American Classic 420 Aero 3 wheelsets - clincher

4.4/5 (5 Reviews)


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Product Description

The American Classic 420 Aero 3 wheelset looks as good as it performs and is even more durable for 2010. 34mm alloy clincher rim. 18/24 bladed spokes front/rear. Color: AC Road Wave Black. Weight: 1538 grams/set.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2013

Strengths:    -Light weight
-Hubs are fast
-Very durable


Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
These came on my Jamis Eclipse that I purchased in 2011. I can say that they made a huge difference in the flats and downhill. I find my self keeping up with others (freewheeling) when they are still pedaling. I think the wheels are very durable ( I am 6' and 215lbs.) and they have only needed minor adjustments since the first day over very moderate to rough roads. As a shop owner, I have recommended these to several customers and they have loved them more than any Mavic, Fulcrum or other similarly priced wheelset. Would recommend to anyone looking for a serious upgrade without dropping a lot of cash.

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Purchased At:   Wooden Ski & Wheel

Similar Products Used:   Mavic Cosmic Elite, Fulcrum Racing 3

Bike Setup:   2011 Jamis Eclipse, Sram Force, Chris King, Rictchey WCS


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Lenny

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2013

Strengths:    Spins really fast, Light weight

Weaknesses:    Strong cross winds can be an issue

Bottom Line:   
I use these on my Cervelo S3, still great after 3 years


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kane

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2012

Strengths:    
Spins real fast
Biggg bang for the buck
Stiff rear considering hub size
Still true since the day i took it out of the box


Weaknesses:    Doesn't like cross wind (especially with lighter rider)
braking surface is small and isn't as tacky


Bottom Line:   
This set has been my do-it-all set for almost 2 years now. I trained on it, climbed on it, did crit, went for solo break, time trialed with it till i got a 404 and it never fails me once. It climb real fast for its weight, hold speed real nice and surprisingly stiff when it comes to sprint and hill attacks. The hub is real stiff and spins super smooth.

The only few problems i have with it are, firstly, the braking surface is quite small so you have to be real careful setting up the pads and it doesn't manage cross wind as well as other rounder profile wheels. Secondly the braking surface is real smooth unlike other milled braking surface which makes the wheel a lil harder to slow down but its not that serious if you have a good clean pads. Well to conclude, i still love them every time i go out riding. BTW the decals still look new after 2 years.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bullitt5094 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2011

Strengths:    Ride, Rolling resistance.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
Upgraded from the Mavic CXP22s that came on the Roubaix. I can't believe the transformation in the bike. Riding in my weekend pace line I now have to brake when everyone else just stops peddling. The wheels just want to keep rolling. I also have a bad back which is why I went with the Robauix frame. These wheels are only slightly harsher than much heavier the CPX22s triple cross rims. Very impressed with the ride and performance of the 420s.

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Favorite Ride:   Specialized Roubaix SL2

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   LBS



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by BL a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2011

Strengths:    - Good Aero
- Very Light
- Looks good


Weaknesses:    - Strength
- braking


Bottom Line:   
Ok I paired these up with pro race 3's and was really impressed with the results. Climbing they are neutral, but flats and down hill they are out right amazing. Over a 20 mile mixed course in California I added an average of 2 mph to my average speed. On the flats and down hills they will give about a 4 mph boost over the fulcrums and about 3 mph over the mavics. I am a bigger guy at 5'11'/6'0' and 175 - 185 lbs (aiming to get to 165 this season) the roads out here suck and even though they are rated for 220 lbs I still hit them out of true quite often. That being said if i just rode on nice roads they would be fine. The other issue I have is that the braking performance is spotty at best. I have very little confindence braking; it seems like they are constantly fading.

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Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   Fulcrum Racing 3, Easton EC90, Mavic Kysrium

Bike Setup:   Trek 6 series/SRAM RED



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American classic 420 aero 3

Anyone have thoughts on the American classic 420 aero 3's? Another question is has anyone seen the white and blue aero? I've seen the white and red but just saw a picture of the white and blue. Are they legit? Person said they were 2012's but can't find anything about them on the manufacture website ... Read More »

American Classic 420 Aero 3... single white spoke

Received my AC's wheels this week. What is it with the single white spoke business? [URL=http://img3.imageshack.us/i/dscf3135d.jpg/][IMG]http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/3466/dscf3135d.jpg[/IMG][/URL] [URL=http://img219.imageshack.us/i/dscf3141n.jpg/][IMG]http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/ ... Read More »

Mysterious hole on my American Classic 420 Aero 3 rear wheel

Morning fellow riders. I received my brand new 2011 AC 420 Aero 3 wheels last Wednesday. I mounted tires on them and put approximately 100-110 miles on them in two days. Upon inspecting my wheels today, I noticed a small, "nearly" perfectly round hole through the decal in the rear wheel (side opposi ... Read More »

Experiences with American Classic 420 Aero 3?

looking at the lacing pattern I was concerned about flex, especially weighing 200 pounds. I called AC and asked them and the guy I spoke too said he used the 2009 version at 240 pounds and currently rides 2010 version at 195 pounds and has no issues. Considering who's signing his paycheck, he is ... Read More »

Fulcrum Racing 3, AC Aero 420, Williams 30x, or custom build at BWW...Help!

To save my family from any more hours spent reading every review known to man regarding every wheel ever created and actually making a decision...I need some real world experience to help steer me in the right direction. I am 215lbs (and losing, 35 lbs so far) and have tried to stay true to repor ... Read More »

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