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Vitus 181 vs 172


Old 07-04-12, 08:19 AM
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Vitus 181 vs 172

I have a PF10 with Vitus 181 steel tubes. Does anyone know what the difference is between the 181 and 172 Vitus steels? Was one better than the other?
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Ateliers de la Rive made the 172 out of a seamed tubing (alloy steel) that was butted, introduced in early '70s and said to be "nearly as strong" as 531 and Columbus...181 was introduced in late '70s and made from chrome-moly steel and was set to compete with Reynolds 501 (not 531) tubing in spec and weight.
IMHO I'd say that 181 is the "better tubing", but there are more factors to determine how good a frame is than just the tubing brand.
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