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Professional (1973-1978)

The High end Centurion aimed at the competive cyclists. The earliest examples were built in Mexico, by Acer-Mex, the same outfit that built Windsors. Essentially, the early Centurion Professional is a Windsor Professional with a Centurion head badge and decals. They were built with Columbus tubing, Campy dropouts, and fitted with Campy parts. Sometime around '77 or so, production moved to Japan and the tubing changed to Tange, and parts to a mix of SunTour, Sugino, and DiaCompe. The lugs and dropouts and such also changed at that time, but look very similar, aside from the dropouts being vertical instead of horizontal.*

*Info from user:Tymncycle

1978 Catalog Specs.

Frame Construction Tange Champion No. 1 Double Butted Chromoly tubing. Forged tip
Fork Tange Professional Chromoly Tubing Forged Ends
Lugs Centurion Professional
Brake Dia-Compe, Gran-Compe Side Pull
Chain HKK Gold
Crankset Sugino Mighty Custom 42-52
Derailleurs Suntour Cyclone , Font and Rear. Cyclone Shifters
Freewheel Suntour WInner Alloy 13-24
Handlebar Sakae World Custom-SL Alloy
Headset Tange Levin
Hubs Sunshine Pro-Am Low Flange
Pedals MKS UR-K-Custom
Rims Araya 27" x 1 1/8. SOYO Tubulars
Seat YFC Professional Super SOft
Seatpost Sakae RY-PI-ESL
Spokes Stainless Steel Double Butted Spokes
Stem Sakae Royal-ESL
Extras Toe Clip and Toe Strap, Fully Reflectorized
Frame Sizes 21 1/2, 22 1/2, 23 1/2, 24 1/2, 25 1/2
Colors Pearlized (Catalog states "Ask for selections")
Weight 23 lbs (23 1/2" Frame Size)

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