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How much would this be worth: Vitus 979 Frame

Old 10-25-15, 04:01 PM
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How much would this be worth: Vitus 979 Frame

Wondering if you guys can give me advice on "what's it worth."

seller is asking for 250

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Old 10-25-15, 05:05 PM
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I've never owned/ridden an aluminum Vitus, so I don't know about possible issues of tubes separating from lugs, cracks etc. However, assuming it passes a careful examination under bright light, AND it fits you, $200 seems a good deal.

I'm assuming the Campag Victory/Athena seatpost and Cinelli stem are included. They are worth 25 each. Bring 5 & 6mm allen keys to ensure both stem and seatpost move freely. If they don't expect an hour or so of patient, careful hacksaw work and about a $ 100 discount.

Try offering $200 for the package, you never know!
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Old 10-25-15, 08:27 PM
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Ditto what he said about the safety inspection and offer of $200. Oh ya, and the stem and seatpost comments.
I think the seatpost might bring a touch more than $25 on it's own, so there's that.
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Old 10-25-15, 11:16 PM
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The headset, stem, seatpost and dt cable stops would go for $100 total by themselves fairly easilly. Makes the frame pretty attractive at $150.
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Old 10-26-15, 01:28 PM
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Frame and fork only. probably will pass.
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Old 10-26-15, 03:22 PM
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That's about how much they usually sell for if in mint/VGC these days at eBay, when they do sell (Supply seems to be outstripping demand these days, which I think gives testament on how well Vitus frames hold up through the years.). $150 and lower might get you a "rider" frame with some significant finish (anodizing) damage).
Checking joint integrity is pretty much the standard practice, when buying any bonded frame, be it aluminum or CF.Pay close attention to the joint to see if there is any corrosion at the joint lines, and if the epoxy is visible, check to see if there is any gap/cracking or separation beven it and the lugs and tubing. The joint should look like as if sealant was applied = no gaps or cracks.
An unscientific but effective way I checked all my bonded frames after I bought them is, I "ring" the frame with the rubber covered handle of a large screw driver. I tap the tubes with it, very close to the joint where it goes into the lugs. You should hear the whole frame emit a sound like a solid gong or low pitched bell sound. any rattling/vibrating or a just a dull thunk sound might indicate a compromised joint bond. The test has not failed me yet and my bonded bikes all built up to be solid riding bikes to this day.

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Old 10-26-15, 04:25 PM
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$250 for bare frame and fork is fine, but not a super compelling "must buy". The required 25 mm seatpost is a bit hard to find and can cost $50, so it's a plus if at least that is included. The fact that the seller isn't going to include those suggests he isn't going to deal on the frame/fork, but I'd offer $200. If he won't do that, I'd pass too.

These are cool frames, though. Back in the day, the Vitus 979 was a lightweight weapon for the pros, especially for mountain stages but Sean Kelly rode them to victory in all kinds of races. I remember they were pretty darned expensive in the bike shops, I want to say a Vitus 979 bike was $2000 in 1990 dollars. There were also carbon fiber tubed 979s (Chombi has one or two, I think :-) and later Vitus made the 993 with bigger ovalized tubes, either aluminum or carbon fiber (I have one of the latter).
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