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Old 08-05-12, 09:21 AM
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Beauty. The quickness of the later frames, a little bit smoother, which I think is due to 1/2 degree of geometry change, but I do not know for sure.
Was the .5 change in the seat tube angle? Do you know if the fork rake changed as well?
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Oh, yeah, I'm aware of what these can be made into. Check out the Miami Vice at the top of this page that I finished a couple of weeks ago for a customer.

Mrs. is partially disabled, and our Sunday rides tend to be more like 5-6 mile jaunts around the neighborhood, so I usually keep one vintage-y 6 speed bike around for those. She's working up to do the 28 mile loop in the Tour du Port in Baltimore at the end of September. That would be the longest ride she's ever done. A real trooper, that one.
I saw that bike, didn't connect the names, or the dots...nice job!

Kudos to you for your love for the Mrs. and my best to her for what she's got to overcome to do what is an easy ride for most of us!
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...and this one looks like it could take 28's or maybe even 32's.
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Was the .5 change in the seat tube angle? Do you know if the fork rake changed as well?
I have absolutely no idea. I've read here that the geometry changed from '85 to '89, and read a review that said it changed in '89 as well. I have nothing other than anecdotal evidence from those who have multiple models.

The first Ironman in '85 was pretty much the Comp TA with Tange 1 tubing. While I've owned and ridden a Comp TA, I haven't ridden my '85 Ironman yet. Those who have later Ironman models say the '85 and the Comp TA are smoother and a little less twitchy. Sounds like that would be due to geometry.

The more aggressive frames from Centurion in '85 were the Prestige and the Cinelli-made (Chirico) Equipe.

My '86 models were smooth as silk, and suitable for hammering. I didn't upgrade them to modern wheels, so my riding on them was less aggressive than it was with later models, and not a suitable comparison. A friend that has an '86 and an '89 says the '86 is smoother.

I found the '87 - '89 models rode about the same. I could never tell a difference in the rides, but others have posted here that the geometry changed a bit over the years. I can say that an '88 Expert and an '89 Master rode the same for me. So much depends on wheels, saddles, bars, fit, etc, that I sure can't say.

It may be angles; I don't know. That stuff confuses me, so I stay away from it.
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I rode my Ironman today after almost a year of riding my Apex MTB.. the bike was definitely faster and the rolling resistance is almost nonexistent, but I still felt less confident in the city overall. Going from ultra relaxed geometry with fat tires to tight geometry and 23 tires is probably going from one extreme to the other hahaha. My 89 feels very twitchy while of course the mtb feels solid as a rock

I'm thinking of selling or trading my ironman for a nice mtb now... I hope I don't get excommunicated from the centurion cult
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Here is my 1987(?) Centurion Ironman Expert that I purchased when new (I'm pretty sure it was in 1987). All original except for the seat, pedals and tires. Shimano 105 with Biopace. It was still my primary ride in 2011 when I did 1700 miles on it including a century. Now I have a carbon bike, so the Expert has been relegated to the winter trainer. I've thought about selling it, but can't bring myself to do it just yet.


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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
I have absolutely no idea.
It may be angles; I don't know. That stuff confuses me, so I stay away from it.
The only geometry information I found indicates the '87 has a head tube angle of 74 degrees and a seat tube angle of 73.5, which (if I understand the numbers correctly) would make it exceptionally steep and aggressive, even by today's standards. My guess is that if any angles were changed in '89 it would be a 74 degree seat tube angle, and I would also assume that these angles are what give the frame the unique riding characteristics that make it so desirable and fun to ride.
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I'm thinking of selling or trading my ironman for a nice mtb now...
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Now I have a carbon bike, so the Expert has been relegated to the winter trainer
Acquiring target data....JK..

Should have no problem selling or trading...both bikes are very nice. There is a 60cm 88 Expert for sale here, too, 10-sp 105 without wheels....
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Hey all, the red bike that I posted earlier in the thread was thought to be lost but my framebuider friend checked it and it's all good. Just a headset needing replaced really! but I revamped it with a Sante derailleur setup, 600 shifters and brakes with a dual pivot up front and single pivot out back (a la campy). It feels really nice. New sugino chainrings and a new cassette with a problem solvers washer on the ksyrium sl's! Michelin Erilium Kevlar tires. (soon to be something nicer, thinking conti attack/force. I already have my clipless pedals switched on. This thing is built for fast centuries and it barely over 20lbs ready to blast one!

Anyway, here she is at a popular stopping point on our trail in full instagrammed glory!
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Dang, that cleaned up nicely! My only suggestion would be tires other than the Attack/Force combo - I'd go with Conti Grand Prix or GP4000S, or Michelin Pro 4 Endurance for a fast century bike.
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noted. I think I'm also gonna switch to a full sized NOS frame pump... either white or silver. Should be sweet.
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I am thinking of grabbing this ironman if you think it is worth this asking price. I know these are great bikes and think I need it. N+1 is a LAW and I don't want to get in trouble for not following the law.

Nashville.craigslist.org/bik/3201620391.html

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Seems a little on the high side to me. I bought my 87 Miami Vice for $175. It is in excellent shape. It has Sante components. It also came with a new extra cassette, new extra set of tires and an extra front wheel. I did really well but I still think the one you are looking at is a little high but not far off.
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Thanks for the input. I think I'll offer less and see how it goes.
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That's a little scuffy but not all that expensive. $400-ish seems to be the sweet spot for late 80's mid-line bikes right now in bike-friendly cities.

Tektro levers, new-ish wheelset & saddle are reasonable improvements regardless of your size or riding style. The stem and bars are different but not what I would consider an improvement.

I paid a little more than that last weekend for a MV version that was a low mileage original basement queen for a future build project and about the same price for an '85 with 600.
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That's a little scuffy but not all that expensive. $400-ish seems to be the sweet spot for late 80's mid-line bikes right now in bike-friendly cities.

Tektro levers, new-ish wheelset & saddle are reasonable improvements regardless of your size or riding style. The stem and bars are different but not what I would consider an improvement.

I paid a little more than that last weekend for a MV version that was a low mileage original basement queen for a future build project and about the same price for an '85 with 600.
We discussed the price and he is willing to come off to $330 which I felt was about right. We are meeting in the morning for me to inspect it and take it for ride.
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I am thinking of grabbing this Ironman if you think it is worth this asking price. I know these are great bikes and think I need it.

Nashville.craigslist.org/bik/3201620391.html

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The seller knows his Centurions, is only a bit optimistic on the price, but who can blame him.

N+1 is a LAW and I don't want to get in trouble for not following the law..
Then the Centurion sheriff says it's OK to be bad...Welcome to the forum, folks.

I just paid $95 plus shipping for an '85 frame with a small dent, and I'm going to drop $75 on coating and $50 on VeloCals, without blinking. Add in a $260 Ultegra group and $150 DA/Velocity wheelset, and I'm still 100% fine with the build cost.

The only mystery is what color decals JR has sent me. I didn't choose, and he didn't say.
Doesn't matter, I'll deal with it.
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What is it that makes me love my '87 Expert Miami Vice with Shimano Sante components? I bought mine for real cheap and you can pick them up for a good price with 105 or 600 components. Am I mistaken or are they under appreciated? The N +1 rule still applies so if I came across another one in real good shape I would snatch it up.
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Out on a short 16 mile ride today......stopped in a local park for a break......

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Out on a short 16 mile ride today......stopped in a local park for a break......

My size, my favorite model. Good on you.
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I still have an eBay auto-search up for Ironmen, though I'm not really in the market, and three auctions have just come up (as of this morning, 8/26/12), two of them featuring Ironmen in small sizes.

One is a small 'Miami Vice,' local pickup only in FL and not particularly cheap: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI...E:B:SS:US:1123

One is that nice salmon color, evidently owned by an enthusiast: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI...E:B:SS:US:1123

One is an '89, cheap starting price, and may need work: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI...E:B:SS:US:1123

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One is an '89, cheap starting price, and may need work: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI...E:B:SS:US:1123

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This one is likely a scam. Two of the photos are of different sized bikes, one appears to be a 52cm and the other a 54cm, different saddles and much different fit (note the seat post and stem heights). In the first photo, it looks like the TT cable guide is missing.

The indoor photo looks almost identical to a similar Vegas seller who sold an Ironman earlier and didn't ship it. The counter and floor tile look almost the same. This seller has 5 feedbacks. eBay nailed the other seller when he had 4. He lists frame material as aluminum.

I'd be suspicious of this one. The price is currently good, and I'd only buy it if I could pick it up.
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^ Good eye, Robbie. I didn't look closely at the listings, except for the salmon one, which I think has been 'outed' here on C&V as it was on Charlotte CL I think. Probably did not meet seller's price there and he's seeking a wider market. Might even be that the seller is 'one of us' as the bike has clearly been put together very thoughtfully, with cloth bar tape in a harlequin wrap, etc.
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I "outed" the salmon one on the "are you looking for..." thread. The seller is in no hurry to sell, per his response to my email.

The seller with the '89 obviously has some shortcomings in the photo/bicycling/spelling department. One of the way to weed them out is to offer to come by and look at it (he's also listing it on Charlotte CL) to see if it's real. Could be a steal, could be stolen, could be a scam. You just never know.

Update: The salmon one is down to 250.
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My size, my favorite model. Good on you.
Admittedly, the back seatpost clamp-on rack is a bit out of place on the bike, but I haven't gotten the other two vintage bikes with rear rack mount points built up yet, so this rack will have to do for now. (It looks even uglier on the Nishiki Tri-A.....lol)
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