American Classic All Mountain Wheelset Review

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Impressions
The wheelset spent a lot of time in very rocky areas, and they had some good up close and personal time with some rock gardens. I never really noticed any flex issues, they just seemed to plow through most anything without much of a whimper. Fast or slow, stop or go, they acted exactly the same. Dropping off ledges and small jumps was no problem, but I can’t comment on anything that I would consider ‘hucking’ since I don’t do that. During normal trail use, they had admirable rolling resistance, and I only noticed the extra weight on butt smooth trails, and that was really only in comparison to my weight weenie set.

They were light enough that they accelerated nicely, and without much effort. They still had a bit of resiliency to themselves and had a nice feel, and didn’t have that dead feeling that some downhill wheelsets can have. They steered responsively and with good precision, with greatly aided with handling. When needed, they could be cranked over at any angle and railed to your heart’s content.

Measured Specs
AC AM front 881.8 grams
AC AM rear 997.7 grams
Total 1879.5 grams

I tried quite a few tires with the wheelset, and during that time I converted the rims to tubeless mode using one of NoTubes rim strips. Most tires fit just fine, but on occasion some tires didn’t seem to want to fully inflate and would stay under sized, especially in their width. UST tires seemed to be the most problematic.

Over the 6 months of heavy use, I have had to make a two minor tightening of both hubs. The rims have stayed reasonably true, enough so, that I haven’t bothered to adjust them as yet.

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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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