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Offline oldschoolace

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So i just bought a Vitus frame
« on: April 06, 2018, 11:14 AM »
Seemed cheap, threw a cheap bid at it and won to my surprise.
What to do with it is my next question. Doubt i will ever find forks so thinking along the lines of a rolling development build.
Maybe go a lightweight route?

Open to ideas chaps  :)
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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2018, 11:36 AM »
Vive la France! :daumenhoch:

Got any pics?
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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2018, 11:45 AM »
She has a damaged seat tube but they did a model with an intergrated seat clamp so i may have a go at modding the little grub nut underneath the cast section to form a seat clamp of sorts  :daumenhoch:


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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2018, 12:29 PM »
Thinking of echoing the cast delta shape seatstay section with something along these lines


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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2018, 12:51 PM »
That looks cool as fook. Get bodging Clint! :daumenhoch:
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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2018, 03:28 PM »
 :popcorn:  :daumenhoch:
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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2018, 09:44 PM »
Anyone got any interesting rims, weinmann, Spencer etc?
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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2018, 10:04 PM »
Got a seat clamp / frame stander & some pegs if you need em  fistblump






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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2018, 01:47 PM »
Had a spare few mins in my lunch brake to have a play with a few leverage priciples. Its a very rough mock up but answered a few questions about materials needed and lever travel  :daumenhoch:


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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2018, 02:33 PM »
She has a damaged seat tube but they did a model with an intergrated seat clamp so i may have a go at modding the little grub nut underneath the cast section to form a seat clamp of sorts  :daumenhoch:

I think that's how it actually works as it looks very similar to my old Vitus road bike frame from bitd, that had a flush top tube/seat tube with a grub screw to tighten the seatpost.  Used a 25mm seat post with a 6mm allen head grub screw iirc too.
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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2018, 02:46 PM »
Vitus finally turned up today. Wow how light!!

Looks in decent nick generally but the seat mast does have its top missing (it isnt the internal clamp model)
Plan is to grind the break square and add a small section of tubing to bring it flush with the casting. The grub screw in the back of the casting is thankfully big enough to use as a seapost clamp  :daumenhoch:


« Last Edit: April 20, 2018, 02:48 PM by oldschoolace »
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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2018, 02:47 PM »
Anyone recognise the Juncker sticker. May be German or Dutch?
« Last Edit: April 20, 2018, 02:54 PM by oldschoolace »
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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2018, 06:09 PM »
Needs pegs.....

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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2018, 08:37 PM »
 :LolLolLolLol: sorry bud its crying out to to be a super light speed machine
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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2018, 08:47 PM »
LolLolLol: sorry bud its crying out to to be a super light speed machine
No bloody good for any of us then

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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2018, 09:11 PM »
That brake looks really cool  8) . I like this thread already :daumenhoch:
What is this frame made of - aluminium?  I've never seen one of these before.
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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2018, 11:43 PM »
That brake looks really cool  8) . I like this thread already :daumenhoch:
What is this frame made of - aluminium?  I've never seen one of these before.

Stidds had one, but sadly the pics have gone
They were made of aluminium, bonded instead of welded together
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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2018, 10:50 AM »
Nice, very nice and great to see it is going to get the restoration it needs rather than being scrapped  :daumenhoch:


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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #18 on: April 22, 2018, 11:21 AM »
Looks great Clint! Looking forward to seeing what you do with it! :daumenhoch:
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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #19 on: April 22, 2018, 01:14 PM »
Awesome
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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2018, 10:17 PM »
A frustrating afternoon trying every Alan key I have and splashing 12 notes on a random imperial set saw every one of them useless  >:(

Still don't know for sure but it looks like the little grub screw in the top of the seat stay casting is 4.5mm
3 shops later a decent one was finally ordered from some place in Germany....... I knew there was I reason I usually do freestyle builds  ;D
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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #21 on: May 22, 2018, 11:11 PM »
Well the Alan key turned up and was swiftly cobbed down the end of the workshop. Didnt fookin fit!
On closer inspection it looks for all the world like the alan headed grub screw tapers in from 4.5mm at the top to approx 4mm at the bottom
What The Fook!!!!!

Had a go 3 or 4 times to file the retreived alan key to a taper. Deffo helped but the grub screw is fooked so now need drilling out  :tickedoff:
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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #22 on: May 24, 2018, 09:34 AM »
Time to get bodging me thinks! :daumenhoch:
From Dorset to Japan:- http://www.radbmx.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=182215.msg1828811#msg1828811
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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2018, 05:03 PM »
Getting nowhere fast with this bloody thing  :(
Because of the angle of the seatstays its impossible to drill the grub screw out with anything other than an extra long bit. Finally got a hole through but need to gradually inlarge it which has already cost me 2 blunt drill bits. This fooking grub screw is made from unobtainium  :(

Anyways, need some thoughts on restoring the top of the seatmast. Given any potential future sale and the new owners unawareness of the broken mast do i:

A. Bond a small section of new tube in to bring the mast flush with the casting, using a new grub screw as a seatclamp

B. Bond a longer section of tube in with a classic keyhole slot to the correct height. It would still use a new grubscrew for seatclamping but allow the mounting of a "show" seatclamp

The fear is that somewhere down the line someone doesnt realise and uses the show clamp as the only clamping for a seatpost, with predictable injury following  :-\




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Re: So i just bought a Vitus frame
« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2018, 06:27 PM »
now you've got a hole through the grub screw, would an easyout finish the job ?
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