American Classic Victory 30 road wheelset review£349.99

Semi-aero lightweights

BikeRadar score3/5

American Classic have always produced lightweight wheels and even this semi-aero alloy set is low on mass. They’re not the stiffest around though.

The flat-sided 30mm rim looks deeper than it is, and the broad-bladed spokes and super-narrow bobbin front hub on the 18-spoke radial front wheel leave little to create head-on drag. Rear flange spacing is narrow, although large flanges make it look like a power measuring hub from the side.

Neat touches include a red spoke next to the valve hole for fast fixes and the freehub has three neat steel inserts to stop cassette gouging. Skinny, narrow stance hubs do mean they’re noticeably wayward and flexy when cornering hard or stamping up climbs.

This article was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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