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Old 05-02-09, 08:46 PM
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In that condition, and with some patience, I'd say $350-$450, about $100 more than an '87 Expert.
Some may think I'm nuts, but East Hill would understand.
When the selection re: size is so limited, it's more of a seller's market.
And for a steel bike custom-made for those of that height, it's a decent deal in that range.

Now, no one may jump on it right away, but sooner or later that person will show up.

There are modern bikes more and more in women's sizes, but they tend to start at $1200.
And some of the aluminum ones are strictly equipped at entry-level.

If you keep it that pretty, and stick to your guns, you should be OK.
If you go lower, it will go quickly.
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1987 Lemans RS. serial # is N7G6733, Tange 2 Japan. A. Winthrop has one or two and I dug the colors.
A little upgrade here and there, the Technomic and brifters, wheel set and saddle.
I was really hoping this would be another Velo Cheapo build, but it came to about $190.




I was going to swap the fork for a 1" threaded CF one, but this one weighed about the same.
Plus, you never know when another Ironman frame may be in the house....



OEM: 54cm Tange 2 chro-mo w/Mangaloy fork, Kusuki Winpista 40cm bar, BioPace 170 52/39 crank set, Sakae headset, Exage calipers.
Swap in: Technomic stem, Velo saddle, Alex D16 wheel set, RX100 STI's, Look Roubaix pedals, Shimano 600 tricolor FD and RD.
Notes: stem for fit, saddle for upgrade, wheel set to go 8-sp, FD and RD because the Light Action RD won't handle 8-sp range.
Tires were lying around, cable housing is OEM. Bike was $100, wheelset $30, Shifters $60. Everything else was on hand, takeoff, etc.
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I really like that black and yeller. I don't know how you find all those Centurians but they seem to be real scarce around here. .....Nice ride
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I'm thinking my bike is Centurion. SN is M8F0743. So it might be 1978, Shimano parts are made 1978 also. But what is the model if it's Centurion?

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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
1987 Lemans RS. serial # is N7G6733,

This is the exact paint job my oddly #er'd Sport DX has
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I've seen a couple of those Sport DX or DLX? in that color.
Handsome bikes, and look more expensive than they were.
Solid value in a bike.
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Well, I'm only on page 12, but I have yet to see any clic's mentioned...so here is mine:
http://i724.photobucket.com/albums/w...enturionb4.jpg
58cm serial #N3A5300
lugged frame (looks like it anyhow)
suntour shifters
Shimano Eagle II RD
Suntour Spirt (Not spirit)...FD
MKS RT-7 pedals
Tange fork
Circular headbadge (3-D) says "Centurion Bicycle Works"
made in Japan sticker
Sugino cranks they say "S 170 GC 1" and Sugino Proto
Cateye reflectors
Diacomp brake levers
Sakae SR Special Japan drops
SR stem
Araya rims
and the color was a glorious solid cherry red (faded now)
I was going to fixie it...but I really like the bike so I'm going to restore it...and I found a weird frame from Mexico to fixie (there's another thread with pics of that one)
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Nice Clic. I was going to guess 1983, regardless of serial number.
Centurion used that color and those down tube decals a lot in 1983.

Nice bike. Contact rutnick for the Duplicolor touchup number. Matches perfectly.
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Good deal on a 56cm Ironman. The color I want, too. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=180357952428
I'm just in no position. $308.00 delivered is good for this model.
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Robbie I have a pink 87 Ironman and it's a 56cm just like that one. I had a mint condition 60 cm one I sold for $350 12 months ago and bought the one I have now the same day for $100. They seem to come up around here on CL about one every three months.Most are to big or to small. Mine has 600 on it not Bio/105 combo.
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'74 Model LeMans

I bought a Centurion LeMans off CL that may be a '74 model. It has a serial number at the TOP of the seat tube, M820. I saw references to numbers at the bottom of the seat tube, but this is just below the lug at the top. Two interesting stickers are the "Fabrication Garantie" both on the fork and on the seat tube. Interesting spelling on Garantie. Also on the seat tube is a sticker saying "Special Light Tubing" and Made in Japan.

The SunTour V-GT luxe derailleur has a "QB" stamp, which dates the part to '74, according to the Vintage Trek site.

The bike is light gray with gold pen stripping around the lugs. The head tube lugs are very ornate. It has the star shaped head badge.

Front derailleur is SunTour SL
Brakes are DiaCompe,
Crank is a Tourney
Shifters are Suntour Power Shift
Wheels are Sunshine steel model 5345
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Originally Posted by EddyR View Post
Robbie I have a pink 87 Ironman and it's a 56cm just like that one. I had a mint condition 60 cm one I sold for $350 12 months ago and bought the one I have now the same day for $100. They seem to come up around here on CL about one every three months.Most are to big or to small. Mine has 600 on it not Bio/105 combo.
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I bought a CL black Expert frame set last month and it came in a little small, 54cm. Once I figure out what to do with that, I'll see once again about searching for a 56cm yellow/lavender model. If you have 600 on that one, either someone upgraded, or that's a rare bird, indeed, either an '86 (600EX) or an '88 (600 tricolor)

I was checking old 2004 Ironman threads, and 55/Rad had a 1989 Expert with Suntour GPX, and he noted that the Master that year had 105. I'm pretty sure the Master had 600 tricolor in '89, but it goes to show you that with Centurion, nothing was really set in stone. I'm sure there were some bikes shipped with different items than the catalog, and dealers may have taken liberty to remove some 600 groups to put on more expensive bike frames.

I know a local one here took all the 600 tricolor stuff off of the 1988 and 1989 Ironman Master models and swapped it with 105 stuff from another brand's more upscale frames....A friend bought a Master in 1987 and it has 105, but he got "$100 off." Yep, and his 600 group ended up on a Trek that year, I'm sure. I even know the guy who bought the Trek.
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Originally Posted by jamesl View Post
I bought a Centurion LeMans off CL that may be a '74 model. It has a serial number at the TOP of the seat tube, M820. I saw references to numbers at the bottom of the seat tube, but this is just below the lug at the top. Two interesting stickers are the "Fabrication Garantie" both on the fork and on the seat tube. Interesting spelling on Garantie. Also on the seat tube is a sticker saying "Centurion Special Light Tubing" and Made in Japan.

The SunTour V-GT luxe derailleur has a "QB" stamp, which dates the part to '74, according to the Vintage Trek site.

The bike is light gray with gold pen stripping around the lugs. The head tube lugs are very ornate. It has the star shaped head badge.

Front derailleur is SunTour SL
Brakes are DiaCompe,
Crank is a Tourney
Shifters are Suntour Power Shift
Wheels are Sunshine steel model 5345
That is cool.
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1986 Lemans RS for Database

Lemans RS
Serial Number N6A6027

Bought new 1986 for about $325 I think. Was ridden casually for a couple of years then mostly stored in garage. Still has the original tires and tubes.

Tange 2 frame
Mangaloy 2001 Tange fork
Sugino GP130 crank
Sugino PD-1000 pedals
Shimano Light Action rear derailleur
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OK..so ride it!!
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OK..so ride it!!
+1, nice bike.
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i traded my brother-in-law a vintage Marin mountain bike for this 85 LeMans it had been hanging in his garage for years,i updated it for my commuter with 7oox28 Bontragers,bullhorns,rack and trunk, a blast to ride! someone had put a newer Campy Rear derailer and Campy Shifters on it,but it still has the Wolbers on it!! i ride it everyday to work.very light and quick! I have never been late
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man! wish i had the extra cash,this just popped up on texas craigslist for $275,not a scratch and with the owners manual !
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Old 05-23-09, 07:58 AM
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Nice pair! I need to get my Texas connection alerted to that beauty.
Maybe it can head my way...

Gee golly, those are nice.
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Check out this Ironman Master.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...E:B:SS:US:1123

A color I've not seen, 100% red. And it says Master and has 105 components. Any clues?
By all that I've seen, it should be 600 tricolor, and I've never seen an all red version.
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I have been given a Centurion "Custom" recently. very rusty and abused, obviously a lower end bike but I did wonder as to it's age because it has steel cottered cranks. I did not think Centurion ever made bike with cotters
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Has anybody seen an Ironman like the one on #859 above?
All red, logo'd "Master" and full 105 Biopace? I'm tempted, but don't want to buy a remake.
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This is the exact paint job my oddly #er'd Sport DX has
your DX has a white garage door?

just bumping the thread so it stays on my Subscription list...

still wondering if anyone thinks that all-red Ironman on eBay is a re-do or some odd combo....
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I'm thinking my bike is Centurion. SN is M8F0743. So it might be 1978, Shimano parts are made 1978 also. But what is the model if it's Centurion?

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I'm not sure it's a Centurion, never seen a bb like that before. I'm not up on 70's models.
T-Mar would know, if anyone does.

The only Centurion I know came with DA is the 1985 Prestige. Some say the Ironman Carbon had DA, but both of mine arrived with some 600 tricolor components, no DA stuff.

If the fork ends were chrome under that paint, and maybe the R chain stay, maybe, but the DA sticker throws me off.
I just don't think Centurion.

Other than that, clueless.
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This is a Centurion Elite GT touring job that I found a while back for a mere $40. Looks brand new. Serial number is N3S9133. Factory wire strung through the downtube for a bottle generator. Rear rack was on it. Loosely attached front rack courteously supplied by bigbossman (Thanks John!) I put some Pasela Tourgaurd tires on it. Still needs some hoods on the brake levers and tape to replace the foam on the bars.



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