1977 Centurion

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It's getting cold, so this was an indoor build.  I came across this frame on Craig's List; bought from a building manager who was cleaning out his building's basement.

I really liked the 70's Japanese blue and silver "centurion" feel, so I built Velocity Deep V Ti Grey wheels, and found a Soma crank that had nice exposed details on the chain-ring.  I used a Nitto stem and Soma Track bars.

Its 57cm, with a wider wheelbase.  As with other Japanese bikes of this era 9Fuji, Nishiki, etc), the fork hole for the brake was a great distance from the braking surface of the 700c wheels, necessitating the use
of Tektro 556's, which have a pretty deep reach

See full component list below:












  • Velocity Deep V Rims, Ti Grey, Machined Front, Non-Machined Rear
  • Velocity Track Hubs
  • DT Swiss Double Butted Spokes/brass nippples
  • Hutchenson Nitro Tires 700x28
  • Nitto Stem
  • Soma Track Drops
  • Soma Hellyer Crank, 46t, 170mm, 1/8"
  • All-City Track Pedals
  • KMC "rustbuster" Nickle plated chain
  • Soma 16t cog
  • Velocity Lock Ring
  • Dimension Alloy Seat Post 26.2mm
  • Velo Plush Saddle