Vitus (bicycle company)

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Vitus is a French bicycle manufacturer best known for its steel cycle frame tubing, and its frames built with aluminium tubes joined to aluminium lugs by bonding - a construction method the company pioneered in the late 1970s.[1]

Founded1970; 51 years ago (1970)
HeadquartersSt. Etienne, France
ProductsBicycle and Related Components
ParentWiggleCRC group


Compared to modern aluminium bicycle frames, early Vitus aluminium frames, such as the 979, offered more comfort because of the small diameter of the tubes.[2][3] As a result, the frames lacked some degree of lateral stiffness compared to their steel counterparts.

Vitus bicycles, used by the An Post–Chain Reaction cycling team, at the 2016 Tour of Britain.

The Vitus 992 improved on the 979 design by pinching the aluminum tubes into an ovoid shape at certain critical places, greatly improving stiffness.

In the early 1980s, Vitus began producing frames using carbon fiber tubing, but did so in keeping with the company's method of using small diameter tubing and bonding lugs.

The company later expanded its product offering with carbon fiber semi-monocoque frames (made with more than one monocoque element), like the ZX-1. The ZX-1 was one of the first monocoque carbon fiber bikes made.

Since being purchased by WiggleCRC group Vitus bikes became a direct-to-consumer brand selling exclusively on Chain Reaction Cycles and Wiggle websites.

Frame TubingEdit

Vitus also supplies tubing to other bicycle manufacturers.


It is based near St. Etienne, France. It has manufacturing in Cambodia.


  1. ^ Bicycle Accident Reconstruction for the Forensic Engineer, by James M. Green, published by Trafford Publishing, page 6.[self-published source]
  2. ^ [1]. Joe Young Custom Wheels, article "Rescue a Classic Bike". Accessed on 16 December 2007.
  3. ^ Bicycle Frame Materials Comparison with a Focus on Carbon Fiber Construction Methods, by Craig Calfee and David Kelly.

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