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any one using American Classic Carbon wheel?(9 posts)

any one using American Classic Carbon wheel?gsxrawd
May 8, 2002 11:16 PM
any one using American Classic Carbon wheel? how do they ride? are the strong? they are one of the lightest wheel set i've seen. if any one has experience w/ them let me know. thanks
re: any one using American Classic Carbon wheel?jason in nh
May 9, 2002 4:46 AM
i haven't seen any of the carbon wheels, but yesterday at work I rebuild an american classic hub for a customer. what a peice of crap. Talked to mike at american classic, he said to loc-tite the bearings into the hub body. from the looks of it I would stay away from them.
re: any one using American Classic Carbon wheel?NSmith
May 10, 2002 9:16 AM
This reply is for Jason in New Hampshire. I have personally worked on American Classic components for 15 yrs. They are the most thought out design of components around. I have had other people tell me that they have had problems working with them, but you know what, they were either new at working with them or like you, Jason, someone who is NOT a very skilled Mechanic! As for Lock-Titeing a bearing in to a hub, Phil Wood has ALWAYS done that to their hubs. Oh, and lets not forget, KLEIN Bicycles had done that with ALL of their bottom bracket bearings, oh and Merlin too. Just to name a few. So, for Jason, I suggest you grow up and learn how to work on bicycle correctly. Jason, by the way, it is rebuilt, not rebuild.
re: any one using American Classic Carbon wheel?TrekFurthur
May 9, 2002 6:21 AM
". . . new carbon rims from the best manufacturer in the industry . . ."--sounds like Lew Composites? No experience with them, but know several satisfied customers.
Actually ZIPP'S (nm)JS
May 9, 2002 10:08 AM
That was my other guess (38mm threw me) NMTrekFurthur
May 9, 2002 11:17 AM
re: any one using American Classic Carbon wheel?NSmith
May 10, 2002 9:24 AM
gsxrawd, The American Classic wheelset is extremely light, strong and 100% serviceable. All of the parts are available from them unlike Shimano or Campagnolo. The rims are made by Zipp for them and they build them by hand, custom! Color of hub. spokes, and spoke nipples are all choices. The reason they are so light is because their hubs are so light at 68 grms for the front and 220 for the rear they are the lightest and THE STRONGEST thing out there. Not only do I have experience working on them I own more then one pair of their wheels.
Do you really believe that?TJeanloz
May 10, 2002 10:26 AM
Do you really think that these are THE STRONGEST thing out there? I'll give you the strongest for their weight; but stronger than, say, a Phil Wood hub, 36 spokes, Mavic ceramic rim?
Do you really believe that?NSmith
May 10, 2002 4:50 PM
Yes, I really believe that the American Classic hubset is the strongest. I was using the word strongest to imply the hubset, especially the rear hub. It has the strongest and toughest freehub body/pawl mechanism around. Call them and ask them for yourself if you need details.