American Classic Sprint 350 wheelsets - clincher

3.9/5 (42 Reviews)
MSRP : $599.00

Product Description

Sprint 350's are great for climbing and fast rides, everyday or race use. They are built with the new Sprint 350 700c black rims, American Classic micro front and ultralight cassette hubs. offers upgrades on American Classic Ti Skewers and Sapim CXray Spokes

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ali marsh a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2013

Strengths:    Good value and very light for the price. Also laced with pretty standard spokes so not a nightmare if you cause some damage

Weaknesses:    Don't look very flashy. Although this could be a strength

Bottom Line:   
Bought these from Start Cycles in Newcastle as an upgrade to a four year old set of Roval E5's on my roubaix. Was looking for a saving in weight and these ticked the box and were a well respected pair of wheels. Impressions of my first ride out today were that they were responsive and stiff in comparison to the Rovals. Faster all round and especially up hill.
Before putting the cassette onto the freehub body I weighed the wheels with conti 4000s, conti lightweight tubes and the quick release skewers fitted and the all up weight for the combo was a very respectable 1940 grams.
With tyres you need to paying £800.00 for some Mavic Sls with mavic tyres and tubes. I was also looking at rolf aspins but went for these due to the use a fairly standard sapim spokes and the likely hood of getting a fix on the road with standard spoke key or a local bike shop.
I'm happy with the £375.00 that I paid and a few others may be too. A small mention for the bike shop. They had the wheels advertised on the net and I live locally so went in. They were out of stock so took some out of a bike until there stock arrived. Good service I'd say.

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Price Paid:    $375.00

Purchased At:   Start Cyles, Newcast

Bike Setup:   Specialized Roubaix Pro

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by JP

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2012

Strengths:    Lightweight, stiff, easy to service.

Weaknesses:    Freehub body pits, rear axle caps broke

Bottom Line:   
I'm a fan of AC wheels. I had AC hubs on velocity rims before I purchased a set of Sprint 350s in 2006. I only ride these wheels and when I used to race I used them both for training and racing. All the original spokes are intact and I can't remember truing but maybe 2-3 times in the last 6 years. All in all, very durable. When I first purchased them the freehub body froze and it was a warranty issue they were having. They fixed it for free even though I had purchased my wheels on ebay. In the last year I had the rear axle end caps (the things that your dropouts rest on) crack on the non-drive side. The wheel never caused any safety issues and it was an easy, inexpensive fix (new axle). I have never replaced my bearings though they recommend it every few years. My wheels are still smooth, stiff, light. The only big complaint I have is the soft aluminum of the freehub body gets pitted by the cogs. So when you go to remove a cassette it requires a bit of prying to get it unstuck, so there are raised metal chunks all over the freehub body. I think I'd prefer a steel body that was more durable and just a little heavier. When it is time to get a new set of wheels, I will likely go AC again.

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

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2010

Strengths:    Light, high spoke count kepps them true in my opinion. Good race wheel. Stiff and smooth.

Weaknesses:    Ditto on using the soft brake pads rim wears easy, Al nipples sieze to spokes. Once they need to be trued the nipples crack or rotate the spoke. After a few short miles wobble returns or loose spokes pop-up else where

Bottom Line:   
A good wheel for the money, tough durable and hold up over time

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Favorite Ride:   Any

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   Easton, Cane Creek, Rolf, ETC

Bike Setup:   Felt F2 with SRAM components

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by brian a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2009

Strengths:    Light weight great climbing wheel. They do have some flex, but it makes them smooth when accelerating and they seem to give it right back to you when

Weaknesses:    hubs hubs hubs. Everyone curses the hubs.

Bottom Line:   
I've had better luck than most with these wheels, partly because I've babied them for for a while now. The hubs did eventually give out, just like everyone says. Be gentle and they will last you many miles, but be prepared to replace them.

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Favorite Ride:   Boulder Ward Raymond Lyons

Bike Setup:   Durace Orbea Orca

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jack rawlins a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2009

Strengths:    Very very light, cheap, ceramic bearings available (worth the upgrade imo).

Weaknesses:    Lousy hubs needing constant wrenching. Soft rim metal ruins brake pads. You get what you pay for.

Bottom Line:   
I've ridden these wheels for about 15,000 miles. They're incredibly light (1200 g. weighed today, with rim tape)and an unbelievable buy. They're soft and flexy, the braking is anemic, and the braking surface sheds metal filings which destroy your braking pads, but I think they've never needed truing. But the real problem are the hubs. I know many other riders using these wheels, and they all curse the hubs, which need constant work. I had the bearings replaced twice ("wrong size"), and the LBS tweaked and tightened and replaced this and that, but nothing would keep these hubs from working loose. Not a fixable problem. My LBS talked to the company and they professed amazement--never heard of the problem (hah hah). So you live with it, snug up your hubs every week, or get other wheels. I weigh 145, btw--not a wheel for a big person.

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Favorite Ride:   Mt. Tam

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   Williams 19. Bontrager X Lite.

Bike Setup:   LeMond Tete de Course, Easton carbon bar and post, mostly DA gruppo, Ritchey crank.

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