American Classic Teases Prototype 11 Speed Disc Hub

American Classic 11 Speed Hub

In preparation for the upcoming trade show circuit, American Classic has given us a little peek of things to come in their hub department. Listed as a prototype, the hub is listed as 11 speed compatible for road, cross, and mountain. We’re wondering if that means there will be an XD driver available for the only 11 speed mountain bike set up on the market currently, or if they know something we don’t…

See it for yourself at Eurobike Show Hall B3-511 and Interbike Show Booth 8092.

Comments

Aaron - 08/05/13 - 12:13pm

Thank the lord, AC didn’t use proprietary straight pull spokes. Thank the sweet lord. The last thing the bike industry needs is more specialized proprietary stuff that offers no benefits.

ccolagio - 08/05/13 - 12:31pm

the flange spacing looks so small compared to the overall width of the hub.

bikermark - 08/05/13 - 12:54pm

I’l give them the benefit of the doubt because they’ve got more experience designing hubs than I do. But I have to saw that bracing angle looks terrible. Maybe it’s designed for tall rims where it matters less? Hopefully, they’ll do some lower spoke count versions.

Jon - 08/05/13 - 12:59pm

Am Classic already do an XD driver freehub, though I can’t find mention of it on their website, we have had them in stock for a few months:

http://www.justridingalong.com/american-classic-xd-driver.html

I imagine it will probably fit that hub. We also have their 11-speed Shimano freehub bodies, which are a dark colour like the one in the photo. I don’t actually think there’s anything new about that hub above, except the colour.

Fatso - 08/05/13 - 1:54pm

American Classic does already have XD driver as reported by BikeRumor.com
http://www.bikerumor.com/2013/06/15/carbon-weight-enduro-width-and-aluminum-price-american-classics-race-tubeless-26-xx1-wheelset-reviewed/

I believe the point of this hub is to show that its going to be able to work with Shimano DuraAce 9000 / Ultegra 6800 and also the Sram Red / Force 22 hyrdo group sets.

If you want a 135mm spaced XD driver with disc brake hubs you can already get that from American Classic right now – as previously reported.

Ajax - 08/05/13 - 2:53pm

Why can’t they make a center-lock disc hub in 11speed?!

DRONG - 08/05/13 - 8:09pm

“Thank the lord, AC didn’t use proprietary straight pull spokes. Thank the sweet lord. The last thing the bike industry needs is more specialized proprietary stuff that offers no benefits.”
AAron, straight pull spokes are neither proprietary or hard to find. the benefits lye in flange spacing and tangental spoke lacing patterns, otherwise makes as little difference as could imagine. by the way, who makes an AFTERMARKET end user hub hat is straight pull? i realize there are plenty in already built, off the shelf wheel sets. thank the sweet lord for folks who over react to simple, non-consequential things!

g - 08/06/13 - 1:11am

@drong- dt swiss does, that’s who.

Fanboy - 08/06/13 - 2:21am

Drong
“by the way, who makes an AFTERMARKET end user hub that is straight pull?”

DT Swiss.
http://www.dtswiss.com/Components/Hubs-MTB/350-straightpull-2
http://www.dtswiss.com/Components/Hubs-MTB/240s-straightpull-1

hoser - 08/06/13 - 10:33am

To add to the conversation regarding the distance between the flanges…I agree that they are too close together. I owned a pair of their mtb disc hubs previously and although I enjoyed the simple design of the hub shell, pawl mechanism and ease of maintenance, the wheels did not build up as laterally stiff as I expected.

ColinR - 08/06/13 - 5:05pm

I may be mistaken, but I believe American Classic claims that the narrow flange spacing helps to balance spoke tension. Which, I believe, is why NoTubes used to use them on their top end wheels (Podium MMX, Race Gold).

KT - 08/11/13 - 6:17pm

It does allow for even spoke tension but it builds flexy wheels.

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