Introductions - Centurion Bikes - A History
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09-10-05, 09:59 AM
Excelent background post on a bicycle company that I have recently been introduced to. I am currently in the process of restoring a Sport DLX with the Infinity tubing, and a co-worker recently picked up an Ironman Expert frame with Tange #1 and a 105 headset. He's putting an 8speed 105 group on it after repainting the frame and purchasing new wheels, brakes and everything else for the frame. I suspect when he gets done the bike will weigh in slightly heavier than the original has his stem, bars and crankset are older heavier models than what probably came on the bike. As for me, I'm going the other direction and putting a 7speed freewheel, early 90's era Shimano 105 group with friction downtube shifters, and modern dual pivot brakes.
Happy riding to all other Centurian owners near and far.
hey my first real road bike bought back in 88 was a centurion lemonds with the light action groupo from shimano ,with a cool pastel green (kinda like celeste) and white color combo. sad to said I buckle the frame 2 years later over a speed bump.
09-11-05, 09:55 AM
this is an awesome post...ive recently purchased a centurion 'trac' (track) bike, but cant find any history, or information on it. might you happen to know anything about this model? i think it came out around 83'ish. its a sweet bike and id like to know a little more about her history. thanks.
09-13-05, 05:17 PM
Nice post. You should re-post it in the "Classic and Vintage" forum. There have been a good many Centurion posts in the past. I have a Centurion ProTour that I bought new in 1985. I was told it had been in the shop for a while so I presumed it was 1984 or earlier. It is a copper/gold-ish color, built with Tange Championship #2 tubing and Suntour components. It has served me well, was my only bike for 12+ years, and it still has most of the original components. I have had to replace rear deraileur, brake levers, front wheel. It doesn't see a lot of miles today but I could never part with it.
09-13-05, 05:30 PM
Although not as well known as Fuji or Panasonic, the Centurions were among the best Japanest imports of the '70's and '80's. Richard Ballantine chose the 1977 Centurion Pro-Tour as one of his "picks" for "best" bikes in his 1978 "Richard's Bicycle Book", and again in his 1982 book. I have a Pro Tour from around 1983 or 1984, and had two of the "Dave Scott Ironman" models. (I let one go last week...too small for me).
The best Japanese bike factories, including Miyata, Fuji, Bridgestone, and Panasonic, mastered the art of making affordable steel frame bikes that compared well with much more expensive European-made bikes. A Centurion with top-of-the line Suntour or Shimano components rides and performs as well as some mega-buck Italian bikes with Campy components, yet sold for about a third or half their price.
Unfortunately, the dollar/yen ration has made Japanese-made bike far too expensive in the USA. Rivendell continues to import some of its bikes from a small shop in Japan, but their price is WAAY out of my league.
09-14-05, 09:35 AM
My first "real" bike was an '85 Centurion Sport DLX (Tange Infinity), and I remember it being such a sweet ride compared to the crap bikes I had before. I eventually worked my way up to an '89 Ironman Expert (Tange #1, Suntour GPX), which I still have in pieces in my garage. We only had one bike shop in town, and they happened to be a Centurion dealer. It's cool to hear other people who remember this stuff. (I had a Dave Scott poster on my bedroom wall!)
I raced on a bright yellow aluminium Centurion back in the mid-late 1980s. I do not remember the bike's model name, but I think it was the only aluminum bike that Centurion made. It had oversized tubing, but not as ridiculously huge as those early Cannondales. If anyone can remember the model name of this bike, please post it.
10-01-05, 09:05 PM
I have owned a BLK/SLVR CENTURION TURBO model for about 10 years. It has chromed SUNTOUR PRO drop-out's, a very nice 52/42 SUGINO Aero-Mighty crankset, chromed drive-side chainstay, no fender braze-ons and SUNTOUR ARX deraileurs. It is a super bike and has surprised alot of people on much, much nicer bikes. It is around 20 lbs with its MAVIC/AMERICAN CLASSIC wheelset. I know nothing else about this bike except that, I love it!!! Any info? Thanks for the CENTURION thread!!!
Finally got the first coat of new paint on my Sport DLX - it's the most fantasic color of sapphire blue! Oh I can't wait to get this beauty finished!
07-25-10, 04:51 PM
Resurrected through the Google.
I am going to restore this Centurion I believe it is a 1972.
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