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Old 10-02-19, 07:26 PM
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Here is a weird one. Does this item really have anything to do with the bike company? It is claimed to be so on that famous auction site that starts with an E. It is up there right now. I have my serious doubts. Just type in Centurion Light and scroll down. What you guys think???

Hmmmmmmmmm

And here is another picture:

Does that printed info match? He wants 99 dollars......kinda crazy.
If anyone has any cool weird Centurion stuff could you please post pictures? Yah know ...like posters, jerseys, pens, etc.....thanks.

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I guess as long as the public and the T.V. and cameras were seeing what the sponsors wanted them to, it was okay. Perception and image are key. It would be up to a really discerning viewer to spot the deception. I wonder if anyone got called out.....I doubt it. It makes you wonder about all the claims that so and so famous racer won so and so famous race on so and so bicycle would even be worth believing historically. And then there is the fact that these racers were mobile billboards....albeit fast ones.
Im recalling Lance on the Litespeed Blade TT bike painted in Trek colors
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If the red stripes on that sign were salmon, I would buy it.
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Originally Posted by VintageTTfan View Post
I guess as long as the public and the T.V. and cameras were seeing what the sponsors wanted them to, it was okay. Perception and image are key. It would be up to a really discerning viewer to spot the deception. I wonder if anyone got called out.....I doubt it. It makes you wonder about all the claims that so and so famous racer won so and so famous race on so and so bicycle would even be worth believing historically. And then there is the fact that these racers were mobile billboards....albeit fast ones.
The neatest part is some of those Zunow bikes are out in the public. One was found/outed up thread some time ago. It's like hunting for buried treasure.
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If the red stripes on that sign were salmon, I would buy it.
I have my serious doubts that that sign has anything to do with Centurion bicycles as I mentioned before. I personally would stay away from it.

It would be cool to see pictures of any authentic Centurion memorabilia such as caps, posters, jerseys, headbands, or any such neat stuff that members here own. If anybody does please post it. Thanks.

I will be gone for the next few days due to computer repair so if I do not respond it is not out of rudeness. Signing off for now anyway.
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Old 10-03-19, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
The neatest part is some of those Zunow bikes are out in the public. One was found/outed up thread some time ago. It's like hunting for buried treasure.
I like Zunow bikes. Their time trials look super cool and they always have cool paint jobs. I love the hummingbird logo. Good quality obviously as a bike.
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Here are a few pics of the Miami Vice Expert I picked up this week. Got a pretty good deal, and now I need to decide how I'll proceed with the project. First up will be a thorough cleaning followed by paint touch-up. then, I'll need to ride it a bit and decide if I keep it and sell my Miyata Pro or sell the Ironman. It's nice having first world problems like this! If any of you have suggestions or opinions regarding working on the bike, please feel free to offer your ideas.








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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
1986. No red/white in 1985. Model year. Those graphics began for 1986.
I went back and looked at my red/white loaner IM. The serial # is N5S6320. Must have been produced late in the year.

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The bike takes black parts like a beast. Adds 80's panache with all &^%$# business, dude.

So now you have my suggestion.
Rock on.


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Here are a few pics of the Miami Vice Expert I picked up this week. If any of you have suggestions or opinions regarding working on the bike, please feel free to offer your ideas.

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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
I went back and looked at my red/white loaner IM. The serial # is N5S6320. Must have been produced late in the year.
Here is a 85' seypat , too bad it was the wrong size for @texaspandj
https://ventura.craigslist.org/bik/d...948775810.html

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Originally Posted by ddeand View Post
Here are a few pics of the Miami Vice Expert I picked up this week. Got a pretty good deal, and now I need to decide how I'll proceed with the project. First up will be a thorough cleaning followed by paint touch-up. then, I'll need to ride it a bit and decide if I keep it and sell my Miyata Pro or sell the Ironman. It's nice having first world problems like this! If any of you have suggestions or opinions regarding working on the bike, please feel free to offer your ideas.








+ 1 on the black , black , black . Also If it were me I would get rid of the dork disc and the reflector , but that's just me .
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Old 10-04-19, 11:16 AM
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Here is a 85' seypat , too bad it was the wrong size for @texaspandj
https://ventura.craigslist.org/bik/d...948775810.html

I have it's distant cousin in the same paint scheme.

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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
The bike takes black parts like a beast. Adds 80's panache with all &^%$# business, dude.

So now you have my suggestion.
Rock on.
Keep in mind that this is how I got the bike (although I immediately removed the reflector from the seat post bolt and inflated the tires). If this bike becomes one of my two “riders”, I will likely swap the Dura-Ace 8-speed group on my Miyata Pro to the Ironman. I agree with the black parts, too, but we’ll see how things shake out. It appears that the non-original parts are the rear wheel, the seat, the cables, bar tape, and the pedals. I’d love to tear into this project immediately, but I need to get my 1974 Raleigh International project painted and sanded before it gets too cold here to do that stuff.
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I need to get my 1974 Raleigh International project painted and sanded before it gets too cold here to do that stuff.
I have a '75 that needs the same thing...

One suggestion when choosing to put the good stuff on a Miyata Pro OR an Ironman, and it's the most credible I know, regardless of my Ironman bias.

Strip both to nothing but the frame, fork, headset. Hold them both, then put wheels (only) on them, and check the profile, re: aggressive stance. Then decide.

Otherwise, all that switching around may prevent you from building the Ironman.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
I have a '75 that needs the same thing...

One suggestion when choosing to put the good stuff on a Miyata Pro OR an Ironman, and it's the most credible I know, regardless of my Ironman bias.

Strip both to nothing but the frame, fork, headset. Hold them both, then put wheels (only) on them, and check the profile, re: aggressive stance. Then decide.

Otherwise, all that switching around may prevent you from building the Ironman.
That sounds like a solid plan going forward. What I generally do when comparing bikes is set both up similarly in terms of seat, stem, bar and seat height, and wheels. Then I ride both bikes for a few days to see how they feel. I’m much more tactile than specs oriented, so I usually trust my feel on the bike. So far, the 1980 Miyata Pro has been the most comfy of my steel bikes. But the Ironman may be a tad lighter, overall. I’m looking forward to getting a few longer rides in on the Ironman, although I’m not totally comfortable with the down tube shifting (at my age, I like to keep my hands on the bars). BTW, my informal family polling indicates a strong preference for the Centurion. They mostly look at the bike, then at me, and roll their eyes.
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Centurion Prestige '89

Someone was asking for a picture of the Prestige a few posts back...... and in keeping with the "Black Parts" idea...... :



The bike came to me with the black Cannondale-badged seat post.... and I noticed black lettering on the frame, so..... ..... and the bike is a bit on the small side, so I'm trying the black Nitto Dynamic 0-degree stem... Jury is still out for me about the look, but the slight rise of the stem has certainly made the fit just about perfect....



The one good place in my yard to take pics of bikes....


Is this marble or smoke?


Black HG cassette on a FH-M525a freehub body....

The bike arrived with a leg-killing 12-22 cassette on it.... and it came from a female triathlete who must have been SO strong (or just liked to pedal at 50 rpm?) The freehub body was UG only, so I've fiddled with putting on a new freehub body.... Shimano FH-M525a fit great, and a new (black) 7-speed HG cassette went on. I had to put a few spacers behind the large cog to fill up the space, and the chainline moved outward a bit requiring front derailleur repositioning.... but it plays very well now with the indexed 600 shifters! Only issues are that the original UG hub axle is a little short-- I removed the spacers from in between the cones and the locknuts, and now I think there's enough axle for the dropouts to rest on... the other issue is that the drive-side freehub dust seal from the UG hub would not work on the HG freehub body, as it interfered with the last cog/lockring threading on. So I need to find a rubber seal for that space, or else my bearings will not last long! Anyone know which part I need? Trying to sort out Shimano parts diagrams and ordering is confusing me....

Lovely fall day here today.... time to go ride a bike....
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Originally Posted by no67el View Post
Someone was asking for a picture of the Prestige a few posts back...... and in keeping with the "Black Parts" idea...... :



The bike came to me with the black Cannondale-badged seat post.... and I noticed black lettering on the frame, so..... ..... and the bike is a bit on the small side, so I'm trying the black Nitto Dynamic 0-degree stem... Jury is still out for me about the look, but the slight rise of the stem has certainly made the fit just about perfect....



The one good place in my yard to take pics of bikes....


Is this marble or smoke?


Black HG cassette on a FH-M525a freehub body....

The bike arrived with a leg-killing 12-22 cassette on it.... and it came from a female triathlete who must have been SO strong (or just liked to pedal at 50 rpm?) The freehub body was UG only, so I've fiddled with putting on a new freehub body.... Shimano FH-M525a fit great, and a new (black) 7-speed HG cassette went on. I had to put a few spacers behind the large cog to fill up the space, and the chainline moved outward a bit requiring front derailleur repositioning.... but it plays very well now with the indexed 600 shifters! Only issues are that the original UG hub axle is a little short-- I removed the spacers from in between the cones and the locknuts, and now I think there's enough axle for the dropouts to rest on... the other issue is that the drive-side freehub dust seal from the UG hub would not work on the HG freehub body, as it interfered with the last cog/lockring threading on. So I need to find a rubber seal for that space, or else my bearings will not last long! Anyone know which part I need? Trying to sort out Shimano parts diagrams and ordering is confusing me....

Lovely fall day here today.... time to go ride a bike....
Nice bike.
That is Marble not smoke.
My '89 Ironman came with a HG cassette. I'm curious if all '89 Ironman came with HG cassette,.. anybody?
Did your Prestige actually use prestige tubing?
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That's why they call it the Prestige. It had it in '85 and also in '89.
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So I'm like Bali hold my bike while I drink this beer .


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That's why they call it the Prestige. It had it in '85 and also in '89.
Don't forget the '86 model with the awesome Lavender/Silver paint combo. One of these days, maybe we will find a picture of one instead of just the catalog photo. Props to the member who does the Vintage Centurion website. He has the Zunow IM on the home page with info on it.

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Thats @fleslider @seypat , I wonder how that Zunow is fairing ?
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Picked up a red/white '86 (?) Saturday. No wheelset, seller kept the Turbo saddle (part of the price agreement), but otherwise mostly original. $75. Sorry, no "as bought" pics, and no time to park it in front of a less busy background.



Came with a Profile clip-on tri bar, and a set of Look pedals from BITD (torqued down crazy tight!); I just swapped in some test ride pedals. For some reason, the brake cables were reversed ; maybe that was done when the PO installed the clip-on.

My first bike made with:


Serial number begins N5M, but by all appearances it's an '86 bike, by the livery and build. Wasn't "rode hard", but was definitely "put away wet". That rust above the Tange sticker is no doubt from a frame pump. Other bits of bubbling like that here and there, around the front derailleur band, etc. Frame was absolutely dull from garage dust; the white panels looked like a bad gray smoke job. Cool "fade" handlebar tape was hacked up to accomodate the tri bar. Shift cables were so rusty it wouldn't shift. Much-maligned Sugino "measure this" seat post was NOT stuck, thank the stars. Frame is a 56cm, fit-wise, it's close on stand-over, but it's just right wrt saddle height. I may swap the Technomic stem for something with shorter reach. Otherwise, it's already a blast to ride.

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Don't forget the '86 model with the awesome Lavender/Silver paint combo. One of these days, maybe we will find a picture of one instead of just the catalog photo. Props to the member who does the Vintage Centurion website. He has the Zunow IM on the home page with info on it.

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Man I want that lavender/silver bike! I have been salivating over it for a while now. I have the the blue marble Prestige hanging from the ceiling over my head right now. The lavender one I like more though for sure. I think that came with a Dura Ace gruppo. I have never seen one for sale anywhere. Has anyone ever seen one actually for sale??? Does anyone on Bike Forums actually have one? I have seen more of the blue marbles but they are kinda rare. Makes sense as the price was quite high at the time. I just found out that my vintage Paletti TT originally sold for over 10, 000 dollars if you wanted to import it from Italy to Japan. I digress.
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