American Classic Skewers Skewers

4.5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $17.50

Product Description

The nylon cross bar turns the adjusting nut and acts as a "nyloc"­once properly adjusted, the skewer stays put and doesn't turn. Reasonably priced. In hot colors with an eye catching closing lever. Titanium seat binder bolt also available

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by zdpn03 a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2004

Strengths:    Light weight.

Weaknesses:    Long throw lever action makes it easier to clear the "lawyer" tabs on the forks, but it also makes it tough to get the proper tension. For most skewers, the tension gradually increases as you close the lever making adjustment easy and reliable. With the American Classics, the tension does not increase until the skewer is almost closed making it more difficult to determine if there is enough tension to hold the wheel in place. The first time I used these skewers, I had my wheel come loose. (The "lawyer" tabs held the wheel on though.) In summary, I am not a fan of the long closure/release action, however others may like it. These are not bad skewers, you just have to pay more attention when attaching the wheel.

Bottom Line:   
Decent looking design. Lightweight. Long release/closure lever action.

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Favorite Ride:   Anything with Mountains

Purchased At:   Came with my wheels

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, Mavic, Rolf, Bontrager, Kore.

Bike Setup:   Standard road bikes. Shimano WH 7701 wheels. Look and Easton forks.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Keith a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2002

Strengths:    Loooooooong throw yet really tightens well. This long throw makes front wheel changes fast again. The CPSC-mandated "lawyer tabs" on forks circumvent a QR by requiring you to further loosen the nut. Not on these! Like I said, LOOOOOOOONG throw.

Weaknesses:    None. Best design on the market.

Bottom Line:   
Umm, AC (Bill Shook) redesigned these. the new model is beautiful and lighter (110 grams per pair).

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Similar Products Used:   Campy, Shimano, Rolf etc. They all have a short throw.

Bike Setup:   CAAD 4 at 15 pounds, ready to ride minus water.

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