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    Are the old Vitus aluminum forks relatively dangerous, due to the fact they rely on bonding technology, and that they are also aluminum? In comparison, are they more 'fail' prone than modern carbon forks, which see to rely on bonding, aluminum steerers, as well?

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    Default Re: Vitus NOS Fork...

    Last year I sold a Vitus 979 that was in continuous service since 1987--probably had more than 60K miles. The student I sold it to is still commuting on it. So, my experience is that they can be quite durable. But that is an "n" of one, so as they say YMMV.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbolina View Post
    Are the old Vitus aluminum forks relatively dangerous, due to the fact they rely on bonding technology, and that they are also aluminum? In comparison, are they more 'fail' prone than modern carbon forks, which see to rely on bonding, aluminum steerers, as well?

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    Unless you raced it in the '80s and are now thinking you should bust it out to work off your gut, riding a Vitus is not only prone to failure but guarantees it.
     

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    teeth: yes or no

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    They really are beautiful frames but I would have reservations about the screwed and glued approach after decades. Just not worth the risk. I wonder if in a few decades we'll be saying the same thing for those plasticy carbon bikes.

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    Not as dangerous as the Viscount death fork. But screwed and glued has seen its day.
    People think carbon fiber will somehow fall apart.
    I've fished on may 60's era Bertrams and they are solid as a rock. Fiberglass is not carbon fiber but the technology is pretty close.
     

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    seems to me that a reasonably lightweight screwed and glued fork is guaranteed to fail eventually, if by eventually you mean 100 years of riding. How much less than that it would actually take to fail is something I couldn't guess.
     

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    The old vitus 979 forks were reliable. At least as reliable as 99% of the carbon forks on the market today (100% more reliable than the ones from China)...Since you specified that it was NOS, that removes a huge wildcard fom the equation re crash damage.
     

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    I’ve been ridding a Vitus 979 for the last 4 yrs and haven’t had a single issue with it. The forks are great condition and are still extremely sturdy. I wouldn’t wanna ride anything else!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaywatch_3 View Post
    I’ve been ridding a Vitus 979 for the last 4 yrs and haven’t had a single issue with it.
    nobody ever has an issue with something,
    until they do.

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    Default Re: Vitus NOS Fork...

    While I completely agree with Grant's sentiment in general (a sample of one means very little, yet is used as evidence that something is good/durable too often), have others actually seen Vitus forks fail? I put about 50k miles on my first one before selling the bike in the early 90s, and have since owned two others, both of which are in the 30-40k range. And I know of maybe a dozen folks who are currently running a 979 fork to this day. In 30 years of being a pretty big Vitus/Alan fan, I've never heard of a failure, but maybe I'm running in a fortuitous circle?

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    nobody ever has an issue with something,
    until they do.

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    Default Re: Vitus NOS Fork...

    I loved my 979 when i weighed 125 pounds- road/raced it for a few years in the early 90s.

    I have never heard of fork issues.
    Head tube and BB seat tube junction- yes.
     

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