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1987 Centurion Ironman Expert Score

Old 11-10-14, 02:04 PM
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1987 Centurion Ironman Expert Score

Hello gang,

I'm new to the forum (as far as posting is concerned) but I've enjoyed much of the information provided here from the sidelines (lurking) for a while now. I just wanted to share my Centurion Ironman Expert Craigslist score with you all.

I picked this bad boy up yesterday for $180usd ,which is good for the Los Angeles market especially in the condition this bike is in (saw the same exact setup listed for $510 on Los Angeles Craigslist yesterday) . The chain was clogged up with dried up grease so I was able to get a few bucks off the asking price due to that... once I got it home and cleaned the dust off and re-lubed the chain and gears this puppy barely needed any tuning to get it back into riding shape. the frame literally looks like it was just brought home from the show room floor at my local LBS, there is only once small chip in the red paint from the previous owners bike rack but the under coat of white is still protecting the frame, there is zero rust and the bike was barely every used. the story behind it was it was purchased to do a road race in Baja Mexico back in September of 1987 (guy even provided me with the original owners manual and sales receipt showing the purchase date) the bike was ridden in that race then brought home and hung in the garage for the last 27 years. Once I cleaned it up it was like it came out of a time capsule (super stoked on this bike). Bike is equipped with all Shimano 105 parts (brakes, derailleurs, 170mm crank set), Biospace sprocket, Nitto 120mm stem, Nitto Olympiad dropped bars, and Wolber Super Alpine wheels with 105 hubs.

I have been riding another 1987 Centurion Ironman (master with the yellow/white two tone frame) with the Shimano 600 ex group but unfortunately I made the mistake of trusting the seller on size and realized after the fact the frame was 60 cm and much too big for me. being 5'11 1/2 you would think a 58 to 60 cm might work for someone my size but seeing how I suffer from extended torso syndrome (short legs 32.5 inseam) it was nearly smashing me in the man parts every time I stopped at a light and the bike felt like it was pushing me around when accelerating etc... ... while I think 56cm is probably the ideal sizing for me... from the sizing calculations I did they indicate that something from 54-56 would work for me ... setting up this new Ironman by raising the seat a tad and moving it back as well as dropping the stem really made the bike feel like a part of me ... I can really see now how bad I was stretched out on the 60cm frame compared to this bad boy.

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Old 11-10-14, 02:18 PM
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Welcome to the forums! Nice bike for a good price. Just as a matter of housekeeping, it's better to drive-side photos to better make us jealous of your bike.
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Old 11-10-14, 02:40 PM
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ha! noted... I'll add some more eye candy when I get home from work (if it's not too dark by then)
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Old 11-10-14, 03:20 PM
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That's a very nice score indeed.

any plans to upgrade/update? The Tourney STI brake levers will play nicely with your wheelset if it's 7-speed.

Thanks for posting!
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Old 11-10-14, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Barchettaman View Post
That's a very nice score indeed.

any plans to upgrade/update? The Tourney STI brake levers will play nicely with your wheelset if it's 7-speed.

Thanks for posting!
I was considering this but I'm not so keen on it if I would have to upgrade the derailleur and/or other components to make it work, would I need to replace the RD if I went to a 7 speed freewheel? I also thought about putting 600 components on this bike from my other ironman master but the 600 derailleurs are a little more worn than the existing 105 parts... the 600 brake set is in great shape though. It's definitely food for thought
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Old 11-10-14, 05:52 PM
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Welcome to Bike Forums!

Nice score...I got one almost exactly like it last week for $200 and thought I did well...but you did even better!
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No need to replace the rear derailleur. It will work fine with 7-speed.

Freewheels (Thread on Type) for Bicycles from Harris Cyclery

I would go with the Shimano FW722 13-28 7-speed freewheel.


YouŽll need a pair of these for the down tube shifter bosses.




Shimano 2x7 Tourney sti are $80/pair on Amazon.
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Another one in the camp.

Welcome, and great bike.
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Old 11-11-14, 07:30 AM
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I like the bike, but those flies are stunning. They would be great for Bonito off of Catalina.
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Old 11-11-14, 08:26 AM
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Great score. I personally would not change a thing. Bike is like a time capsule the way is sits and the 105 groups work great. Looking forward to more pictures.
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Originally Posted by RISKDR1 View Post
I like the bike, but those flies are stunning. They would be great for Bonito off of Catalina.

I see someone's been snooping around in my photobucket eyh?

Yeah man I love fly fishing the surf around here ... Sight fishing for Corbina is what really gets my blood pumping. Anyhow I tied those Deceiver flies up for that exact purpose, to chase some Bonito when we had a run this last but I never connected with any from the shore or my Float Tube, however, I did catch a ton of Halibut and some big Spotted Bay Bass on them
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Originally Posted by 1938 Autocycle View Post
Great score. I personally would not change a thing. Bike is like a time capsule the way is sits and the 105 groups work great. Looking forward to more pictures.
I am a sucker for vintage/Classic things and I typically agree with you I like to keep things the way they came for the most part...I will most likely not mess with it at all since it's so pristine and stock.
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105 rocks, don't change a thing! Beautiful score!
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