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Old 10-04-21, 04:53 AM
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Super Vitus 980 frame w/reinforced fork

Does the Super Vitus 980 fork steerer tube have similar "ribs" like the Columbus steerer? Looking at a frame (Dutch manufacture I believe) that owner says has a Columbus fork (no decals) because of the internal "ribs". The frame is definitely a Super Vitus 980 from the mid to later 80s. The fork is original to the bike. I thought it odd for a buider to mix the 2 tubing brands, but again I am new to all of this stuff so I would not be surprised regardless of what I am told. I will probably get the frame anyways because it is a good fit (price), and I have spare parts already on hand.

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IIRC, Super Vitus steer tubes had six helical ribs. Columbus had five. A Columbus steer tube may also have the "dove" stamp, although this is sometimes lost when the steer tube is trimmed to length.
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Yup, my 84 Peugeot PSV with SV980 tubing has reinforcing ribs in its steerer tube.
So, its wasn't just Columbus who did it.
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Thank you JohnDThompson , and Chombi1!
I didn't know the number of ribs since I never asked the owner, but it makes more sense since it is a complete frameset with OE fork. I wasn't sure being that it is a Dutch(?) build and may have been some odd hybrid set-up. Cool, I am picking it up next weekend. Is $200 reasonable for that style frame (it is in very good condition, no rust, decent original paint and chrome; with Campagnolo bottom bracket, but no headset)? I'll post photos and I'll be sure to show the steerer tube for reference since I didn't see one when trying to research this.

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Originally Posted by le bici di jaco View Post
Thank you JohnDThompson , and Chombi1!
I didn't know the number of ribs since I never asked the owner, but it makes more sense since it is a complete frameset with OE fork. I wasn't sure being that it is a Dutch(?) build and may have been some odd hybrid set-up. Cool, I am picking it up next weekend. Is $200 reasonable for that style frame (it is in very good condition, no rust, decent original paint and chrome; with Campagnolo bottom bracket, but no headset)? I'll post photos and I'll be sure to show the steerer tube for reference since I didn't see one when trying to research this.
$200 sounds good for a full SV980 frsmeset, especially if it comes with a good Campy BB , no rust and good finish condition.
(BTW, could this be a Peugeot PSN?)
SV980 is pretty much the French equivalent of 753 tubing In terms of weight, and quality. It is also heat treated, like 753.
Note that Vitus also produced a 983 version of the tubing. Its just a slightly thicker walled version of the 980, for added stiffness.

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Originally Posted by Chombi1 View Post
$200 sounds good for a full SV980 frsmeset, especially if it comes with a good Campy BB , no rust and good finish condition.
(BTW, could this be a Peugeot PSN?)
SV980 is pretty much the French equivalent of 753 tubing In terms of weight, and quality. It is also heat treated, like 753.
Note that Vitus also produced a 983 version of the tubing. Its just a slightly thicker walled version of the 980, for added stiffness.
It is a Sirocco; thought it was Italian at first but discovered they are built from scratch in the Netherlands. It has an English thread bottom bracket, part of the reason for getting it since I'm already dealing with a French spec'd bike made in Spain. It has the 980 decal with SV bottom bracket shell. I don't think stiffness will be a problem for my size and strength, just needs to be comfortable for 40-50 mile treks.

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