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What model Centurion is this?

Old 10-23-12, 09:31 PM
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What model Centurion is this?

found this bike advertised and wondered about the model and year of manufacture.

Additional info would be hepful:
frame tubing make and model
fully chromed or just the forks and stays
groupset?

Thanks in advance

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Originally Posted by brebla
found this bike advertised and wondered about the model and year of manufacture.

Additional info would be hepful:
frame tubing make and model
fully chromed or just the forks and stays
groupset?

Thanks in advance

Tough to tell for certain from that photograph, but I think it's a Super LeMans, very early model - I also think pre-1976. Not chromed under the paint, looks nice but the ride on mine was a bit sluggish and "heavy" feeling. Doesn't have the chromed lugs so it's not the top models from Centurion.
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I have a Super Elite (1 step up) that looks pretty similar. Tell us what the tubing sticker says, that will tell for sure.
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Originally Posted by AZORCH
Tough to tell for certain from that photograph, but I think it's a Super LeMans, very early model - I also think pre-1976. Not chromed under the paint, looks nice but the ride on mine was a bit sluggish and "heavy" feeling. Doesn't have the chromed lugs so it's not the top models from Centurion.

Hi tensile steel is most likely the cause of that "sluggish and heavy" feeling.

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The kick stand might be a clue.
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It's hard to tell much form a non-drive side picture. However, it appears to be circa 1976-1978. It has chrome stay ends and I see what appears to be a Tange Champion sticker of the top of the seat tube. Top tube cable clips, as opposed to cable stops are also typically indicative of something better than plain gauge hi-tensile steel. Unfortunately, I can't tell if the dropouts are stamped or forged, so it may be better quality tubing only in the main tubes. It's definitely not a Pro or Semi-Pro of the era but is better than a Le Mans. Offhand, I'm thinking an early Elite. However, the stay caps are more indicative of a Le Mans, so I wouldn't rule out a Super Le Mans with butted hi-tensile tubing.

It does have cotterless crankset and appears to be a better 5 bolt design, as opposed to 3 bolt. The wheels have quick release hubs though I can't tell if the rims are alumuninum or just dirty steel. I would expect alumuminum. Given the era and overall level, the derailleurs are probably SunTour V-series.

Overall, the bicycle looks fairly rough, so expect some work. If you go to see it, check the rim material and tubing decal. If you purchase it, please post photos and details in the Centurion Serial number Database thread.
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1975 super lemans.
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