American Classic All Mountain Wheelset Review

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Bottom Line
The American Classic All Mountain wheelset is a fine product that nicely cusps between the cross country and all mountain worlds. It is durable, moderately light, accelerates nicely, and still has enough resiliency to give it a lively feel. The steel facing on the aluminum cassette body is an innovative feature that will increase that life of the body and keep the drivetrain snug. Their new foray into the 15mm front hubs have been successful and lightweight, while their old workhorse rear hub is quiet as a mouse.

Strengths
-Steel face on cassette body
-White spoke pointing to valve
-Lightweight (for all mountain)
-Quiet rear hub

Weaknesses
-No option for 10mm bolt on
-Some tires have fitment issues

Value Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

AC Specifications
Discipline – MTB Cross Country, All Mountain
Rim sizes – 26 and 29 inch
Weight – Front 900/956 gr Rear 1010/1064 gr Pair 1910/2020 gr
Front Hub – 32 hole: Front Disc 130 100mm, 15mm/20mm Thru Axle Disc 100mm/110mm
Rear Hub – 32 hole: Disc 225 135mm, All Mountain Disc 135 135mm, Downhill Disc 150 150mm
Bearings – 6803C3 Stainless Steel
Spokes – AC 14/15 Gauge Spokes Black
Pattern – 3 Cross Front and Rear
Nipples – AC Aluminum Nipples Silver
Brake Interface – 6 Bolt International Standard
Look/Color – AC Crest White
MSRP – $789.95

AC All Mountain url:http://www.amclassic.com/products/mtbwheels/allmountaindisc.php

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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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