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Old 07-12-21, 01:53 PM
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WTB Tall Centurion frame (25" ish)

Or more correctly, my friend wants to buy one and is new to the world of vintage bike purchases. He's a tall fella like me and has a '78 Centurion Lemans 62cm. It's too small and he tried to size up and accidentally nought an identical 62cm Centurion Lemans (oops). He's sent me other ads too and I'm a little concerned he make the mistake a third time.

I've told him that finding a specific vintage frame in an unusual size takes patience, money, or flexibility (I've shown him various Panasonics, Miyatas, Treks, etc. He's set on a Centurion).

So I thought I'd check here. Got something tall laying around?
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Old 07-13-21, 05:28 AM
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I know you said he’s not interested, but tell him to get a MUSA Trek 620 in 65cm size. Just try it, at least. Now where did I just see one of those….
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How tall is your friend? I keep buying 25" frames, knowing they are 25" frames, and hoping they will work. Ultimately they are all too small and someday I'll learn 26.5" frames are best for me. If he is 6'5" or over this may be what your friend is looking for.
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Old 07-13-21, 10:26 AM
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How tall is your friend? I keep buying 25" frames, knowing they are 25" frames, and hoping they will work. Ultimately they are all too small and someday I'll learn 26.5" frames are best for me. If he is 6'5" or over this may be what your friend is looking for.
25.5" is about perfect for him. He is 6'4" with fairly long legs. He rode my 25.5" Trek 910 and said it was perfect for him.

I'd love for him to go the Trek route, but until then I'm looking out for a Centurion for him.
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holding out for a centurion is probably going to mean a long wait.....what level Centurion???

from portland craigslist some possibles

Probably way to big (71 seat tube) but pretty https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/...350054730.html




kelly handmade https://eugene.craigslist.org/bik/d/...321051296.html




univega frame https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/b...336541162.html

probably too small at 62 but pretty univega https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/b...349055377.html
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Old 07-13-21, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
holding out for a centurion is probably going to mean a long wait.....what level Centurion???

from portland craigslist some possibles
univega frame https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/b...336541162.html
probably too small at 62 but pretty univega https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/b...349055377.html
That Univega sure looks like a 63 to me - at least CT .. maybe 62 CC?
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That Univega sure looks like a 63 to me - at least CT .. maybe 62 CC?
Yep. That's what mine measures to be. Nice condition on that one!
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I have a couple of 25" Centurion Elite frames for sale- New-old-stock. Straight gauge cro-mo Tange #5 tubing. Nicely made. PM me if interested.
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centurion accordo $220

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Centurion Super Lemans
https://offerup.com/item/1115318652/discussions

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Originally Posted by Dr Bianchi View Post
Centurion Super Lemans
ttps://offerup.com/item/detail/1115318652
Wow - $35?! great buy..
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Old 07-22-21, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Dr Bianchi View Post
Centurion Super Lemans
ttps://offerup.com/item/detail/1115318652
It must be gone, because it's not letting me look at it.

I'm forwarding these to my friend, so if you don't hear a response from me, he's still looking.
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Try it this way - https://offerup.com/item/detail/1115318652

It needs the "h" at the start ... I've lost track of how many times I've accidentally shortened a url ...
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Centurion Lemans 12 - $176 (Bremerton)

Tall and a bit of a drive, and will need fair amount of tlc

https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/b...346884446.html

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Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post

Centurion Lemans 12 - $176 (Bremerton)

Tall and a bit of a drive, and will need fair amount of tlc

https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/b...346884446.html

That's a nicer frame that what he's looking for, and I wish he'd go for it!
Turns out he's pickier than me and he really wants an older Centurion. It keeps getting harder and harder... His current model is the 1978 style, but I think he'd go for the 1979-1983 pinstriped ones.

I'm scared that the OfferUp one is too small. He already has two frames that are 62cm CTC and he really needs a 65cm at the smallest.

I want to say a thank you to everyone for the continued search! I'm combing every day for a frame for him, because I really don't want him to make the same mistake again.
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Originally Posted by jPrichard10 View Post
That's a nicer frame that what he's looking for, and I wish he'd go for it!
Turns out he's pickier than me and he really wants an older Centurion. It keeps getting harder and harder... His current model is the 1978 style, but I think he'd go for the 1979-1983 pinstriped ones.

I'm scared that the OfferUp one is too small. He already has two frames that are 62cm CTC and he really needs a 65cm at the smallest.

I want to say a thank you to everyone for the continued search! I'm combing every day for a frame for him, because I really don't want him to make the same mistake again.
based on the on the suntour symmetric shifter and lemans 12 best guess on this bike is 1983

all the components and the suicide levers point to around that time
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based on the on the suntour symmetric shifter and lemans 12 best guess on this bike is 1983

all the components and the suicide levers point to around that time
Sorry, I thought that paint scheme started in '84.
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Sorry, I thought that paint scheme started in '84.
I stand corrected 84 it is https://vintage-centurion.com/literat...on_Catalog.pdf
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I know you said he’s not interested, but tell him to get a MUSA Trek 620 in 65cm size. Just try it, at least. Now where did I just see one of those….
It would be nice if there were a stack just hanging around for people to grab.
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