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american classic wheel : 350 or 420 model(3 posts)

american classic wheel : 350 or 420 modelsilroadbike
Jul 29, 2002 6:21 PM
Has anyone used the American classic wheel 350 or 420 model? Not sure which to purchase and is there much of a difference in weight of the wheel. I am about 100 lbs and I use it for long distance bicycling.
My 350s...alansutton
Jul 31, 2002 9:26 AM
I posted this on gramhead:
Okay, I have two weeks on these rims now. With Record hubs, these build an
honest 1378gram clincher wheel set. They are 24/28, DT revos, USE spin stix
(not weighed).

First of all, I was running Nucleons with 175gram (160 claimed) Parbias as
my event wheels. I put a new set of Parbias Pro Formula SLs , (these weighed
185grams each) on the CR350 wheels and on my first ride I noticed the weight
difference immediately. The bike just feels lighter and despite the slightly
heavier tires, I could feel a difference in the acceleration. I knew part of
this feeling was because my training wheels are so much heavier (Mavic MA40
front/rear, 36h 3x on 98' Chorus hubs, heavy Nashbar brand rubber) so I
thought I'd swap wheels with the Nucleons to do an A/B comparison. So last
Friday I brought both sets with me to my favorite hill climb site and did
some quasi scientific testing. To make a long story short, it turned out to
be a complete joke of a test. Once on the hill, I couldn't tell the
differece between the two sets, nor did they affect my speed. Actually, I
kept going slower and slower throughout the "testing", so speed was not a
useful indicator.

Anyway, these wheels are light, but I doubt they make me faster.

Cheers.
Alan
re: american classic wheel : 350 or 420 modelBikenutzie
Aug 6, 2002 10:40 AM
I just got the cr420's a couple of weeks ago. Mainly they'll be utilized for TT's, but I have road raced with them on one occassion. They're the best wheels I've ever owned. Not only do they accelerate well but climb beautifully too. They're light as can be at 1358g and are aero to boot. Let's see how they serve me in the district 20 TT championships. If I can cut my time from a couple of years ago by 30 secs to 1 min, the $500 will be well-spent. Note: I'm riding with 18/24 spokes front/rear and I weight 165 pounds.