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it's the aero wheel issue (again)(8 posts)

it's the aero wheel issue (again)kanekikapu
Oct 1, 2003 1:01 PM
does anyone have experience with the new spinergy tillium carbons and the american classic 350 wheelsets?
I'm a newish owner of AC-350s...biknben
Oct 1, 2003 1:18 PM
I only have very light use on my 350s so far. I've had them for maybe 2 months and just race on them. OK, occasional fun rides too. I doubt I have 200 miles on them. Everything is as expected so far. The braking surface leaves a little to be desired. It is not as well machined as other rims. The braking surface is also MUCH smaller. I had to realign my pads and there not much room for error.

After a rain race, I noticed the braking surface was chewed up and I found bits of metal in my brake pads. That concerns me a little.

FWIW: I'm happy with them. They offer a good trade off between price and performance. The braking surface has me concerned so I'm keeping an eye on it.
re: it's the aero wheel issue (again)kanekikapu
Oct 1, 2003 4:25 PM
just for a little correction about my question: i've put the wrong American CLassicwheel. i meant the 420's not the 350's. but comment about the 350s are welcome tho. ;)
re: it's the aero wheel issue (again)Xeo
Oct 1, 2003 5:14 PM
I just ordered a set of 420's myself and definitely would be interested in any comments people have about the wheels. From a previous post I referenced a pez cycling article on them which was pretty good and definitely was favorable for the wheels.

re: it's the aero wheel issue (again)flybyvine
Oct 1, 2003 5:27 PM
I have only 50kms on a brand new set of AC420's and generally am very impressed. They spin and handle very nicelly. They don't feel as stiff lateraly as some other (heavier) wheels Ive used which may be a bit of a concern in a sprint.

The freehub is strangelly quiet so you end up with more drive train noise when pedaling than freewheeling - a strange sensation. The free-hub mech is a little bit stiff but am told that this will loosen up.

Braking surface is quite good actually (even if very thin). Not being machined, I wonder how good it will be in the wet but haven't got to that yet.

Other than lateral stiffness I'm pretty happy. Can't have everything I suppose.

beware: users still having trouble with latest rev. hubs (nm)powergyoza
Oct 1, 2003 5:44 PM
I own the 420's...bicycle268
Oct 3, 2003 4:37 AM
and would recommend them. They are light, fast over 20+ mph and very well built wheels. I have approx. 1500 miles on my set and no problems so far. I've heard things about the rear hub but they run smooth for me. The company is VERY easy to deal with and communication is excellent (speak with Jayson). My only concern is with the braking surface. I agree with the above poster about the tiny braking surface. There's a 'bump' in the braking surface on my front that's kind of a pain (due to the non-machined breaking surface). Overall, I would buy these again....
BTW- I crashed at speed today with the 420's...bicycle268
Oct 4, 2003 6:18 PM
and the held up without question. True as the day they came in the mail.....