btw if you're really determined to go for gold: I've a full PX-10 cockpit consisting of Philippe stem/bar, MAFAC levers (fresh hoods) and black tape. Never mounted and ready for fitting. French sizing stem. However a decade earlier, what would make it not my prefered choice.



I'm nearly there, some compromises have been made on the gold front, thats all...


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 1:08 pm 
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no bloody shifters


no bloody brakes....


poo.


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legrandefromage wrote:

I'm nearly there, some compromises have been made on the gold front, thats all...


Okay, I am sorry, I misunderstood. Thought you were more or less asking yourself what to do.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2010 7:53 pm 
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Well if you stuck for stuff im sure you could shift the frame wink wink :lol:

Im sure you will source something, they are a lovely frame!

Cheers Steve


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:08 am 
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now just waiting for:

3 x sets of shifters from here and an unexpected win from ebay

1 pair of Campagnolo Gran Sport callipers

1 pair of Mavic callipers (Modelo?) - another unexpected win from ebay.

then we have lift off.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:57 am 
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You fitting 4 brakes then - or just hedging your bets?

Stick with the build - you'll like it :D


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