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Old 07-11-13, 12:12 PM
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Good, thorough job, and very well described. I hope you enjoy it!
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Thanks guys. The final change on this bike will be a new set of decals, which Clydesdale Scot drew up and Velocals to print. Hopefully it'll turn out accurate to original decals.

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Originally Posted by QuangVuong View Post
Thanks guys. The final change on this bike will be a new set of decals, which I've worked together with JR to create. Hopefully it'll turn out accurate to original decals.
cough, cough, would you care to reconsider the wording?

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Old 07-30-13, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Gorgeous. Looks fast sitting still, and rides great, I'll bet.
Nice component setup, basically a new one for less than half the original cost.
Thanks for showing us how it's done.
Looks even faster ridden!


This was on its maiden ride, and everything went smoothly. Still need to find the correct hood positioning though. It still feels a little bit off.
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Never saw this thread before and I'm glad I caught it this time. Those are the brifters I have and asked you about, not Ultegra.

Good work on the bike. Are you an engineering student?

You're much younger than I imagined, which is even more impressive (impressiver?).
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Old 07-30-13, 09:16 PM
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Im aiming to enter uni in either mechanical or electrical engineering. Im in my final few months of high school.

And yes, I have a guide up for these 600 brifters already. Check it out if you already havent
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ers?highlight=
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Really nice build! Can't wait till i'm done with my project....slow going on this one.
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Old 07-30-13, 10:05 PM
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Originally Posted by QuangVuong View Post
Looks even faster ridden!


This was on its maiden ride, and everything went smoothly. Still need to find the correct hood positioning though. It still feels a little bit off.
Best pic in your whole thread!!
Congratulations on completing the very nice C&V CF restoration project

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Originally Posted by QuangVuong View Post
Velocals indeed did stuff up the blue. It is much darker than original and kinda hard to see on the carbon frame. Scale is very slightly smaller than original?
I said this back on the 1st of July 2013. JR(@JRrestore) from Velocals got in touch, and we worked fixed it up. He sent me a new set of decals, and two years later, I finally get around to rebuilding my bike.

It is almost built to original specs with a full date correct(1990) 6400 groupset and a '87 Turbo. And it even has a dork disc still attached. Rims are the original Araya CTL-370 rims(which weigh ~370g) with pretty much no brake wear on them. The only few things that are not 'original' are the housing/cables, bar tape, tyres, chain and seatpost. The correct tyres would be 20c Panaracer tyres.







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And after all this time, this bike will be up for sale. As much as I would like to hang onto it, there is no room left. 12 is the limit for me.
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OK, I'll say it. Finest job of restoring a Centurion that I've ever seen.


There, that was so easy to do. Nothing else to say, QV. Outfreakingstanding.
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Wow! It would look great hanging on a wall, but it seems like too nice a bike not to ride! How do you find the ride quality?
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Man - that looks fantastic! Please give a ride report, as I am curious as well.

By the way, what kind of chain is that?
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
OK, I'll say it. [B]Finest job of restoring a Centurion that I've ever seen.
So Far.
Here's to hoping someone else will appreciate that Centurion like he does.
Amazing restoration. I loved watching the transformation and attention to detail.

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The white 'resin' that you noticed and especially the white resin supporting the downtube shifter bosses is resin thickened with powered silica. I spent about 3 years building wood/fiberglass sailboats and its a very common mixture we use in 'composite' work. We use it to build up an area as you can mix the silica (For instance, I prefer West Systems in my builds, so I use 406 Colloidal Silica) to almost any consistency that you would like from runny to straight peanut butter. It all depends on what exactly you are trying to do. Some common uses are 'filleting', bonding or a base(build up) because the silica makes the resin even stronger and gives it more 'grip' and less sag. Ive even 'coated' unseen parts in it because it makes the resin just a bit tougher and holds up better.

I would test a small area when it comes to stripper but if you use any marine stripper, they are formulated to leave poly/epoxy resins alone and they generally do in my experience. I cannot speak for vinylester resins as I have not worked with them.

Beautiful bike.

Almost makes me want to build one! hmmmm....
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Your skills and detail attention are marvellous, and the bike glows like few others. Beautiful job!.
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Niiiiiiice.
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Thanks for all the kind words.

Originally Posted by SloButWide View Post
Wow! It would look great hanging on a wall, but it seems like too nice a bike not to ride! How do you find the ride quality?
The main difference between this lugged carbon frame and others(ie Cadex) is that this frame uses standard diameter tubing. This gives the frame a bit more of a plush feel to it, but its really all the same to me. There are no huge differences between this and something like a steel frame if everything is set up well.

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Man - that looks fantastic! Please give a ride report, as I am curious as well.

By the way, what kind of chain is that?
its a 8s KMC chain with a Ti nitride coating. All my bikes have gold chains, either this 8s one, or the X10SL for the 10s bikes.
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
Here's to hoping someone else will appreciate that Centurion like he does.
I do.

Huge thanks to master restoration by QV! Sincere appreciation.

1-Unpack.
2-Assemble.
3-Mount Veloflex Master tires and new tubes.
4-Unwrap top half of bars (very slowly, with a hair dryer, for the Deda thin leather-type).
5-Move L brake routing to front, Move R brake routing to rear.
6-Re-wrap top half of bars (same number of turns, etc).
7-Add chain, using a 6701, should be fine.
8-Debating in my head re: grey housing, which was OEM on these bikes.
9-Added my own set of tri-color pedals, mint condition.
10-I think an Elite Inox Cuissi cage would be more appropriate.

Since the saddle is like new, I probably will use a Vetta version I have from an '88 Centurion.

I have a modern saddle and Look Keo's should I decide to ride it a lot.

Also pondering a yellow J and D bag (says "Don't Tread on Me" on the side),
a yellow Jagwire kit and yellow tape, all in the same shade of yellow.
Shouldn't change the "period-correct" style as housing and wrap are disposables.





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If I take it to a C&V show, probably to back to above setup.

I'll be riding it when the weather clears, so I can go a little individualized:













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nice- and well deserved!
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Originally Posted by jetboy View Post
nice- and well deserved!
Thanks.
Credit and Kudos to Quang Vuong, for sure.
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Just started my own re-build project. Took me ages to find out what my frame set was as it had Colnago Master decals. Centurion are not that we'll known in the UK and I was having trouble finding info on the original spec of the bike. This thread has it all and is a great resource regarding these CF bikes. I am guess mine is a slightly early one as the Serial number is 87M0084. Best get polishing if I want get it up to the standard of the bikes shown here​​​​​. New to this forum so will try and post pics when allowed.
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