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Old 06-03-16, 10:48 PM
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OK --- this is the big bike (60cm)I posted a couple weeks ago that I bought with a friend of mine in mind, as I ride a 53/54 --
Enough time was spent ogling it , so I have resumed some work on it

HEre's todays pic outside my LBS -- my guy there spread the dropouts to 130mm ---- the cassette is wrong, but these late model wheels are staying on it -- they dropped a pound off the stock 105UG/clincher setup -- next up is a 105 9 speed brifter setup, dual pivot brakes and round chainrings ---- The crankset is staying because I only have 170's in inventory and this one has height appropriate 175's


The guys' at the shop loved this throwback machine though ----- from a time when Oakley Blades were still cool, and women wore high waisted sheer short shorts and lots of hair spray

I figure you guys' probably hate the threadless/adapter , but I wanted to update the cockpit with the bigger diameter bars so this is the way to do it sadly










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Originally Posted by texaspandj
BTW, Ironman not a scratch, nephew not a scratch, schwinn had a bent detachable rd hanger (I fixed), and me, well apparently things hurt more the older you get.
Whew... Glad to hear bike's okay

I put a lot of miles on a Burley trailer when my kids were young. Had a couple instances where I went down while the trailer remained upright and even one where I clipped a lamppost at speed flipping the trailer while I stayed upright! Poor kids were hanging upside down suspended in the harness.

Take care of those strawberries.
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Originally Posted by DMC707
OK --- this is the big bike (60cm)I posted a couple weeks ago that I bought with a friend of mine in mind, as I ride a 53/54 --
Enough time was spent ogling it , so I have resumed some work on it

HEre's todays pic outside my LBS -- my guy there spread the dropouts to 130mm ---- the cassette is wrong, but these late model wheels are staying on it -- they dropped a pound off the stock 105UG/clincher setup -- next up is a 105 9 speed brifter setup, dual pivot brakes and round chainrings ---- The crankset is staying because I only have 170's in inventory and this one has height appropriate 175's


The guys' at the shop loved this throwback machine though ----- from a time when Oakley Blades were still cool, and women wore high waisted sheer short shorts and lots of hair spray

I figure you guys' probably hate the threadless/adapter , but I wanted to update the cockpit with the bigger diameter bars so this is the way to do it sadly










Admittedly I don't care that much for the threadless stems on steel bikes, I think the threadless stems look fine on larger diameter tube bikes though. I love those modern wheels. I would love to have some of those wheels for the 89 I'll be posting shortly. What kind are they? To me, modern wheels and modern componentry look great on vintage steel. But Ironman bikes look just as good original or modernized/hot rodded.

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Originally Posted by plonz
Whew... Glad to hear bike's okay

I put a lot of miles on a Burley trailer when my kids were young. Had a couple instances where I went down while the trailer remained upright and even one where I clipped a lamppost at speed flipping the trailer while I stayed upright! Poor kids were hanging upside down suspended in the harness.

Take care of those strawberries.
I believe being hooked to the trailer and my body helped take the brunt of the crash and absolutely nothing happened to my Ironman. The weird part is that Miami Vice is the most scuffed up of all my Ironman (doesn't mean it doesn't look good), however it is the most fun to ride hands down. I think what seypat once said about best color Ironman resonated with me or just the way it's set up, I don't know. But it's a blast to ride. Cyclist who recognize it take a second look, and people who don't know the deal just have a what the hell was that?, Look. Which is Cool.
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Well here it is. A 1989 Centurion Dave Scott Ironman expert. It started as a frame (thanks RT). It's now sporting shimano tricolor.
The ride is good and smooth. Although it holds it line as well as any of the other year Ironman, I believe there was a geometry change. As evidenced by the steerer tube is shorter where the pump peg is than my other two 54cm Ironman,( yet tt, dt, and st are the same as my other 54cm) also its a hair quicker when maneuvering around on road. But since it's predicted to be sunny and finally No rain next week, I will be riding it more and get back with y'all.
The 6403 components are not stock to any year ironman, although the 88 and 89 master Ironman did have shimano 6400 tricolor 7 speed with dt shifters. And these 6403 brake calipers stop on a dime. The stem is a little long for my taste but I don't have an original one. I'm sure I'll get used to it,but It stretches me out some like I was fitted by Greg Lemond. Anyone have an original stem?
Also I included some up close pics before I even cleaned it, so you can see how good of condition the components were in. I think there is a spider on the freewheel. Later Irongents.

Doh, I forgot to put it in the big ring.
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looking good texaspandj! tricolor brifters are the shiznit. Neither of my bikes had the stock stem (one was just a frameset). what is the stock stem anyway? I might have one and not even know it in my stem pile.
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Originally Posted by jetboy
looking good texaspandj! tricolor brifters are the shiznit. Neither of my bikes had the stock stem (one was just a frameset). what is the stock stem anyway? I might have one and not even know it in my stem pile.
Oem stem is Nitto 80 or 90 mm.
But one day I'm gonna get some wheels like yours and dmc707 and put them on my 89. I'm not digging the very narrow silver wheels. But they are light and fast even with those 10 year old continental grand prix tires.
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i really recommend the ultegra 6800 wheelset- very affordable (wiggle.com | Shimano Ultegra 6800 Wheelset | Road Race Wheels) and can do tubeless - not the lightest ever but super smooth and has a sleek but industrial look that fits the name Ironman. braking surface is also very nice.. just changing wheels i felt the difference.
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Originally Posted by texaspandj
Well here it is. A 1989 Centurion Dave Scott Ironman expert. It started as a frame (thanks RT). It's now sporting shimano tricolor.
The ride is good and smooth. Although it holds it line as well as any of the other year Ironman, I believe there was a geometry change. As evidenced by the steerer tube is shorter where the pump peg is than my other two 54cm Ironman,( yet tt, dt, and st are the same as my other 54cm) also its a hair quicker when maneuvering around on road. But since it's predicted to be sunny and finally No rain next week, I will be riding it more and get back with y'all.
The 6403 components are not stock to any year ironman, although the 88 and 89 master Ironman did have shimano 6400 tricolor 7 speed with dt shifters. And these 6403 brake calipers stop on a dime. The stem is a little long for my taste but I don't have an original one. I'm sure I'll get used to it,but It stretches me out some like I was fitted by Greg Lemond. Anyone have an original stem?
Also I included some up close pics before I even cleaned it, so you can see how good of condition the components were in. I think there is a spider on the freewheel. Later Irongents.

Doh, I forgot to put it in the big ring.

She sure is a beaut clark! nice job. looks like a rider to me , I did some crude measurements between my 87 expert and my 89 expert and yes there is some differences in geometry.

now if i ever can get my expert done...
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Originally Posted by texaspandj
Admittedly I don't care that much for the threadless stems on steel bikes, I think the threadless stems look fine on larger diameter tube bikes though. I love those modern wheels. I would love to have some of those wheels for the 89 I'll be posting shortly. What kind are they? To me, modern wheels and modern componentry look great on vintage steel. But Ironman bikes look just as good original or modernized/hot rodded.
wheels are Performance house brand, Forte or Arriva i think --- decals have long since been removed though as they are 2002 vintage. These are made by Neuvation under contract for Performance if i recall correctly
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Getting ready to head out to pick up this beauty, a 1985 from the original owner



with this as a nice bonus Original Owners Manual and 1985 Centurion Catalog



I will post some pics after i get it, It does look like it has a 600 Ultegra (6400) rear Derailleur. so i will be looking for the original 6200 series that it should have.
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Originally Posted by fleslider
Getting ready to head out to pick up this beauty, a 1985 from the original owner



with this as a nice bonus Original Owners Manual and 1985 Centurion Catalog



I will post some pics after i get it, It does look like it has a 600 Ultegra (6400) rear Derailleur. so i will be looking for the original 6200 series that it should have.
That is n-i-c-e NICE!
Adding to the collection or flipping?
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gonna add to the collection, i would like to restore it so gotta find some correct bits, like the rear derailieur stem and Handlebars. I always seem to find the bikes with short stems, this one has a 50cm Sunshine stem and Icon bars. but overall a nice bike.

I will add some pics once i get it cleaned up.
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This Just in.....

Well here it is the 1985 catalog for everyone that is interested. you can find it complete here

although it looks like the catalog is complete it shows the specs for the Cinelli Equipe but it does not have a picture of it. but the other goodies are there such as the Ironman and the Prestige!

if anybody want the full scanned size of catalogue or certain pages let me know







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^^^Very Cool^^^
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Thanks for posting that fleslider .
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4 serious bikes in that lineup, plus the Cinelli-made Equipe.
1985 was one heck of a product year, putting it mildly.
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4 serious bikes in that lineup, plus the Cinelli-made Equipe.
1985 was one heck of a product year, putting it mildly.

I was thinking the same.. while looking at the Catalog. they had some nice bikes that year
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Man. I'd love me an '85 Prestige.
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I finally amassed all the parts I wanted to complete this build. At first I thought I might do a 1x10 build with some super light tubulars that came with DA hubs, but then came across a great deal on a set of Dura Ace derailleurs that I just couldn't pass up. Then I found a price on a DA crank set that I couldn't pass up... and before long I was heading toward a 2x8 DA build. Big thanks to @wrk101 for the delightful frame he sold me a little over a year ago. It's taken me a while to build it, but here it is:

From this:


To this:










Need to clean up the white hoods and I'm not sure I want to stick with the scruffy-looking DA pedals, but she's ready for a full-on shakedown ride!

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Nice build. Congratulations. You can't go wrong with any year dura ace.
Full strength simple green worked for my white brake hoods @jetboy had to use paint thinner.
Those dura ace pedals are my favorite, nothing wrong with them as far as I'm concerned.
I like the look of those chainrings.
Those wheels are very good ,they deserve matching tires don't cha think?
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Unfortunately I don't have matching tires yet, but I think I have a gumwall somewhere that will look better. The hoods got cleaned up once, they'll be clean again soon. Regarding Dura Ace, I've always lusted after it, especially this iteration from my formative bike years. I could make love to a 7400 Dura Aace RD - it's dead sexy!
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nice bar wrap fade! my favorite dura-ace to boot, I have that crankset on both my main rides. don't have a matching RD sadly...
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A while back RT posted the "rack", one of the best pics of accumulated Ironman I've seen.. Here's my version the "line."
I got the idea from jetboy. I don't have a great camera, but the cool part is each one of these is ready to roll. My newest Ironman is the 89 I've put the thick slicks and a white saddle since last posted pic of it. So either get another black saddle or use white wrap. And I may put the original continental tires back on.

Reading left to right : 1st up my 1986 two tone classic. By far the closest to my heart and stays in my house. Sporting 7400 dura ace where it counts (fd,rd,hubs,freewheel, headset, bb,6 speed shifters) and 600 every where else. It's 30 years old and absolutely the most reliable one in the stable. I'll do my last two triathlons of the season on this one. I saw the Ironman for the first time in May of 1986. I finally got this one 20 years later. It is my Rock.

Next up my 1987 Miami Vice. It is the most stock/original Ironman I have. This Ironman tracks better than any other one I have and is hands down the most fun to ride. I'll put some aero bars on it next triathlon season and race it next year then after season is over put original bars back on. Has all original 105 components except the wheels are from a same year master Ironman, so 600 hubs.

Next my 88 purple rain tri bike. Has complete 88 Ironman issued tri color group. However with gripshift. This is the first year Ironman came with 7 speed. This thing is agile and fast. I think it's the original wheels that make it climb like a goat. But since I have another 88, this is the one that would go on the chopping block. Also its scheduled for another race this month and currently the one I train the most on.

Next my 88 yellow fade master. I got this thing with reportedly less than 300 miles on it. I rounded it up to 350 in previous post. It is now sporting 9 speed ultegra all the way around, from a pristine cannondale. Holy smokes, I'd have to say this is my best riding bike overall. This thing is the closest I can come to a show quality bike Ala rccardr and RT. Fortunately it rides as well or better than it looks. If all goes well I'll be racing this one in 2018. Do you see a pattern developing?

Finally my brand new 89. I say brand new cause the frame reportedly had 25 miles on it and the tri color 8 speed components less than a 100 miles. Now that I have the correct size stem it rides wonderfully. As I said still working on aesthetics. The components are solid as they look. I can compare components only to my 88 yellow fade with sti. So this shifting is really smooth especially going to a lower gear / bigger cog (I had to look down at my freewheel to make sure it shifted). And going to a higher gear / smaller cog requires more movement/ bigger throw on the shifter. Of course (if I'm still here) I plan on racing it in 2019. I think the one thing that will really make this bike pop is some modern wheels with less spokes, someday I'm sure. Till then I'll be using theses 600 tri color extremely quiet hubs spec'd Mavic sup wheels . Later Irongents.
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Those magic eraser things, the cheap generic ones, did wonders on my white hoods, and I just used Dawn dish liquid, without leaving the hoods sticky. Worked out great.

One heck of a build, and one of those you take a look at as you ride up, and realize that passing this bike may not be the best idea.
The build level is often a dead giveaway of a serious rider.
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