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Older Peugeot carbon/aluminum frame(5 posts)

Older Peugeot carbon/aluminum frameJusme
Nov 24, 2003 2:22 PM
The post below about the carbon Specialized turned my thoughts to a frame I have in the shed and have always wanted to build up.

It is a mid 80's Peugeot with carbon seat, top & down tubes and aluminum seat and chain stays. It's a very attractive bike. Vitus made the frame.

A while bike I read a article by Maynard Hershon wherein he describes what I believe is the same bike. He mentioned they had a reputation for coming apart (as well as being flexy as heck.)

Anyone know about this bike and the safety of riding it?
re: Older Peugeot carbon/aluminum framegrandemamou
Nov 24, 2003 3:11 PM
I lived in Spain in the mid 80's. I test rode the one they had in a local shop. It was pretty flexy but no more than the same ones from Vitus and Alan. I also heard the same rumors of it couming unbonded and stayed away from it. No one I knew rode one. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
These did have a habit of coming ungluedDave Hickey
Nov 24, 2003 5:40 PM
The early Vitus Carbones have a habit of coming unglued. The problem was a chemical reaction between the carbon and aluminum joint. TVT, LOOK, and Vitus all had the same problem. They solved the problem in the late 80's.

That being said, I have a mid 80's LOOK frame that has the same reputation and I have over 8,000 miles on the frame and I've never had a problem.

If your a big strong powerful rider, I'd stay away from it. If your less than 170lbs, you MIGHT be fine.

Another issue is this frame needs a 23.0 seatpost. These are getting very hard to find.

I've done a fair amount of research on these frame. If you want to send me an Email at dhickey@hotmailDOTcom, I'll send you some articles on the early Vitus Carbones
Is it true....divve
Nov 25, 2003 5:21 AM
.....that Look recommends running a bead of super glue around every lug 2-3 times a year?

Just kidding:)
Actually, they recommend buying a new frame 2-3/yr:-)) nm..Dave Hickey
Nov 25, 2003 6:51 AM