American Classic 420 road wheelset review

Tough and versatile hoops

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
£539.00 RRP
American Classic 420 Wheels

Our review

Fast-rolling and tough wheels for training and race-day speed, but not the best on the market
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These 34mm-deep alloy rims offer an aero advantage at speeds most riders can achieve. The mid-profile rims, with their lower weight, offer more climbing versatility compared to deeper rims and are easier to handle in crosswinds, too.

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Despite bladed aero spokes and smooth-running stainless steel bearings, which help give the 420s their fast-rolling feel, and despite their lightweight rims, acceleration isn’t quite as snappy as similarly priced competitors.

The sturdy construction keeps lateral flex to a minimum, so they’re plenty stiff enough to race and hammer – which makes high-speed cornering a confidence-inspiring experience. Our test wheels never buckled, despite a tough time on winter roads.

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These versatile wheels could shave seconds from your race times without decimating your wallet, but might not be the best choice for those looking for lightning acceleration and zip.

Product Specifications

Product

Name 420 Wheelset (11)
Brand American Classic

Description Campag 9/10/11 compatible, Extras: Ceramic Bearings, Titanium QR's, Wheel Bags
Features Micro 58 100mm front hub, High Low Flange 130mm rear hub,
Weight (g) 1530
Bike Compatibility Shimano 10spd Shimano 9spd SRAM 10spd SRAM 9spd
Front Wheel Weight 663
Rear Wheel Weight 867
Rim Description 34mm Deep Section 420 gr Aluminum Clincher