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Very informative article on Vitus 979

Old 11-26-16, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Kevindale View Post
Thanks for the very clear explanation. Wow, that seems like such a tiny difference -- I'm sure I wouldn't be able to tell. By my calculations, the imperial downtube has about 2.2% more material in a 0.5mm thick section, compared to the metric downtube. I guess that's enough to matter.
The difference between imperial and metric downtube stiffness is about 6-7% for good grade tubesets. That's high enough for it to be noticeable to some cyclists.
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There's 979 for sale locally right now. They had it listed as an Italian bike and rode by Lance Armstrong in the Tour De France. I let them know that Lance didn't by my understanding and they changed the ad.
Steel is real...and comfy.
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Originally Posted by Chuckk View Post
Were there painted 979's? My Fraysse seems to be chromo-velo finished, and I got it from the original owner who hadn't painted it.
Looks like a 1st generation anodized/polished 979 to me.

There was a "Futural" version that was painted distinguished by distinctive "wishbone" seatstays.

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This thread made me even look at what the local CL's have on offer.
LeJeune even branded them.
I built up many in the 80's. lots of happy customers.
They were definitely limber!
But better than an Alan
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Will a Vitus 979 frame accept a 28 width rear tire? Should I play safe with a 25?


I never saw a Vitus 979 with Shimano ax (aero)! Why?

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I have the 28 Fairweather for traveler tires in my Vitus and they fit, but just barely - you'll have to get 28s that measure on the nose or are a bit smaller.

FWIW though, I find that a Vitus rides much better with 28s than 23s or 25s. Part of that is the wider tires provide a lot more confidence on descents, which is Vitus' biggest weakness - not the flexibility as some claim (that's just an issue for people that don't know how to ride a bike
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I rode my Vitus 979 this past Sunday (missed the Super Bowl). Forty mile leasurly ride with friends. I had forgotten how much fun this bike is to ride. I'm not fast or strong but I do keep up with the group. I've only had it a couple years, I'm 60 and around 260 lbs and don't notice any flex but like I said I'm not strong. I've changed the gears to 50-39, and have a DA seven speed freewheel. There aren't any big hills here so I'm good with the gearing.
It's mostly 600 tricolor with a Suntour Superbe bottom bracket, Gipiemme seat post and Cinelli stem and bars. Not sure of the year but it has the traditional seat post clamp style not the grub screw style so I think it's early 80's.
Also the tires are 28's and there is plenty of room.
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First Vitus with Shimano AX!!
Albuch Kotter Nizza:

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Wow this is a great article about the 979 and cycling through the eighties in general, thanks.
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