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Craigslist Vitus 979?

Old 01-18-12, 02:52 PM
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Craigslist Vitus 979?

Someone locally here in Columbia is selling a "vintage" Vitus

https://columbia.craigslist.org/bik/2805886507.html

I'm making a wild assumption that he may not know much about bikes since he claims there are good year tires on it.. I called and wasn't able to get any real information about year or frame size. I'm thinking about going to take a look at it later tonight after class. Is it safe to assume this might be a 979 since it's it looks like lugged aluminum.

I feel like $300 might be too much even depending on frame and component condition. Anyone agree/disagree?

Also, is there any real substance to the rumors about these things self destructing due to the adhesive frame assembly?
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Well, it's definitely a Vitus 979 and yes, some did come apart, though my understanding is that failures were rare. It's not like it is a Peugeot Comete or Galaxie. Crankset looks like a lower end Shimano triple, maybe an RSX, though I can't tell for sure. Lacking proper info on the components, I can't comment on the value.
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I would pass on that one. Seller has nerve linking it to that auction.
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I sold a similiar Vitus 979 frame on ebay for $150. I sold a Vitus 979 on CL recently for $250.

The price doesn't seem too out of line. Better photos would be helpful.

However, I agree with Thrifty Bill (wrk101). Linking to that auction is in bad taste.
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Fork look too dark in the pics. It could be a replacement (carbon?). Try to find out first what is going on with that front end. An original Vitus 979 aluminum fork is of course more preferable. But if the replacement is of good quality, design and period appropriate it should not affect the value too much then. Vitus 979 forks are relatively easy to find and are usually not expensive on the secon hand market.
It looks like a very clean bike otherwise., but the $300 price should be considered a negotiable maximum as 979 values have been depressed in the last few years.
Good luck if you decide to buy it.

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Originally Posted by T-Mar
Crankset looks like a lower end Shimano triple, maybe an RSX, though I can't tell for sure. Lacking proper info on the components, I can't comment on the value.
Originally Posted by wrk101
Seller has nerve linking it to that auction.
Originally Posted by bikemanbob
Better photos would be helpful.
Originally Posted by Chombi
Fork look too dark in the pics. It could be a replacement (carbon?).
+1

Pictures are not good enough, this bike appears to be full of random (possibly junk) parts that don't belong on that frame. I'd have to see it to make a decision, but I definitely wouldn't pay $300 based on what I see.

Seller is a joker, not someone I'd be excited to deal with. Looks to be about a 58cm to me.
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I think it' worthy of consideration.

I think the $300 price, give or take a couple of bucks, is in line with what I've seen of Vitus bikes, and this one looks clean. Out of all the bonded aluminum bikes, they seem to be the most valued and expensive. I really like the bonded framed bikes and I ride a Miyata bonded aluminum. Light as heck, quick, and comfortable to ride to. The failures of the bonded frames are more likely urban myths than substantiated truth.

If it looks close to your size, then check it out...
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Originally Posted by wrk101
Seller has nerve linking it to that auction.
Yeah I found that quite irritating..

Originally Posted by Chombi
Fork look too dark in the pics. It could be a replacement (carbon?). Try to find out first what is going on with that front end. An original Vitus 979 aluminum fork is of course more preferable.
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I was wondering what was going on there too.. I've seen a handful of 1987 Vitus 979s with forks painted to match the top/down/seat tubes so I assumed that might be the case.

Thanks for all the responses. I wasn't able to meet with him tonight, though he seemed anxious to insist that I come by tomorrow. I got the impression he hasn't had many bites, though that may be due to the craigslist blackout today to protest SOPA.

Time permitting, I will go by early afternoon tomorrow and give it a full inspection.
I was hoping for something closer to 60cm, though a 58 would be perfect as a restoration gift for the girlfriend. I'm certainly not willing to pay the full $300, though somewhere in the price bracket mentioned by bikemanbob sounds more ideal.

I'll post a conclusion to the thread as soon as I come to one, along with some photos if I pick it up.

Thanks again to all who replied.

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i bought a Vitus 979 for $450 a few years back, and never regretted it. It was in pristine shape with a proper Shimano 600 Ultegra tri-color groupo, campy hubs, avocet saddle and simplex shifter... it's a beautiful bike with lively characteristic. i would suggest looking over the bike for any scratches, dings and nicks and most importantly unlike steel frames aluminum cannot be bent back to shape, so i would also verify that the bike frame is in alignment and geometry is correct. Also because this is a vintage classic having a orignal/correct 1980's era components and parts is always a plus in my book, and much more favorable.
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+1 This hinky selling method would make this a pass for me. When it comes to GL if they do not list the real price what they will actualy sill it for and a decnt pic I just pass.
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eBay "completed auctions" search shows three 979 complete bike sales recently at $500, $400, $700, plus shipping fees, as well as a few that failed to sell at $400, $500 initial bid. Components vary widely on these, from DuraAce to 105.

So I think $300 is an interesting asking price.

There are some recent frame sales at $205, $346, and fork sales at $20, $40.

I agree the ad is a turnoff. That is actually good for you.
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I'd go look at it, if I was in the same area and looking.
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