Rare Vintage Japanese Steel Eroica Bike - $200 (Pismo Beach)


bicycle frame material: steel
bicycle type: road
condition: excellent
frame size: 55 cm
make / manufacturer: Centurion
model name / number: Turbo
wheel size: 700C

Rare Vintage Tange Champion #1 Japanese Steel Eroica Bike.
1984 Centurion Turbo
Seat tube:55cm. C to C
Top Tube:56cm C to C.
Standover: 81cm

Own a piece of San Luis Obispo and bicycling nostalgia.

From the era of Miyata, Nishiki, Bridgestone, Univega, Panasonic, Fuji is this hard to find 1984 Centurion Turbo race bike designed in California by Cozy Yamakoshi and manufactured in Japan of top of the line Tange Champion #1 tubing and top of the line (at the time) SunTour/ Shimano/Sugino components.

In the early 80’s, one of the first bike shops in San Luis Obispo was Mueller’s Power Plant which was located at 198 South St. (Now CCH pools). After several years, Mueller’s new owner renamed the shop Velo SLO where this bike was purchased in 1984. Velo SLO lasted many years and after it closed, the location became a series of different businesses over time.

Centurion was originally a brand of WSI (Western States Imports) formed by one of Raliegh’s sales agents. WSI eventually became Diamondback and worked with Italian manufacturer Cinelli on several projects. The Centurion brand was sold to a German company which shares financial interests with Japanese bike maker Merida.

Some time in 1990 WSI dropped the Centurion name, using the Diamondback trade name instead for both its mountain and road bike lines. Eventually, after nice Japanese-made bikes got too expensive for the US market because of exchange-rate and other cost factors, Diamondback was sold to Raleigh, USA. Production shifted to Taiwan.

Excellent condition except for minor cosmetics you might expect from a 35 year old bicycle.
Original bike mechanic owner.

Email communication only please.

Cinelli bar/stem valuable by themselves:

Tange Champion #1 double-butted and lugged chromoly tubes. The entire bike is chromed under the paint to enhance the five-part metallic finish. Braze on BB shell cable guides and seat stay chain rest. Full chrome plated chain stay. Size: 54cm center to center

Tange Champion

Continental Gatorskin 700x25mm

Rear Derailleur:
Shimano 600

Front Derailleur:
Suntour Superbe

Suntour Superbe square taper

Sugino Aero Mighty

Cinelli 120mm

Cinelli 40cm

Selle Italia Turbo Bernard Hinault model racing saddle with genuine calfskin suede covering.

SR Laprade aluminum

DiaCompe Gran Compe

Shift levers
SunTour Superbe Pro levers mounted on brazed-on bosses.
Front Wheel:
New Diamondback CX with Novatec hub. (Original stolen) :-(

Rear Wheel:
Araya rim with Suzue hub

Pedals: SR Laprade

Straps: Christophe

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