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bikemig 01-09-19 04:34 PM


Originally Posted by gugie (Post 20740150)
@wawine, yeah, from your pic it looks like a 23". As @RobbieTunes notes, the Lotus Classique and Centurion Semipro are in the same league.
@nlerner, I'm riding 700c x 33.333's on my Classique, the vertical clearance on the fork blade just barely fits. I've got those same tires on my Zero Bike (Pro Tour), and they did ok going up Mt. Tam on Railroad Grade a few weeks ago with lots of ruts, exposed rocks and other crap.
@bikemig, if I can find a 24" Semi Pro or Classique, I'll buzz you about my 23" Classique...

Hey if I find a 24 inch Centurion like that locally, I'll buzz you, :)

cooperryder 01-10-19 11:20 AM

Some years back I had the 25.5" Semi Pro in the orange color.

At the time with the available data it was thought to be a 1975.

I think I have a pic with the SN I can try to find for comparison.

It moved on to a new owner as it was tall for me.

I now have what I think is a 1980
23.5" Semi Pro in the yellow. It's a great riding bike and of course I love the way it looks.

Mine currently is sporting tires that measure 39mm wide on Hplus Son TB14 rims.

inkandsilver 01-10-19 12:09 PM

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...207daf383c.jpg
Here's a gratuitous photo for the Semi-Pro fans. This one is now in a new home with Tim in Virginia. A 1976 serial #, if I remember right.

Stevensb 01-10-19 01:56 PM

I love the blue colour but found an orange one (1976).

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4713/...fe2eeab8_z.jpg

cheers.

brad
Centurion Semi Pro '76 by BJ Stevens, on Flickr

gugie 01-10-19 06:11 PM


Originally Posted by bikemig (Post 20740171)
Hey if I find a 24 inch Centurion like that locally, I'll buzz you, :)

:thumb:

RobbieTunes 01-10-19 06:21 PM

There was also a later very dark blue that was just stunning with the chromed lugs.



Originally Posted by Stevensb (Post 20741620)
I love the blue colour but found an orange one (1976).

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4713/...fe2eeab8_z.jpg

cheers.

brad
Centurion Semi Pro '76 by BJ Stevens, on Flickr


orcas island 01-10-19 07:37 PM

^^. That was the cobalt blue 1981 Semi Pro Model. That one was a beauty!

RobbieTunes 01-10-19 08:32 PM


Originally Posted by orcas island (Post 20742122)
^^. That was the cobalt blue 1981 Semi Pro Model. That one was a beauty!

Found my old one on line: Poor pic, doesn't do the color justice.
This was set up to 8-sp Campy, and was a lot harder than I anticipated.

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...29ccb3b441.jpg

jpaschall 01-10-19 08:53 PM

The black chainrings and anodized bits on the Cyclone RD's on these are very sharp looking, with the blue and orange.

T-Mar 01-11-19 09:08 AM

All the Centurion Semi-Pro data I've collected are for 1975-1981 models. The earliest reported Semi-Pro serial number that I've collected is M5B0040, There may have been some manufactured in late 1974 but they have yet to surface. on the forum (or I've missed them).

belacqua 01-11-19 11:00 AM

I think mine is a 79. Beautiful compliant frame. https://i.imgur.com/WDTWya9.png


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