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Old 10-09-12, 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
More importantly, why would they bother to make decals and spell Centurion incorrectly?
So excited just to have an Ironman, the details got lost in the hubbub.
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Old 10-10-12, 11:04 AM
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Here is a new addition to the family. Picked up for a song in rough condition off of CL. Rattle can paint with numerous scratches and scrapes. Mix and match components. ID'd as a Centurion here by the S/N N6E5180 and confirmed by Robbie when he spied it at the powdercoater (thank you for the referral as well).

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After some TLC:



Michael (powdercoater) was nervous about the color as his vendor was out of the color I chose. What he did not knowm is the color I chose was darker than I wanted. So the color came out perfect. Robin's egg blue for Robin.....

Build is Shimano 600 Tricolor front/rear derailleur, hubs and brakes, Dura Ace crankset and headset, Mavic MA40 hoops with 700cx28 Pasela's, Cinelli stem and Sakae bars, Sugino post and Selle Italia Flite seat.

This weekend we will go to Blowing Rock to ride the back roads and do some leaf peeping.
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Old 10-10-12, 07:53 PM
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I don't have much doubt that's the Lemans RS or an Elite RS. I hefted that frame at the coater's, and it's gotta be Tange 2. The lugged crown fork is a nice touch. That is a nice, responsive, balanced frame, and you've probably got it close to 21lbs at the most. With 700x28's, it's a glider.

What a super save. Just super.
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Old 10-10-12, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
I hefted that frame at the coater's, and it's gotta be Tange 2.
MAN your good! Could have sworn I read just yesterday that the weight difference between Tange 1 and 2 in a 56 cm CenturiOn frame was at best 2 oz. I'm still working on sensing with my finger squeeze the difference between 110 and 115 psi.
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Old 10-11-12, 06:17 AM
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Any tall guys looking for a NOS Centurion?!? NIB.. pretty crazy. I searched around on here and there was a thread from 2009 so they aren't exactly selling fast..

$450 In the Box! $500.00 Built!


MAKE: CENTURION
MODEL: ELITE
SIZE: 61cm CC (TT 55cm) (Frame Size Callout: 25") Stand Over: 34 ┬Ż"
COLOR: Maroon or Blue
MADE IN: Japan
FRAME: Tange Champion #5 Seamless CrMo Tubing
GRUPPO: SunTour Cyclone GT 6 sp
COGSET: Suntour Pro-Comp Gold
SHIFTERS: Suntour Power Shifter
CRANKSET: SR Apex 170mm 52/40 (Dated 79E)
BRAKES: Dia-Compe "0280"
WHEELS: Araya 27├--1/4 Alloys TIRES: Centurion Road Racing Extra
STEM: SR / BARS: Sakae Custom w/Cloth Bar-tape.
PEDALS: MKS w/ Clips and leather straps / SEAT: Kasimax /

HISTORY: These are part of the fabled "288" Bicycles that were found and freed from storage, undamaged by time.
Due to the superior Japanese storage standards, these bikes are just like they came off the boat from Japan in 1981!
Each bike is NEW IN BOX!!! YOUR BIKE will be in the original box.
Still unopened. The lube on the chain, air in the tires, all as if in a Time Warp!



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Old 10-11-12, 06:56 AM
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Any tall guys looking for a NOS Centurion?!? NIB.. pretty crazy. I searched around on here and there was a thread from 2009 so they aren't exactly selling fast..
Tall? I'm only 6'2", but that'd fit. I'd have to replace the crankarms w/175s, and new tires and tubes and brake pads, but still...got something in the works, though.
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Old 10-11-12, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by FreeFloat View Post
MAN your good! Could have sworn I read just yesterday that the weight difference between Tange 1 and 2 in a 56 cm CenturiOn frame was at best 2 oz. I'm still working on sensing with my finger squeeze the difference between 110 and 115 psi.
Don't have to be good, just read the SN and get the age (86-87).

1-it wasn't an Ironman (Tange 1) because it had a lugged fork.

2-It wasn't a Prestige, because the fork wasn't chromed, nor were the seat stay caps.

3-The lower end models in those years were significantly heavier; this was really light, but it wasn't an Ironman.

4-I've had so many Centurion frames run through my hands, including this same frame in about 3 sizes, I can tell. It's either an Elite RS or a Lemans RS. More of the process of elimination than anything to do with being good.

When he first handed me the frame, I thought it was an Ironman frame or a Panasonic DX 4000-6000. It was light, had the lugwork and dropouts, etc that I've seen a thousand times. Then, when he handed me the fork, I ruled out those and knew the time frame from the SN. Then, he told me it was someone I'd referred. I forgot the OP and figured it was a local friend. I wasn't aware he had a frame that small, but I knew he trolled around for Centurions. I made the logical guess before I knew it was the OP's bike.
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Old 10-11-12, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by revchuck View Post
Tall? I'm only 6'2", but that'd fit. I'd have to replace the crankarms w/175s, and new tires and tubes and brake pads, but still...got something in the works, though.
2 or 3 folks here on BF bought one, if I remember.
I'd love to have one, don't have the $450 for a wall-hangar that I'd need a ladder for.
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Old 10-11-12, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
2 or 3 folks here on BF bought one, if I remember.
I'd love to have one, don't have the $450 for a wall-hangar that I'd need a ladder for.
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Short people got...NO reason...
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Old 10-11-12, 07:33 AM
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It's a cruel, cruel world.....


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Old 10-11-12, 02:18 PM
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The guy selling those NIB is a BF member. He owns Citizen Chain http://www.citizenchain.com/ He scored a whole shipping contanier of them a few years back.
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Old 10-13-12, 09:25 PM
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Mixte frame Sport DLX with upside-down sticker. N3K.....

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Old 10-14-12, 05:15 AM
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A mixte like that is my grail bike. Beauty.
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Old 10-15-12, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
I don't have much doubt that's the Lemans RS or an Elite RS. I hefted that frame at the coater's, and it's gotta be Tange 2. The lugged crown fork is a nice touch. That is a nice, responsive, balanced frame, and you've probably got it close to 21lbs at the most. With 700x28's, it's a glider.

What a super save. Just super.
So, a Lemans RS (1986) will carry 700x28's? I tried 32's on mine (paselas) and they wouldn't fit under the brakes. I would like to run something wider that the 25's now on it, using it on training rides and the local rails to trails.
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Old 10-15-12, 06:27 PM
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I just moumted some to a 1987 Lemans RS last weekend. We tried 32's, they wouldn't fit.
Not my bike, and it was specifically for a Rails to Trails ride. Forte tires.
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Old 10-22-12, 05:53 PM
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I'd like to add to the Centurion database.

Serial # N6D6997

Lemans RS

Frame is a 67 cm and that is the main reason for buying. I finally have a bike that fits right!
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Old 10-22-12, 06:11 PM
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The 28's on the LeMans/Elite are very tight at the brakes. That being said the girl is quite happy with the ride and is flying back in two weeks for another go, since I won't ship it to CA.....
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Old 10-27-12, 01:30 PM
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The value of our babies is on the rise!! I am seeing a lot of high priced Centurion Ironmans lately. Just saw this one today. Nice, real nice, $900!!

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...366926959.html


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89 Expert + Authentic Billy Blanks Tae Bo bag. My pride and joys . Sorry for the mess.


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Old 10-27-12, 06:38 PM
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I have been having dreams over a black Expert or Master!!! Dam that looks good
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Old 10-27-12, 07:24 PM
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I have been having dreams over a black Expert or Master!!! Dam that looks good
I rode the Austin Livestrong Challenge last Sunday, and saw an Ironman with a paint job I hadn't seen before...yellow head tube and seat tube, and black down tube and top tube. The yellow was the same as on the '87 Experts.
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The value of our babies is on the rise!! I am seeing a lot of high priced Centurion Ironmans lately. Just saw this one today. Nice, real nice, $900!!

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...366926959.html


that looks like Robbie got to it
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I rode the Austin Livestrong Challenge last Sunday, and saw an Ironman with a paint job I hadn't seen before...yellow head tube and seat tube, and black down tube and top tube. The yellow was the same as on the '87 Experts.
sounds more like a 87 lemans rs. are you sure it said ironman
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that looks like Robbie got to it
Actually, that one's mine. Built it for the daughter of a customer, turned out it was "too big and she just couldn't get it adjusted right", so I bought it back and she got a new Trek WSD with which she is apparently very happy. So it goes.

It's pretty much all new Shimano 105 10 speed, awesome smooth bike...
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very nice build.. i feel like you may have posted it up before
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