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$45.00 centurion turbo deal!!!

Old 05-30-11, 03:23 PM
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$45.00 centurion turbo deal!!!

I picked up a deal on a really lightweight road bike at the local Salvation Army thrift store. It is labeled "Centurion" on the front tube and "Turbo" on the top tube.

I'll be taking a parts inventory to see what it has. I am looking for any info on this brand/model to compare notes on what parts are original vs. replacement.

Since I'm shopping in thrift stores you may be able to tell that economics is a factor. I would be interested in any source for affordable, quality parts as well as info to help me learn how to do a proper restoration job.

I have attempted to attach some image to this post but not sure if that worked.

Oh well...here goes!




Centurion Turbo R.jpg
Turbo.jpg
Suntour.jpg
Turbo lever.jpg
Centurion Turbo L.jpg
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Old 05-30-11, 03:27 PM
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Nice pick up. Here is a link to some Centurion info. Scroll for Turbo stuff.

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/centurion/index.html
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Old 05-30-11, 03:28 PM
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You lucky stiff you, I'm jealous!!
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Sheldon's site is always a good place to start:

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/centurion/index.html

Oops someone was a faster typer

Is that paint on the brakes and levers?
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Originally Posted by Beach Comber View Post

Is that paint on the brakes and levers?
No, they are anodized to match the brake calipers. That bike is loaded with top quality parts.
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Old 05-30-11, 03:42 PM
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No, they are anodized to match the brake calipers. That bike is loaded with top quality parts.
Interesting. I'd not seen one with anodized brakes and levers before. A shame the coating is wearing off the levers.
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Old 05-30-11, 04:17 PM
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Stunning.
You can get hoods for those brakes at Velo-orange.
Bike specific tools if you're going to overhaul will cost the most but tools are an investment. You can probably get them at Amazon.
New cables, bartape, and bearings can be had at Niagra Cycle or Price Point. If you want to go super cheap, Walmart has a cable set for $5.
Grease, cleaners, oils, etc. are pretty cheap.
Good tires are Panaracer Paselas.
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Damn. Nice score for $45!
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Great bike, and I say that with no personal prejudice.

It looks pretty much original. The bronze anodized brake calipers and levers are, for sure, and the Suntour Superbe rear derailleur is. If the shifters and front derailleur are both Superbe (may or may not say Pro), you're in good shape as far as 'restoring' to original. The original wheels would be brown anodized hubs (Sunshine/Sansin) and rims (Araya), close but not quite the same as the brakes, and it looks like those may have been replaced. Can't tell on the bars, but they are likely to be original. Seat would have been a Selle Italia Turbo, which has recently been reissued, but that's something you may or may not want to stay original with.

The Turbo is not exactly rare but is uncommon. It was only made for two years, 83-84, and the black with bronze is unique to 1984. Its successor was the Centurion Ironman, a phenomenally successful bike during its run and one you'll see is much loved around here. The Turbo is even cooler though.
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I'll give you your investment plus $100 as it stands.
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Old 05-30-11, 06:25 PM
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Many feel the Turbo was produced to look like and compete against the Cinelli SC of the era.

Chromed Tange Champion 1 frame, with polished chrome under some painted areas.
Chromed sloped-crown fork, with chrome Suntour dropouts on the rear and front.
Headset was an "aero" with lots of little bearings (before you take it apart, understand that part of it)
The DC brakeset was anodized, as were the hubs, though the hubs were a bit darker.
Saddle was a Bernard Hinault Turbo, and the bike was a very, very nice package, with excellent components.

At $45, you got a tremendous value. I've seen them sell for 10x that. I've seen the entire groupset sell for $300.
The one I once had (too big) is out running around Kentucky with a 2x10 Centaur groupset, just one example of the esteem in which that frame is held.

The Turbo frame was the predecessor for the Tange 1 Ironman frame, however, the actual predecessor for the Ironman was the Comp TA. The Comp TA was a level below the Turbo in the lineup. Most Turbo owners are not very willing to part with them.

Welcome to the forum. Thanks for posting.
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Old 05-31-11, 09:01 PM
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Thanks! I'm already learning so much!
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Many feel the Turbo was produced to look like and compete against the Cinelli SC of the era.

Chromed Tange Champion 1 frame, with polished chrome under some painted areas.
Chromed sloped-crown fork, with chrome Suntour dropouts on the rear and front.
Headset was an "aero" with lots of little bearings (before you take it apart, understand that part of it)
The DC brakeset was anodized, as were the hubs, though the hubs were a bit darker.
Saddle was a Bernard Hinault Turbo, and the bike was a very, very nice package, with excellent components.

At $45, you got a tremendous value. I've seen them sell for 10x that. I've seen the entire groupset sell for $300.
The one I once had (too big) is out running around Kentucky with a 2x10 Centaur groupset, just one example of the esteem in which that frame is held.

The Turbo frame was the predecessor for the Tange 1 Ironman frame, however, the actual predecessor for the Ironman was the Comp TA. The Comp TA was a level below the Turbo in the lineup. Most Turbo owners are not very willing to part with them.

Welcome to the forum. Thanks for posting.
Way to go, Robbie...
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Wow. That's some introduction to C&V. Me thinks he's now a 'lifer' with that score.

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UPDATE: Turbo Centurion Rebuid
I have learned so much in the few days I have been on Bikeforums. Links to great info sources like Sheldon Brown who has owned Centurions. My bike it turns out was built in 1984 and the model line was produced only 2 years. An odd bit about the serial number (4G13505) that it does not begin with "N" like most of this brand. Not clear what that means. The picture I'm getting is that the frame is really good steel and well built (strong for it's weight). Probably built by Panasonic because of their quality and great paint (compared to some that were produced in Italy).
My goal is to economically return this bike to original. Still worried about finding a few missing original parts in good condition at a reasonable price. Also looking for the tools and instruction I'll require to pull this off. I'll update again on next significant progress.
Thanks to all who have contributed so far.
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Old 06-01-11, 12:50 AM
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JEALOUS! It looks like you got a barn full o' bikes, many with names I can't pronounce (which must mean they are really good and reeaalllyyy expensive.
I got this one old rare gem that was not well cared for and needs work. TRADE YA!

I do get it though. Sometimes the thrill of the hunt, the luck of the find, the art of the deal and the satisfaction of turning a dust collector into a useful item that is applied to it's purpose is where the real satisfaction is. I'm new to vintage bikes but have been collecting and restoring vintage audio equipment for several years.

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Old 06-01-11, 12:54 AM
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The guy is deffinately an Authority. Thanks!

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Thanks. I saw Chicago Al mention these tires for the Turbo he got last year (posted here somewhere) a real beauty and my benchmark for the rebuild.

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Old 06-01-11, 03:13 AM
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Thanks for the generous offer. It would certainly save me the trouble and expense of overhauling it (or parting it out). If we are going to look at this from a business slant with profit as the motive that would be the way to go. I bet I could get a quick $50 for the front wheel/tire assembley alone. It's not the original but high quality I think (Shimano Parallax hub with Matrix Vapor rims. The sporty tire is a Vittoria Pro-Team-Action HSD23 boasting "KEVLAR 3D Compound" on the sidewall. Another $50 for the rear wheel/tire and so on. The next thing you know I got $400 bucks.

But all the same... I think I'll go for it.
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Parallax hubs were made by Shimano and were usually found on MTB's. Weird. You don't part a Turbo out. The parts are too hard to track down to make one complete again (affordably).
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My Turbo came to me as a frame only, so I attempted to rebuild it with OEM parts. At that time, Suntour Superbe Pro stuff was expensive and hard to find. I met a guy with a complete group, offered $300, and he wouldn't part with it. In the end, I built it with a Shimano 600 tricolor group, including wheels, and added RSX 7-sp STI shifters. It was too big, so I eventually sold the frame to one person, the group to another.

You have an advantage in that you already have some of the pieces. Since the original wheels did not include Suntour hubs, I'd recommend finding a nice set of wheels featuring Shimano 600 hubs or better, if you can't find the bronze anodized Suzue set. The other Suntour parts can be found a bit easier. I'd probably let Chicago Al be your guide as to what actually came on the bike.

I've been trying hard to shrink him 2" so I can buy his bike, but nothing's worked yet.
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Nice score. You should be investigated for theft though.
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