What's up with the American Classic RACE wheelset?
As a pure race-day wheelset with a 28mm external rim width, hub end cap options and XX1, the American Classic RACE is appealing, but it seems not a common or popular options amongst 650b racers. Is it due to cost? Best I've seen is $785 delivered in US.
Are there any other options for a XX1 compatible sub 1500 gram wide 650b wheelset in the same price range?
Last edited by westin; 09-06-2013 at 01:14 PM.
Reason: Updated best price found for wheels
Even though $925 is a reasonable price for a lightweight wheelset, most racers are looking at carbon wheelsets that cost at least double that price and only a few come in lighter.
I run the older AC 650bxc wheelset on my race bike, the wheelset is heavy,1720grams, but pretty bomb proof. I'm waiting for Easton to release a carbon 27.5 wheelset before I make the jump.
Thanks for the input. I have a carbon chinese wheelset on my 29er HT and while the weight is about the same, the stiffness is tremendously better than my Crest rims with similar spoke count and build. But on my Blur XCc at my weight of 165 I don't feel the need for carbon hence the nice qualities of the RACE made me curious. Yet not a lot of riders use them. Maybe it's the "old" AC reputation of bad hubs or soft rim walls. I like wide, and I like my Pacenti TL28, but they're more of an everyday wheel at 1630-ish grams.
It seems we're of the same weight riding the same bike( large 2012 Blur XCc) My AC wheelset is holding up fine for the two years I've been racing/riding them, no problems whatsoever with the hubs or rims. I have my eye out for a lighter wheelset, as long as they are stiff and durable, have had luck with some of the Easton carbon wheelset.
It should says what is wrong with American Classic
Try to get 2014-2015 AM 27.5 race. Not available in the US with 12X142mm. What is really ridiculous that you can get 2015 in Europe and for better price than in US. It looks like AC care more about Swedish or German customer than US market. Why they even call these wheels American?
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