American Classic launches OEM hub, rim & wheel lineup


American Classic, who’s long made mid- and high-level aftermarket rims, hubs and wheels designed by Bill Shook, is turning an eye toward the OEM market. We’ve seen some of their tubeless ready Argent wheelsets turn up on gravel and cyclocross bikes over the past couple years, but it’s few and far between. With this new series of rims, hubs and complete wheels, they’re looking to build that presence.

They’ll offer two lines, a premium one using their 6-pawl cam hubs, and an all-new mid-range 2-pawl system with a massive 74 points of engagement.

The program is customizable so the OEM customers can work with American Classic to select a rim, hub and axle spec to make a complete wheel to match the intended use, whether that’s rim-brake or disc road, gravel, cyclocross, or even Plus MTB. The line officially launches at Eurobike next week.


25 thoughts on “American Classic launches OEM hub, rim & wheel lineup

    1. they do sell the 2218 rim, which is 375g. Pretty darn light, though not quite as light as some of the stuff they’d used in their wheelsets.

    1. Bill doesn’t really strike me as an unsung hero of hub design. There are far more compelling hubs out there than AC, and that don’t rely on cheap Asian labor either. Bill is one helluva ping pong player tho. That’s something.

    1. Sounds like bad luck more than anything. They haven’t made headsets for many years. Bearings wear out. Nothing lasts forever

  1. It’s great to see Bill Shook’s making his engineering expertise available to more riders.
    I hope a lot of bike brands take advantage of this so we can buy bikes with better wheels on them.

  2. Super excited to see great wheels finally coming already on bikes. One less thing that will need to be changed on my new bike!!

  3. I know these will be a terrific new product for the industry. Can’t wait to see them on the road under more riders!

  4. Wow, lots of comments in a row with nothing but praise. The human race doesn’t work like that. IP check on isle three, please.

      1. Thanks for checking Zach, but I’m still not convinced. Not saying there is anything you can do about it, but it just smells fishy.

        I could hit you with at least 5 completely different looking IPs sitting here at my desk with remote access to servers and workstations running on various different parts of our corporate WAN, as well as another 4 on separate networks at contractor sites. Add in my work smartphone, personal phone, ipad and remote access to my home PC and that’s another 4 devices on separate networks. And that’s just using existing infrastructure set up for a completely different, legitimate purpose. Plenty of services also offer disposable IP addresses, and “legit” email accounts are worth every cent it costs to set up a gmail/hotmail account etc. And that’s just doing the whole thing ghetto-style in house; one can buy the whole service online.

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