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Vitus 979 bike? Any good? Company info?(9 posts)

Vitus 979 bike? Any good? Company info?twiggymt
Apr 24, 2001 6:20 PM
can anyone tell me anything about this company or this bike? Someone is offering me a vitus 979 for $550+ shipping with a full ultegra group. Is this a good or bad idea? Thanks!

Twiggy
Love minetommyb
Apr 24, 2001 8:02 PM
I bought my Vitus 979 way back in 1988, when Ultegra was still called Shimano 600. I've put many, many miles on that beauty, and I've loved it every step of the way.

Many people complained that they were too flexible, or too weak and prone to failure. I find it very comfortable; a little flexible, yes, but much nicer than the stiff ride normally associated with aluminum frames. I've done a lot on that bike, from criteriums to triathlons to centuries to light touring. It's been raced, crashed, and ridden over a number of mountain passes. No sign of failure yet.

The Vitus was fairly popular in the 1980's pro peleton. Sean Kelly rode them. The great team Kas rode them to multiple victories in the mountains.

There are a few quirks about these bikes. The seatpost is an odd size (25.4 mm, I think), and prone to sticking if not periodically lubed. Mine may never come out again. The geometry is fairly steep (74 - 76 degree seat tubes, depending on size), but handling is not twitchy. I weighed 145 when I bought the bike, peaked at about 180, and am back to 155. The bike got slower going up hills for a while there, but I never noticed it to be too soft. I still win the occasional county line sprint on Saturday mornings. Plus, being anodized, and not painted, it's almost as pretty as the day I bought it. (Mine's purple, what color are you considering?)

I would recommend a Vitus to anybody. Now, whether it's worth $550, that depends on the condition and age. I don't know if I could sell mine for that much, but I would never consider selling it for twice that price. I have seen frames go on ebay for several hundred.

Go for it.
re: They are/where go framesetsRon L.
Apr 24, 2001 9:50 PM
I had one a few years ago, nice frame and rode well. Vitus is no longer sold in the US. The frames retailed for $875.00 with headset and fork.
Be careful with the fit; Vitus measured cc with a (high) bottom bracket. Most people end up with a frame to big. For $550 you can't go to far wrong.
Ron
I had a Bridgestone RADAC painted in PDM/Concorde colors in '90Jimbob
Apr 25, 2001 9:22 AM
Very similiar frame to the Vitus. I loved the ride. I wish I would have kept it. If it ultegra 9 speed thats not a bad deal. If its older you could possibly talk him down IMO. Make sure the frame is structurally sound.
I had a Bridgestone RADAC painted in PDM/Concorde colors in '90NEIL
Apr 25, 2001 11:05 AM
PDM......ahhhhhh....the good 'ol days...Alcala, Kelly, Breukink, Thuneise.....brings back warm fuzzies!
THe good ol' days.Jimbob
Apr 25, 2001 12:45 PM
Yes, in fact in my parents house in my former room there is still a huge poster of Gert. He was quite the climber.
4000 miles and going strongDave Hickey
Apr 25, 2001 9:24 AM
I have a 979 I'm now using as a rain bike. It's been a great bike. Mine is now nine speed, No problems stretching the rear from 126 to 130.
How did you stretch the spacing to 130mm? (nm)runstevierun
Apr 25, 2001 4:47 PM
re: Vitus 979 bike? Any good? Company info?runstevierun
Apr 25, 2001 4:46 PM
I got mine in 1988 with full dura ace
when index or "click" shifing first came in.
It's still going strong; a great bike.
Some people complained about the larger frame sizes
(58cm and up) being whippy. Mines a 52cm and always did
fine in the local crits. Vitus went bankrupt
a few years back and another company bought the name.
They now produce welded aluminum bikes and, I believe,
some carbon fiber bikes in europe under the Vitus name.
Not the same as the 979's "screwed and glued" construction.
Sounds like a great deal if the frame is intact and it fits.