Sport Models

Ladies (1973-?):

  • 10 Speed 
  • 19" and 21" Frames
  • Color: Red, Blue, Silver, Yellow

Junior (1973-?):

  • 24" Wheels
  • 18" (?) Frame 
  • 10 Speed
  • Mens Frame only
  • Colors: Red, Blue

LeMans (RS (1970-1989):

The model which introduced the Centurion brand and probably the most popular model through 1984 It evolved constantly over the years, LeMans RS model, Centurion's very popular, income-generating, mid-priced machine. 

1976 high-tensile steel frame,10-speed Front Derailleur: Suntour SL Rear Derailleur: Suntour V-GT Luxe Shifters: Suntour Barcons Freewheel: Suntour Pro-Compe Cranks: SR Apex Brakes: Dia-Compe Centerpull Rims: Araya Hubs: Suntour Sunshine Bars: Sakae Road Champion Randonneur Seat: Elina Super Pro 

1980s (Early) 12-speed with a Tange Infinity tubeset and a mix of Suntour and Sugino components.

1987 it boasted the somewhat lighter and seamless double-butted Tange #2 tubeset and Shimano's "Light Action, Light Touch" group.

1988, $425 US retail. 

1989 it appeared with the Tange #2 tubeset but fitted with Shimano Sport LX components.

It was availble in 18" and 19" frames.

Prior to 1988 Centurion and many others Bike manufacturers offered extra small frames using 27"/700C rear wheels coupled with a 24" front wheel to allow a lower standover height for very short cyclists. While the latter offered overall shorter standover height, it was often percieved to look strange, due to the unequal wheel sizes, and required different sized spares to be carried. If they were to use double 24" wheels, It looked too much like a kid's bicycle, so in 1988 after the 650 size wheels were introduced Centurion opted for the 650C wheels, Discontinung the 24"/700c wheel sizes as they had in prevoius models.

In the mid 70's the LeMans sold for $139. and the Super for $189. 

Semi Pro 197?-1981:

INFO

SPORT (1973-1985):

An entry level model, positioned just below the LeMans, early versions featured hi-tensile frames and SunTour/SR/Dia-Compe component mixes. By the time of its last appearance in 1985, it was designated Sport DLX and sported seamed, Tange Infinity, butted main tubes and was equipped with SunTour Arx deraileurs, Sugino cranks and Dia-Compe 500 brakes. alloy hubs and QR front and rear.

  • 1973, Multiple models 5 Speed, 3 Speed
  • Mens Frame 21" 23"
  • Ladies Frame 19" 21"
  • Color: Red, Blue, Silver

Clic (1982):

Low end model in Centurion's lineup the frames were made in taiwan. it was offered in a std "mens" frame and a mixte frame. The mens frame had drop bars and the mixte was available with either dropbars, or flat bars.  

Sport DLX (1983-1988):

Clic morphed into the Sport DLX, the lowest-end model of the Centurion line in 1983.

The 1983 Centurion catalog's Sport DLX page says across the top: "Sport DLX (formerly Clic)"

 

Specs from the 1983 Centurion Catalog:

  • Frame and Fork: Fully lugged high carbon steel tubing
  • Derailleurs: Sun Tour Honor rear and Spirit front with stem-mounted shifter levers
  • Crankset & Chain: Sugino forged crank arms with steel chainrings 40\52T. DID chain
  • Brakes: Dia Compe AC 500 side pull with safety levers
  • Pedals: MKS steel rat-trap.
  • Hubs & Spokes: Suzue steel nutted hubs. Rustless spokes
  • Rims & Tires: Araya 27 x 1 1/4 steel. IRC 27 x 1 1/4 high pressure gum wall, 90 psi rated
  • Seat & Post: Padded comfort type. Steel post
  • Handlebar & Stem: SR Custom steel handlebar with dense foam cushion grips. SR Custom aluminum stem
  • Sizes: Man’s: 19 3/4?, 21?, 23?, 25?; Mixte: 19?; Junior: 24? wheel / 18? fame. Boy’s and mixte models made in Taiwan
  • Finish: Pearlescent sky blue and black; Cherry metallic
  • Weight: 30 1/4 lbs (21? frame)

COMMUTER 5:

Entry level, 5 speed, commuting/city bicycle with Tange #5 main tubes.

CAVALETTO (1984-1989):

Entry level model with hi-tensile frame, Shimano Z deraileurs, Sugino crankset and Dia-Compe 500 side-pull brakes.Steel hubs and front only QR.

Accordo (RS) (1982-1989):

This upper, entry level model featured a Tange Infinity main triangle with stays and forks that varied from hi-tensile steel to CrMo, depending on the year. deraileurs were Shimano Light Action for 1985-1988, with Exage used in 1989. First introduced in 1985 as the Accordo RS it would remain in the centurion line up until 1989 when the centurion name was dropped and they started carrying the Diamond back name.

SIGNET (1986-1989):

An entry level model with hi-tensile frame and Shimano Skylark deraileurs. Bolt on wheels and steel 3 piece hubs. It was offered as both a Std Frame and a Womens Frame. 

 

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