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American Classic closing

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Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 2537
Location: hillbilly heaven

1/5/18 6:07 PM

American Classic closing

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 6106
Location: Maine

1/5/18 7:24 PM

What's in a name?

American Classic closes Taiwan factory.

Sorry to see them fail, though I can't recall hearing of them for years (decades?).

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Joined: 20 Feb 2004
Posts: 814
Location: North Vancouver

1/5/18 7:28 PM

That's too bad. I was very pleased with the CR-420 wheelset that I had for a few years. I guess they didn't plunge into carbon wheelsets quickly enough.

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Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 3621
Location: Brooklyn, NY

1/5/18 8:42 PM

Too bad. I love my American Classic wheelset.

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Joined: 13 Dec 2003
Posts: 6472
Location: Westchester/NYC

1/5/18 9:26 PM

Same here. Had a pair of AC wheels, was quite happy with it. "Light wheel" for its days.

Too bad they don't survive.

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Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 16974
Location: Portland, OR

1/5/18 10:13 PM

Still have their 'classic' seatpost in service on something.

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
Posts: 4241
Location: Nashua, NH

1/7/18 10:16 AM

This is a strange one

Their products were innovative and high quality, but they never really seemed to gain any traction in the marketplace. Other small companies (Stans comes to mind) have been able to make it in the wheel biz competing against the big boys. Was it just another case of a company that was run by engineers who didn't understand marketing? I don't know, but it's a shame that they failed.

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Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 2537
Location: hillbilly heaven

1/9/18 8:04 AM

I had a road set and a MTB set and had trouble with the rear hubs. They had many designs of the freehub and parts were confusing. I don't think I got 6 months out of either freehub before they started requiring maintenance.

I quit buying their stuff after that.

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