American Classic Wide Lightning 29 Wheelset

2.67/5 (3 Reviews)


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Product Description

  • Rims: MTB Wide lightning Tubeless Aluminum Disc Rims 29”
  • Brake Interface: 6 Bolt International Standard


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by steve a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2015

Strengths:    Wide, light, easy mounting, durable, look

Weaknesses:    Rear wheel engagement

Bottom Line:   
Love this wheelset, run 3/4 psi less, handles rock gardens much better than narrow rims, very stable and confidence inspiring braking and fast conering. The hesitation in the rear hub hookup took getting used to after Kings, prefer King but not really an issue. Ran Stan's 355 with Kings before, dropped enough weight to feel the difference.
Tire profile with wider rims makes a big difference hookup is always there even on the edge of control. No longer contending with rims constantly pinging off of rocks, wider tire profile makes a great difference not just in traction which has also increased.
Great product, not perfect but what is.

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Favorite Trail:   mine

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Niagara Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Stan's 355 with King hubs
Stan's 355 with Hope hubs


Bike Setup:   Pivot 429, 9 speed, X0 twist shift, XTR Trail brakes, XTR 970 crank and chain, XTcassette, Thomson stem and post, RF carbon bar, Fox CTD front and rear, Ergon grips, WTB Rocket V SLT seat.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bob a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2014

Strengths:    Lightweight, tracking, tubeless

Weaknesses:    Rear hub engagement

Bottom Line:   
Purchased these for mainly fast flowing single track in dry conditions with some roots & rocks. I do not race, just try to ride as fast as possible for fun, fitness & destressing from work.

Replaces a set of Giant S-XC2 w tubes (both wheel sets have Bronson 2.2) cut 2.11 lbs off my bike, feels more nimble at speed. Tracks better in loose stuff. Setup was much easier than I expected, followed the instructions and had no problem, set beads with a floor pump. Running pressures in the low 20s psi (as advised in an online review) really made my bike feel slow. Moved up to 26R/24F, better but still not as fast as 30R/28F that I initially started with (that is what I ran with tubes).

Does the width really make a big difference? Hum, I'm on the fence about that one so far. Maybe fall and wet leaves on the trail will change my mind. I will say it has not hurt handling. With less unsprung weight the bike comes off the ground easier coming out of dips but they hook up quickly when I land. Would have to ride a set of light standard width wheels to decide if the wide rim or the weight loss helped the bike the most.

No complaints about the front wheel, 5 Flamin' Chilis here.

Really dislike the rear hub though, sometimes it feels like the pawls are never going to engage. Hub really rattles over the rough stuff when coasting. Of the 7 mountain bike wheel sets owned in 25+ years of mountain biking, this is the only hub I find annoying. Next time I sent my suspension off to be rebuilt, the rear hub is getting replaced. The rear gets 2 Flamin' Chilis.

Bottom line, if somebody buys a set of Wide Lightnings are they going to have an "OH MY GOD" moment the first time down the trail - probably not, especially if they own a good set of light wheels to start with. Will they find better handling here if they are an experienced rider - I think so but it will be subtle.

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Favorite Trail:   Bent Creek

Duration Product Used:   month

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   Niner Jet 9, Bronson 2.2 tubeless, 15mm front, QR9 135 rear, Sram 2 x 10, Fox 32 100 mm, Fox RP23, carbon bar, Origin 8 seat (was a temporary seat I ended up really liking & never took off), Time pedals. 28 lbs

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Odd Ivar Lindlov a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2014

Strengths:    Looks nice

Weaknesses:    Most crap wheelset ever - unless you don't ride on the road. Like always.

Bottom Line:   
Used it for about 70 hours on XC type terrain on a hardtail. Front wheel kept pretty true but got pretty bulky. Rear wheel broke down (hub cracked) in a climb. My weight is about 78 kg and riding style is, needless to say, smooooth.

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Duration Product Used:   70 hrs

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Stan's wheelsets

Bike Setup:   29" hardtail

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