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New Bike Day! Vitus 979

Old 06-09-24, 07:04 PM
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New Bike Day! Vitus 979

Saw this one lurking on CL. Watched it for a few weeks. Decided to pull the trigger.

It’s full Shimano 600 tri color with Mavic Open Pro rims. Crazy light weight. The splash bar tape will soon be gone.
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I've got splash tape on one of my own that will be gone soon as well

Great looking ride, sans tape
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Super classic look, I like. I'm not into C&V, I just like classic looks in frame and crank, whatever the age.

Immaculate condition!

I noticed the bonded lug look, I thought perhaps early carbon, but I read now that it's aluminum, very early and pioneering for that. Since not oversize, it says they have nice ride (cush) for their time, but less lateral stiffness. (I bought an oversize aluminum, realized over the years I would have preferred more comfort and less stiffness.)

Nice acquisition. Let us know how it rides for you.
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She’s a clean one for sure. Tri-color group a great match. Nice to see the Western Michigan C&V stables growing!
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You need to take that 600 Tri-Color crankset back to original biopace. Just sayin' and I know a guy who can help you out with that challenge!


That is a real stunning bike. Can't wait to hear more about it and the ride.
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
You need to take that 600 Tri-Color crankset back to original biopace. Just sayin' and I know a guy who can help you out with that challenge!
Over the years I've had a couple of BioPace equipped bikes. I know that some love it and some hate it. I'm ambivalent about it. However, I really like the way the rings on this one look.


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That is a real stunning bike. Can't wait to hear more about it and the ride.
Me too. I picked the bike up at the owner's lake cottage and had to drive down three rough gravel roads to get there. Thus, there was no pre-purchase test ride.
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Originally Posted by AdventureManCO
I've got splash tape on one of my own that will be gone soon as well

Great looking ride, sans tape
I believe that I've seen exactly one bike that I though looked good with Splash bar tape.
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That is a beauty other than the fat stem and while it eats the back of your post the grub screw is a savior from ham fisted mechanics and the old Al clamp. The Al polishes up nicely and with lots of options mine gets a lot of riding time as I am not a masher and enjoy the vertical compliance on my rides. Mine was a 1991 with that original groupset you have on yours.
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Those wheels may or may not be original. I say this because I believe those might be double-socket/eyelet rims, which are not the lightest (thus counter to the frame mission-profile), but boy howdy are they mega-mile durable, in terms of resisting cracks at the spoke holes. Do tell, thanks.

If the brake pads are not fresh, replace, don't wait; Not just for safety; I rode a bike that had been stored for years, the pads a little hard, in very short order they took aluminum off the rims and started galling them. Fortunately, cheap rims. But I'd hate to see that happen to those gorgeous rims.

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The coloration on the main tubes of a 979, what is it? Paint? Anodizing? As in, could it be removed in preparation for an all-over polishing?
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These are anodized painted frames. I guess you can remove it, but I will not be doing that.

I like blue bikes, and I can not lie.


And yes, the wheels aren't original. But they are good wheels and I'll keep them. I'm not hung up on total originality
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Originally Posted by cb400bill
I like blue bikes, and I can not lie.
So, should we now refer to you as Sir Blue Likes-a-Lot?
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Originally Posted by cb400bill
These are anodized painted frames. I guess you can remove it
Anodized AND painted? Interesting...
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Originally Posted by tiger1964
Anodized AND painted? Interesting...
I meant that the bike is anodized the color of blue.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill
I meant that the bike is anodized the color of blue.

Ahh; thanks for the clarification. And I can't blame you for leaving the blue finish -- I was just thinking aloud (I get carried away with polishing anything aluminum... )
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Curiously Vitus also produced a few 979s with painted tubes. There was a frame with three main tubes painted white.
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It must be raining Vitus' this week. Just picked this up today. Haven't had a chance to clean it up yet and this is as purchased. It's a mix mash of components but good stuff. Should clean up nicely. That is a gorgeous blue on your ride. Nice bike!


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Originally Posted by cb400bill
These are anodized painted frames. I guess you can remove it, but I will not be doing that.

I like blue bikes, and I can not lie.

And yes, the wheels aren't original. But they are good wheels and I'll keep them. I'm not hung up on total originality
Oh yes, I could see from the other components, that I don't think anything is original, if the frame dates to the 1970s. But great components, they all match the flavor of the bike. And if those rims are double-socketed, I'm in envy, you just can't buy those any more, as the steel sockets add rim weight, and everything now is about light weight. But durable? What's my name?
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It appears that with the later style of seat post clamp, and that it has a frame pump peg, that my blue bike dates to the later 80's or early 90's.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill
It appears that with the later style of seat post clamp, and that it has a frame pump peg, that my blue bike dates to the later 80's or early 90's.
Perhaps all the components are original! They look about right.
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