American Classic Hurricane wheelsets - clincher

4.14/5 (7 Reviews)


Product Description

Hurricane wheelset is designed to provide a high performance clincher wheel for the large and powerful road rider. A good choice for racing, training or cyclocross. Hurricane wheels create a balance between strength, weight, responsiveness and durability. Built with the MTB 105 front hub and Ultralight RD 205 Cassette hub for a high flange, retro look.


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by CapnC a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2012

Strengths:    Price
Looks good


Weaknesses:    Poor durability
Terrible Customer Service


Bottom Line:   
I bought an American Classic Hurricane wheelset in 2010. While on my third or fourth ride on the wheels, the front rim dented from an abnormality in the road. I've ridden this road many times on many different wheelsets and this should not have caused damage to a rim supposedly built for durability. No problem I thought - must have been a manufacturing defect. When I called AC they refused to warranty it, insisting the damage was from abuse to the product and not any kind of defect. Based on the poor quality of both product and customer support from the company, I will not be purchasing american classic wheels again.

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Price Paid:    $500.00

Similar Products Used:   Mavic Ksyrium, Dura Ace 7850, Fulcrum 7. Easton Circuit, Shimano RS50

Bike Setup:   Spooky Skeletor with SRAM Red


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by the mule a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2011

Strengths:    Strong, ride very wheel even though they are not the lightest wheels in existence. Well built.

Weaknesses:    None I have noticed to date.

Bottom Line:   
I have about 3,000 on my set of Hurricanes and so far these wheels have exceeded my expectations. They have proven to be strong, relatively light and durable. I don't notice them on long steep climbs. On downhills they are very fast and very stable.

These wheels have taken a fair amount of abuse. I ride about 8 centuries/double a year on some pretty bad roads at times in Northern California. I never have to worry about these wheels.

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Favorite Ride:   Death Ride

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   High Sierra Cycling

Similar Products Used:   Shimano

Bike Setup:   Giant TCR Advanced 0, DA 7950 drive train, FSA KForce brakes and bars


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 8golf a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2010

Strengths:    Strong
Light (1600g set)


Weaknesses:    They use 32h 3x in the front too, which is overkill.
What's up with the one red spoke?


Bottom Line:   
I'm 230 lbs, so I was looking for a set of clyde wheels that wouldn't pop spokes and leave me stranded way out on a long ride. I picked these because they are strong and light. They also have a slightly wider rim so I can run a 25mm tire instead of the standard 23mm used by my lighter companions. When riding with a group, I don't worry about running into holes that the others don't call out (or call out too late). I've got 1500mi on the set and they are still true. I'm a powerful rider, so I need a rear wheel that can take a lot of torque, and this 32h 3x can. I took the stock Bontrager Race wheels from my Madone 4.7 and swapped them out right out of the box--these are a few hundred grams lighter and much stronger.

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Favorite Ride:   Little Neck NY Triangle

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Bikemania

Similar Products Used:   None; my old touring bike has 40/48h box rims.

Bike Setup:   2010 Trek Madone 4.7 w/SRAM Rival group
FSA K-Force Light carbon cranks & ceramic BB
2009 American Classic Hurricane wheelset
700 x 25c Maxxis Refuse tires


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by PaulCL a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2009

Strengths:    weight and strength

Weaknesses:    none that I've found

Bottom Line:   
I bought these wheels for my roadbike because they have three of three for wheels: low weight, strength and fair price. So far, I am very happy. I was tired of destroying 24 spoke wheels under my 6'1", 190+lb body. I burned through a lot of wheels. I feel a lot better riding high spoke count wheels

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Favorite Ride:   Anywhere without cars

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   online somewhere

Similar Products Used:   Want the list? Neuvations, OP's, Campy Vento's, customs, etc...

Bike Setup:   Aegis Victory, Hurricanes, Campy Record + Chorus, Campy pedals, two bit legs


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cwdzoot a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2008

Strengths:    wider rim rolls and is smooth, also gives great control in corners.

Weaknesses:    not super aero.

Bottom Line:   
I own 12 pair of wheels, from the ones i build myself to super fast carbon tubulars and Campy $ 1500 clinchers but the hurricanes might be my favorite. The wider rim enables me to ride clincher tires at a lower preasure and this gives a great ride.

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Favorite Ride:   Friday Morning Orlando "Race'

Price Paid:    $499.00

Purchased At:   www.glorycycles.com

Similar Products Used:   hand build 32 campy record open pro's

Bike Setup:   colnago cristalo with record.



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