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Rebirth of a Centurion

Old 08-06-06, 12:29 PM
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Rebirth of a Centurion

Bought my '88 Centurion Dave Scott Ironman Master back in November. Loved the bike, hated the 80's paint job:



Had it stripped and powdercoated all black in the spring, for the stealthy look, and put Kelly Take Offs on for my DT shifters, but still had ugly 80s brown Mavic rims.



Finally got some new rims about a month and a half ago from a generous forum member. Additionally, I had a friend create decals for me. I put the Centurion name back on the downtube in a new font. I also got Dave Scott's signature at a public ride with him a couple of weeks ago and put his name back on the top tube.

Here is the result (complete with garage door):

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Old 08-06-06, 12:31 PM
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Very nice. How were the decals made? At least the original paint was not the puke purple/yellow combo!
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Looks cool. Did you get the bikw off ebay?
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Nice! I've heard the late 80's and early 90's steel frames ride wonderfully well. Hard to tell, but where are the shifters at?
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They are vinyl decals. My friend owns a sign company and he made them for me on their machine. I applied them over the powdercoat. Optimally, having clearcoat over them would be best, but they are very high quality decals that have a 5 year outdoor guarantee, and I can see myself have the frame refinished again before that anyway.
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Old 08-06-06, 12:43 PM
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that looks fast standing still
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Originally Posted by daytonian
Looks cool. Did you get the bikw off ebay?
Yes, I got it from a local DFW ebayer for $175.

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Nice! I've heard the late 80's and early 90's steel frames ride wonderfully well. Hard to tell, but where are the shifters at?
They are mounted on my Kelly Take Offs:

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Nice job lecterman!!! The wheels and the decals look good!!!
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I like it! Saddle looks tilted forward. Nice wheels. Yes...a clear coat over the decals would be nice. I've never seen shifters up there like that. Never been tempted to move them to the downtube? ...or to upgrade to integrated ergo-shifting? The pedals look like egg beaters?

I like my Steel Ciocc so much that I think I will(eventually) have it professionally stripped and refinished. I'll ride that frame for years. It rides great and fits like a glove. I adore lugged steel frames. I've ridden carbon, aluminum, steel and Ti. Nothing rides like a good lugged steel frame IMO.

Nice bike you have there. How many miles are you putting on her now? What kind of riding do you do?
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Originally Posted by oneradtec
I like it! Saddle looks tilted forward. Nice wheels. Yes...a clear coat over the decals would be nice. I've never seen shifters up there like that. Never been tempted to move them to the downtube? ...or to upgrade to integrated ergo-shifting? The pedals look like egg beaters?

Nice bike you have there. How many miles are you putting on her now? What kind of riding do you do?
Started out with shifters on the DT, didn't like it too much. Used the Take-Offs to bring them closer to the bars. I plan to move to brifters eventually as money allows. I plan to put a new group on it when that time comes as my group is an old Shimano 600 (Ultegra predecessor) group.

The pedals are egg-beaters. I know they are not the popular choice for road bikes, but I only have one pair of shoes and I put most of my miles on my ATB (commuter).
So it helps to have the same pedals on both bikes.

As far as mileage, I have ~900 miles on it since I got it. I ride mostly flat areas with some moderate climbs, but nothing most in CA would consider as hills.
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Looks great man. Look forward to seeing the deals in person in a few weeks time for HHH.
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Thanks Jon and Kevin, can't wait to show it off in person.

oneradtec,

I missed the saddle thing you mentioned. Yes, it does look a little off. I have done a good amount of moving it around looking for the most comfortable fit for me, and the position you see is the most comfortable for me yet.
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The Dave Scott signature is what makes it all worth it in my book. I have the same bike I repainted in burnt candy orange. I wish I had his sig on mine too.
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The Dave Scott signature is what makes it all worth it in my book. I have the same bike I repainted in burnt candy orange. I wish I had his sig on mine too.
Thanks Patriot. I'm sure my friend still has it scanned if you want it. I can e-mail it you.
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I really like the look of your bike. I came across it after I picked up my Centurion Le Mans this week. Nothing quite rides like a good lugged steel frame. It's still not finished; the friction shifters are in the process of coming off and the STI shifters just need cables. The color is pearl white, if that tells you how dirty the frame is.

Yes, those are eggbeaters.
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gosh it's screaming to get fixed...
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Very cool!

That's kinda what I wanna do to my late '80's steel Trek. I want to black it all out. I considered having it pro painted or powder-coated but I may want it matte black. I want to black it out as much as possible. Your bike is very sexy. The decals and the signature put's it over the top.
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Nice looking ride! I like the way the old quill stems look. The new kind are ugly.
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Yep, quill stems have a nice elegance that ahead stems don't . So, can someone give me the info on Centurian bicycles? I've never heard of it.
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Originally Posted by Mariner Fan
Yep, quill stems have a nice elegance that ahead stems don't . So, can someone give me the info on Centurian bicycles? I've never heard of it.
I own a beautiful '89 Centurion Dave Scott Ironman Expert. It was one of the first mass-produced road bikes specifically marketed for the then-emerging triathlon crowd. Today's tri-bike of course has its own geometry and style. Check out this link for more info on this classic: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/centurion/index.html
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great looking rides and outstanding work. It has been a long time since I have seen centurions were very popular in the 80's especially in Ca.
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Originally Posted by Mariner Fan
Yep, quill stems have a nice elegance that ahead stems don't . So, can someone give me the info on Centurian bicycles? I've never heard of it.
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=170942

Centurion is a Japanese manufature of bikes prodominately in the 80's. They marketed their road bike line as Centurions and when MTB's started getting big, they developed their off road bikes as 'Diamondback'. I believe it was about 90 when the company dropped the Centurion name and labled both road and mtb's as 'Diamondback'. I know a number of forum members own Centurions of different models, myself included. The Ironman line is one of their high end frames, followed by LeMans, Sport DLX and others. My Barracuda Mk.I started out life as a lowly Sport DLX, your typical budget bike boom bike.
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Originally Posted by Mariner Fan
Yep, quill stems have a nice elegance that ahead stems don't .

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agreed
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here ya go:

http://sheldonbrown.com/centurion/index.html
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I have a Centurion that I would like to refinish with a powder coating. Do you mind me asking how much it cost, and what kind of business did the work for you?
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