Sold: $361.65 including shipping
My Snipe: n/a
On auction is this rare red VITUS 979 ladies frameset in excellent condition. Made in France, estimated 1983. Lightweight Duralinox 979 tubing. Seat tube ct = 49 cm / top tube cc = 51 cm. Frame and fork are straight and in excellent condition. Front spacing is 100 mm, rear 130 mm. Included in this auction are a CAMPAGNOLO headset and CAMPAGNOLO bottom bracket.
There's something especially cool about mixte and ladies frames that are derived from racing bikes. I like the paradox they embody - skirt clearance AND performance.
In men's form, these are comfortable frames with noticeable bottom bracket flex. That doesn't mean they aren't good bikes; many people like the way they feel and ride, myself included. I wonder if the ride suffers on the ladies version.
Vitus went on to make 3-tube and 7-tube carbon versions of this frame. Were there ladies versions of those, or would the top tube transfer too much force to the middle of a carbon seat tube?