Anyway, back to bikes. This is one of the few attempts at a road bike that I've made. A Vitus 979, made from bonded aluminim tubes. I was told that Rocky Mountain was a distrbutor of Vitus back in the day so these were a little more common out here than you'd think.
I realized by this time that I didn't like drop bars, so we've got a moustache bar here attached to a ControlTech MTB stem. It looks a little wrong from a road bike stance, but I was very comfy on it. There's some Shimano STI levers (that didn't shift that well), a cool Shimano 600 Arabesque headset that needed a special wrench to adjust (not cool), Ultegra cranks, and a fancy Dura-Ace derailleur. I replaced that with a proper 600 "pizza cutter" derailleur.
It rode so smoothly, but I could only ride it on flat trails as a 1x9. Eventually I figured I weighed way too much to ride this thing and broke it down to sell the frame and fork for barely enough to buy a few good beers. Not one of my better moments to be honest.
I repainted it, put those lousy '99/'00 decals on it, my handbuilt singlespeed wheels with a White Industries ENO hub, superlight Kinesis aluminum fork, and a 180mm RaceFace singlespeed crank. I wonder if this was a rare thing? It didn't have holes to mount a granny ring, which seems kinda crazy now that I think about it.
Ideally, I should have been on a frame one size smaller than this, but for just casual cruising, I remember it being a great rider. But, thinking it was too big for me, I swapped it for a Gary Fisher Sugar frame.... that was probably a size too small.
Another mistake. *sigh*
I sure hope someone saved this bike.
I cannot remember where I got this frame from. I built it up with some bits off my Dekerf, a nice set of Mavic wheels, cheap eBay brakes and RaceFace cranks, and a Surly 1x1 fork. I think I rode it once and really enjoyed it.
I finished it right before the annual Bike Swap, and on a whim, took there to sell it. I really don't know why I did that. I had always wanted a Ti bike, and I sold off the mystery one I had a few years earlier - for no reason I can remember - so why did I get rid of this after riding it once?
I'm looking at this build and it's awesome!
Anyway, I guess I wanted something a little more nice. Like a Moots or a Litespeed. I do recall the welds on this being pretty ugly. But still, pretty sure it was a great rider.
Whatever I can remember, I'll certainly post here.