Eurobike: 2015 American Classic Carbonator wheels

New wide carbon wheels suitable for XC to enduro use

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Eurobike American Classic Carbonator

American Classic unveiled their new $1799 Carbonator wide carbon tubeless wheels in both 27.5- and 29-inch configurations at Eurobike yesterday. The wheels feature a hookless profile with a bead shelf that’s angled outward to push the tire bead towards the rim wall.

Like American Classics’ Wide Lightning aluminum model, the Carbonators feature a substantial 33mm external rim width but are slightly taller at 24mm. The rim’s 26mm inner width allows tires to seat wider for more air volume than typical 19-22mm rims. The wider stance allows riders to run lower air pressures for better traction and terrain absorption.

The Carbonator 27.5s weigh in at 1595 grams per pair (740 grams front/855 grams rear), while the 29ers tip the scales at 1676 grams (784 grams front/892 grams rear). Both pairs roll on AC’s own hubs laced to three-cross steel 14/15 gauge spokes.

Eurobike American Classic Carbonator Multi

American Classic’s Bill Shook designed a proprietary freehub body built with steel-faced splines to prevent cassettes from digging in (left). AC’s honey-colored rim strips fully seal the rim bed (top right), while the Carbonator’s cross section looks stout (lower right).

The wheels are available in all the popular axel configurations and freehub options, and ship with AC’s tubeless rim strips and valves installed, though they can be run with tubes as well.

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This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2014 Eurobike trade show in Freidrichschafen, Germany. For more from Eurobike CLICK HERE.

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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  • goinslo says:

    No 26″ option. Yet again another wheelset that I can’t/won’t consider buying.

  • Zerort says:

    26″ is dead. Get over it.
    Obviously the market doesn’t warrant making parts for that wheel size.

    • goinslo says:

      No reason to “get over it” I willingly choose to buy a new Knolly Endorphin last year because after demos of Rocky Mountain, Scott and Giant, I felt that 26″ was still way more fun and flickable. I suppose if I were racing and wanted to squeeze every last 10th of a second I would have gone the larger wheel route, but I ride for fun. While I am in the market for a new wheelset right now the Spank Oozy and Light Bicycle are still topping my list. And yes the market is pushing the new wheel sizes to almost force people to have to change so they can make for $$$$$.

    • Shredman says:

      No need to be a douche. Lots of people still ride and want 26″. They are more fun, they are lighter, stiffer, accelerate and brake better and handle better.

      • Doodoohead says:

        “They brake better”? In what capacity does a 26″ wheel brake better. If anything I would think they would brake worse, contact patch and all that.

  • Chadster says:

    There are plenty of great options for 26″ wheel sets at extremely competitive prices right now. Now is the time to buy while vendors are slashing prices. Or for the price of this carbon wheel set, you can almost get a new 27.5 or 29er.

    • Shredman says:

      We don’t want a 27.5 or a 29er. We want the same 26″ options. And luckily, there are some smart businesses that will make them. Light Bikes is one of them. They make a 30mm, 33mm and now a 38mm wide hookless 26″ Carbon rims for only $170.

  • mortbrkr says:

    I’m w Zerort: Get over it already. I have a dot matrix printer that’s pretty cool too.

  • Tod says:

    They really dropped the ball on no 26 inch. I guess they are not worried about the real Mt Bikers in the Pacific Northwest. All you see is 26ers shredding in slick mud and roots.

  • luis says:

    Give your to those co who provide what you need. Forget the rest. Like someone already mentioned, good time to take advantage of the trends, when it comes to 26 ers !!!

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