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Old 01-07-11, 08:18 AM
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Vitus 979 frame and fork - What's it worth?

Hi, Just wondering if this is a good frame? It's a vintage 80's Vitus 979 aluminum frame and fork. The tubes are bonded to the aluminum lugs. Any estimate of it's value?

Some spec's, equipment and size:

French Vitus 979 Aluminum frame and fork
Bonded/Lugged aluminum
Lightweight and soft ride
Mid 80's

Center bb to center toptube 49cm
center headtube to center seattube 53cm

Comes with a sealed cartridge bottom bracket
Dura Ace 1in threaded headset
And 25.0mm Campagnolo seatpost



Thank you, Mike

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Opinions of Vitus frames vary wildy. Some claim they ride like wet noodles while others cite Sean Kelly's numerous victories on Vitus frames as an indication of their race worthiness. Undoubtedly, they were very light frames for their era. The standard diameter, metric aluminum tubes also provide a very resilient frame with a comfortable ride, though at the expense of stiffness. Whether you will find it flexy or not is matter of personal preference and riding style. There have been some instance of the tubes separating from the lugs.

Fortunately this is a very small frame and the tighter triangle helps stiffen the frame. Also, small riders are generally lightweight and not quite as strong, which minimizes the flex.

Regarding value, it seems that these have lately been selling for $150-$200 US, in good condition. Not having colored anodizing would knock about $25 off the price.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
Opinions of Vitus frames vary wildy. Some claim they ride like wet noodles while others cite Sean Kelly's numerous victories on Vitus frames as an indication of their race worthiness. Undoubtedly, they were very light frames for their era. The standard diameter, metric aluminum tubes also provide a very resilient frame with a comfortable ride, though at the expense of stiffness. Whether you will find it flexy or not is matter of personal preference and riding style. There have been some instance of the tubes separating from the lugs.

Fortunately this is a very small frame and the tighter triangle helps stiffen the frame. Also, small riders are generally lightweight and not quite as strong, which minimizes the flex.

Regarding value, it seems that these have lately been selling for $150-$200 US, in good condition. Not having colored anodizing would knock about $25 off the price.
That's pretty much my same thoughts on the ride and value. Thank you, Mike
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Originally Posted by gioscinelli View Post
That's pretty much my same thoughts on the ride and value. Thank you, Mike
Little off subject, but Vegas Craigslist Today has a complete Vitus $400. Do not know anything about the seller of bicycle...
https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/bik/2148313580.html
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Originally Posted by Namida12 View Post
Little off subject, but Vegas Craigslist Today has a complete Vitus $400. Do not know anything about the seller of bicycle...
https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/bik/2148313580.html
How can anybody expect to sell a bike laying down on the floor??... If I live in Vegas I would diffidently go to see the bike to flip with an offer. If you live in Vegas, go see the Vitus and offer $200. I see that you are a Tux person! how do you like Mepis 8, I use Opensuse 11.2 and it's great! Thanks, Mike
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A small one with dura ace 7400 went for only $290 on ebay a couple of weeks ago. Just the group was worth that.
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WOW! $290!!Anyway I agree on the value price of the frame because of the rice quality. I have come acrros various Vitus frames and as far as looks theyare great but people always ask for more than is worth.

I will also set my price to $150- $200
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I've decided not to buy the Vitus. The negatives out weight the positives. Anyway, all I wanted to do is to use the Vitus for a runabout on the streets of Chicago! Thank you, Mike
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With the bottom bracket, seatpost (unusual, hard to find 25.0) and headset, that frame is a good deal at 200, great at $150.
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Originally Posted by gioscinelli View Post
How can anybody expect to sell a bike laying down on the floor??... If I live in Vegas I would diffidently go to see the bike to flip with an offer. If you live in Vegas, go see the Vitus and offer $200. I see that you are a Tux person! how do you like Mepis 8, I use Opensuse 11.2 and it's great! Thanks, Mike
Mike, Mepis is great, testing the new beta now... Bicycle was gone, when I tried to contact the seller...

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Mike, Mepis is great, testing the new beta now... Bicycle was gone, when I tried to contact the seller...

JR
I'm thinking of trying Mepis 8 again because of it's core unix kernal, more robust. I like Suse for it's configuration module management and OpenBox for Virtual Machines. I run several OS inside Suse, including Windows, great for security and firewall. Ideally the best would be Apple's system(unix) where by you can run not only unix, windows, but also OS 10 plus! I'll have sell one of my stallions to get Apples Mac Pro with 4 core Xeons. Cheers, Mike
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Why not a HacIntosh system, and save some funds?
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Originally Posted by gioscinelli View Post
I've decided not to buy the Vitus. The negatives out weight the positives. Anyway, all I wanted to do is to use the Vitus for a runabout on the streets of Chicago! Thank you, Mike
I'm in the UK and a good Vitus 979 frame with BB and seat tube make the equivalent of $120 to $130 I just sold an excellent original and complete early 979 bike for $475. The early frames, if good, generally make more (single bottle mount), and 57cm seems to be the most popular size for selling, smaller frames are generally cheaper.

Having said all that, an early silver anodised frame got snapped up off an ebay 'buy it now' for $260. I guess like most items, there only worth what you can get for them at the time you sell!
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Originally Posted by Namida12 View Post
Mike, Mepis is great, testing the new beta now... Bicycle was gone, when I tried to contact the seller...

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Yea, I installed Knoppix 6.2 on to a thumb drive and it worked. Debian kernal is great all around system operating system. Won't attempt building a Hackintoch, too expensive compared to getting the real thing, prefer Mac Pro with Xeon's, that would be the ultimate computer. You can dual boot into windows, or run Openbox with any unix flavor OS! In other words, you can have it all!. Cheers, Mike
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