Centurion Spider-1 1982 (#1)

In the spring of 2012, I was lucky to find the remains from an old BMX shop in Gothenburg that closed in mid 80´s. Thanks to Christian (the BMX shop owner´s former stepson) for selling the parts to me! I was told that the BMX shop imported almost all their stuff from Germany and many parts was labelled as Centurion “Star Line” or “Pro-Line” parts (high quality parts from Japan, such as Tange, Sugino, SR, MKS etc).

There was two Centurion Spider-1 frame/fork/headset kits among all the parts. I have build them up with two different color schemes; this one in yellow/red/black, and the other one in yellow/blue/white. Almost all parts on this bike is NOS (new old stock), except for rims, hubs and brake.

Centurion is an old bike company, and in early 80´s they were into BMX for a short while. I haven´t found much information about Centurion BMX, but I think they have something to do with Diamond Back in some way. Otherwise, Centurion is best known for their road bikes.

The last two pictures is borrowed from a member at BMXmuseum.com (no hard feelings?) and it shows the Centurion Spider from an old catalogue from Germany.

The plastic chain protection is my favourite part of the bike. I used to have those chain protections on my bikes in the early 80´s. It made funny noices when you were pedaling.

Again, a big thanks to Christian for selling the parts to me! 🙂

FRAME Centurion Spider-1, yellow (NOS)
FORK Tange TX-1200 1” threaded, yellow (NOS)
STEM Hsin Lung – (SR-copy), silver/gold (NOS)
HANDLEBAR Redline? V-bar, chrome (NOS)
HEADSET Original 1”, chrome (NOS)
GRIPS Centurion Mushrooms, yellow (NOS)
CRANKS Sugino-copy 178mm 1-piece, chrome (NOS)
BB US BB, chrome (NOS)
CHAINWHEEL Sugino 44t, silver (NOS)
PEDALS Sugino MaxyCross plastic 1/2”, black (NOS)
CHAIN KMC Z 1/8¨, brown (NOS)
SEAT Centurion Aero “ShotGun copy”, yellow (NOS)
SEAT POST SR 7/8” aluminum, red (NOS)
SEAT POST CLAMP Steel, yellow (NOS)
BRAKES Lee Chi MX-1000, red (refurbished)
BRAKEPADS Skyway copys, yellow (NOS)
BRAKE LEVERS Chang Star Pre-bent, red (NOS)
BRAKE CABLES Weinmann, black (NOS)
RIMS Femco 7X 36H, polished (refurbished)
FRONT HUB SR high flange 36H, red (refurbished)
REAR HUB SR low flange 36H, red (refurbished)
SPOKES Asahi 194mm, gold and chrome (NOS)
FREEWHEEL Shimano 16T, chrome (mint-used)
FRONT TIRE Comp III copy 20 x 2.125¨, black skinwall (NOS)
REAR TIRE Comp III copy 20 x 1.75¨, black skinwall (NOS)
TUBES Kenda, with yellow valve caps (NEW)
PADSET Centurion Star-Line BMX racing, red/white (NOS)
NUMBER PLATE Centurion “BMX Racing” padded plate (NOS)
DECALS Original

One comment

  • Glynn Hicks (11 years)

    Mate ,
    Love your work,great build.
    Ive just made Centourion decals for a mate here in Aus.

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