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Diamondback Centurion designed Venture

Old 04-27-17, 03:29 PM
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Diamondback Centurion designed Venture

27" 21 spd road bike
Has panniers and spare wheels in carrying cases. Pretty much showroom condition.

Photo link below is of an identical bike to the one I have. I'll replace with picture of the one I have tomorrow.

For those who are unfamiliar, this is from the time when Diamondback bought Centurian. They made this model for about a year, around 1990. Then they moved on to a straight Diamondback branding.


It was donated to the agency I work with (see my bio) and I think it is overkill for donation to refugees for commuting to work. I am recommending we try to see how much we could get for it, and use the money for parts - cable, tires, wheels - for the other bikes we get in, plus helmets, locks, so we can outfit more folks with basic transportation.

Anybody have an idea what to ask for it?

I saw a similar bike from same era different manufacturer for $300. Panniers about $50 new; extra wheels/tires maybe $50.

Is $400 a reasonable price to try for? More? Less?

Help me out here - except for my Trek I deal with bikes in the under-$50 range! But even those are pretty valuable to those who need them.

I can't post a url (newbie) but you can copy this and replace " dot " with "."

dbc3 dot com/WR_Bikes/diamondback.jpg
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It's a fairly nice bike but $400 seems high for a mid level Asian built bike from the 89/90 with 27inch wheels? ( iIwould double check the wheel size most Asian bikes had 700's by 90) and just OK components. With the extras and very good ready to ride condition I would think $275-300 is the most you will get in an average US market.
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Old 04-28-17, 05:24 AM
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This was only a $375 bicycle back in 1990. It's worth about $250 with the extras.

BTW, Diamond Back never bought Centurion. They were sister brands owned by Western States Imports, with Centurion being used on road bicycles and Diamond Back being used on BMX & ATB models, When WSI and its brands was sold to China Bicycle Company, effective the 1990 model year, CBC decided to consolidate marketing under one brand. Centurion has been trademarked by WSI, only in the USA and there were other bicycles using the Centurion name in foreign markets. Diamond Back did not have this restriction and was the obvious choice for CBC's marketing strategy of establishing a globally recognized brand.
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Thanks for the advice, posting the pic, and info! I thought 400 was high, but figured what the heck do I know? I am planning to take it for a spin and am afraid I may succumb and buy it. I can always put more hangers on the garage roof!

I have a 1970 ladies Schwinn Suburban Positron five-speed I keep for house guests to go for a spin on the many trails around my house. It is also pretty much mint condition since i replaced the shifter cable. Not valuable, but a neat bit of bicycle engineering history that I just enjoy knowing I have.

My Huffy "Triathelite" was made briefly in the early '90s when they tried to enter the serious road bike market. Someone won the Iron Man using a Huffy, and I think this was a commemorative model. It needs painting but I don't want to hide whats left of the decals.

Maybe someone knows more and/or can correct me on the history of these two.
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