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Centurion Bikes Germany
Centurion sold mountain bikes in Europe designed by Wolfgang Renner, who had been importing Japanese-American Centurion road bikes into Germany starting in 1976. In the US market, WSI/Centurion sold road and touring bikes and later sold mt. bikes via their WSI/Diamond Back brand out of Canoga Park, California. 1) Early German Centurion mountain bicycles were designed and constructed differently from Diamond Back but later models looked fairly similar. 2) For example, the 1982 Diamond Back is lugged while than the 1982 Centurion is TIG welded. 3) The Centurion brand retired from North America in 1990 but continues today in German speaking Europe: Centurion
Wolfgang Renner, field testing early mt. bikes
This is the prototype Country as presented at the 1981 Long Beach Bike show. It probably shouldn't qualify for the timeline as it wasn't available for sale until 1982. SunTour Tech rear derailleur, ‘the most beautiful derailleur of all time’ 4)
The “Country” presented in 1981 is considered the first German mountain bike. Butted steel frame, 2 x 6 gears, Cross brakes. A year later, 300 of these were sold. bike-magazin.de
1981 Country bike-magazin.de
Tange frame, almost all Suntour components.
1982 Country redfahren
1983 Theo Intra
Theo Intra was a(n obscure?) 1950's German track & road racer, whose connection to Centurion is unknown. Not as inspiring a model name as Centurion's later names:
- 1987: Lhasa Kathmandu
- 1987: Arrival
- 1988: Jetstream
- 1992: Elevator
- 1994: Racoon Team SX
- 1995: Rocky Racoon 6)
More detailed pics at: https://fotos.mtb-news.de/p/999816
1983 Theo Intra mtb-news.de
1984 Explorer mtb-news.de
1985 Rocky II
1985 Rocky II mtb-news.de
1987 Lhasa Kathmandu
SunTour XCD 6000, which should be 1988-1989. As this is a manufacturer's picture, let's assume that Centurion knows best. Named after a founder's trip to Nepal.
1987 Lhasa Kathmandu Centurion Facebook
1989 Lhasa Kathmandu
SunTour XCE (?) (1989-1991).
1989 Lhasa Kathmandu Centurion Facebook
SunTour XC Comp (1990-93.)
Bonus pic: detail of a 1990 Centurion Stratos nard slicer.
1990 Stratos Centurion Facebook