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Old 02-16-13, 08:37 PM
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Both ace bikes. Just ace.
Excellent idea on the long-cage; you can toss a 12-32 on there and climb about anything.
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Originally Posted by cehowardGS
The red Expert/Masters are the prettiest!

I dare to give advice, but we are all brothers here, as we all own Centurion Ironmans, with that said, IMO, the bike deserves a set of matched wheels/tires..

I believe the whole bike was white, then the color red was added to some areas. The major flaw with this model year was the rear 6-speed 600EX index shifter. The 5 tiny tabs of the indexing unit would break off over time. So I replaced it with a 7/8-speed Shimano 600 rear index shifter.
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Originally Posted by cehowardGS
The red Expert/Masters are the prettiest!

I dare to give advice, but we are all brothers here, as we all own Centurion Ironmans, with that said, IMO, the bike deserves a set of matched wheels/tires..

To pile on here, if you still have the rear wheel and the rim is in good shape, you can have it re-built with a more modern hub. I did that with my '87 - found an Ultegra 600 hub, switched out the threaded seven speed freehub for an eight-to-ten speed one, and had it built up with new spokes and black brass nipples that almost perfectly match the originals.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
Both ace bikes. Just ace.
Excellent idea on the long-cage; you can toss a 12-32 on there and climb about anything.
They are beautiful bikes with very nice paint job. I also switched the brake cables since I'm used to modulating the front brake with the right brake lever...old school motorcyclist.
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Originally Posted by revchuck
To pile on here, if you still have the rear wheel and the rim is in good shape, you can have it re-built with a more modern hub. I did that with my '87 - found an Ultegra 600 hub, switched out the threaded seven speed freehub for an eight-to-ten speed one, and had it built up with new spokes and black brass nipples that almost perfectly match the originals.
I plan to use the spare rear wheel with the pink Terry Centurion...that is, if I ever wear out the rear OEM Terry wheel.
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That Terry is a gem. Many people mistake it for a funny bike, and many mistake that 520 front for a 650. In my opinion, there is no better bike for a shorter rider, able to do triathlons/workout/centuries with aplomb. I have a friend who swapped the freehub on the rear for an 8/9/10, moved to 9-sp 105 STI's, RD cassette/chain, and never looks back. She's 5' tall if that. She's now at the point where she's looking for a new racing front tire.

I've got a rear rim, but I'm not sure what spoke count it is, and it's not the coppery A20 that the front is. Prettiest wheels of the entire Ironman lineup.
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This is floating now on Ebay... For the not so tall among us!! Different size front wheel.. Awesome!

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Originally Posted by cehowardGS
This is floating now on Ebay... For the not so tall among us!! Different size front wheel.. Awesome!

I suspect a mint condition 46 cm "Terry edition" Ironman may go for +$550 on Ebay. Had some spare time last year, so I completely overhauled my Terry bike and gave her a new coat of wax.
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Not exactly what I was looking for, but the price was right. $200 off of CL...not the best deal I've gotten but certainly not the worst...previous owner used some sort of tacky lube on everything so I've got a bit of cleaning to do and the red bar tape has got to go. Appears to be a 1986, 54cm. Not sure on the rims. They are Araya and I'm pretty sure the 86 I had way back when had Wolbers...were Arayas standard on some of these? Anyhow, I wanted a red/white 56 or 58 for me but my son is 5'8" and this should work as a nice entry-level road bike for him
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Originally Posted by Zmitchel
Not exactly what I was looking for, but the price was right. $200 off of CL...not the best deal I've gotten but certainly not the worst...previous owner used some sort of tacky lube on everything so I've got a bit of cleaning to do and the red bar tape has got to go. Appears to be a 1986, 54cm. Not sure on the rims. They are Araya and I'm pretty sure the 86 I had way back when had Wolbers...were Arayas standard on some of these? Anyhow, I wanted a red/white 56 or 58 for me but my son is 5'8" and this should work as a nice entry-level road bike for him

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Originally Posted by Zmitchel
Not exactly what I was looking for, but the price was right. $200 off of CL...not the best deal I've gotten but certainly not the worst...Heck, if I'd have known, I'd have sent you my extra 600EX calipers. I think you can sell those AX's for 1/3 to 1/2 the price of the bike. previous owner used some sort of tacky lube on everything so I've got a bit of cleaning to do and the red bar tape has got to go. see below the pic. Appears to be a 1986, 54cm. Yep, '86. Tange 1 decal was blue in '86, and you can tell by the font. Not sure on the rims. They are Araya and I'm pretty sure the 86 I had way back when had Wolbers...were Arayas standard on some of these? '85 had "shouldered" Arayas, '86 had coppery round Araya 20A's, '87 had dark grey Wolber Super Champion Alpines, '88-'89 had dark grey Araya Hard Anodized CTL-370's. Anyhow, I wanted a red/white 56 or 58 for me but my son is 5'8" and this should work as a nice entry-level road bike for him "Entry" as far as price and getting to know road bikes, but will run with anything out there.
Very nice.

Want some Fubar padded silver bar tape to match that seat tube/head tube?
Get those wheels trued and tensioned, hubs packed, and you'll find out what a gem that frame is.
If those are the original Technova tires, you'll see a big difference with 700x23's, too.

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I love that Grey/Silver combo, I think that's my 3rd favorite Ironman combo behind the '85 Red/Silver and of course, my beloved Miami Vice.
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Originally Posted by Teengenerate
SWEET! Centurion version of a Cannondale Black Lightning or a Fuji Ace.
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Post your Centurion Ironman.. For the love of 80s paint jobs!

Here's my 87 Ironman, built up with a odd mix of parts: Brooks B-17, Nitto stem, Campy Veloce brifters, 8-speed Suntour cassette, Shimano LX rear derailleur, Tiagra caliper brakes, 105 hubs, Velocity Aerohead rims , On-One 34-48 crank, MKS touring pedals, Campy front derailleur, Soma Highway One bars, Fizik tape (crappy wrapping job courtesy: me). Second time I've built it this frame. Great riding bike.
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Welcome aboard, nice icon model of the icon bike....
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Got her all cleaned up! The hoods cleaned up a lot easier than I expected with just some diluted bleach, a Magic Eraser, and a soft-bristle toothbrush. Still a little yellowed from age, but I'm quite content with the outcome considering there was 20+ years of sweat and grime built up on them.

Just need to get some air in the tires and she'll be all set for spring
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Originally Posted by kaydub

Got her all cleaned up! The hoods cleaned up a lot easier than I expected with just some diluted bleach, a Magic Eraser, and a soft-bristle toothbrush. Still a little yellowed from age, but I'm quite content with the outcome considering there was 20+ years of sweat and grime built up on them.

Just need to get some air in the tires and she'll be all set for spring
To let you know how much I approve, and how good it looks, I just set it as my background on my main computer!!

I change the background on my main computer almost every week to a fantastic looking bike. Lately, they have been my bikes.. .. but, today your Ironman is there.. Looking good too.. the dark,clean wheels and tires are killin
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Well, this would have been MINE only if it was in MY SIZE!! (and if someone else didnt grab it before me, but whatever) gah someone shoot me.

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Originally Posted by cehowardGS
To let you know how much I approve, and how good it looks, I just set it as my background on my main computer!!

I change the background on my main computer almost every week to a fantastic looking bike. Lately, they have been my bikes.. .. but, today your Ironman is there.. Looking good too.. the dark,clean wheels and tires are killin
Wow, thanks for the kind words! Glad there's someone out there who digs it as much as I do

I honestly thought about white tires at one point, but now I really think it looks spot on with the black tires. Makes the rest of the bike stand out more IMO.
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Just picked up this one, like I needed another Ironman, that is not my size. Paint is almost perfect.

Unfortunately, PO had the gearing modified to allow a triple. He did use mostly good stuff: Ultegra 6500 triple crank and a modern LX RD.

I've got my main project in the background. Started as a "simple greenhouse" but morphed into a summer room. Paint is next, it "only" has 38 windows....

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Well, this would have been MINE only if it was in MY SIZE!! (and if someone else didnt grab it before me, but whatever) gah someone shoot me.


We are the same boat. I want that black Ironman Expert or Master too, in my size.. 60-62cm.. We can only dream and wish...
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Here is my contribution. I'm the original buyer and just got her back last year from a relative so I upgraded to Ultegra STI for a few modern conveniences. I don't like the red hubs on the wheels, but for the deal I got on them there was NO way I could resist. Just bought a carbon fork for it yesterday and haven't decided whether to paint match it or not, or whether to use the fork in a threadless capacity (it may be long enough to get away with the conversion as it is before further threading and cutting). Decisions...
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Originally Posted by K1196A
Here is my contribution.
Nice bike there. All moderned up and like.
Did you have to cold set the rear triangle to allow for modern hub in there?
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Nice bike there. All moderned up and like. Did you have to cold set the rear triangle to allow for modern hub in there?
Thanks!

No, it goes in decently enough that I didn't see the point of bothering with risking any bending. Ideally it won't get yanked in and out much anyway!
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Originally Posted by K1196A
Here is my contribution. I'm the original buyer and just got her back last year from a relative so I upgraded to Ultegra STI for a few modern conveniences. I don't like the red hubs on the wheels, but for the deal I got on them there was NO way I could resist. Just bought a carbon fork for it yesterday and haven't decided whether to pain match it or not, or whether to use the fork in a threadless capacity (it may be long enough to get away with the conversion as it is before further threading and cutting). Decisions...
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