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Old 03-06-2016, 08:42 PM
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1988 Dave Scott Centurion (now 650b!!)

My local CL had this listed for several months for $250. Ad claimed it was given total overhaul from bike shop with new chain, new tires, and trimmings???

I was in search of a beater and was planning on locking this into my trainer as a dedicated 'workout/interval' bike. I sent him an offer and he said that was fair and we made arrangements to meet up. When I showed up I immediately noticed the bike was in way worse shape than the ad stated: rust on the chain, splattered paint everywhere, two flat tires and dried out crusty cable housing. I laughed at the sight of it and told the kid that his ad was waaaaaay off. He was apologetic and said he didn't realize it but created the listing a year ago, and had since left the bike out in the Arizona sun to die.

He graciously accepted my offer and I got to work: new tubes, new chain, few trips to my LBS and some serious elbow grease and thus thing is shinning like a new penny.

Tricolor 600 works perfectly and the wheels have held up jut fine so far. In the three weeks I've had it i've already ridden a good 400 miles on it and it's a great little bike




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Old 03-06-2016, 08:53 PM
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Nice work...those bikes are well kept secrets.
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Old 03-07-2016, 08:25 AM
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That looks fantastic! I've always liked Centurions (especially with bright colors) and was looking for one before I ended up with a Colorado II.

Quick question: How does the ride of your Centurion compare/contrast to the ride of your CSi? Thanks!
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Old 03-07-2016, 09:42 AM
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That looks fantastic! I've always liked Centurions (especially with bright colors) and was looking for one before I ended up with a Colorado II.

Quick question: How does the ride of your Centurion compare/contrast to the ride of your CSi? Thanks!
Funny you mention that. I've been riding a Centurion that my brother rode back in the '90s which he later had dipped in chrome and converted to single speed. So I 'sort of' knew what i was getting into but the ride 'feel' is....in a word, solid. It's the most comparable ride to a Merckx MX Leader that I've (personally) ever found.

The 7sp 14-24 cluster has me avoiding most of my favorite big climbs but aside from that discipline, it performs very well in all other aspects: plenty stiff for sprinting, tracks and descends on par or better than CSI, much smoother than CSI on gravel/cr*ppy roads, and once up to speed it just seems to want to keep going.

Just don't know if I like the white or the black better.....
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Old 03-07-2016, 09:58 AM
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That's high praise on how it rides! Thanks for answering.

I think I have a slight preference for white, but the black also looks incredible. That bike is set up proper!
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Old 03-07-2016, 02:28 PM
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Looks awesome! I used to lust after these bikes back in the day. Always thought they were so cool. Great job on the restoration too. This bike deserves to be out on the road for sure. Enjoy! Matthew
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Old 03-07-2016, 05:24 PM
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I'd vote for the black. I had one of these back in the day. Really loved it. I wonder how many they sold? I remember them being popular. Enjoy it. You've really brought it back to life.
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Old 03-07-2016, 05:35 PM
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They must have sold these by the container full. For good reason too. The frame in nice, and they were nicely equipped.

I hope az doesn't mind, and I will delete if he does, but I've got a black 89 frameset that's headset to the classifieds. It's not pretty, but it's cheap.
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Old 03-09-2016, 02:12 PM
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Deal of the Year

Well done ...
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Old 03-09-2016, 02:45 PM
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That's fantastic. These bikes are just a blast to ride. Here is the one I had. I can't remember, but I think the current owner is a member here.

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Old 03-09-2016, 02:59 PM
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Nice score.
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Old 03-09-2016, 07:19 PM
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Great Deal $80 Bones!!! I prefer the Black as it balances out the white.
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Old 03-09-2016, 10:25 PM
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Looks like a great bike. So good to see them put back into service.
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Old 03-10-2016, 10:35 AM
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I wonder how many they sold? I remember them being popular. Enjoy it. You've really brought it back to life.
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They must have sold these by the container full. For good reason too. The frame in nice, and they were nicely equipped
They indeed made a TON of these. Sheldon Brown had a soft spot for Centurions and has some great info on the heritage here:

http://sheldonbrown.com/centurion.html

According to Sheldon, the N8B5473 serial number on my frame denotes that is was the 5473'd frame made during the period of weeks 3-4 in 1988.
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Old 03-10-2016, 10:38 AM
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great work cleaning it up! love the stem and bars, and oddly, prefer the black tape. i almost always prefer white, but this time i vote black.
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