Review: American Classic’s Gargantuan Wheel Bag

American Classic oversized bicycle wheel bag

When American Classic offered to send their premium wheel bag for review, I wasn’t overly excited, but agreed. After all, there are a few Mavic and Shimano wheel bags laying around the office that suffice. But, as with most things, the freemium goodies rarely compare to a purpose built premium offering. And that’s certainly true here.

AC’s Wheel Bag is an oversized item, allowing four road wheels (without tires) to fit inside and close easily. Or, with tires mounted and skewers still in place, there’s ample room for any clothes or other soft goods you need to stash somewhere. Or, throw a set of 29er wheels with huge, fully inflated 2.3 tires in there and it’ll still close up just fine. Need proof all that’ll fit? Wanna see more features? Read on…

American Classic oversized bicycle wheel bag

This is the bag closed with the four road wheels inside. One had a tire on it, the rest got their rubbers at the destination. With all four holding tires, it would no longer close completely…but some of the additional space was being eaten up by disc rotors for the return trip, too, so four standard road wheels may have just made it.

Of course, Ellen at American Classic says don’t do this, saying the idea is to protect your wheels and keep them from getting banged around on stuff. So, put four wheels in at your own risk. At least I put bubble wrap between the extra set.

American Classic oversized bicycle wheel bag

The outside is a durable nylon, and the inside is a nice, soft fuzzy padding with rubberized center panels to keep the hub axles from poking through. An internal pocket keeps skewers and other small bits from getting lost at the bottom.

American Classic oversized bicycle wheel bag

The massive opening uses a two way zipper, so you’re never on the wrong side of it. The last great feature is the removable shoulder strap. Unclip it for unfettered access, and loop it through the rear “oh s#!t” handles in your car to keep the wheel bag upright or elevated above whatever’s rolling around in the back.

All in all, I’ve ended up using this bag far more than I thought I would. And friends that’ve borrowed it for their own travels have been equally impressed. It’s seen quite a bit of travel and looks none the worse for its wear. Retail is $99.

AMClassic.com

Comments

Dr. Badtouch - 01/17/14 - 2:46pm

“It’s full of stars…”

Fanboy - 01/17/14 - 5:09pm

can you fit a set of fat bike wheels in there with tyres fitted?

Dr Moreau - 01/17/14 - 5:43pm

I have several of these bags and love them. Like you said, it’s not a good idea to put 4 wheels into a bag for 2 wheels as the wheels will get scratched or you could bend a disk rotor. But it would work in a pinch I guess like when your ‘cross racing wheels are really muddy returning from an event. But for normal use, 2 per bag is the safe way to go.

Skeeter - 01/17/14 - 6:13pm

Indeed, unless it can fit a pair of 4″ mounted fatties, I’d hesitate to call it “Gargantuan”! If it can, do tell!

Fatso - 01/18/14 - 9:59am

My guess is that it probably can fit the 4″ tires but you would have to let quite a bit of air out of them for sheer volume purposes. Its certainly wide enough fit the wheels in and they have room to be offset so I imagine if you dropped the PSI pretty low you could fit them. It also has velco straps on the inside so it will hold the wheel in place. I don’t have a fat bike (yet) otherwise I’d let you know.

The bag is quite large (I have one). I wouldn’t jam it full of wheels (you might as well use garbage bags at the point if you don’t care about your equipment) The material its made out of is pretty durable, its not like one of those windbreaker style bags.

Oliver - 01/20/14 - 6:45am

We have been travelling a lot with these bags and they are ideal especially for 29er wheels with tires installed! The protection is great and the only wheel set bag that can protect two complete 29er wheels (as far as I know).

Chris - 03/04/14 - 6:33pm

There are another options. Look up Kenda 29er wheelbag and VENZO 600D Double 29er Wheel Bag.

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