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Old 06-08-23, 11:28 AM
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Pic from yesterday, I believe it's an 85.

Here's a better picture of the bike.

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Originally Posted by Cheseldine
How in blazes did you wind up in a Maxfield Parrish painting? That never happens when I'm out riding.
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Yep, that's an '85.
Nice ride.
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Originally Posted by MooneyBloke
How in blazes did you wind up in a Maxfield Parrish painting? That never happens when I'm out riding.
Since I've got the least colorful IronMan I've got to find colorful places to ride it. This is Going to the Sun Road, an amazing ride if you're in Montana during the right time of the year.
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hi all: not an IM but perhaps a precursor- and I love to keep this thread on the first page:

urban guy as I am- no wonderful mountains but real work in the trenches- it can do it all and still look good.

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^^^ That is the Centurion/Cinelli equipe fleslider
Nice, all time top tier Centurion. Congrats!

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Originally Posted by texaspandj
^^^ That is the Centurion/Cinelli equipe fleslider
Nice, all time top tier Centurion. Congrats!
yeah its nice! that was like the second ride (first full one).. i fixed the saddle angle and added about 1cm to the post to get it fit properly now. definitely a grail bike for me- bonus as they are still reasonable in price! I am weirdo and rather have a centurion cinelli than an "real" cinelli and that works in my favor!

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Originally Posted by jetboy
hi all: not an IM but perhaps a precursor- and I love to keep this thread on the first page:

urban guy as I am- no wonderful mountains but real work in the trenches- it can do it all and still look good.

Hot!
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Nice!

These beautiful Cinelli/Centurions are very interesting to me. It was said Cino Cinelli himself was quite involved in their design, but...Cino hadn't been involved in the company bearing his name for several years, having sold to Columbus. So I wonder how involved Cino was--or was it only the Cinelli company that was involved?

Either way, that is a fantastic looking example.
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Originally Posted by jetboy
hi all: not an IM but perhaps a precursor- and I love to keep this thread on the first page:

urban guy as I am- no wonderful mountains but real work in the trenches- it can do it all and still look good.

Hot Damn..
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Originally Posted by smd4
Nice!

These beautiful Cinelli/Centurions are very interesting to me. It was said Cino Cinelli himself was quite involved in their design, but...Cino hadn't been involved in the company bearing his name for several years, having sold to Columbus. So I wonder how involved Cino was--or was it only the Cinelli company that was involved?

Either way, that is a fantastic looking example.
The info is out there, from the godfather himself no less. Type in Centurion Cinelli Equipe and one of the threads should come up. As I remember, a lit of the info is on one of the threads discussing a red prototype.
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Originally Posted by seypat
The info is out there, from the godfather himself no less. Type in Centurion Cinelli Equipe and one of the threads should come up. As I remember, a lit of the info is on one of the threads discussing a red prototype.
Not too long ago the review from Bicycle Guide was posted. Interesting read.
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Friendly price for a 86' Ironman . https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/...656720939.html
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And a not so friendly price for a Cinelli/Centurion . Didn't even post a lousy picture .
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/...655058402.html

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I would be rushing in the direction of that bike for the asking price of $75. Frame is worth $300 alone. Go get it!
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These old Ironman bikes are truely some of the greatest value vintage items out there. (I just picked up a 1987 Ironman for $150 last week). The Japanese figured it out. They copied the finest Italian bikes. And, produced bikes that were superior to everything else. All for a low mass produced price. Awesome stuff.

Back in the 1980's. ....................................................remember Miami Vice?

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I'm sure I've posted this before. But, what the hell. I'm getting senile. So, here it is again.
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I picked up a 1988 Ironman Carbon frameset with crankset and derailleurs last week, for a "parts bin build"*. From the ad:

He handed me a bag with a Tricolor RD, 105 FD and a 42 chainring. I didn't notice that the left crank was some mid-level MTB part, not even a close match, so that challenge remains.

Partial build:

Rear wheel stolen from my '89 Circuit; I've since found a 32-spoke wheel with a 105 hub and Araya rim. Front is a 600 hub / Matrix rim from a Trek I bought earlier. I only have one Tricolor brake, so I installed a pair of dual-pivot Ultegras. As expected, I did not have a 25.0mm seat post on hand. I do have a 24.0 from one of those internally-lugged Carbolite 103 Peugeots from 1980; shimmed it with a yogurt tub for the shakedown.

Def''ly light and fast, "feels faster" than my Circuit or my '86 IM.

Will I get used to the squirrely front end? I mean, I can make the frame flex just by pulling the handlebar left/right. Standing on a curving ascent was.... anxious. Does that sensation pass after a while? The back end feels solid / stable underneath me, it's just the front end that feels like its in two places at once.

More pics after I install a seat post, coming Wednesday courtesy of Insidious C. (thanks man).


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Most Ironman bikes were quite colorful. However, Centurion closed out IM production in 89 with this very understated black colorway.

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Far from being an expert on these but I think mine is still even younger than yours. Hence the non-lugged frame. Btw, that’s a beautiful bike!
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Originally Posted by Romany275
Far from being an expert on these but I think mine is still even younger than yours. Hence the non-lugged frame. Btw, that’s a beautiful bike!
Nope, older. Transitional model between the end of Centurion and the beginning of the Diamondback TG, which was a welded frameset.
Still an excellent bike, however!
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So just trying to learn here. Are you saying my bike was built before the previously posted all black bike? If what you say is true - that it’s transitional - wouldn’t that make my bike newer/younger?
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Sorry, my mistake. Yes, yours is ‘younger’, was manufactured at a later date.
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Romany275 Have you seen this site ? https://vintagecenturion.com/ Courtesy fleslider
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I have - lots of good info there! Still haven't seen one as late as mine but always searching. I tend to agree with the previous post about mine being the last iteration prior to the Diamondback TG. My frame was still built in Japan, and I believe the Diamondback was made in Taiwan.
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