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Peugeot Vitus 181; I think it's a 1981. Anyone know Peugeot better than me?

Old 09-16-10, 11:31 AM
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Peugeot Vitus 181; I think it's a 1981. Anyone know Peugeot better than me?

Hello all,

I have an older Peugeot that I can't quite put my finger on--I'm a Raleigh guy. It's a result of inheriting my dad's ''68 Record when I was 16. The infatuation with classic and vintage started, and there was no saving me...I digress.

I picked up this bike about 6 years ago from a widowed wife of a doctor and since then it's been hanging. It doesn't fit me physiologically, and I have no use for it besides the fact that it is in very good condition, i.e. it's a nice wall decoration. If there's any one out there that can help me with information on the model: components, years, model and series information, prices, basically anything and everything that might be pertinent. I love to learn, and it's frustrating to own something for which I have no education.

Anyways, pics are below. Thanks ahead of time.







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Old 09-16-10, 11:32 AM
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Price in current condition? Not much. It really needs a thorough cleanup and service. Unfortunately, unless you do that work yourself, the clean up and service will likely approach/exceed the value of the bike.

So if your plan is to sell it, it would go pretty cheap around here as a project, to someone willing to do the service work, chase after parts, etc. Something in the $50 to $75 range (assuming you remove the saddle!!!). That person would then do all of the work, put $25 to $50 into parts, and maybe sell it when they are done for $200 to $225. Done right, the bars and brake levers would need to be replaced, driving the parts estimate up accordingly.


Looks like a 1981 PF60, which is a good, mid range Peugeot.

Note, if you sell it, remove that saddle first, as the saddle alone should bring $50 or more. Personally, I would remove the saddle, rack and fenders. They have some good value by themselves, but not much if you leave them on the bike (leave them on the bike, maybe the buyer will pay you $100, or even $125). Buyer then strips the fenders, saddle, and rack, and gets at least $100 for them, leaving him with just $25 into the bike.

Project bikes with nice extras are a flippers DREAM!! I have had a couple of bikes where the extras alone brought much more than what I paid for the bike. Nothing like working on a free project. All of a sudden, even hybrids and MTBs can make decent flips.

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The base set at this time became known as Durifort-Rubis 888.Not much later Ateliers revised its range to include Vitus 888, at 2030 gms, a plain gauge set for touring frames, Vitus 181 a D/B set weighing 1790gms for racing., Super Vitus 983, at 1624gms, a "Course Professionel" set and Super Vitus 980, at 1507gms a "Course Professionel" Serie Extra Legere set. The SV980 also appeared as "Profil Arcor" an "aero" shaped set weighing in at 1615gms, and the 888 series figured also as "Vitus Profil" - a P/G aero set at 2030gms. Curiously Ateliers de la Rive never included the steering column and head tube in these weights. The "buzz on the block" at the time was that the SV980 set underwent some heat-treatment. The tube sets were delivered with instructions about how to braze these tubes and how to ensure that they did not suffer from "cold-shock" which could make them brittle.
In the later 1980s and early 90s Ateliers tried very hard to regain some of the sales it had lost to companies such as Reynolds and Columbus. Peugeot was the worlds largest user of Reynolds 501 Chro-Moly tubing set. This had the effect of making Ateliers lose most of their sales of 181DB tubing. The range was rechristened with names such as TXO, XO, GTI and SM were introduced for road and track use alongside a range for MTB and BMX frames.
umm... I'll clean it up mail it to me.
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