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Alain Michel super vitus 971 (n+1)

Old 03-05-14, 03:23 PM
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Alain Michel super vitus 971 (n+1)

I saw this frame and had to have it. It doesn't matter that I just bought another super vitus 971 frame, this one has such potential I had to have it and save it. It's an Alain Michel with tons of style. Paint is crap, but I decided to splurge and pay for a respray.

I came home from a ride this afternoon and saw a large box on my porch. My wife had ordered some things from Ikea so I wasn't sure if it was what I hoped it might be. When I saw that it was a french radiator box I knew today was my lucky day! It came from France, packed quite nicely.







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It came with a tange headset and shimano bb, both of those will be taken out. The head tube has a closed french shop decal. Other decals stripped off downtube already. I love the wooden plug in the fork! dropouts, seatstay caps and fork crown have Alain Michel pantographs.

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Old 03-05-14, 03:39 PM
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I wasn't able to find out very much about this builder online. Here are a couple of documents I did run across.










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Old 03-05-14, 03:41 PM
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Congratulations on the new French bike! Seeing someone land such a nice bike that's under most radars gives me hope that maybe someday I'd land my own dream bike similar to this one. A French made "Mecacycle Turbo" bike made with SV980 tubing an sporting a split lower seat tube....and damn the most likely unobtainum brazed on Huret front derailleur I would have to find for it!
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Magnifique! latter-day Spidel for this one?
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Thanks guys! I'm stoked!

I'm not sure what I'm going to build it up with. I was looking for clues of how A. Michel build up his bikes in the articles, but looks a little weird to me with those plastic modolo brakes, etc. I'll do either Huret or simplex, probably. I do have a nice set of campy record tubular wheels in the wings, which will go on it. Right now I need to save up for the respray!

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Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
Congratulations on the new French bike! Seeing someone land such a nice bike that's under most radars gives me hope that maybe someday I'd land my own dream bike similar to this one. A French made "Mecacycle Turbo" bike made with SV980 tubing an sporting a split lower seat tube....and damn the most likely unobtainum brazed on Huret front derailleur I would have to find for it!
Chombi you mean like this https://www.ebay.fr/itm/velo-de-colle...item338bbb7981
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Old 03-05-14, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by JJScaliger View Post
I saw this frame and had to have it. It doesn't matter that I just bought another super vitus 971 frame, this one has such potential I had to have it and save it. It's an Alain Michel with tons of style. Paint is crap, but I decided to splurge and pay for a respray.

I came home from a ride this afternoon and saw a large box on my porch. My wife had ordered some things from Ikea so I wasn't sure if it was what I hoped it might be. When I saw that it was a french radiator box I knew today was my lucky day! It came from France, packed quite nicely.







I really like Alain Michel bikes.
Apparently he was the secret frame builder for Greg Lemond in the 1980s.
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Originally Posted by Daveyates View Post
Yep!,
That one (which happens to be way too small for me) looks like it was built for "Splendid"? I've also recently seen one built for Mercier. But in fact, most of the ones I've seen so far were sold as bare metal, unpainted frames. I guess they sold their frames just like Vitus and Alan did, to other bike companies.
Such an interesting bike, I wonder why it is not more well known out there.....
Thanks Dave!
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Lovely frame! However, I don't get it. Are you joking about the repaint, or am I missing something? The paint looks pretty nice from where I'm sitting.
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Thanks! Yeah, I knew someone was going to say that!

I didn't want to accentuate its cosmetic problems so I didn't really take any pictures of them. It has silhouettes from where the shop name, Bocquet, stickers where applied on both sides of the down tube and on the seat tube. In addition, it has some general nicks and chips(none of which are a big deal) and the paint has also aged to an almost green in areas where it was exposed to the sun. It has one area where the paint is bubbled a bit too. If it didn't have the silhouettes I would probably just live with it.

If this was just going to be a rider I could certainly live with it, but I have plenty of those. I've never had one of my bikes resprayed and I thought this bike would be a good candidate since I'm not crazy about the original color anyway. This is more of a restoration project for me; something I want to take my time with and make sure I get everything just right. I do plan to ride it, it wouldn't just be a wall hanger.

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Not trying to give you a hard time! Now that you mention them I can see the silhouettes. If you want to respray it I'm sure it will be beautiful - also that way you can fabricate proper decals as well as choosing your own colour. I'm not really a fan of shop-name decals myself. It'll be a perfect candidate for what you're looking to do, especially considering it appears to have no dings or rust whatsoever. As a fan of all French bikes I'm looking forward to seeing this come together. Enjoy the process!


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Thanks! Yeah, I knew someone was going to say that!

I didn't want to accentuate its cosmetic problems so I didn't really take any pictures of them. It has silhouettes from where the shop name, Bocquet, stickers where applied on both sides of the down tube and on the seat tube. In addition, it has some general nicks and chips(none of which are a big deal) and the paint has also aged to an almost green in areas where it was exposed to the sun. It has one area where the paint is bubbled a bit too. If it didn't have the silhouettes I would probably just live with it.

If this was just going to be a rider I could certainly live with it, but I have plenty of those. I've never had one of my bikes resprayed and I thought this bike would be a good candidate since I'm not crazy about the original color anyway. This is more of a restoration project for me; something I want to take my time with and make sure I get everything just right. I do plan to ride it, it wouldn't just be a wall hanger.
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that's a very stylish frame...and I, for one, really like this paint color, too!
When you take the wooden plug out can you confirm if the steerer has rifling in the base (ala Columbus and both Japanese brands)? Kind of looks like it has, but I'm clueless about the details of Vitus 971 tubesets.
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