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Old 09-27-16, 11:08 AM
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Help identifying Centurion road bike!

I need help figuring out the year and model of this road bike for sale. I believe it is a Centurion.

Also is $75 worth it for the bike?





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Old 09-27-16, 11:21 AM
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I personally would pass on that one. Too many strikes against it. Missing brake levers, stem shifters, spray paint, utterly boring bar & stem, mountain bike seatpost QR... That crank looks like it might be nice but it's not worth a $75 gamble.
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Old 09-27-16, 06:29 PM
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My guess is that it is a 1979 Centurion Lemans.
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I wouldn't pay $75 for that. Shop around.

I paid $100 for this.

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Originally Posted by AL7000 View Post

Also is $75 worth it for the bike?
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I would say pass also rough looking frame with iffy repaint looks like it might be damaged, parts are low end and worn or missing. Also a lot of the nicer parts like the Suntour Derailleurs, pedals, seat and maybe wheels have been replaced with random cheap stuff. I would agree it is a late 70's Lemans which was a low end model with hi-ten frame and mostly steel parts. You will be a lot better off spending another $75-100 or so to buy a similar if not better in good basically ready to ride condition.

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Old 09-27-16, 11:22 PM
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It's worth $20.
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Old 09-28-16, 04:52 AM
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It's a very early 1980s entry level model, with a replacement rear derailleur and possibly a 700C conversion, based on the position of the pads in the calipers. It's almost certainly hi-tensile steel and probably one of the LeMans variants.

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$25 if it's your size, and you have the parts, can do the work on it yourself, and have a use for it. If somebody put 700C alloy wheels on it, and they were in good shape, I would be all over it for even $40. Otherwise, you hope to get a score like L.A. got on his Centurion.
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Definitely a Centurion. It's got the headbadge on it that they used from about 78 to 84 or so. It's an interesting bike. I'd go look at it for a parts bike. If everything looked OK I might give $50 for it. At some point in the 80's Centurion began making Lemans with Tange 2 frames. You'd have to pull the fork off that to see if it had a Tange stamp on it. Or, weigh it.
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Originally Posted by ramzilla View Post
Definitely a Centurion. It's got the headbadge on it that they used from about 78 to 84 or so. It's an interesting bike. I'd go look at it for a parts bike. If everything looked OK I might give $50 for it. At some point in the 80's Centurion began making Lemans with Tange 2 frames. You'd have to pull the fork off that to see if it had a Tange stamp on it. Or, weigh it.
If I was to weigh the bike, what weight would tip me off that it is/isn't Tange 2?
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
I wouldn't pay $75 for that. Shop around.

I paid $100 for this.

And that was a bargain. Although I paid $21, but add $175 as pictured,

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Old 09-29-16, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by AL7000 View Post
If I was to weigh the bike, what weight would tip me off that it is/isn't Tange 2?
It looks like a large frame Centurion. So, in order to qualify as Tange 2 it would have to weigh in under 28lbs or so. If it weighs 26lbs or less, then it's definitely a better frame than average. Another interesting thing I've noticed about Tange 1 & Tange 2 frames is the sound they make. It's just like the difference between silver coins and sandwich coins. When you drop a real silver coin on a table it rings. When you tap a Tange frame it makes a distinctive sound.
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