We managed to get our hands on the groupset of Sean Kelly’s 1988 Vitus KAS time trial bike through a friended mechanic.
Unfortunately for us, Kelly kept the frame so we went for an alternative to build a replica of his last KAS team bike, using some of the original components from his time trial bike.
One might argue that it is not exactly the frame Kelly was riding, but we decided to go for the Vitus 979 aero road version with integrated cable-routing since the groupset was originally mounted on the time trial version of this frame.
We found the frame in France, equipped with a modern Campagnolo Chorus groupset, but the chamfered bottom bracket proved the frame to be Mavic-ready. The previous owner clearly chopped the fork tube to fit the low Campagnolo Chorus headset. So we had to do some magic and trim the headtube to get enough thread clearance to fit the higher Mavic 310 headset.
Halfway the build and it already looks stunning!
To be continued …