Interbike: American Classic goes tubeless with Sprint 350 wheels

Yet another sign that tubeless road wheels are here to stay

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Florida based wheelmaker American Classic is affirming that road tubeless wheels are here to stay, launching a tubeless-ready version of its popular Sprint 350 alloy clincher wheels. These $899 hoops have a 22mm rim width, CNC-machined brake track, and come in a variety of hole count combinations, including the go-to 28-front/32-rear.

American Classic Hub American Classic CutawayHole counts included 28/32, while this cutaway reveals the thinned sidewalls where weight is shaved.

Claimed weight for the rim is 350 grams with the complete wheelset tipping the scales at a highly competitive 1396 grams for the pair. American Classic front man Bill Shook says the new Sprint 350s are among the lightest wheels his company makes.

“They’re a great choice for the privateer racer or anyone who wants to go fast,” added Shook. “And the weight is competitive with a lot of carbon wheels. We use a thicker nipple bed, but thinner sidewalls, which is how we keep the weight down.”

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This article is part of RoadBikeReview’s coverage of the 2014 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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