Petit de Cologne / Centurion Professional (1978-1981)

Beautiful lightweight that is labelled as a Petit de Cologne, but is more likely a late 70s Centurion Professional. Petit de Cologne is Heinrich Klein – a cologne old hand and frame builder. Frame number is M8663071.

Petit de Cologne

The bike is shown as found.


Its a mix up of decals. There are “Professional” waterslides under clearcoat – that seem to be made by Centurion – and there is the “Petit” headbadge and seat tube banderole that are made from laminated cardboard – something i have not seen before.

The design borrows a lot from Cinelli: 3 howled long point lugs and fork tangs, chromed bocama? internal fork crown, fastback seat stays with internal seat post binder and chromed top eyes.

The tube material is probably Tange. Suntour drop outs. Vertical drop outs in the rear, something innovative at this time? Nice details: TA down tube bottle bosses and TA? down tube boss for the shifters clamp.

A wild mix of components: Dura Ace EX crankset, pedals and headset. Dura Ace AX shifters and front dérailleur. Modolo Professional brakeset. Cinelli stem, 3ttt handle bars, SR seat post. Pat. 77 Campagnolo Super Record rear dérailleur. Nisi SLUDI 290 rims on Mavic hubs. Eddy Merckx version of Selle Italia Turbo saddle.

I am looking for information on 70 Centurions or Petit de Cologne. If you have informations, old catalog pages … you are welcome to leave a comment. Thank you.


  1. Steven November 30, 2011 Reply

    Good background in the link above, and the text has a serial number decoder for 1980’s frames, and it is correct.
    My brother has a 1984 Comp T/A, and I have a very low-rent 1983 Cavaletto, both dated using the serial numbers.

    The fork crown and seat stay binder on yours look VERY Cinelli in nature, as do the lugs. You should check whether its an Equipe.

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      Robert Schmidt November 30, 2011 Reply

      Thank you for the link and catalogue. I found a Centurion “Professional” in an 1984 german catalogue. It shows exactly the same bike except for cable hangers on top tube and braze ons for the front dérailleur. This one could be earlier. If Sheldon Browns serial number decoder can be applied to frames of the 70ies, it would be a 1978.

      It is not an “Equipe” as those where build in Italy by Cinelli for Centurion. Different lugs, dropouts, …

  2. Roger Webber February 24, 2012 Reply

    I raced two Centurion Professionals from 1978 to 1981 in New Zealand and won an NZ TTT title on one as a 16 year old. One was stolen and the other destroyed in a crash. I bought both new as frame sets only. I have been looking for one in a 60cm ctc size for 4 years now without luck. They are a lovely frame. Mine had no braze-on fittings. I have seen a few Centurion pro and semi-pro frames under different brands so seeing this one is no surprise. Shame it is too small.


  3. Roger Webber February 24, 2012 Reply

    I would also like to clarify that this frame is definitely a Centurion Professional, not another Centurion model, and is from 1978.


  4. Adrian Knowles February 7, 2013 Reply

    I have a similar example with the Cinelli style sloping crown and fast back stays but mine is built from Tange Aero tubing

    My understanding is mine was built for the 1983 Melbourne Bicycle show

    and i purchased it off Roger


  5. David Hohm January 17, 2014 Reply

    Here is a Centurion Professional, similar to the above.

  6. David Hohm January 17, 2014 Reply

    The pattern on the bottom bracket is very similar to that of the Nishiki Pro (O.N.P).

    See the pictures in this review: Bicycling Magazine, Aug. 1976.

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