American Classic Steel Skewer Skewer

1.86/5 (7 Reviews)
Weight : 56 grams MSRP : $17.50

Product Description

Anodized black, blue, red, purple, gold, or silver.

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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by geoffmayne a Cross Country Rider from San Diego, CA

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2010

Strengths:    Doesn't explode into tiny shards, and hasn't attacked my cats. Also, it contains virtually no radioactive elements, and it has never, never, ever eaten a chocolate chip cookie I was saving.

Weaknesses:    Doesn't actually clamp with any reliability.

Bottom Line:   
When twisting to tighten, before clamping, the lever can move relative the surface it clamps against. Thus, you can clamp it shut, and it won't be seated. Then, as you ride on a bumpy surface (yes, I have done such a crazy thing!) the wheel develops an odd wobble. Sure enough, the quick release has become loose.

I'd say avoid it like the plague, but the plague never caused my wheel to become loose.

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Favorite Trail:   Miner's Ridge

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ride_2_Fast a Cross Country Rider from VA

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2009

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    They are extremely hard to close and they loosen while riding

Bottom Line:   
Amer. Classic make good wheels, but their skewers and useless.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Brian a Cross Country Rider from Albuquerque, NM

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2007

Strengths:    I think they were cheap...

Weaknesses:    Becomes impossibly difficult to open or close. Slightly smaller diameter than the Salsa skewers I replaced them with. Weak.

Bottom Line:   
With these skewers, toward the end of my ownership of them, I avoided going on some rides just because of how much of an utter pain it was to get my wheel off and on to rack it on my car. When I decided enough was enough, I had to use a monstrous set of vice grips to make a foot-long lever to open them. Ridiculous.

Meanwhile, while I wouldn't call myself a smooth rider, I'm 160 lbs and just ride trails, and don't do intentionally retarded stuff. My wheels have only needed very minor true jobs, and while my 4.1 rims have a good reputation for strength vs weight, they are by no means burly hoops. Both my front and rear skewers were bent.

I switched these out for Salsa skewers. The Salsas have a bigger diameter, and are a nice snug fit in the hubs, which makes me think these AMC's were just too thin. My steering and tracking feel a little stronger now, and my Hope M4s, which were Banshees running the AMC's, are now dead silent.

These are the only skewers I have ever actually formed an opinion on, and unfortunately that's because they completely suck.

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Favorite Trail:   Monarch Crest

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, WTB, Salsa, etc.... this is the only skewer I've ever actually formed an opinion on.

Bike Setup:   Titus MotoLite, running DT 240s hubs laced to DT 4.1 rims.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Billy a Cross Country Rider from Maryland

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2006

Strengths:    Solid, Rigid, Tough

Weaknesses:    Maybe a little heavier than others, but the toughness and rigidity comes at a price.

Bottom Line:   
I saw the reviews blasting this scewer and had to chime in. The one I have is designed for their suspension disc hub and it works great. The plastic screw that is on the opposite side of the skewer on the bolt has never given me a single problem, it has a stainless steel knarled edge for contact on the fork and the threads are steel. This product isn't all blingy, but it works and works very very well.

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Favorite Trail:   Frederick Watershed

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   Salsa, Specialized, Cook Brothers

Bike Setup:   American Classic Wheelset.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jonas a Racer from Basel, Switzerland

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2005

Strengths:    light
looks nice

Weaknesses:    you can't close it hard because this lever hurts so much
plastic looks cheap

Bottom Line:   
this lever hurts so much (it shouldn't be bend so much to the outside at it's end) that all strengths are worthless.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, Campagnolo

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Dave Ra a Cross Country Rider from Portland, OR, USA

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2005

Strengths:    solid skewer shaft

Weaknesses:    non-knurled contact surfaces

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is that I would not use a skewer with a non-knurled contact surface with anything other than a perfectly vertical dropout. Even then, I really wouldn't risk it. There are several brands out there that have knurled steel contact surfaces. Get one of those and don't risk your butt.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Shimano

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by AZ a Cross Country Rider from East Coast

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2000

Strengths:    Really light

Weaknesses:    Not Knurled, bad lever design

Bottom Line:   
OK, AmClassic makes great stuff. I swear by their seat posts. They are undergoing some overhauls at the company, so they have redesigned alot of products. This review is for the Old style skewers (which they still sell). You know them because they have that rod-type lever. Well, as trick-looking and light as the lever looks, it hurts your hand like heck to close it. I really fold up my glove as padding when closing the skever. Also, there is no knorling on the surface which contacts the dropouts, it's just smooth. Is this secure? I don't know, but I would not use these for DH. Anyway, the NEW skewers (more standard looking lever) seem to have fixed these problems. Take-home message - Great price and light, but my hand is too sore to type well, so.......

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   American Classic web site

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, Kore

Bike Setup:   Which one?

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