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custom built vitus, late 70s?

Old 09-03-14, 08:19 PM
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custom built vitus, late 70s?

Owner said it was over $2k back in the late 70s. The bike is 20lbs, in good condition, all OEM equipment, brooks pro saddle. thoughts on value would be most appreciated.

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Old 09-03-14, 08:32 PM
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custom built vitus, late 70s?

Might have been a $7-800 bike in the late '70's, and maybe still is today. There were problems with these frames. Not sure how they are valued today. Its a great looking bike.
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Old 09-03-14, 08:54 PM
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I think maybe closer to $1000 maybe then, but now people tend to shy from older bonded frames. I the bike was custom assembled from the frame? I don't think Vitus built custom frame although I could be wrong.

I also think it might be closer to '83 and newer as some parts on that were introduced in '83. The post CPSC brakes with the domed quick release lever, the single bolt seat post, and the Mavic GP-4 rims I believe were introduced in the mid to later '80s.

It likely needs a good overhaul and if you can't do it yourself that will cost around $100 plus any parts like new cables and bar tape. Brake lever hoods for Super record are not cheap so that would be a $50 discount in my book. The tires look decent but check for dry rotting and tread separating from the casing, if they are that is another $50-70 off.

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Value of Vintage bicycles depends on many things, such as location, size, condition, originality and the seller's marketing skills. In this case, Bianchigirl is pretty close to the mark, but I would think closer to $800 than $1000. You can easily determine the age of your bicycle by applying the information contained in How Old Is My Bicycle?.

For a quick check, look at the top of the rear derailleur for a two digit number. If there is no number, then the bicycle is post 1984. If no number, pop a rear wheel lock nut off and you will see a two digit number on the inside face of that nut, indicating the year the hub was made.

Hope this is a help and, for what it is worth, my Vitus 979 was sold for $750.00 plus $150.00 shipping to a fellow in Texas about five years ago...



Check for loose joints where the tubes enter the lugs. Also, look very closely at the head tube and you will be looking for a hairline crack. If the fit of the head set is too tight, into the head tube, the tube has a tendency to crack.
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