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Old 10-24-19, 03:35 AM
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Yep, I was thinking the same thing. Those were beautiful.
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Yes- purple haze not purple smoke. I got my terminology mixed. and I agree the ones marked Ironman are probably 85 - note the Elite RS boxes also have the diagonal stripe and they would be 1984/85 as I recall. as one is salivating on the IM the Elite RS is an elegant beauty that was second after the Semi-Pro- very nice bikes. a NOS elite would be gorgeous. the details on those....imagine.. all the bronze anodized parts still pure and clean...it would be really hard to use the brakes!
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I was close to Providence last week. And I know a guy who knows some guys.....just say'n.

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Providence has a lot of those guys....wise ones. Living in Barrington. Do not ask me how I know this.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Providence has a lot of those guys....wise ones. Living in Barrington. Do not ask me how I know this.
The kinda guys that are in the Destination Management business.


Had to throw a bike in there to keep it on topic....and to keep it all undercover.
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Old 10-24-19, 10:20 AM
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sadly I think the boxed Elite RS are probably the 1986 models- since they say black. Those were cool enough but had lost the refined elegance of the 85.

here is a centurion color by model/year chart:

Centurion Model Years by Color
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Originally Posted by jetboy View Post
here is a centurion color by model/year chart:

Centurion Model Years by Color
^^^^^ Yeah, from that page, you can pretty-much decode all the labels shown in the ad.

That 56cm Master is so tempting, but I have to pass. I'd be afraid to even pull the staples on the box and open it. I'd be like this:
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Cen...x/303333028946

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT IS THIS????
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Old 10-24-19, 11:54 AM
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^^^^^
If it didn't have the item location on it , I would guess it was the Greek's basement .
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Old 10-24-19, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by jetboy View Post
sadly I think the boxed Elite RS are probably the 1986 models- since they say black. Those were cool enough but had lost the refined elegance of the 85.

here is a centurion color by model/year chart:

Centurion Model Years by Color
1984, maybe 1983, had gorgeous Lemans RS in black with red/silver shaded letters. Suntour LePree, I think. Piggyback shifters. Smooth as silk, Tange Infinity or something.
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Old 10-24-19, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by VintageTTfan View Post
And yet the blue marble Prestige is rare but not as rare.....Hmmmm.......
The blue marble Prestige is actually kinda aqua in comparison to the very rare cobalt blue marble Ironman. This isn't even in the catalog.
Here's My '89 Ironman. It's my only Ironman built as a Road bike as opposed to a TT/ Triathlon bike.

Changes coming soon to this one.

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Originally Posted by VintageTTfan View Post
The kinda guys that are in the Destination Management business.


Had to throw a bike in there to keep it on topic....and to keep it all undercover.
That doesn't look like Herve Villechaize and Recardo Montalban to me.

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Old 10-24-19, 10:08 PM
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Those apparently unopened Ironman cartons sure are tempting. Even at the somewhat high asking price it's still not a bad deal considering the price of most new comparable steel bikes.
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Old 10-24-19, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Those apparently unopened Ironman cartons sure are tempting. Even at the somewhat high asking price it's still not a bad deal considering the price of most new comparable steel bikes.
MSRP as a reference point, from Bicycling magazine reviews / personal receipts:

85 IM - ?
86 IM - $525
87 IM E - $520
87 IM M - ?
88 IM E - ?
88 IM M - $600 (my 88 Purple Haze, bought new)
89 IM E $650
89 IM M - ?

Then consider these boxes are NOS time capsules 34-30 years later.
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Originally Posted by Vintage_Cyclist View Post
MSRP as a reference point, from Bicycling magazine reviews / personal receipts:

85 IM - ?
86 IM - $525
87 IM E - $520
87 IM M - ?
88 IM E - ?
88 IM M - $600 (my 88 Purple Haze, bought new)
89 IM E $650
89 IM M - ?

Then consider these boxes are NOS time capsules 34-30 years later.
Yup, the original MSRP for the Ironmen was very reasonable, but still out of reach for my income back then. Adjusted for inflation that's around $1,200, I think -- roughly in the neighborhood of a new "Motobecane" or Fauxtobecane Gran Premio from Bikes Direct, although that's a good buy for a new steel bike with Ultegra for the $1,600 Gran Premio Pro.

Looks like most of those cartons contain frames for big fellas, 6' to 6'6" or so.
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Originally Posted by Vintage_Cyclist View Post
MSRP as a reference point, from Bicycling magazine reviews / personal receipts:

85 IM - ?
86 IM - $525
87 IM E - $520
87 IM M - ?
88 IM E - ?
88 IM M - $600 (my 88 Purple Haze, bought new)
89 IM E $650
89 IM M - ?

Then consider these boxes are NOS time capsules 34-30 years later.
What bike shop did you buy the 88 purple haze IM from? That must have been an awesome experience to get to buy it new. That is one of my very fav Centurions. I have one but the paint on one of the forks is a bit scratched up and I am a perfectionist. Have not seen very many smoke paint jobs on vintage bikes...seen a couple but hardly any....was very creative that hazy smokey look. I need a minty size 54. And did anyone figure out what is on the bottom row? Is anybody here gonna pounce on these? I think the sizes are wrong for me. Here is a really nice smokey vintage paint job:



Paint jobs with smoke are rare from what I have seen.

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Old 10-25-19, 05:45 AM
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I want that red 54cm badly, especially if it's an '85 and I can torture @texaspandj with it.
Then I look into the living room at the nearly identical Comp TA with Superbe Pro on it, and I'm not $850 sure.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
I want that red 54cm badly, especially if it's an '85 and I can torture @texaspandj with it.
Then I look into the living room at the nearly identical Comp TA with Superbe Pro on it, and I'm not $850 sure.
Torture Indeed!
I'd like it too, even if it is an 86.
I absolutely love my 86 Classic but the chance to own a Brand New one would be worth the swap.
My 85 will happen but right now working on changing my 89 to 9 speed.
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^^^^^
Gotta happen tex , I have been lookin' for ya about a yr. now . So I'm thikin' next week .
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Gotta happen tex , I have been lookin' for ya about a yr. now . So I'm thikin' next week .
Bahaha....good one Mr. Westi.
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...I'm not $850 sure.
Word. That stuff is definitely not for me, but its crazy to see it in 2019. I'm all for riding and wearing things out as intended, but those probably belong up on a wall. Or on display. Being what they are.. the last stash of them.

Like Robbie said, there are plenty of them out there already in rider condition for everybody who wants one. It seems a shame to turn these into riders after they made it all this way to '19 in boxes.
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Unh-unh
If I wanted an Ironman, I'd buy one of those, rip it out of the box, and ride it like it was meant to be.
No fun to be cooped up all these years.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
I want that red 54cm badly, especially if it's an '85 and I can torture @texaspandj with it.
Then I look into the living room at the nearly identical Comp TA with Superbe Pro on it, and I'm not $850 sure.
If I remember to buy a lottery ticket tomorrow, that 54 is yours🤞
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If you do the math on monthly storage fees for 30 years of storage.. that is $130 for the bike and 2 bucks a month storage fees. What a bargain!
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I see those 62s (CTC)...
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This one didn't include a box.


The box is long gone.
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Someone brought up setting up the bike as a road vs. a TT bike. What would that difference be between those? Gearing? Weight of components? Is the road setup for touring/pleasure riding vs. competitive?
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