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Vitus bike. Should I buy?

Old 11-08-11, 04:33 PM
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Vitus bike. Should I buy?

I really don't have much information about that bike. I only have this low res picture and the owner don't seems to know much. He can only say that the group is Super Record?!? and that the bike is (of course) hand made and very very light.

Can a trained eye tell me what is recognizable from that bad picture and if 400$ for it is a fair price? It seems a bit pricy to me and the bike seems a bit too small for me.

Maybe I'll go have a look and take more pictures next week-end.
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Old 11-08-11, 04:55 PM
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$400 Canadian? I guess CAD and USD are almost the same now, so it probably doesn't matter. If it truly is a Campy Super Record group, it's probably worth more than that just for the parts. Some people really like those Vitus bikes, I've never been on one so I don't really know what they're like. It certainly has a very cool look. Looking at ebay, they seem to go for much more than this. My totally non-expert position is that that sounds like a pretty damn good price. But others may chime in with more specific knowledge, so let's see what they say.

edit: if others agree, you should look at the bike ASAP, because it will be GONE by the weekend for sure.
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Old 11-08-11, 05:00 PM
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Looks like Dura Ace to me.
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I wouldn't wait for the weekend.

Like Lost Architect said, it probably won't last that long. Vitus framed bikes are pretty highly sought after and a SR Campy equipped one will go fast at that price IMO. It also looks to be in great condition too. I ride a bonded aluminum Miyata, which is similar to the Vitus, and I really like it alot. They are very light and quick and the bonded lugs still look smooth and modern 30 something years later....
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I just bought one in a blue with full Dura ace . I paid 350.00$ and I got a great deal... 400.00 is cheap for a bike in that condition ...goodluck !! you will love how fast and light these bikes are !!
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Thanks everyone.

Unfortunately, I'll have to wait until next week-end since it's a 600km drive to go see it and maybe bring it back. The ad has been on Kijiji for a while so maybe I'll be lucky enough to buy it before someone else. I talked again to the seller and his story doesn't make sense. He says it's all Shimano Super Record, so I asked him if he meant Campagnolo Super Record and he said that he's quite sure it's Shimano. Then he told me that the bike is his wife's' bike and that he paid almost 5 000$ for it! Let me laugh! I asked him if he was the original owner and he said yes and that he bought the bike 5 years ago!?! To me, it looks more like a vintage bike.
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Your first lesson is to never trust a seller. They rarely know what they're talking about. Pictures tell the story. That bike has Dura Ace components, not Campagnolo (at least the RD, the rest is a bit fuzzy.) And you're right, that bike is not 5 years old, it's from the 80s.

Snatch it before someone else does, $400 is a good price. 373 miles is a long way to go, but if you really want it I suppose the drive might be worth it.
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Old 11-08-11, 06:31 PM
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I recently purchased a Vitus 979. The component group on mine is Shimano 600. I believe that the bike you are considering also has Shimano 600. It is less desireaable than the Campy, but it is good stuff. If it has the Shimano 600, it is worth less than $400. I can't tell from the photo, but you may have Tubular tires (more popularly known as sew-ups or glue ons). If it has Shimano components, it is more likely worth $300 in a restored condition. You can see discussion on my bike here:

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...979?highlight=

Good luck!

Edit: If it has Shimano 600, the bike originally sold for less than $1000. Mine came with the original sales receipt.

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OK, thanks. I'll see if it's Shimano or Dura Ace and make an offer. At first the guy was asking 500$ and now asks 400$. If I'm lucky, maybe he will let it go for 300$...

Knowing that he can't be the original owner (as he says he bought it 5 years ago) and that he certainly didn't pay 5K for it, maybe he'll drop the price...
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Originally Posted by Lea_Kim View Post
OK, thanks. I'll see if it's Shimano or Dura Ace and make an offer. At first the guy was asking 500$ and now asks 400$. If I'm lucky, maybe he will let it go for 300$...

Knowing that he can't be the original owner (as he says he bought it 5 years ago) and that he certainly didn't pay 5K for it, maybe he'll drop the price...
Both Dura Ace and 600 are Shimano components. Shimano Dura Ace is better components than Shimano 600. Also, $300 is for a reconditioned bicycle (new cables, lubed headset, lubed bottom bracket, lubed hubs, etc.). This bike does not appear to be reconditioned.

Good luck!
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Oh ok. Many thanks for all the info BikemanBob! I guess the seller wont be prone to let it go for 200$, but first I'll go see it and then I'll decide what to do/offer.
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