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    Centurion Turbo black/silver!

    Hi friends, I acquired this 84 Turbo from a very nice gentleman an hour from me! Special thanks to him for holding it for me until this weekend (saw it on Tuesday), deleting the ad, and not selling it to anyone else! This is as found minus the saddle which I had from a previous bike that another friend gave to me! As far as I can tell from the catalog, it will need the f/b SSPro derailleurs, anodized Grand-Compe levers/calipers, the SSPro pedals/cages, and the original saddle! I like how mine looks on the bike, so I will probably leave it! The bike is in very good condition with the normal paint blemishes/scuffs, but there is no frame or fork damage! Please let me know your thoughts, and thanks for your recommendations, opinions, and suggestions! If anyone has the original components please PM, and hopefully we can work something out! Thanks again!











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    Great looking frame. What derailleurs?
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    I believe it came with Suntour Superbe Pro FD, RD, a Sugino AGP crankset (but I'm not sure).
    The DC/GC levers were non-aero, I believe, and were dark anodized, as were the DC/GC calipers.

    I can't remember what shifters, but I think they were smooth Suntours, probably Superbe/Pro.
    The headset was a Suntour Aero, and is just fine swapped out. It was a booger to adjust.

    Chicago Al has an OEM model, all original. He'd have the scoop. Mine will be heavily changed.

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    Black and silver works for me!
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    Great find! A fairly rare bike, and at one point apparently a pretty hot one. One guy (a BF member as it turned out) in California was looking for one on CL for a few years, apparently his 'grail' since high school.

    Indeed I do have one that is all OEM but for the tires and some grease, bearings and cables, and even the tires were original when I got it. I bought it almost exactly 3 years ago, with some much appreciated coaching from Robbie.

    Beautiful bike, ain't it?

    The brakes are Dia Compe 400s in a rare bronze anodizing (maybe only for this bike??) , which is sorta but not really a match for the darker bronze Suzue hubs and Araya rims. I have seen the bronze brake set on eBay, quite expensive.

    Crankset is Sugino Aero Mighty, pedals Suntour Superbe (surely made by MKS) with Christophe clips but straps spelling out 'Mikashima.' Some of them have chainrings that are anodized; mine and yours do not.

    Drivetrain is Suntour Superbe/Superbe Pro...I think the last variant of a Superbe Pro friction-only RD? I don't have a good shot of the shifters.

    Original saddle is the 'Hinault' Turbo, essentially the same as what you have I think.

    Robbie is right about the headset, mine had chewed up marks on the nut from someone trying to adjust it without the proper wrench; it was 'indexing' and apparently that owner was frustrated. Replacing the retained bearings with loose balls fixed that pretty well, at any rate it has not recurred. Mine is a Tange Falcon but no reason to think it's not original.
















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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicago Al View Post
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    Beautiful bike, ain't it? ...
    For sure! Even the dork disks look classy! Congrats to you both.

    (You'll love that Superbe stuff Flash, but it will set you back a little)
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    Quote Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
    For sure! Even the dork disks look classy! Congrats to you both. (...)

    The unique Suzue bronze anodized and aero-styled dork disk is a candidate this year for the Dork Disk Hall of Fame. Be sure to mark your ballot for this worthy contender!
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    I know it may be hard to believe, but Alan's bike is even nicer looking in person.
    Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.

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    I'd appreciate it if the OP would add his bicycle to the Centurion Serial Number Database thread. TIA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
    I'd appreciate it if the OP would add his bicycle to the Centurion Serial Number Database thread. TIA.
    Hi T-Mar, will add serial number! Thanks!

    Thanks to all as well for your comments and feedback, especially to Chicago Al for posting pics of his Beautiful Turbo! This helps me in finding and securig the original parts! Hopefull they won't be to hard and expensive to obtain!

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