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anyone ridden a bike with Vitus 971 or GTI steel tubing?(5 posts)

anyone ridden a bike with Vitus 971 or GTI steel tubing?slow-ron
Nov 27, 2002 8:08 AM
I've heard that Vitus steel tubing is essentially the same as Deda because Vitus sold the their steel business to the Italians. I realize the the frame design and builder contribute significantly to the ride but if anyone has feedback on these pipes I'd like to hear.

thanks
re: anyone ridden a bike with Vitus 971 or GTI steel tubing?curlybike
Nov 27, 2002 5:35 PM
I own and ride a bike built with GTI, the bike is great. It is only a 51cm bike so it has no flex or noodle under big load. I am 185 lb. So when I climb I put a lot of @ss into the pedals, no problems. The ride is wonderful. It was built by HH Racing Group in Philly. You can send them a mail and ask the questions you have. dennis@hhracinggroup.com is the guy to ask. Harry stays too busy to reply. Tell them C. Rice from Md. told you to get in touch.
thanks for the reply, I'll check in with your builder (nm)slow-ron
Nov 28, 2002 6:37 AM
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Nov 28, 2002 8:16 AM
I think he may still have some frame tube sets in stock. He replaced a down tube that got damaged in a wreck with a car. At that time he said that replacing the tube in kind was no problem, as he still had sets. I am sure that he would be pleased to build a silver soldered lugged Pro model in custom geometry for you. I have a friend that he built a GTI frame for that rides a 60 CM, and he has had no trouble with flex or auto shifting on climbs. Both bikes corner like they are on rails.
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Nov 28, 2002 4:44 PM
actually I'm making my own bike. I've done two repair jobs and I'm now thinking of making my first complete frame (minus fork) and there's a local guy who has sets of Vitus 971 & GTI for really good prices. He's had these tube sets for a while and the lugs are really nice. The GTI is triple butted (.9x.7x.6) and the tensile numbers are good. I'm sure that this bike would be very stout and track well in corners but I'm a bit concerned that it may be too stiff and provide a rough ride. I'm sure the frame will not be a fly weight.

I checked out your builders web site and it looks like he has a nice operation but I was really looking for a page with tubing properties and ride characteristics. Nice to see that your buddy likes his frame as the size I'm going to build will be around a 58.