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Old 10-01-22, 07:30 AM
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Centurion Accordo early 90s?

I found this on Fb Marketplace for 50 clams. I'm pretty stoked. Like the Bridgestone RB-2 I found earlier this year, this seems to have been barely ridden. No evidence of braking on rims, no wear on gears or chain.



I'm going to tear it down, service everything. It's got sealed hubs, wuhoo!, one less thing to do. I've got wider bars for it and new tape in stock. So far I've ordered new 28c tires, new cages, and a NOS Modolo stem in 110 length. Oh, and new brake pads. I'm looking for a good deal on a Ritchey Comp seat.



I needed this bike like another hole in my head, but oh well.



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Old 10-01-22, 09:16 AM
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The Centurion brand was phased out in the USA by the 1990 model year. This one is 1988 or 1989. The serial number should allow us to determine which model year, provided it's not in the gray transition period.
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I found this on Fb Marketplace for 50 clams. I'm pretty stoked. Like the Bridgestone RB-2 I found earlier this year, this seems to have been barely ridden. No evidence of braking on rims, no wear on gears or chain.
I'm going to tear it down, service everything. It's got sealed hubs, wuhoo!, one less thing to do. I've got wider bars for it and new tape in stock. So far I've ordered new 28c tires, new cages, and a NOS Modolo stem in 110 length. Oh, and new brake pads. I'm looking for a good deal on a Ritchey Pro seat.
I needed this bike like another hole in my head, but oh well.

That looks real small does it fit?

Double check those hubs. Sealed hubs aren’t the same as sealed (cartridge) bearing hubs. These very likely have a rubber seal on the dust cover making them sealed.

FWIW as mentioned the importer, WSI, dropped this name, with a great following, and simply used their Diamond Back brand instead. It seemed stupid to me at the time.
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thanks for the info folks. So ya, then likely I'll be repacking all bearings. Not a biggy.

88 or 89, fantastic. Explains why it's only a six speed cluster I suppose.

And yes, it fits. Standover height is perfect. Long top tube will allow the reach to be just right with a 110 stem rather than the 90 it has now. Frame measures 54cm from center of crank to top of top tube along the seat tube centerline. I can ride 54 - 56s depending on the geometry.
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Photos on the vintage-centurion site indicate that the "CENTURION" lettering on the '88s progressed from thin to thick, but on the '89s it was consistent, so this is evidently an '89. I have a '90 Diamond Back Momentum, which I believe is the successor to this bike. It was my wife's favorite roadie.
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^^ and thanks for that info too. 1989 was a good year. I'll take it.

So far I've serviced the front wheel and begun to service the rear. I very much like working on Asian bikes of this era.

At my LBS I picked up a new take-off Cannondale seat for 10 bucks from the "seat box" just inside the door. It has a similar shape to a Ritchey Comp, so hopefully it'll be good. Worth a chance.
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...finished the bike Saturday night and rode it Sunday. I like it. It's a keeper.

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Love the Shimano fork decals! You can get those in white too, to match the rest of the lettering.
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Love the Shimano fork decals! You can get those in white too, to match the rest of the lettering.
ya, thanks, I just put them on cuz I had them, and I'm all about stickers. I think the grey isn't bad cuz of the flat grey Modolo stem and grey components. But I recognize I have at least three shades of grey on the bike, not matchy.
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