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1980 Vitus 979 Duralinox «Tout Mavic» 1ère série

Old 02-16-19, 03:40 PM
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1980 Vitus 979 Duralinox «Tout Mavic» 1ère série

Completing a project that began almost three years ago to the day, I have added a 1980 Vitus 979 to my collection.

This combines the earliest version of both the 979 frame and the initial "Tout Mavic 1000 SSC" ensemble which was introduced in 1980. This includes the early examples of the rear derailleur, chainset, brakeset (made by Modolo) and the extremely rare pedals (made for Mavic by Meral).

Build up weight: 18.28 lbs.

Full details, component list and additional photos here:

ipernity: 1980 Vitus 979 Duralinox «Tout Mavic» 1ère série by Peter Kohler


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Old 02-16-19, 03:43 PM
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Absolutely Beautiful...job well done!
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Very beautiful. Nice smooth lines and no extra fluff.
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Very nice , looks really good .
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Old 02-17-19, 11:15 AM
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Nothing but the best! Gorgeous and thoroughness within every millimeter and gram of it.

Thank you for sharing ~

Ps. Dig the Tufo's but it begs for vinti Wolbers ;")

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Old 02-17-19, 11:27 AM
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Stunning. That is my favorite rear derailleur (aesthetically) of all time. Paul certainly took inspiration from Mavic for his PowerGlide RD in the early 90s.
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I also built up my Vitus (Carbone) as a "Tout Mavic" build when I first got it.
Like this beautiful build by Peter shows, the Vitus bikes just look perfect with a full French Mavic component group. Much better, aesthetically to me than building them up with a Shimano group (DA and 600), which was actually a more common thing done with Vitus framesets in the 80's.
My Carbone still has the 851 SSC Mavic derailleurs on it, but I have since replaced the brakeset with a CLB and the Mavic 500 hubbed wheelset with Roval Aerodynamics for my on-going weight weenie build program with the bike.
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Absolutely stunning!
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3 year project completed with perfection.
Chapeau!


so nice, no black metal.
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Spectacular! Those early Mavic bits are not easy to find. Well done.

(Q: Are the brake quick release levers flipped? Unusual to see them pointed in toward the tire.)
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Wow, that is stunning!
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OK now, that is really cool!
Well done, sir
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Originally Posted by Chombi1 View Post
I also built up my Vitus (Carbone) as a "Tout Mavic" build when I first got it.
Like this beautiful build by Peter shows, the Vitus bikes just look perfect with a full French Mavic component group. Much better, aesthetically to me than building them up with a Shimano group (DA and 600), which was actually a more common thing done with Vitus framesets in the 80's.
My Carbone still has the 851 SSC Mavic derailleurs on it, but I have since replaced the brakeset with a CLB and the Mavic 500 hubbed wheelset with Roval Aerodynamics for my on-going weight weenie build program with the bike.
Indeed. To me, Vitus/Tout Mavic seems "the default position" in every possible way, but when I was researching my article on the Vitus 979, I was struck by the paucity of restored frames with Mavic components. And none that attempted to combine the earliest versions of both.. again odd, as both came out at the same time and were somewhat a "last gasp" at a real French innovation. Of course, it was also made famous in the peloton by the Colombians and Sem France/Kas and Sean Kelly. But there's certainly enough interest in early Mavic components as the scarcity and price of them indicates.

If the early Mavic wasn't sufficiently challenging, I think I might attempt next a late 70s primo French frame mated with "Tout Huret".. this was introduced in 1977 and was possibly the most contrived "ensemble" of them all since almost none of it was actually made or designed by Huret and used Meral (those super rare pedals again!!), Nervar, CLB components with little more than a chromed "Huret" sticker on them.

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Tell me about Huret,......
In the 80's I tried many times to buy a Jubilee derailleur set for my Peugeot from the LBS's in my area (Milwaukee).
For some strange reason, the dealers kept trying to turn me off the brand with pretty much all of them saying that the Jubilee RD is just the most flexible piece of junk derailleur in existence then.
I even got to the point of showing one salesman the money in my wallet that I would like to pay for one and he just kept pushing back saying I'd be much better off buying a Campy NR.....
That led me to a consistent diet of only Simplex and Mavic derailleurs to this day.
So, except for the Hurret Multito odometer I had on my PSV in the early 80's, that's was it for me with
Huret components.
.Then,..... I discovered this very intriguing French bike called the Mecacycle Turbo with SV980 tubing and a unique forked seat tube that straddles the rear wheel, similar to a RIGI. Only thing that is keeping my from just surrendering and buying a frameset for their exorbitant asking prices is the proprietary braze on boss mounted FD..........which of course is a Huret....
I thought I was done with the brand for good, but now it is in the way between me and a nice Mecacycle Turbo!Arrrrrggghh!!

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Mecacycle is a sore subject for me.... have a gorgeous filet brazed Reynolds 753 Mecacycle "Chrono", their best frame, all ready to go except for the special quill type seatpost. So of course I make sure I can get the seatpost at the same time I get the frame knowing how rare they are. And do. The seatpost arrives and guess what... it's not a 26.4 as advertised but a... 25! Worse, there was another seatpost available at the same time. Now long gone and I may have wait of years or more to find one. The Huret Jubilee front derailleur for the Turbo do actually come up on eBay periodically. I think these also take the early braze on Mavic ones, too.

French bicycles remain a passion but they can also be a road to perdition at the same time.

And yes, if anyone has a spare Rubis 26.4 quill seatpost.......

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I have a couple of quill seatpost, in the middle of being restored. An aero stlye Stronglight Delta and a Rubis. But unfortunately, I just checked and they are both 25mm diameter. I was hoping at least one was 26.4mm so I can send it to you to help you complete your Mecacycle.......
I guess I was thinking of installing one of them on my Peugeot PY10 FC, when I got them, as the bike takes a 25mm seatpost.
Went with a Simplex SLJ seatpost instead, as originally spec'd for the bike.
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Amazing . Wonderful outcome of a worthy project. Sooooooooo jealous!!!
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Originally Posted by kohl57 View Post
And yes, if anyone has a spare Rubis 26.4 quill seatpost.......

Peter Kohler
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Peter- You very may well want only a Rubis post for this project for restoration reasons, but I did just see yesterday that the famed Japanese framebuilding shop Cherubim has been making some beautiful and very interesting looking quill seatposts. I'm sure they would do a 26.4 on commission if you asked.

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Amazing Vitus and amazing workmanship on your build.

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Amazing bike!!
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Just read the spec write-up, impressive components list. Tufo Tubulars, nice. The detail on the RD, is beautiful. Ride the hell out of it. KB.
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Great project, beautifully executed....
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You sir are an artist. Magnifique.
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