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Everyday Race Wheels

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Dec 8, 2011
  • Updated Apr 27, 2012 at 4:36 PM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen


American Classic Carbon
58 Clincher
1860 grams, 58mm deep
$1,429, Amclassic.com

The Carbon 58 Clinchers are a strongman’s wheel. They are one of only two wheelsets in this test with a structural carbon rim—the spokes are laced to the inner diameter of the rim rather than through an aerodynamic fairing to a box-section rim—and the wheels’ ride experience reflects this construction style. They transmitted just slightly more road vibration than other wheels we tested, but also resisted lateral flex more robustly. One tester said this side-to-side stiffness “gave me a lot of confidence at speed through tight turns.” These wheels boast a more assertive feel than others we tested.

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at Ahersh@competitorgroup.com.

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