American Classic All Mountain Wheelset Review

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Reviewed by Brian Mullin aka Gram and MTBR.com Pastajet
http://www.gramslightbikes.com/

I have been using the American Classic All Mountain wheelset for over 6 months now, and it is not only sweet looking, but it has proven to be bombproof, and has some innovative and interesting features.

American Classic All Mountain
The AC All Mountain are available in both a 26 inch and 29 inch size on a 28mm wide 32 hole rim, and only come in White with some simple but nice looking graphics. The wheels come outfitted with black 14/15 gauge aluminum spokes with silver aluminum nipples in a 3 cross pattern. The hubs come in a wide variety of options.

Front hub options:
Disc 130 100mm
15mm Thru Axle Disc 100mm
20mm Thru Axle Disc 110mm

Rear hub options:
Disc 225 135mm
All Mountain Disc 135 135mm (12mm axle)
Downhill Disc 150 150mm (12mm axle).

All the hubs use the ubiquitous 6 bolt IS interface. I tested the 15mm Thru Axle Disc 100mm front and Disc 225 135mm rear on my usual Ibis Mojo Steed.

American Classic History
American Class was founded over 27 years by Bill Shook, and they have become an industry leader in the wheel and component design arena since their inception. While road racing back in the 70′s, Bill found that the American market was lacking in durable, lightweight and well made bicycle equipment (namely rims, wheels and tires). After a successful road racing career, Bill received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University. With his new found engineering know how, and a head full of dreams and ideas he founded American Classic. Since then the company has created many products, including seatposts, rims, hubs and wheelsets for road and mountain biking, and everything in between. They continue to be at the forefront of innovation and engineering in the bicycle wheel world, and have many patents and new products as a barometer of that expertise.

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • derek says:

    I’ve used AmClassic wheelsets for many years on both mtn and road bikes. Great value, excellent performance durability. The new engagement design addresses the only minor weakness of the American Classic rear hubs as I would have preferred more engagement points. Can’t wait until the new engagement design crosses over to the XC wheelsets if they haven’t done so already.

  • leel says:

    That steel inserts into aluminium body trick is very well thought out

  • Rae says:

    hey Brian, thanks for the review. I’m thinking of purchasing a set of these wheels and convert them to tubeless. I was just wondering if you used the Standard or Freeride rim strip. Thanks.

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