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Centurion Semi-Pro frame/fork value?

Old 02-12-23, 08:36 PM
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Centurion Semi-Pro frame/fork value?

A Centurion that I believe is a Semi-Pro has arrived at the community shop where I volunteer. It's just frame, fork, and a Falcon headset that feels really rough. The frame measures about 54 cm square. I didn't notice any dents, but many chips and scratches, plus some rust spots. The tubing sticker claims Tange Champion 1, and the rear dropouts are SunTour GS. The serial - M6E00027 - suggests it was made in '76 or '86, but I don't know how to tell which it might be.

Any idea what a ballpark value might be? The nonprofit shop likely will do a basic cleanup and sell it off.




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Old 02-13-23, 07:11 AM
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Very nice bike. I'd value it at $100-$150. Dead inventory doesn't do the co-op any good so maybe price at the low end of the valuation range you'll get here.
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that's a beaut.
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You might try some penetrating oil on the dropout adjustment screws. hopefully they aren't seized up.

The chrome looks decent enough and to me that would be a big deal if I were a potential buyer. I haven't looked at date codes but I'd wager it is probably closer to 1976. I don't think that head badge was in use by 1986.

$150.00 plus or minus is probably reasonable.
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I'm right there with pricing on this one $125+/-

However does the outlet have the traffic of people with pockets that deep? At a coop I could see that frame going out the door as low $30-40 or sitting on the hooks for a long, long time at $125.
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Originally Posted by Mr. 66
I'm right there with pricing on this one $125+/-

However does the outlet have the traffic of people with pockets that deep? At a coop I could see that frame going out the door as low $30-40 or sitting on the hooks for a long, long time at $125.

Agree with this. Depends on customer base, typically co-op customers want complete bikes. It's the rare customer like me who will buy frames. Do nothing to clean it up as quick and dirty chrome cleaning = irreversible chrome damage.
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1976. From the headbadge.
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Place an ad on Craigslist and FB marketplace; that will help sell it since the usual co-op customer wants a complete bike and not a top end frame like this.
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Ah, my kind of project and my size. Too bad itís prohibitive to ship.
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Ah, my kind of project and my size. Too bad itís prohibitive to ship.
Frames are cheaper to ship than complete bikes . . . . just sayin.
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Originally Posted by bikemig
Frames are cheaper to ship than complete bikes . . . . just sayin.
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Ah, my kind of project and my size. Too bad itís prohibitive to ship.
I recently bought a frame that the seller packed in a flat screen tv box, and the cost to ship on Bike Flights was $30. (Box was 38" x 25" x 6.5".) I really wanted the frame, so that wasn't enough to deter me.
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Thanks, all. I appreciate the estimates and tips on manufacture date. I'll pass along the info to our shop manager and see what they want to do.

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