I enjoy inventing, riding and sharing my technology with our customers. Our goal is to help make your cycling dreams come true – Welcome to American Classic.Bill Shook, Company President and Engineer
We are actively shaping the future of the bicycle industry and not sitting still to react to what others do. We remain true to that chosen path. We strive for excellence and pave the way for a successful tomorrow with big picture creative thinking with you, the cyclist, in mind.
Riding at the age of 14. He trained hard and became a champion road and track cyclist, earning a place on the US National Team. While racing, Bill started his design career building his projects in his Dad’s garage.
In the US, fine equipment was hard to find and that is what sparked the idea of American Classic — a place where Bill could design and distribute high performance components for riders every where.
The first products were new concepts, the lightweight water bottle cage and the revolutionary lightweight adjustab- le seatpost. The rest is history.
He created and fabricated the first large tube aluminum bicycle in the world and raced it all over the country. While racing professionally, Bill strove to find the best equipment, the ligh- test tires and rims.
From a successful racing career, Bill received a master’s degree in mecha- nical engineering from Ohio State University. Now he had the engineering expertise and everything was in place for American Classic to become a reality.
The new American Classic 420 Aero 3 wheelset is better than ever with the new wider tubeless compatible version of our best selling road wheel. It's a “do it all” set of wheels, fast and aero for racing, strong enough for training and cyclocross. 34 mm deep and 22mm wide with an inner width 19.5mm. The rim width makes for decisive handling in the corners and speedy accelerations. 10 mm wide brake track on the rim brake model for secure braking and easy brake set up.
TheAmerican Classic 420 Aero 3’s are stronger than ever for serious riders and racers. They are the best do-it-all wheels on the market, strong enough for racing or training. The new lightweight high–low hub flange is engineered to carry balanced spoke tension on all spokes for increased side to side stiffness and strength. The Series 3 spoke system results in consistent spoke tension and shares the load equally for increased wheel durability.
The 420 rim is the lightest deep section clincher rim in the world with technology designed by Bill Shook. Improved braking surface. Low spoke count bladed spokes shave weight, boost aerodynamics and stiffness. The rim profile and bladed spokes slice the wind to hold your high end cruising speed. The ride is fast, responsive and smooth with great accelerating properties, brisk climbing and speedy descent.
Rim Brake Road Set: 18 spoke hole micro 58 front hub, 24 hole RD 205 hi lo 3 group spoke lacing drilling, shimano/sram 10-11 speed or campagnolo 10-11 speed 1525 gr/pair
Taped with new AC Blue tubeless tape sets (1 fiber layer, 1 blue tape layer), AC tubeless valves
AC black bladed spokes, AC silver nipples
Can be ridden with a tubeless tire and sealant or with standard tire and tube
DISCIPLINE Road | Triathlon | Cyclocross
RIMS 34mm Deep Section 420gr Aluminum Clincher Rims 700c
SPOKES AC Bladed Spokes Black | AC Aluminum Nipples Silver | 18h Radial Front | 24h 3-Cross Drive, Radial Non-Drive Rear
WEIGHT FRONT 663gr | REAR 867gr | PAIR 1530gr
HUBS/SPACING FRONT Micro 58 100 mm | REAR AC High-low 130 mm | Rear Spline Shimano/SRAM 10/11 or Campagnolo 10/11
QUICK RELEASE Hubs
UPGRADES Cromoly QR’s | Ceramic Bearings | Ti QR’s | Wheel Bag
THREE GROUP SPOKE SYSTEM = BALANCE OF SPOKE TENSION
Bill Shook obsessively engineers every wheel system to its optimal “sweet spot”, the balance of spoke tension, hub flange width, spoke angle and selection of the appropriate materials. After years of research and development, Bill Shook designed the American Classic three group spoke lacing for our 24 spoke rear wheel systems to build the strongest, stiffest and lightest road rear wheels in our line. We call this advanced system Series 3 for our 420 Aero 3, Magnesium, Road Tubeless, Aluminum Tubular and Carbon wheels.
These good looking, hand built three group spoke wheels are at the forefront of performance, aerodynamics, comfort and durability.
The concept behind this lacing pattern is to create equal spoke tension for the drive and non-drive sides of the rear wheel, a state that cannot be reached in traditionally spoked wheels. Mathematically, this unique balance of spoke tension occurs on 24 spoked rear wheels. To achieve this balance, the rims are drilled in groups of three spoke holes. The spokes are laced to our finely crafted American Classic high-low 24 spoke hub, two on the drive side of the wheel to one on the non-drive side. The result is more spokes on the drive side where the wheel needs to be strongest, and fewer spokes on the non-drive side. Bill Shook calculated the optimal position for the non-drive side hub flange to create the ideal bracing angle of the non-drive side spokes. “The three group spoke design is a better use of materials achieving the balanced use of the spokes with equal spoke tension on both sides of the rear wheel, ”says Shook.
The wheels are stiff and light to decisively dive into corners and power out, accelerate repeatedly, climb and descend with ease and hold speed on the flats. There are no broken spokes. No flexy feeling out of the saddle. When winning is your goal, the time-tested three group spoke wheel system delivers.
Riders are obsessed with tubeless technology and we've unleashed the world’s fastest, most advanced deep tubeless road wheels for racing and training. Driven by vision and created by hard work, Bill Shook designed this breakthrough Argent tubeless wheel system emphasizing durability and stiffness in a concept Bill calls, “multi-plying lightness.” The wide aerodynamic rim is 22mm wide x 30mm deep and only 390 grams. Bead barb technology hooks on the tire bead to secure the tires in place without burping. Ride smaller, lighter tires because they spread out across the wide rim. Low spoke count Series 3 lacing for torsional stability and stiffness. Hand built Argent’s are championed for their quick accelerations, solid cornering, fast climbing and descending. When seconds count in the relentless pursuit to win, Argent wheels deliver the ultimate technological advantage. Wheel Size 700c Hubs Micro 58 100mm Front | AC High-low 130mm Shimano/SRAM 10/11 Rims Argent Road Tubeless 390gr Aluminum Clincher Rims 700 Spokes AC Bladed Spokes Black | AC Aluminum Nipples Silver | 18h Radial Front | 24h 3-Cross Drive, Radial non-Drive Rear Quick Release Cromoly QR’s Weight Front 596g | Rear 796g | Pair 1392g Material Alloy Drive Shimano, SRAM
The American Classic Victory 30 wheelset is one of the most tried and true all-around wheelsets on the market. Used for everything from a winter training wheel for pro's, an everyday riding wheel for many, and even a touring/trekking wheel for the long distance rider, this is a wheel with some serious pedigree. The Victory 30 tubeless takes this same amazing wheel, and makes it even better by making it tubeless compatible. That means that whether you use it as a winter training wheel, a gravel grinder hoop, or just your everyday wheel, you can say goodbye to pinch flats. The 22.7mm wide rim also follows today's trend towards wider rims and tyres, and can easily accommodate a 25mm+ tyre, for improved comfort and stability. The 30mm rim depth gives an aerodynamic advantage, but doesn't add so much material that it weighs you down. Can also be ridden with a standard clincher and tube if rolling tubeless isn't your thing.
Wheel Size 700c Hubs Black Victory 100mm | Rear Victory 130mm Shimano/SRAM 9/10/11 Rims Victory 30mm Tubeless Aluminum Clincher Rims 700c Spokes AC Bladed Spokes Black | AC Aluminum Spoke Nipples Silver Quick Release Cromoly QR’s Weight 654g | Rear 893g | Pair 1547g Material Alloy Drive Shimano, SRAM