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Old 02-09-11, 01:07 PM
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Centurion, What is it worth

Unsure of the year but when I spoke to the seller I was able to get them to find a Cro moly sticker. Anyone know about what year or the price this may be worth?


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Hard to tell from the photo but what components are on it and in what condition are they? Without knowing that and just from the photo, I'd venture $150.
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I believe that should be a mid-80's LeMans, LeMans RS, or some sort of Dave Scott.

I don't know enough to be more specific. I paid $200 for a green and white '86 LeMans RS. $150 would have made more sense if I had wanted it as a road bike (I converted it to fixed) and needed to get it tuned up. Either way they are nice bikes.
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if the brake lever are OEM than it is '86ish or newer. if they want under 200 and your looking for a rider go for it. how far away is it?
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Old 02-09-11, 01:58 PM
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Maybe 10 miles from me.
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Looks pretty dirty to me, without better pictures, I would discount it accordingly.
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Originally Posted by wrk101
Looks pretty dirty to me, without better pictures, I would discount it accordingly.
Maybe unclean but nothing harming the bike. Any other Info, on pricing or a forsure year, maybe what kind of components?

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Wrk101 knows his stuff. Even if the bike isn't damaged, cleanliness says a lot about the bike. Dirty= unmaintained or even abused and you have to factor in consumables like tires, bearings, cables, grease, etc. It wouldn't hurt to ask for discounts to save a little bit of money.

Looks to be a 1987 Centurion LeMans RS +/- a year. Tange 2 frame (good), Magalloy fork (decent), Shimano Light Action components (decent). CA city near LA puts a premium on road bikes. ~$70 for poor, ~$120 fair condition, ~$140-$150 excellent. Check it out first.

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Thanks Melonbar. Yes, a dirty bike is a signal that the bike has probably been ignored and neglected for a while (often years). I assume a dirty bike will need new cables, housings, bearings, grease, tires, and tubes. I have bought enough dirty bikes, and 99% of the time, a dirty bike will need most if not all of this list. Since I am prepared to do all of this work, its not a big deal, but if you have a bike shop do that list for you, it could cost you $200 or more.


What can be a BIG deal on a neglected bike is if the seat post or stem are stuck. Either of those can be a deal breaker. Always prudent to check both before buying, unless the bike is selling for a super cheap price, where just a couple of components cover the price (I don't worry about defects on a $10 bike).
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Fortunately I was able to talk him to 70. Overall theres a lot of dust, and may just have to replace cables as they show some rust. At the moment I have a schwinn late 80s or 90's traveler with exage components, there is no damage and this bike is in almost perfect condition. I am almost considering selling the traveler and trading out bikes, would the centurion be the better bike?
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Originally Posted by rrotello
Fortunately I was able to talk him to 70. Overall theres a lot of dust, and may just have to replace cables as they show some rust. At the moment I have a schwinn late 80s or 90's traveler with exage components, there is no damage and this bike is in almost perfect condition. I am almost considering selling the traveler and trading out bikes, would the centurion be the better bike?
I'd jump on it for $70.
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Ya 70 was a steal in my opinion, I have some extra tubes and tires laying around. I will probably have to get new cable there seems to be a bit of rust on them, seat came out fine but there is some mild rust on the bottom of it. Overall I feel it was a good buy, and this will be the first to flip for me, any tips? Thanks all for the help.
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Originally Posted by rrotello
Ya 70 was a steal in my opinion, I have some extra tubes and tires laying around. I will probably have to get new cable there seems to be a bit of rust on them, seat came out fine but there is some mild rust on the bottom of it. Overall I feel it was a good buy, and this will be the first to flip for me, any tips? Thanks all for the help.
Great deal. Keep whichever one fits better. Both bikes are basically equal. Late Travelers were Japanese made so both the Centurion and Schwinn would be of good quality and seem to have comparable steel. Exage and Light Action are almost equal too. I would probably keep the Traveler since you said it was immaculate.

Clean up the Centurion, install the Walmart $5 cable set, grease up everything and, if you choose to, you can probably get $150-$180 depending on how nice it looks and how nice you present it. Good photos and description will get you paid more. If you wait a few months until even warmer weather, then you will get more biters.
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Nice find! I also picked up an 86? Centurion Le Mans Rs this past week ($60) and can probably flip it for around $200+ in my area. All you need is the cables like melonbar123 said, maybe some new handlebar tap to make it look newish, and a bunch of Hi-Res pictures on your CL ad. I def would need to clean mine up if I wanted to sell it for $200. Good luck!
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1986 Le Mans RS. That is a great bike and would have been a good buy at $150. That color combo is very sharp. I picked one up a few years ago and put about 1000 miles on it and it was a really nice bike. That one was all original and in great shape. I flipped it on on ebay for nearly $300.
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Some better pictures of the bike and its conditions.
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aside from the obvious spots (hoods/freewheel) that bike looks pretty damn clean
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Anyone have any advice on taking the rust off that freewheel?
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Lubricate the chain and the rust on the freewheel will usually take care of itself. after you have ridden the affected cogs for a while. Or you use oxalic acid or a wire brush. BTW, you may want to post the pics in the Centurion Serial Number Database thread.
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Well, it's not a 1987 Lemans RS.

Cosmetic/graphics differences:
1987 RS had a red Tange 2 sticker on the seat tube. OP's bike sure looks like it has an Infinity sticker there.
The fork on the RS had yellow inside the crown cutouts, Mangalloy stickers, and "Centurion" on the flat crown.
Other frame graphics look the same.
The OP's bike has no top tube decal left, which is odd because it was under the clear coat.

Component differences:
1987 RS did not have a Tange headset like that. It may have been Tange, but it was not labeled in any way, and the lower race was squared off.
Wheels are N/A, because those are obviously not the OEM wheels. OEM on the RS were bronze Araya 700c.
Brakeset on the RS was Exage SLR. This brakeset is DC, very similar to the brakeset on the '86 Ironman, but not exactly. I figure a replacement.
Housing on the RS was red, which in sunlight over time = pink.
1987 Lemans RS had 2x7 indexed LX100 shifters, FD, RD. The OP appears to be 2x6.
1987 Lemans RS had a slightly darker crankset, not a brightly polished crankset, if I recall.

This could be a "straight" Lemans, which I've never seen, from 1987.

This could also be a Lemans/Lemans RS from 1986, which would have put it one step below the Elite RS, two below the Ironman. The Infinity sticker lends support to 1986, as does the DC calipers, but white hoods? I doubt it.
Only a catalog would know for sure.

That's all I can tell you. Still a nice bike, but I'd peg it at $200 max, really cleaned up.
As a ss/fixed gear, with the right accents, it would go $300 minimum here.

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Road it to school today and it rides well, but it had issues shifting down on the large crank. It push the chain over but not far enough and it wasn't catching the chain any ideas. Will new cables have any effect on that, maybe they are a little loose?
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Check the limiting screws on the front derailleur. You may need to adjust it so that it lets lets the chain run to the large crank. Also make sure there is not too much slack in the cable.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
Well, it's not a 1987 Lemans RS.


That's all I can tell you. Still a nice bike, but I'd peg it at $200 max, really cleaned up.
As a ss/fixed gear, with the right accents, it would go $300 minimum here.
If I were to convert it to a ss or fixed gear, what would I most likely have to go buy? Pedals, yellow tubes maybe, any recommendation?
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Once you get it all tuned in you'll love that ride. I am absolutly in love with my Elite RS....
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