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American Classic Wheels

American Classic Wheels

Been looking at a second pair of wheels for the ride and am considering American Classic 420s (as one among a long list of the obvious).  PezCycling raves about them, but several forums are loaded with reports of problems with the rear hub.  There's some debate over whether these issues have been fixed (some say with the 2009 line, but there are reports in 2009 of issues).

Anyone have firsthand experience either way?  A friend with first hand experience?

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Re: American Classic Wheels

I had a set that were circa 2006-2007, thereabouts. just prior to that, there was a rear hub problem, but my wheel's serial number was not in the affected group.

I haven't heard of any other hub problems since.

Currently, I don't ride the wheels. The bearings need to be replaced in both front and rear--just hadn't had time to mess with it.

They are relatively light wheels--reportedly 1460 grams for the set, which is lighter than the 2010 version, but the 2010 version is laced three-cross on the drive side where mine were laced two-cross. I believe there are 24 spokes on the rear 2010 version. Mine has 24 spokes, also.

The decals on mine were a pain in the butt because they didn't leave a wide enough amount of surface for the brake pads. Basically, the pads wore away some of the decals.

At 35mm, the wheels were acceptably aero and light enough to race with. I did use them for most of my races until the bearings started getting too much play in them from wear.

I had them rebuilt, once, replacing the alloy (aluminum) nipples with brass for ease of home maintenance.

Overall, I'd say they were good wheels, but I wanted something more "bomb proof", so I'm running Topolino AX3.0 and CX2.0 wheels, now.   http://www.topolinotech.com/

I have had a set of 50mm all carbon clinchers from Neuvation--very stiff hoops, but I had them relaced to a HED hub from a pair of HED Jet 50s that I killed. Then I killed the HED Jet 50 hub. So, that wheels needs replacement parts--it's dead, too, at the moment.

The Topolini wheels have been the only survivors, at this point.

2013 mileage=12,169 miles;
2014 mileage=5,156 miles;
2015  mileage=6,200 miles;
2016 mileage=17,503 miles;

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Re: American Classic Wheels

Isaias,

Bombproof is definitely a priority.  Thanks for the word on Topolino.  They slice the wind well at speed?  Not too noisy are they?

/G

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gdcalvert wrote:

Isaias,

Bombproof is definitely a priority.  Thanks for the word on Topolino.  They slice the wind well at speed?  Not too noisy are they?

/G

I rode the Topolino CX3.0s on the Flatlands Tour last Saturday. They did well even when the wind started picking up. Here's the stats for that ride:

http://twitpic.com/show/full/1y8afp.jpg

The rear hub is very easy to service, so if they sound too noisy, a little grease in the hub will quiet them down.

2013 mileage=12,169 miles;
2014 mileage=5,156 miles;
2015  mileage=6,200 miles;
2016 mileage=17,503 miles;

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