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vitus/fixiemon t
Dec 8, 2003 11:12 AM
i am considering making a fix from an old vitus frame. does anybody know hard it is (or if it is possible) to get the downtube shifter bosses off'n there? obviously a fellow wouldn't be using a torch . . . . . . . . thanks !
Difficult because of chain tensionDave Hickey
Dec 8, 2003 12:44 PM
The downtube bosses are the least of your problems. If your talking about the the aluminum Vitus 979, it's hard to get good chain tension. The frame has verticle dropouts. I converted one and filed about 2mm of the dropout to get the proper chain tension. I week later the dropout broke. The dropouts are very soft aluminum.

If you want a single speed than a chain tensioner will work.
enomon t
Dec 8, 2003 1:02 PM
eno hub, my man!
cool. go for it.....nmDave Hickey
Dec 8, 2003 1:45 PM
Bosses don't stand a chance...SenorPedro
Dec 8, 2003 5:30 PM
...against someone with good files and some time. I don't know much about Vitus frames, however, if it is older, then it is quite possible that they didn't "weld" the bosses onto the DT. They may be attached with some sort of epoxy or what not - this is solely speculation, since I have no clue. If anybody else knows, drop a line.
Bosses don't stand a chance...SenorPedro
Dec 8, 2003 5:35 PM
With paint and sanding, they were never there.....
A couple of ways to deal with shift bossesDave Hickey
Dec 8, 2003 7:33 PM
Cover the bosses with old dust covers. These are old Dura Ace dust covers glued onto the bosses
Or... a pair of diceDave Hickey
Dec 8, 2003 7:46 PM
These are dice that are used for valve caps on autos. I glued them on the bosses. Sorry for the picture. I can't fine the closeup picture.