In 1982 Bill Shook founded American Classic, developing wheels, seatposts, water bottle cages and many other cycling components in the subsequent three and a half decades. At Sea Otter 2017, Shook showed off American Classic’s new Smokin’ Gun 27.5 and 29er mountain bike wheels.
Aimed at riders using 2.5” or wider tires, Shook calls the rim a “mini plus” design thanks to its 40mm internal width. Unlike the carbon rims used by American Classic, the Florida company’s tubeless-ready aluminum rims utilize a small hook bead to help better retain tires and ease set up.
The Smokin’ Gun rims are laced to American Classic hubs, with 142×12 and 148×12 boost rear options and 100×15 and 110×15 boost front options. Shimano and XD drivers are available.
The boost rear hub is unique with a narrower set of flanges that offer a more symmetrical bracing angle side to side. This keeps spoke tension closer to even between driveside and non-driveside spokes. As the wheel rotates, and spokes are dynamically loaded and unloaded, making the wheel stiffer under the rider. According to Shook this leads to better performance on the trail and increased durability.
The Smokin’ Guns are available now and sell for $899 for the pair. Weights are a claimed 830 grams for the front and 956 grams for the rear.
For current American Classic mountain bike wheel owners, Shook is also offering a boost conversion kit that takes 100×15 and 142×12 hubs to the wider standard. With a new axle, a disc rotor spacer, and longer rotors bolts, it’s a nod to the company’s loyal customers. If you have a set, check the serial numbers. D, E, F, and G series wheels can be upgraded for $35 per wheel.
For more information head to amclassic.com.
This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2017 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.