The craigslist posting read: "Aluminum Vitus Racing Bike". I didn't know what the bike was worth, but I knew I had to move quick. Within seconds, I had sent an email. The owner called me within a minute. I got directions and jumped into the car. By the time I had arrived, he had already received four more emails. He questioned as to the the bike's worth. I said I didn't know while reaching quickly into my pocket. I knew I had to pay the money to make the transaction complete. After paying the money, we talked about the bike. He said that it was a special order from a shop in Colorado. The frame had be built to his specifications. I thanked him and returned home.
I know that aluminum is less desireable than steel, but Vitus bicycles seem to have a good reputation. The frame is a Vitus 979. The components are Shimano 600. The stem and handlebar are Cinelli. The rims are Mavic Tubular. The frame size is a small (51 cm).
I will be reconditioning it and selling it. In my preliminary research, the bike does not appear to have high value. However, I would like to know what you think. In a reconditioned state, what is the bike worth?
Thanks in advance for your help!