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Old 03-22-18, 11:54 PM
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Centurion Prestige vs Schwinn Circuit

Recently I've seen a 1989 Centurion Prestige for a similar price to a 1988 Schwinn Circuit. I would like to know which one is better in terms of the tubing used. I lean towards the Circuit due to the Shimano Sante group while the Prestige uses 600 tricolor. However, I'd like to know if the Tange Prestige used on the Centurion was better than the Columbus SL used on the Circuit because I was also thinking of just throwing on a Dura Ace groupset on the Centurion.
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Old 03-23-18, 12:39 AM
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I'm not sure, but I thought I read somewhere that Tange Prestige was heat treated, like Reynolds 753 and that a lot of frame builders consider Tlthe Prestige tubeset, superior in quality compared to top Euro tubing back then like the 753 and Columbus SLX. But like the usual, everyonezl always wanted the Euro stuff more than the Japanese products.
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I'd have to ride them both to make a judgement. Which one is your size? That's the most important factor.
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Prestige is comparable to SLX, but the honeysuckle Centurion Prestige was 1985. DA 7400, chromed frame, a stunner.

The groupsets are fairly equal. Parts are more available for the tricolor, and you can get dual pivot calipers in tricolor. Sante looks fine, touches up well, but I'm not a fan of dirty white hoods with bright white bits. Put some black hoods on it, and you have a nice setup, if the frame/fork color matches up well with the white/grey.

While I consider Prestige tubing a bit better, many people will confuse that '89 Prestige with an Ironman, due to the paint scheme, and it won't "get its due." No clue why WSI didn't just put DA on that Prestige, and give it a color scheme markedly separate from their Ironman, but go figure.

Doubt I could tell the difference in ride, given identical wheelsets and fit. Imagine a bit of wear and tear on each, hanging in your crib, and decide what you can live with.

Again, if it was '85, no-brainer. That Prestige was the top of the line, tubing, components, etc. I've only seen one.

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Bitd, Prestige was top of the line for Tange tubes.
SL was not top of the line for Columbus tubes.
Columbus SL tubes is on par with Tange 1 tubes.
The Sante was a one year thing designed more for show than go, but was second to Dura ace in shimano hierarchy as was tri color after.
All things equal, I'd choose the Schwinn Circuit unless the Centurion Prestige is the pink one.
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I'd go with the Centurion no question, but I'm totally biased. It's probably a lot less common than the Schwinn though.
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I agree with Caveman, which one feels better to you? Otherwise, buy both!
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I've owned & ridden both and they ride exactly the same; blindfolded you would not be able to tell them apart.


Prestige is good stuff, so is SL/SP. Circuit has more chrome on it, but not a huge fan of Sante.
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one of those terrible blessed on both sides sort of problems. I am also not a huge sante fan so would probably go with the prestige just on that. the circuit is sort of top of my list as far as schwinns go though.. so yeah tough. probably whichever i liked the paint on more.
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