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    oh-no...Stan's posting a road bike!!!! CAUTION..Vitus content

    But it is Vintage and Classic

    I picked up this one owner 53cm Vitus 979 off CL today. It appears to be in very good condition under all the dust and grime. It's been hanging in a garage for several years. I don't know much except it's got a full Shimano Sante Gruppo, Rolls saddle, Carbon pedals and appears to be all original except for the computer and the bar things (can't think of what they are called ) Needs a good wash, tires/tubes and should be good to go. I know they had issues with "noodley" handling and some separation issues, but I believe it was mostly the carbon frames with that problem.
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    The main issue of "disassembly" was the fork. If planning to ride that rig, you should definitely check if it has an aluminum steerer. If so, don't ride.

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    Cool bike Stan! They are a bit soft, but make for a comfy ride if you don't weigh a ton. Sante is a neat group too. Kinda higher end, and Aero-fied. Nice color too. Just get the Profile Design dinosaurs off it, and you're in business. Do check that fork too, they were scary....
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    I owned a Vitus for a month or so before selling on ebay (and making 5x profit).

    I was recommended that if your a heavy rider or a masher, the Vitus bonded frames are not suggested, especially not knowing their condition.

    It is however, a pretty comfy and light bike.

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    I bought one in 1988 from my LBS fitted with Shimano 600 group, Mavic MA-40 HA rims, TTT this and that. I don't think I even had 500 miles on mine when I sold it to a buddy 2 years ago complete for $200. I hated riding the road, frankly. Too boring.

    He stripped it, converted it to a SS, and swapped in a pair of aero wheels, and then commuted 20 miles/day for 2 years on it on the flats of San Jose. A month ago he gave it back to me, as he and family are moving overseas.

    I've been riding it alot since getting it back, mostly for recovery rides after race weekends and rediscovered how comfy it is, and how well it fits me. I'm kicking myself for haviing dumped a load of cash on a fancy, schmancy Italian carbon rig last year that hurts me after just an hour in the saddle. It collects dust now.

    Here are some before and after. I get loads of compliments on the thing, and I love the simple beauty of the frame. Good news is I'm skinny as heck, so I hope it stays intact for a while longer.
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    I always wondered how someone like Sean Kelly could ride a Vitus for so many years considering they were whippy even by Doug Lexington's Bontrager standards.

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    And for those who don't know, Kelly was one of the great sprinters of the pro pelaton. I've always wanted a Vitus just because Kelly rode one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssmike
    I always wondered how someone like Sean Kelly could ride a Vitus for so many years considering they were whippy even by Doug Lexington's Bontrager standards.

    Stiff enough for Kelly to sprint on apparently. I think Jock B rode on that KAS team too, right?

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    SK has a myspace page and it is so cool - "still a hard man" - indeed
    http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm...ndID=139905617

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssmike
    I always wondered how someone like Sean Kelly could ride a Vitus for so many years considering they were whippy even by Doug Lexington's Bontrager standards.
    I remember KB even talked about Sean Kelly taking a sprint finish on his Vitus in one of his rants on stiffness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig
    SK has a myspace page and it is so cool - "still a hard man" - indeed
    https://profile.myspace.com/index.cf...ndID=139905617

    This is awesome:

    Who I'd like to meet:
    Greg LeMond and give him a good slap across the face.


    Edit: this thread deserves a pick of the Sean the great:

    <img src="https://www.pezcyclingnews.com/photos/races06/rbx06/rbx84-kelly2.jpg">
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    Here's your chance to own one in an interesting candy apple green, kinda. On da-Bay.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Vitus-Frame-Fork...QQcmdZViewItem
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    From back in the days when aluminum wasn't stiff enough to be used to build a bike frame.
    Each bicycle owned exponentially increases the probability that none is working correctly.

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    The Black SS Pictured above looks great.

    As cool as my Vitus was I'm too big of a rider for it.

    I'll stick with the steel Razesa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooderdude
    I bought one in 1988 from my LBS fitted with Shimano 600 group, Mavic MA-40 HA rims, TTT this and that. I don't think I even had 500 miles on mine when I sold it to a buddy 2 years ago complete for $200. I hated riding the road, frankly. Too boring.

    He stripped it, converted it to a SS, and swapped in a pair of aero wheels, and then commuted 20 miles/day for 2 years on it on the flats of San Jose. A month ago he gave it back to me, as he and family are moving overseas.

    I've been riding it alot since getting it back, mostly for recovery rides after race weekends and rediscovered how comfy it is, and how well it fits me. I'm kicking myself for haviing dumped a load of cash on a fancy, schmancy Italian carbon rig last year that hurts me after just an hour in the saddle. It collects dust now.

    Here are some before and after. I get loads of compliments on the thing, and I love the simple beauty of the frame. Good news is I'm skinny as heck, so I hope it stays intact for a while longer.
    I had the same frame in a 60cm, back in about 1992 or so. At 190 lbs then, I was actually sort of scared of that bike. I rode it lightly for a while then sold it to some kid at the shop and bought a 3.0 Cannondale, which was a swing a little too far in the direction of stiffness. Finally settled on an RB-1 which I sold several years later (still kicking myself and looking for another red 1993 in 62cm).

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    Test for sig.
    WTB: 1993 Bridgestone RB-1 62cm

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    for those interested...yeah it's "road" but it's classic

    Took off some of the junk , put on some tires and cleaned it up a bit.....

    and I know my grass is high...my mower broke and I've been too busy to fix it.
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    Ah - that looks really good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig
    Ah - that looks really good.
    Except for hoods pointed to the sky. The fashion was to run the flats of the bar "droopy" like they were. If you want more "flat" on the bar tops you've gotta skoot the hoods down. But then as you can see, doing that with your vintage bar renders really short hooks.

    Me, I'd just slap a modern bar on there like a ritchey pro or something with relatively long hooks that you can run the way you've set it up in the pick... but without looking goofy.

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    I see what you mean..

    Quote Originally Posted by shawndoggy
    Except for hoods pointed to the sky. The fashion was to run the flats of the bar "droopy" like they were. If you want more "flat" on the bar tops you've gotta skoot the hoods down. But then as you can see, doing that with your vintage bar renders really short hooks.

    Me, I'd just slap a modern bar on there like a ritchey pro or something with relatively long hooks that you can run the way you've set it up in the pick... but without looking goofy.
    When I had my LBS check it out, the tech readjusted them for a test ride. I guess she set them up to her preference. They were pretty low before, I think somewhere in the middle would be good...I'll do it.

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    That cleaned up nicely When do we get a ride report?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scooderdude
    I get loads of compliments on the thing, and I love the simple beauty of the frame.
    It is beautiful. This is one of the bikes I lusted after back in yesteryear. The graceful aesthetics of that frame are still hard to beat many years later.

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