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Old 04-28-14, 01:15 PM   #1
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New acquisition - Centurion Elite RS

Just picked this up over the weekend and got a chance to ride it today.

As far as I can tell it is an 86 Centurion Elite RS and it rode great! I put some air in the tires and went on my lunch time 10 mile loop and didn't have any issues. The previous owner took good care of his bikes it seems as everything seemed to be in good working order. I am not sure if it was actually quicker than the Ross, but it certainly felt that way.

The Centurion did feel more squirrely in the front end, but not in a bad way. It's just that greater trail on the Ross made it track straight ahead and require more effort to turn. One thing about the Centurion is that I was able to ride hands free. Something that my Haro MTB nor the Ross would do.





The Centurion was a nice upgrade from this:
Ross Professional with full Shimano 600 group set

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As far as I can tell it is an 86 Centurion Elite RS and it rode great!
Nice looking bike. Is the frame Tange 2?
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One of my favorite bikes. Congratulations.
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Japanese built? Looks like a million dollar upgrade from the ross!. Looks like a fine rider and having ridden a lower end centurion for a bit I know it rides well.
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Nice looking bike. Is the frame Tange 2?
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One of my favorite bikes. Congratulations.
Thanks. This one will should last me awhile before I feel the need to add 1.
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Japanese built? Looks like a million dollar upgrade from the ross!. Looks like a fine rider and having ridden a lower end centurion for a bit I know it rides well.
It is Japanese built.
No lie about the upgrade! The Ross was an inexpensive CL purchase strictly to put back into riding condition and learn the ins/outs. Plus with full Shimano 600 Arabesque group set I figured that the components were worth what I paid for the whole bike. Now I have to sell the Ross along to some new rider for them to enjoy.
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Now I have to sell the Ross along to some new rider for them to enjoy.
That's not how this works. You keep both and start looking for number 3!
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I have read about such an issue. I still have the MTB that will still see some riding when I go out with my kids. The Ross, however, likely won't get much use. I have to use garage space efficiently as I have 4 boys. I need plenty of space to store BMX, small MTB, road, or whatever kind of riding they prefer.
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Was it this bike?
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Yep, big step up.

And I almost hate to say this, but your best play on the Ross is to take all the Arabesque bits on it, clean them up and sell them on the big auction site, where they are worth a lot more than your bike is on your local CL. I have the same Ross with the same bits, and I never ride it because it's my second worst bike, but I know there's going to come a day when I finally scrap it.

What am I going to do with that heavy, crude, unlovable frame?
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Ha ha, it must have been because now I see your Ross on Houston CL!
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Yes MountainDave, the CL link you posted is the Centurion that I picked up. I felt his asking price was too strong and he took less. Apparently the guy is thinning his herd, but as he was out of town he had his brother meet me. I didn't get to see what else he had stashed away.

And I do understand that stripping the Ross and selling the 600 components is likely a better play, but I would hope that someone would be able to use the bike as is.

Additionally, back to the Centurion, it came with a suede Vetta saddle that I getting used to. I think it will take some time to get used to it, but I am liking it so far.
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Excellent RS. Excellent group. Ride it like you stole it, get a different saddle if you need to, and Welcome to the Forum.
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Thanks for the welcome Robbie! I have been a very frequent visitor to the site for the past 6 months. I have learned quite a bit in that time.

I am shopping for new tires as the current ones seem to be close to the end of their life. I plan to ride the heck out of it and am looking forward to joining some group rides to meet some new people.
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