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American Classic 420 Wheelset

After thinking about it for half a week, I’ve settled on a pair of American Classic 420 clincher wheels for my bicycle to replace the broken Mavic CXP22 that was fitted out of the factory.

The wheel I’m rooting for has the following specs:
– Aluminium clinchers (ok, not carbon, but much cheaper)
– 1450g in weight (much lighter than Mavic Ksyriums!)
– Titatium skewers
– SAPIM Laser spokes in 18/24 configuration for the front and rear

There are some reviews on the internet that this wheel is not that durable. But some of them managed to ride for years as a training wheel as well, so I’d say that the reviews are mostly mixed. Then again, even Mavics have bad reviews here and there, so I’m ready to take the plunge.

I was hesitating between the Laser and the SAPIM CX-Ray spokes in the beginning, but I suppose its the difference between better and best spokes. Don’t think I need the CX-Ray for my level of riding. I think I ride hard once in a while, but my hard riding might be nothing compared to the pro peloton that uses CX-Rays. Anyhow, they’re anytime better than one of those stock spokes from Taiwan.

Now I just have to go out there and look for someone that sells this wheel in the configuration that I want.

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