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Where to buy American Classic 350 rim?(7 posts)

Where to buy American Classic 350 rim?pappy_d
Jul 16, 2003 10:16 PM
AmClassic no longer sells the 350 gram rim solo, they only offer it as a built wheel. Anyone know where you can still find the 350 rim?

re: Where to buy American Classic 350 rim?jzinckgra
Jul 17, 2003 6:00 AM
re: Where to buy American Classic 350 rim?litesp
Jul 17, 2003 9:48 AM
Inside source - AC doesn't want to publicize it, but this rim is a little to light to be reliable for anything but racing. The thin section doesn't have eyelets to support the high tension of low spoke count wheels. They will be coming out with a slightly beefier rim soon. Consider a close cousin of the 350s, the Interloc Cadence rims at Niobium 395g with eyelets from the same factory in Taiwan
re: Where to buy American Classic 350 rim?MisterX
Jul 17, 2003 11:23 AM
Oh, so you work at American Classic and can verify this? An inside source? Stop dribbling, and post something meaningful.
Here's your answer....russw19
Jul 17, 2003 6:44 PM
Here's something meaningful. The American Classic 350 rim is not offered for sale in anything but their built wheels. However, the IRD Cadence rims are EXACTLY the same but they have eyelets. Use them instead. They are made in the same factory, but IRD spec'd eyelets with them for added strength, American Classic spec'd them without to keep the weight down. You can call Jayson at American Classic to verify that if you wish, or you may call IRD. Either way, they are the same rim, and you don't have to change the spoke length due to the eyelets, they are the same.

You should be able to pick up one of the IRD rims for about $50 to $60. And it comes in colors if you like.

re: Where to buy American Classic 350 rim?CrazyMan
Jul 17, 2003 9:43 PM
Meaningful? Certainly not your aggressive posting. The prior post is actually spot on. While I do not work at AmClassic, and am not an inside source, I can say that I ordered a set of the NEW 350s, which have yet to be publicly released. They are rumoured to be a shade deeper and stronger, but maintain the same weight.
I'll let you all know sometime next week when the wheels (should) arrive.
re: Where to buy American Classic 350 rim?litesp
Jul 18, 2003 7:42 AM

I suppose your message contains a whole lot more substance than the BS I just made up. I don't suppose you work for AC and are now offended by my slander.

Just because I don't work for AC, it doesn't mean I don't have an inside source. I've been in the industry long enough, especially from an overseas mfg. perspective to know. AC realizes that the current 350's probably won't fail catastrophically, they will however, disappoint many users who are >150lbs. and use the product for anything more than racing. They've evaluated the risks and made a business decision. One decision would be to reduce the risk of selling product that's on the edge of weight to durability to "Gomers" who may overtension and yank the thin, unsupported spoke bed right out.

Dribble, dribble, dribble...NOT!