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Old 04-21-20, 07:22 AM
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I've been sticking to my schedule of riding Tue, Thurs, and Sundays, weather permitting as I won't ride in rain or cold . I was trying to ride the '86 Classic on Tue, '87 Miami Vice on Thurs, '88 Carbon Ironman on Sundays and '89 road bar specific STB Ironman once a month. But I got off track due to weather and continued the rotation. So today I'll be on my '88 Carbon Ironman.
So Sunday, I was riding my '87 Miami Vice and feeling pretty good (even though I was straight into the headwind) halfway to the turnaround, When I came across about 20 cyclist in a pack heading the opposite way. Then about 5 more stragglers in their wake. I was surprised to see them on my regular route and even more surprised to see them so tightly bunched. They seemed to be in their 20s and 30s as they didn't have the prerequisite Paunch of 50+. A few miles later another group of cyclist (all women) riding together but...apart. then almost to the turnaround several more riders. First time I've ever seen that. In all probably 35+ cyclist out that day.
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Look what followed ramzilla home yesterday.

So clean you have to have a shaved head, ear ring and white t shirt to ride it.
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
That '86 Looks like a 56cm. Mostly original except the brake levers.
I've come to MY conclusion that the way Centurion measured frame (basically center of bb to top of top tube) translates to (measuring center to center) my 54cm being 53cm and making 56cm to 55cm and so on....could be I'm wrong though.
I think it is a 56 also. The head tube and pump peg don't look like a 54.

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Settled on this position for now gonna ride it for a bit before I change it
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Old 04-21-20, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by valve_timing View Post

Settled on this position for now gonna ride it for a bit before I change it
You are 1 of 3 on here that has that color scheme. The consensus here is that although we call it a '89 it was slated for 1990. However we need a '89 catalog to be sure of what we're Certain.
jim dandy has blue tape , I have black tape and now you have white tape.
I have a black saddle to go with the black tape and I'm not sure what JD has, but what color saddle are you going to use?
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Prolly not the best timing . These don't come up often with a friendly price . (Not mine , don't know the seller) .
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Cen...wAAOSwkfVeZp-P

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Old 04-21-20, 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by markwesti View Post
Prolly not the best timing . These don't come up often with a friendly price . (Not mine , don't know the seller) .
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Cen...wAAOSwkfVeZp-P

Man that thing is ready to Rock...or Roll as the case may be.
Prestige with prestige tubing and Dura Ace components. That is a deal for sure. Looks like a 54cm and the last bike you may ever need RobbieTunes
The tubing is above the Ironmans in hierarchy and the same tubing the centurion sponsored Pro Triathletes used. I wonder if the geometry is the same as the Ironman. I think most of the Ironmans riding attraction is the geometry. Probably the answer is in the Centurion catalog...but what year? '86?
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Originally Posted by valve_timing View Post

So just got these bars wanted to ask how I should set them up and the levers as well.
I tried setting up a Cinelli set of '90s style "ergo" drop bars like that and didn't care for the feel in the drops. Felt awkward and hard to find a balance point. I wanted the tops/hoods to be sorta horizontal for easier reach, but it messed up the feel of the drops, which I do use about 25% of the time.

When I tipped/rotated the bar forward/downward, the hood position was much lower than I was accustomed to. But the drops position felt more natural.

I think the tricky bit is to consider these short-reach across the tops/hoods, but with lower than expected position. So it might be necessary to raise the stem a bit to compensate.

Anyway, I tried 'em for awhile, couldn't get the hang of them, and those Cinelli bars are back in a box waiting for another project. I'm thinking of trying them on a gravel bike conversion from an old Univega mountain bike.
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
That '86 Looks like a 56cm. Mostly original except the brake levers.
Yeah why would someone swap in NON-aero brake levers ?

Maybe it's an optical illusion, but my 56cm '86 looks taller than that.
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Old 04-21-20, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by markwesti View Post
Prolly not the best timing . These don't come up often with a friendly price . (Not mine , don't know the seller) .
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Cen...wAAOSwkfVeZp-P

Go for it Robbie. I'm still holding out hope for the Lavender 86.
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Old 04-21-20, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
Probably the answer is in the Centurion catalog...but what year? '86?
1985, according to the graphics.
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Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
1985, according to the graphics.
The downtube graphic does look 85ish but I do wonder what the headbadge looks like. If it looks like the '85 Ironman I could take the prestige graphic off the top tube and order a Ironman to replace it...and just like that I got me my missing'85 Ironman.
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
That's great. An '87 Master.
How many does that make for you?
Does it fit you?
Thanks for 1987 identification. Bought it from the original owner last Sunday morning. This is the third Ironman I've owned. This one's a little too small. So, will probably restore it to original & advertise it sometime next fall. (It's all Shimano 600. Very nice).




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Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
1985, according to the graphics.
yup its a 1985. Although the Seatube and Headtube have been painted it should be Silver not that Charcoal grey

you can find the catalog here https://vintage-centurion.com/literat...on_Catalog.pdf
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Originally Posted by valve_timing View Post

So just got these bars wanted to ask how I should set them up and the levers as well.
Move the levers down a bit; I know it messes up the smooth top transition, but theses are not from that era... then get a shorter stem. Like an 80-90mm. This will bring the reach back into line, fit-wise.

My suggestion. These years did not fit up well with the straight line along the stem and bar tops. That said, if it works, it works, period, and keep what works.
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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
Go for it Robbie. I'm still holding out hope for the Lavender 86.
That is the real deal, ruined by painting the HT and ST.
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Settled on this position for now gonna ride it for a bit before I change it
Two words for you: Nitto Noodle.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
That is the real deal, ruined by painting the HT and ST.
totally agree bike is ruined, even looks like they painted the seatstay also. mismatched wheels, not how a Prestige should be treated
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
You are 1 of 3 on here that has that color scheme. The consensus here is that although we call it a '89 it was slated for 1990. However we need a '89 catalog to be sure of what we're Certain.
jim dandy has blue tape , I have black tape and now you have white tape.
I have a black saddle to go with the black tape and I'm not sure what JD has, but what color saddle are you going to use?
right now I have a white Scott sct21 saddle I also have dark brown wtb volt Iím considering using to I have black brooks bar tape and black hoods coming in the mail .
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Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
Two words for you: Nitto Noodle.
your not wrong 😊
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Move the levers down a bit; I know it messes up the smooth top transition, but theses are not from that era... then get a shorter stem. Like an 80-90mm. This will bring the reach back into line, fit-wise.

My suggestion. These years did not fit up well with the straight line along the stem and bar tops. That said, if it works, it works, period, and keep what works.
yeah idk if you saw the later pic I posted I moved the levers down a bit but I didnít like how they felt when level with the bottom of the bars . Iím still gonn play with the bar angle as well gonna go for a ride tonight. Did you ever get those pics of that frame you had ?
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yeah idk if you saw the later pic I posted I moved the levers down a bit but I didnít like how they felt when level with the bottom of the bars . Iím still gonn play with the bar angle as well gonna go for a ride tonight. Did you ever get those pics of that frame you had ?
I have been working like a mule due to storms, then fell and got a boo boo, so Iím behind a bit.

Try searching this thread for ďNotYourDaddyísĒ Ironman. Thatís the one. Frame/Fork (Look Carbon) and headset (FSA threadless) are in my storage unit.
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Originally Posted by fleslider View Post
totally agree bike is ruined, even looks like they painted the seatstay also. mismatched wheels, not how a Prestige should be treated
I could bring it back, there are overspray removers, etc. But, Iím looking at a 54cm Turbo. Would consider it after, to have Comp TA, Turbo, Ironman, Prestige and Turbo TT,
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
I tried setting up a Cinelli set of '90s style "ergo" drop bars like that and didn't care for the feel in the drops. Felt awkward and hard to find a balance point. I wanted the tops/hoods to be sorta horizontal for easier reach, but it messed up the feel of the drops, which I do use about 25% of the time.

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Anyway, I tried 'em for awhile, couldn't get the hang of them, and those Cinelli bars are back in a box waiting for another project. I'm thinking of trying them on a gravel bike conversion from an old Univega mountain bike.
yeah I have them at max height currently.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
I have been working like a mule due to storms, then fell and got a boo boo, so Iím behind a bit.

Try searching this thread for ďNotYourDaddyísĒ Ironman. Thatís the one. Frame/Fork (Look Carbon) and headset (FSA threadless) are in my storage unit.
yeah I tried to find it no luck kinda hard to do on phone browser . How much would you want for the frameset ?
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