American Classic are, you guessed it, from America, Florida to be precise. They make a full range of high end wheels from ultra-slinky road wheels to these more burly carbon rimmed trail wheels.
The Carbonator is a wide, tubeless ready rims built onto a pair of American Classic hubs. Straight out of the box, the look is distinctive. Simple graphics on the rims and the large flanges lend the wheels a classic look. Weight wise they come in at just a whisker under 1600g for the pair, pretty impressive for a set of rims with a 33mm width. 32 j-bend spokes hold the whole thing together and clean looking hubs hide some cunning wizardry in the freehub. The video below gives some idea of how it all works, and I’ll pop mine open and film something in due course.
The rims come pre-taped for tubeless, and a couple of valve stems are included, so it’s just a case of choosing your favourite brand of sealant and getting those thumbs in shape. With a brand new tyre it didn’t take an enormous amount of wrestling to get it on, and then it just pumped up and seated perfectly, first time. No fancy compressor action needed, not even an especially vigorous bout of pumping!
If I’m honest, I took one look at the rocky, sharp, unforgiving nature of my local trails, and the clean lines of the carbon rims and gulped. Was this about to be a very short lived forray into bling wheels? Happily, within moments these thoughts were gone, and I was joyfully battering down loose piles of rock without a care in the world. The wide rims make the most of the Magic Mary’s shape, and so far there hasn’t been much in the way of tinging spokes as things bed in. As with all the stuff I am lucky enough to test, this is going to get some serious use, and I’ll keep you posted on how they cope with all that Wales has to offer. Oh and I just booked our trip to Finale so Italy too!
DISCIPLINE Cross Country | Enduro
RIMS Carbonator Tubeless All Carbon Disc Rims 27.5″
SPOKES AC 14/15 gauge Spokes Black | AC Aluminum Spoke Nipples Silver | 32h 3-Cross Front and Rear
WEIGHT FRONT 740 gr | REAR 855 gr | PAIR 1595 gr
HUBS/SPACING FRONT Disc 130 100mm | 15mm Thru Axle Disc 100mm | 9mm Thru Axle Disc 100mm REAR Disc 225 135mm | 10mm x 135mm Thru Axle Disc | 12mm x 142mm Thru Axle Disc | Shimano/SRAM 9/10/11 or SRAM XX1