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    Unfortunate news from American Classic. Is this an example of a down turn in the market. Thoughts, stories of the seatpost...

    American Classic closes factory, puts IP assets up for sale | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News


    Wheel maker American Classic shuts down - BikeRadar USA
     

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    Unfortunate news and sorry to read the update.
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    People in the industry believe AC's closure is mainly due to the company never committed in making carbon wheels for OEM.
     

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    IMO they were too focused on low-weight and made too many compromises to get there. They're not necessarily bad wheels/parts, just not always the right piece for who buys them. I very rarely used their stand-alone rims because they were just so light I knew they wouldn't hold up under most riders.

    Their hubs had some pros and cons. Super light, and spun incredibly well. I've got a set of disc MTB hubs, and on a rolling downhill with those wheels I'd always roll away from my riding buddies. But the flange geometry wasn't great, and while the engagement mechanism is low-drag, quiet, and strong it's also slow. The 'micro' front road hub is uber light, but there's no dust seals or covers on the itty bitty bearings so they don't last all that long.

    Hate to see them close though. They had a unique perspective on a lot of things. Wonder who will buy their IP, and what they'll do with it.
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    I have a nearly new American Classic 27.0 seat post from back in their heyday I'll let go at a very reasonable price for a collector's item.
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    When I first got into Campy circa 2000, I had some Shimano wheels that needed a conversion cassette. American Classic were the only ones making them IIRC. I don't think I ever bought anything else from them.
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    A.C. seatposts ...soooo misunderstood.

    There were some hits and misses for sure. Sad to see this happening.

    Long live the independent wheelbuilder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    I have a nearly new American Classic 27.0 seat post from back in their heyday I'll let go at a very reasonable price for a collector's item.
    I have one of those too.
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    I have a 27.2 on my Waterford. It has been extremely reliable and doesn’t look bad.

    I guess I’ll have to take it off now and put it in the collectibles box.
     

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    The graphics on their wheels have never been aesthetically pleasing on any bikes I've seen. The news of a company shutting down is never a good news but I can't say im surprised by this.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by summilux View Post
    When I first got into Campy circa 2000, I had some Shimano wheels that needed a conversion cassette.
    Used these on my wife's bike for several years. Campy 10 drivetrain but she wanted the pink Chris King hubs and headset.

    Bought a half dozen AC cassettes. Just looked at the shelves and still have one NIB.

    I liked the micro58 hub well enough. Tiny bearings but can change them out in 5-10 minutes. Would just replace them once or twice a year.

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    For anyone that has used one of Shooks products in the last 35 years this should come as no surprise to anyone.

    Niche road bike brands are on the way out...hell even road bikes as most of you people remember them are on the way out.

    It's sad for folks to loose there jobs but the writing would have been on the bathroom stall there for years.

    Here's to another small start up that makes bike bags to hang off of whatever............
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    People get all misty eyed but almost every memory I have of AM Classic parts is of crap. Their hubs were terrible with proprietary bearings and freehub bodies which were recalled because they failed to engage. The super narrow flange spacing made even the stiffest rim build into a noodle of a wheel...but their own rims were light weight garbage that would dent running over a cats-eye. The initial build quality was so bad we had wheels go out of true in their shipping boxes and the nipples would seize solid making re-truing impossible.

    I'm sure the people behind the brand are lovely and I wish them all the best, however the products were rubbish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gggross View Post
    I have a 27.2 on my Waterford. It has been extremely reliable and doesn’t look bad.

    I guess I’ll have to take it off now and put it in the collectibles box.
    actually it might be the 27.4 version that you need to hold on to. That was the size required on my very first bespoke frame made by waterford in 1993 with reynolds 753 tubing. I'm not sure anyone else had a seatpost to match it.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanEasley View Post
    actually it might be the 27.4 version that you need to hold on to. That was the size required on my very first bespoke frame made by waterford in 1993 with reynolds 753 tubing. I'm not sure anyone else had a seatpost to match it.
    Campagnolo also made a 27.4 in the 90s, hard to find now but lovely. Kalloy makes a serviceable one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    I have a nearly new American Classic 27.0 seat post from back in their heyday I'll let go at a very reasonable price for a collector's item.
    I have the 27.0 in my Waterford, rare bird indeed. The question is does it have the upgraded thicker seat clamp so the grub screw doesn't blow through the bottom plate? 27.2 size dime a dozen, lol.
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    Bummer, I always wanted a set of their wheels.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinomaster View Post
    Bummer, I always wanted a set of their wheels.
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    I've got one of their posts on one of my bikes that has tens of thousands of miles on it and its been rock solid.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    A.C. seatposts ...soooo misunderstood.

    There were some hits and misses for sure. Sad to see this happening.

    Long live the independent wheelbuilder.
    Agreed. I like Jorn had an old 27.0 seat post. I spent a lot of money for that NOS. I even sawed part of it off to shorten it. Setup was super easy. The thing was without fail. Over the rocks and dirt in Marin and the cobbles of Paris Roubaix never a slip or a bolt snap. Nothing.

    I read somewhere that newer seatposts were flawed but the early ones are rock solid. That was my experience.
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