French bicycle manufacturer Vitus pioneered the design and manufacture of lugged and bonded aluminium bicycle frames. One of their top models of classic bicycles in the past and still today is the 979, which, because of its smaller tubes diameter, offered more comfort than other classic bike aluminium frames.
Being advanced in 1982, Vitus produced the 979 Carbone. At this stage this model was one of the first classic bicycle frames made of carbon fibres. Always looking for progression, Vitus developed carbon fiber semi-monocoque bike frames, like the ZX-1, which, among other Vitus classic bicycles, is one of the most wanted models of this brand.
Vitus built a strong partnership with Sean Kelly, one of the most formidable and successful cyclists who rose to prominence in the 1980s. According to Kelly himself, he rode Vitus bikes in no less than 80% of his professional career victories. Kelly was particularly linked to the Vitus 979.
Trek was founded in 1976 and has become one of the largest bicycle manufacturers in the world. Trek is an American company which is based in Waterloo, Wisconsin, USA.
The range includes bikes specifically made for either the road, mountainous terrain or the city. Subdivisions of these three categories include triathlon, cyclocross, cross country, singletrack trail, recreation. Trek also manufactures cycling components, such as brakes, handlebars and wheels, cycling accessories, such as bags, baskets and helmets, and cycling apparel, such as gloves, jerseys and shoes.