Whats the catch with American classic?

Everything about building wheels, glueing tubs, etc.
Post Reply
Gehenna
Posts: 38
Joined: Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:57 pm

by Gehenna

So i've been looking for a while at components to build up a cheap set of alu wheels that are still pretty light and in finding American Classics both low weight and more than reasonable cost, it took a lot to stop myself from watering up. Something has to be up with them, so what is it? Are they poor quality? Are they flexy? They have to have some issue, so what is? I'm looking at under $750 for a sub 1300g build with their rims and hubs with sapim spokes and nipples. Comparable carbon wheels are either heavier or much more expensive (usually both) and similar alu options are few and far between.

Am i just paranoid? Or is there some known problem with them?

stoney
Posts: 168
Joined: Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:26 am

by stoney

I can't speak for their road wheels but their aluminum MTB wheels are top quality.

by Weenie


User avatar
F45
Posts: 856
Joined: Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:08 am

by F45

The graphics

kulivontot
Posts: 1170
Joined: Sun May 16, 2010 7:28 pm

by kulivontot

Typically the cost is higher and availability is limited. Their hubs have been known to chew up bearings due to their small size, but I've been riding stan's with ac hubs for years with no issues (I weigh 135 pounds though).
But yeah, they have some of the lightest hubs and alloy rims out there, which makes for some of the lightest stock clinchers.

Gehenna
Posts: 38
Joined: Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:57 pm

by Gehenna

I agree their older graphics are pretty hideous, but their newer hubs and rims don't look too bad.


Thats a shame about their hubs :/ I knew there was a drawback. I'm only 140 though (lighter once i start running again) so my weight shouldn't be a problem

bm0p700f
in the industry
Posts: 3385
Joined: Sat May 12, 2012 7:25 pm
Location: Glermsford, Suffolk U.K
Contact:

by bm0p700f

Unless they have changed there rear hub recently the geometry of is it the worst out there. 46mm flange to flange distance (c-c) which is awful. A customer of mine brought his 32h dt wiss rr585 rim laced to this hub with dt swiss comp for truing. The dam thing was very flexible. He is a light chap as well, 16 at the time.

Gehenna
Posts: 38
Joined: Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:57 pm

by Gehenna

I guess Bitex works. They are cheaper, but the front hub means it's not gonna be sub-1300 :(

sanrensho
Posts: 409
Joined: Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:54 pm

by sanrensho

I never had issues (bearings or otherwise) with the older AC 420 clinchers that I owned for several seasons. Granted I am under 125 lb and never rode them in the rain, but otherwise they were my daily wheelset. Great value especially considering the weight. I personally would not hesitate to buy another AC wheelset.

Sent from my MotoG3 using Tapatalk

User avatar
mpulsiv
Posts: 1018
Joined: Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:17 pm

by mpulsiv

What else have you considered next to American classic?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Racing is a three-dimensional high-speed chess game, involving hundreds of pieces on the board.

:arrow: CBA = Chronic Bike Addiction
:arrow: OCD = Obsessive Cycling Disorder

Gehenna
Posts: 38
Joined: Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:57 pm

by Gehenna

mpulsiv wrote:What else have you considered next to American classic?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Hub wise, Bitex and Extralite (obviously the ones with aesthetic issues, i can't afford to look good). Rim wise, i would have no clue. But it doesn't look like a have to worry since the hubs are all i've been warned on.

bm0p700f
in the industry
Posts: 3385
Joined: Sat May 12, 2012 7:25 pm
Location: Glermsford, Suffolk U.K
Contact:

by bm0p700f

If you are looking at bitex hubs these are decent and light and you can lace to DT Swiss RR411 rims or Stans alpha 340's. Ryde Pulse sprint are another light option. Kinlin do the XR22t but is 450g each but a light 1400g wheelset can still be built with them and the bitex hubs.

jpanspac
Posts: 160
Joined: Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:21 pm

by jpanspac

I've used a set of Sprint 350s for years with not a single problem.
My favorite components are the ones I never have to think about.

by Weenie


TheKaiser
Posts: 439
Joined: Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:29 pm

by TheKaiser

American Classic do sell rims as well, if you are just trying to avoid their hubs, and so they may be worth a look if you are inclined toward their stuff. The only catch is that they are often slightly different profiles from their complete wheels, and they don't seem to push the weight envelope quite as much as on the completes. I suspect that the extra weight would bring a greater level of robustness though, and they are still in line with most of the other models people have mentioned in terms of weight.

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post