Attention all XC racers, The American Classic MTB 29" Wheelset may just be the stiffest 29er option on the market. The expertly engineered, stiff rim not only helps you power over obstacles with precise steering, but at 26mm wide it produces a wide contact patch and squeezes the highest performance out of your tires.
from Wisconsin Rapids
Date Reviewed: November 14, 2010
Strengths: Price, Weight, Looks, Customer Service
Weaknesses: Extremely weak rims, made in china, cannot replace just the rims
The wheels were great for only about three months. I only weigh 150 pounds and for some reason I have a past record or destroying American Classic rims. It wasn’t a big deal, but when I went to order a new rim, I found out they do not sell just the rims. American Classic wanted me to send the hub to Florida and they would rebuild the wheel. Between their charges and shipping it would cost more than a new wheel. My theory is that they do not have rims laying around and send out a whole new Chinese wheel so the company can get by with having only a couple of people in Florida. Not offering rims and outsourcing to China is a bad business decision, especially since they are weak. My fiancé and dad are building 29ers this winter, they are going to pay extra money and weight penalty to have a working wheel, probably Stans or Sun Ringle, Black Flag Pro.
Similar Products Used: Mavic C29ssmax
American Classic 26
American Classic Sprint 350
Bike Setup: Frame: Salsa Mamasita
Wheels: American Classic 29 Disc Tubless
Fork: Manitou Minute 29er
Stem: Syntace F99
Handlebars: X Rock
Seat post: Rock Shox suspension seat post
Seat: Veta TT
Components: Sram XX
Weight: 22 pounds
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 17, 2010
Strengths: Light, bling factor
Weaknesses: Light - don't use if you're over 190
Super light, these things weigh about the same as a pair of socks.
Loved riding them, unfortunately it seems I overburdened them a little. Every ride sees a new dent or kink. Also had two endos from front tire unseating however this could have been the Racing Ralphs I was running - I could pull them on and off the rim by hand even when brand new.
Still giving this product 4 stars because I know a lot of people who weigh less than my 195lbs that have had a great run out of them.
AC All Mountain or Stans for me.
Strengths: Light weight... spin up well... tough as nails.
Weaknesses: None that I have found except a bit of a loud ratchet. But KK hubs have a similar problem.
I don't know what the previous reviewer's problems where but I ride in the PNW. We have a lot of roots, rocks and other technical problems, including a lot of mud and water. This wheelset made a different accelerating bike out of my 29er. They spin up - they ride smoothly - they seem very durable. I don't do any drop over 3-4' but I do not shy away from any sort of rocky or tech riding. As an example I just rode 80% of gooseberry mesa with these wheels last week with no problems whatsoever, anywhere on any of the more or less difficult technical or lumpy sections of the North or South rims -- I unfortunately didn't have time to do it all -- my significant other allowed me the day on our spring break holiday, so I was happy for the time I got. In my opinion this is a fine wheelset with quality hubs and quality rims, and I recommend them highly.
Similar Products Used: Everything in 26" that is usful for all mountain riding. Only other set of 29er wheels I have used are XT/Velocity blunts - which are also a good but heavy wheelset.
Bike Setup: Kona Kula 2-9 -- XT drivetrain -- RS forks -- thompson cockpit -- KK headset. Pretty standard fair with an eye to quality and durability. I've been riding for over 20 years and I am not a light weight - although I do know how to ride.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: May 7, 2007
Weaknesses: Rims are weak and dent very easily, not to be used by anyone who rides rocky mtb conditions. Road and hardpack conditions only. Also had continuous problems with rear hub bearings loosening up, had to adjust bearings often.
Similar Products Used: Mavic, Easton, WTB, Did not have any of the same problems with these wheels
Bike Setup: Turner 5 spot, set up for all mountain/cross country
a Cross Country Rider
from Toronto, ON, Canada
Date Reviewed: October 23, 2006
Strengths: Very, very light, lively wheelset. Seem strong and well-built.
Weaknesses: Early version of rear hub had problems, now fixed by recall. Quick release design not the best I've used.
These wheels are bafflingly light but seem extremely strong. I am 190lb and like to pop off 1-2' jumps and have had no problems. They really do transform the ride when compared to the much heavier WTB wheelset. If you are hucking off 3' drops every day I would probably look for another product but for fast trail riding of rooty/rocky terrain I heartily recommend these wheels. Next to the frame, these wheels will make the most difference to your ride of any component upgrade IMO. 4 chilis for value because they are somewhat expensive.
I'm looking to buy a new wheelset to change the stock option on a new bike. I was looking at either the easton EA90XC or the AM Classic MTB 29 Both wheels weights pretty much the same so that doesn't set any wheel set apart. I think the Easton do cost a little more though.
I'm wi ... Read More »
I made a listing of my top 10 29" mountain bike tires - [url=http://oldglorymtb.com/top-ten-guide-best-29-mountain-bike-tires/]Top Ten Guide - Best 29" Mountain Bike Tires[/url]
I know there is a lot of opinion on this topic. What are your favorite 29" tires and why?Read More »
so....we've got some nice ones from niner, whisky etc. seems as though intense might be having something similar? there are the chinese ones and of course on one do we think easton and enve might get in on the game? they have had some sweet looking forks at eurobike?Read More »
Not meant to be a battle of wheel sizes...
...and we're talking mt biking here, so what is your personal choice of wheel size you like to ride SS?
I find myself on the 29er the most, stable, just crank over anything in the way, recently I have tried to ride it more like a 26er, getting off the se ... Read More »
Getting ready to pull the trigger on one of these and any input/info/opinion you have is welcomed.
I weigh 160.57 year old tired racer.
No jumps or stupidity while riding.
The ACs are 1419 grams the Stans at 1345 is all I know.
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