Centurion Turbo TT

Centurion Turbo TT

Despite a reputation during the 70s and 80s for budget bikes, the US-based Centurion brand featured a few highlights in their range, including the Centurion Pro Tour which Richard Ballantine listed as one of his ‘Best Bikes’ in his Bicycle Book. Centurion even collaborated on the Super Corsa-esque Equip model with Cinelli but this TT frame was an even rarer bird.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is home to Basement Bicycles, a workshop manned by Travers K Bohenstiel and the enigmatically-named Dumptruck Junior, who rebuilt Centurion’s time trialler with a mix of Shimano 600 and their undervalued Santé components. Centurion’s TT is a bit of a mystery—for any amount of research, this appears to be the only one in existence.

Basement Bicycles acquired the NOS frame on eBay from an Italian seller, which led them to believe the model wasn’t sold in the States. A period correct, perforated white leather Turbo saddle is a perfect complement; collar and cuffs matched by the handlebar tape. The hoops are 700c rear and 650c Mavic Open Pro laced to Santé hubs, with anodized nipples blinging it all together.

Read the full story on Dumptruck Junior’s blog. Special thanks to Jesse Williams for the photos.

Centurion Turbo TT
Centurion Turbo TT
Centurion Turbo TT
Centurion Turbo TT
Centurion Turbo TT
Centurion Turbo TT
Centurion Turbo TT
Centurion Turbo TT

  • itsmefool

    Looks fast just sitting still…wonderful work, boys!

    • Dumptruck Junior

      thanks.

  • jeremynorth

    Weird looking frame and bars, but what fabulous detailing and finish. Wonderful project chaps!

    • Dumptruck Junior

      the funny bike era was a weird era for bikes, but it made for some amazingly different items. and yes, it was a wonderful project. gonna be a hard one to top for a while.

  • jaxbikeguy

    This isn’t the only one. I got an NOS one off ebay last year and have been slowly building it up. Hopefully it’s as nice as the one spotlighted here!

    • Dumptruck Junior

      aside from the NOS(looking) one i saw sell on ebay more than a year ago, this is the only fully-built one. but yeah, the guy had around 11 of them and sold out after a year or so. a shop in Great Britain bought at least 3 of them, but i havent seen one built yet. and i dig the disk, i almost bought a matching 700/650 pair of yellow J-discs, but i couldnt scrounge the money for them before another guy did.

      • jaxbikeguy

        Cool, I had traced it back to Europe as well. The guy I bought it from sourced this one from Italy it seems. Thanks for the inspiration on getting mine finished.

  • Kinkicycle.com

    Really, really nice work, you can see how much thought has gone into this project. An amazing restoration. Nice to see the late, great, Richard Ballantine get a mention too.