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dfcas
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 2416
Location: hillbilly heaven

1/5/18 6:07 PM

American Classic closing

http://www.bicycleretailer.com/industry-news/2018/01/05/american-classic-closes-factory-puts-ip-assets-sale#.WlASyUtOlBx

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 5808
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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sanrensho
Joined: 20 Feb 2004
Posts: 802
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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PLee
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 3517
Location: Brooklyn, NY

1/5/18 8:42 PM

Too bad. I love my American Classic wheelset.

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April
Joined: 13 Dec 2003
Posts: 6147
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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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 15962
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: 3803
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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dfcas
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 2416
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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