Today’s entry comes to us from the OTSG’s unofficial ‘door greeter’ BRQ. And since it’s his bike up today, I expect you all to give him a hearty hello and encouraging comment! While this is an OTSG First, the DB Centurion road bikes of the late 80s – early 90s have long owned a soft spot in my heart. Back in 1990 I was shopping (wishing) for my first bike shop road bike and it none other than DB Centurion that had my fancy. Unfortunately, they were too expensive for my parent’s taste, and I had to settle for Schwinn Crisscross (we lived on a gravel road and my mother didn’t think ‘skinny tires’ would hold up). To this day, I get a warm fuzzy feeling when I see the “smoked fade”.
Above you will see the pictures of a 1989-90(?) Diamond Back road bike. I have never seen a DB in the Gallery and I wasn’t sure if you showcased road bikes of this era. The Japanese built (and eventually Taiwan) Centurion bikes; though designed in the States, California– was “swallowed up” by Diamond Back right around these years. I have read in 1990 to be exact–so this model was just before/during or right after, and still featured Centurion stamped bars and decals. As you can see it is nearly original, with a few changes and upgrades. Originally it came with a 2X7 gearing that I changed to 2X5 with the upgrade of better rims. Araya single wall alloy rims were original to the bike. Seat has been changed to a Performance Titanium that was originally a hard as a rock Vetta cloth type saddle. I removed most decals that were covering a nearly flawless frame/paint job and kept just a few to give bike a clean look. You can only imagine how much frame/paint job decals along both sides of the down tube with “DIAMOND BACK” covers. Toe straps were removed from pedals, and that’s about it. Oh, one more…bike sat in a bikeshop as a trade-in on a new bike and was missing one dt shifter that I had in my shed from and Iron Man Dave Scott that I had parted out. Full Shimano Exage 500 grouping with gun metal finish to match “smoked” paint job.