Classic & Vintage - Vitus vs Alan
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10-07-08, 09:16 PM
Which is more desirable ? Which is better, or are they the same ?
10-07-08, 11:27 PM
Hmm......Tough call. I'd say Vitus is better known in the US and therefore more collectible than an Alan to the average Joe but Alan's certainly are neat as well. I've heard and read more negative things about the Vitus than Alan but I've personally never seen one (an Alan) or known anyone that has had or ridden one.
It is my personal opinion that the Vitus is more aesthetically pleasing but that's just an opinion. Sorry that's not much help.
French and Italian iterations of the same 'high-end bonded aluminium road frame' concept mostly.
ALAN did cyclocross and cheaper ladies frames, as well as their road frames.
I bought an Alan Super Record in 1980, finally sold it about 5 years ago. I kind of regret that now, so last year I scored a Vitus 979 and built it up with similar parts. It turned out to be a lighter bike and a more comfortable, less twitchy ride. Still, if I came across another Alan again, I'd grab it for sentimental reasons. Both were nice frames, ahead of their time for aluminum, and have somewhat controversial reputations.
10-08-08, 12:34 PM
My riding buddy in the Army had a Vitus (purple anodized tubes) with a lot of hard miles and it held up fine.
Just make sure the Vitus seatpost binder (setscrew configuration) is ok. He used a titanium post (American Classic) and we installed a nice 316 stainless setscrew with a dab of anti-seize.
The post will not slip, as the PSI is pretty massive with the (6 or 8mm???) setscrew, so have some sort of barrier like antiseize on the post too.
I have seen some welded posts in Vitus frames before, so make sure you don't tighten the setscrew so much that it disfigures the post (internal chonger) as it will tear the seat tube internally to shreds on adjustment/removal etc. A nice Titanium post will usually prevent this, as the setscrew "dimple" will be minimal.
10-08-08, 05:05 PM
Vitus - It's light, fast & handles well. (I know the frame's on the big side for me, but they are hard to find!)
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