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Old 05-04-12, 02:15 PM
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Bonded aluminum and lugged "Ovoid frame" Vitus 992. It's the successor to the earlier more familiar/numerous 979 model.
The difference between the 979 and 992 is mostly on the head tube/headset design where they used an integrated headset where the races are installed in the frame ehad lug assmebly and the system is almost proprietary to the bike model. This limits your choices for headsets, but repelacment integrated headset parts that will work with this bike can still be found at eBay once in a while. Not sure, but there might also be a difference in the tubing alloy formula, thus the model designation of 992.
The BB shell on the 992 has a much different design than the 979s as it is shaped addressing aerodynamics. More of a sylistic change than a real performance difference.
The downtube shifters is original to the bike's design. Many upgraded later to indexed "brifter" (shifting on the brake lever) shifting.
It's a very nice bike if you are ready to deal with possible idiosycrasies that can come out of the headset design and if you make sure that you do not ride it too much in wet conditions as moisture is the worst enemy of bonded aluminum frames. You can usually buy one of these frames in very good used condition at ebay between $250 - $300ish, depending on time of the year and exposure to Vitus buyers.
A fully built bike in great condition and desirable components could pull in over $400+ easy.
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