American Classic have beenThere sinceThe beginning of 29ers. A new set of light wheels isThe keyTo improved performance of your bike.This is especiallyTrue for cross country riding on 29ers, where riders search for more acceleration on climbs, speedy descents, decisive handling and faster rolling onThe flat. Bill Shook (AC president) dialed inThis concept withThe design ofThe newTubeless 26mm wide x 23mm deep rim which is wider, stiffer and supportsTheTire better for more ground control. Bead ba
The AC MTB Tubeless wheelset, also known as known as the ‘MTB Disc Tubeless’, are available in both a 26 inch and 29 inch size on a 26mm wide 32 hole aluminum tubeless rim, and come in either Alphatype White or Crest Black. The wheels come outfitted with black 14/15 gauge steel spokes with silver aluminum nipples in a 3 cross pattern. The hubs come with a few options, foremost is a front 15mm thru axle. The tubeless rims come pre-taped with 25mm yellow tape, and valves. All the hubs use the ubiquitous 6 bolt IS interface. Continue reading →
Weaknesses: Acceleration, a little creeking when pounding out climbs.
First i will start by saying these replaced my DT 450sl's on my 2010 Stumpy Expert Hardtail so a lot of this is compared to those wheels. I will also throw im a high school racer and weigh around 120 and i was looking for some rugged wheels i could ride every day but wouldnt be a pain to race. There is one thing for sure though, THESE WHEELS ROCK. They are incredibly stiff for their weight of 1600g and loads stiffer than the 450sl. It amazes me how stiff these wheels are. On the 450's i used to choose my lines on the smoother side and took the rough stuff slower. These wheels are definitely stronger and i have thrown some pretty gnarly stuff at them and they take it like a champ. I have had them for around 3 months now and they are still true as when i got them. The paint is awesome and has held up extremely well. I will say be careful using a tire iron, especially the blue park tool ones as they leave a bunch of blue plastic behind that is near impossible to get off. One thing i was disappointed by was the acceleration. I dont know whether the hub has less teeth or its just the design but it the engagement is definitely on the slower side. Its not that big a deal its just you dont like hearing that loud "Clunk" every time you put some power down. And as a racer i was looking to shave some centripetal weight and get that "zippier" lighter feel. This just isnt there and i didnt feel the super noticeable difference i was looking for, but there still a little improvement. On another note, these things go tubeless without even a hint of fight and im fairly sure a four year old could do it. So if you are thinking about getting these wheels, go for it. The stiffness to weight ratio on these hoops is amazing, add in the lightweight and strength and AC had exactly what i was looking for, a light, rugged, every day wheel that i could shred on during the week and race on on the weekends. I wouldnt recommend these wheels as a Race day only wheel or an all mountain destruction wheelset. Its more of an all arounder, and a good one at that.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: December 19, 2011
Strengths: Weight, strength, and price.
Weaknesses: Stems. One broke during a ride. I blame it on a stick.
These are the redesigned free hub and hub assembly units '12 model. Probably the best wheels I have used so far. The redesigned hubs engage as fast as the DT350's on my FSR bike but weight only 1600 grams. No flex (180lbs) and stay true after a pounding.
American Classic tech support and customer service was pretty awesome when I was in the research phase of my purchase. Honestly they talked my ear off. Great guys.
The only issue with the wheels was broken stem on the trail. I'm 99% it was do to downed tree I clipped. AC replaced the stem with new one.
Similar Products Used: Roval Control Trail 29, DT Swiss 450SL
Bike Setup: Stumpjumper HT comp carbon 29
a Cross Country Rider
from Alpharetta, GA
Date Reviewed: November 17, 2011
Strengths: Vertically Stiff, weigth
Weaknesses: soft metal on rims = dents
AWFUL hub design
I weigh about 100 pounds. Arguably too heavy for these wheels. However, I have never had a problem with truing them or stiffness. I have trashed two or three free hub bodies. The hubs come loose about once per week. If they get loose and you don't tighten them, the freehub can develop play. Because of this play, the teeth can mar and grind down - causing the hubs to eventually fail. This happened to me twice during rides. One time it was 1/2 way through the CT ride up searle pass. Luckily I coasted down after making it to the top. It was difficult to find anyone who had a freehub body to save my 2 week vacation. RUN AWAY FROM THESE WHEELS!
Bike Setup: titus racer x 29er - xo trigger shifters, fox float, elixirs, etc
a Cross Country Rider
from Little Rock, AR
Date Reviewed: October 28, 2011
Strengths: Incredibly light, strong, not too blingy, but not too boring
Weaknesses: Need truing more often than others
I bought these wheels used locally from someone who had put one really hard season on them. I got them as a temporary set to get me through a few months until I decided on my long-term wheels. However, these have really exceeded my expectations. They are really strong for their weight! I started out going pretty easy on them seeing as our trails are super rocky and blows to a 1600g wheelset at speed make me cringe. Turns out I didn't really need to be, though. These things really take a beating, and while they do need to be trued more often than some wheels, they have made it through two pretty hard seasons. As it stands, I'll be rocking these until they break. For the weight, there's just not much reason to switch!
Similar Products Used: Mavic Crossmax, Mavic Crossride
Bike Setup: Motobecane Fantom 29'er setup 1x9 with a Reba fork. Geax Saguaro tires.
a Cross Country Rider
from Seward, Alaska.
Date Reviewed: May 24, 2011
Strengths: Looks cool, very light.
Weaknesses: Poor customer service. Had a recall on the hub, but some how I ended up paying $85 for them to put in the part and another $45 for shipping after being told that the recall did not apply to my hub despite my serial number matching that of the recall. Not what I expected from a "high end" wheel set
I dug these wheels when they were working, but when a defect from the factory costs the buyer well over a hundred bucks, you gotta ask why these wheels are so pricey.
Strengths: Tubeless out of the box, relatively lightweight, carries my 190lbs a$$ without complaints, still true after half a year, spins fast.
Weaknesses: weighed in at 1700 grams, 100grams from advertised
What I have is the 29er Buzzsaw, the XC version.
I bought this wheelset since the newer models have improvement on their bearing systems and had a conversion kit for 9mm to 15mm qr, and already has the tubeless rim strip, along with tubeless valves. Oh, and it rolls really quick.
I am just a bit disappointed that the wheelset is heavier than I expected, to the tune of 100 grams.
Maybe it's because of the tubeless rimstrip? Customer service never replied to my queries.
Strengths: Very Light, I don't believe the listing is correct, but they are 1600g, very fast, great finish, great tubeless interface, perfect design
Weaknesses: none, and I really mean NONE!
From my first set of Stan's 355s built up w/ AmClassic hubs, I fell in love with the AmClassic hubs. The Tubeless 29 wheelset is a phenominal. If you are looking for an all in one wheelset, you will be very hard pressed to find better hoops! The hubs are extremely fast and low maintenance. On mine,(you can reference my profile to see them)it has red anodized hubs, with black spokes, and 2 white spokes to help the rider locate the valve. Racers use to spray pain their spokes the same way. When in a race and get a flat, sweat is dripping down your face, and your glasses are fogging up. The last thing you want to spend time looking for is the valve stem. Ingeniously, AmClassic implimented two offsetting colored spokes to make finding that valve stem easier. The valves are longer anodized (red)and look great with removable cores. I have to mention that these valves are less expensive to buy replacements than any others from AmClassic website!,The rims have a large arch profile similar to road bikes, and probably work with a slightly more aerodynamic profile for wide open cadence sections of a race. The aspect that I feel is really makes this wheelset shine besides the hubs is the tubeless setup: It is by far the best tubeless interface I have worked with. I was able to take both of my Maxxis Ikon 2.2 EXC and set the bead w/ a foot pump and without sealant. Ofcourse they didn't not hold the air for more than 24hrs, that much was assumed, but getting them to seal up tubeless was a breeze! Since it worked so good, I just injected the sealant through the removable valve and went through the motions of shaking the rims and such.
I know this may be long winded, but outside of the frame, the wheels are the biggest upgrade you can make to your bike, and they aren't cheap! So I think it is worth giving all the information I can. These wheels are the best I have rode..period! They are light, fast, reliable, and well throught through. AmClassic has stellar customer service, and from my experience, they actually enjoy talking to their customers. So unless you are looking for a full custom build w/ I9's, CK's, Hadley, or something else..buy these and call it a day.
Disclaimer: These are intended for XC/XC Race. They are not huck/DH/AM/FR wheels. If you are looking for a wheelset of that nature, there are wheels that will be a better fit. For their intended use, they are one of the best you can buy!
This review is for the new tubeless wheelset. I am an aggressive, 140lb, Cat1 and have put these wheels through the ringer the past 3 months, racing every other weekend in TX and OK. Rear wheel developed a little play in the hub which was easily remedied with a bearing adjustment. Other than that, haven't even needed to true them. This is a great set of wheels that can be used on race day and training days due to their low weight and durability. I have set them up tubeless with Maxxis, Schwalbe, and, WTB tires and they all inflated easily with a compressor. Bead locks in tight to the rim. Wheels came with rim strips, but no valve stems. The red anodized hubs and one red spoke are pretty trick, too.
a Cross Country Rider
from Johannesburg, South Africa
Date Reviewed: June 13, 2010
Strengths: These wheels are extremely light and durable.They are also tubeless ready. I'm 6'4, weight 100kg's(220lb,s) have just done Joberg2c 932km(579miles)in 9days.Covering district roads,rocky single tracks, drop offs with out a single hitch.
Weaknesses: None so far
Can't find a set of wheels this light that don't have a weight limit. Shimano claim no weight limit, but ask Shimano and they would not recommend their wheels if you are over a 100kg's
Weaknesses: rear hub doesn't engague fast enough if run single speed.
i liked them when i ran them geared but when switched to ss i noticed they engague slow. this was super annoying when out of the saddle. they are strong though, i am 250 lbs and they survived some real beatings. all in all, it would be hard to go back to ac hubs after riding king hubs but for the money ac are great wheels
Bike Setup: american classics w/sram pg 990 scwalbe rr on rear + weirwolf front, rampages on stock rims for mud, race face next sl c.f. riser bars, salsa 25 deg stem, e-thirteen bashguard, crank bros mallet 3's, wtb pure v team saddle, titec el norte offset post.
a Cross Country Rider
from Dana Point, CA
Date Reviewed: June 2, 2009
Strengths: Light with good rolling resistance. Good looks. Rims seem to hold up well.
Weaknesses: Hubs keep loosening up on me and I have to re-tighten every couple of rides. This is annoying. They loosen up on my rides and then the rear cassette begins to have too much play which causes the chain to slip. I've taken these wheels into my LBS and they keep tightening the hubs. But then they just come loose again... very annoying.
The price was right when I bought these wheels. But knowing what I know now I would've chosen to pay more money for better reliability wheelset with better hubs that stay tight. Overall the rims are good, the spokes have stayed tight, only problem I've had is the loose hubs. The rims can be a bit flexy, but it never has seemed to affect my riding. They're good wheels but have a pesky hub problem for me. I'm a XC rider/racer and these are my training/racing wheels for my level of riding I would choose a different wheelset. But for the recreational rider or weekend warrior I think these wheels may be a good bargain and should hold up to their riding.
a Cross Country Rider
from Westchester, New York, USA
Date Reviewed: April 13, 2009
Strengths: Light & Stiff (1650 gms)
Weaknesses: Sensed a little lateral flex on the rear wheel initially out of the box but advised by AC to adjust the cup a hair.
Purchased the aforementioned wheelset after being in the market for a replacement wheelset for my Cross Bike with Avid Mechanical Disc Brakes. After long thought and limited free time I decided to go with the AC MTB 29 Disc also known as 700 cc wheelset. Unfortunately there is not much to choose in this market for reason's unknown to me. The wheelset looks great on my Cross Bike as long as you can deal with the MTB 29 marking's. As for only giving it (4) Chilis at this time, I do not want to commit without the test of time