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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 2:30 pm 
Karma Queen / Cake Meisterin
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Can anyone tell me anything about the Vitus 979.

The good the bad and the ugly.

Looking for a bit of a road toy to play with and someone has got a frame for sale.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 2:42 pm 
BoTM Winner / retrobike rider
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Hi Alison! I used to sell these and thought they were great frames although bigger ones (58cm+) were a bit too flexi


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 2:58 pm 
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know nothing really but they were like £400 new :arrow:

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 5:31 pm 
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For aluminium they are 'soft' riding. Comfortable, light if a little flexy. Make sure the lugs haven't been rebonded as some do come apart, but mainly the early Vitus(Viti??) :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 6:32 pm 
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Very comfortable but a little flexy under power. I had a 59cm frame that had the seat tube and BB shell disbond when I got out the saddle to power up a hill. It was a high mileage frame and I'm a powerful rider (years of track racing) so not necessarily a common thing.

A mate has had a 55cm frame from new and it's still going strong (but was a later model than mine anyway)


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 8:27 pm 
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:lol:

On the Vitus VTT:

"An ATB frame out superlight aluminium alloy"

The piece weighs a ton!

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Vitus CL1 is it called officially


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 11:25 pm 
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Elev12k wrote:
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On the Vitus VTT:

"An ATB frame out superlight aluminium alloy"

The piece weighs a ton!

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Vitus CL1 is it called officially


The alloy is light, it just uses really heavy glue :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 1:01 pm 
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The Vitus 979 frame was one of the best road frame for the middle of 80ies.
It was impossible to weld "duralumin". So the french engineers sticked the tubes on "connection". It's a very old technology, seen on old road bikes (after WW2 !), and this technology was first used on all aluminium bike until the beginning of 90ies (vitus, alan, trek, giant, reflex…) and for the first carbon frame with aluminium connection(alan, vitus, trek, look, TVT…)
The bikes were very confortable because of the non oversized diameter of the aluminium tubes. Aluminium is not stiff, the big diameter of the tube gives more stiff frame. It would be the same thing with steel but the frame would be too heavy.
The frame was built until the middle of 90ies : it was a confortable cheap frame.
You have the same frame but with the front made with 3 carbon-graphite tubes


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 7:47 pm 
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My gf ownes a 50 cm Vitus. It's a sweet and light ride. It's true the tend to be flexy in the larger sizes, but a more regular frame size (if it fits) can give you tons of fun.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 10:43 pm 
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I had an Guerciotti badged Alan but similar comments apply - very light and comfortable but pretty flexy in big sizes (mine was a 60 cm). Lovely retro ride though


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