Since 1982

American Classic

American Classic exemplifies the pinnacle of performance bicycle engineering and innovation. Nearly 40 years ago, founder Bill Shook was a talented professional road racer who raced for the US National Team. A drive to create better, lighter products inspired him to start experimenting in his garage, engineering his own aluminum bicycles and components. A global search for the finest production facilities led American Classic to form an early partnership with Taiwanese manufacturers in the mid-’90s and decades of influential product introductions.


FINE ART of engineering

American Classic is rewriting the rule book with industry-leading manufacturing facilities and a complete line of gravel, road, and commuter tires — with more component offerings to come. Tires are often an afterthought of the bicycle’s design, though recent developments in American Classic’s rubber technologies allow us to push forward with innovation that delivers our heritage.

Featured Technology

Lightweight bead-to-bead puncture and tear protection with a specially engineered microfiber composite tread compound and undertread protective layer.

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Rubberforce R is designed for American Classic commuter and e-bike tires. Applied to Lamplighter, it is optimized for its grip and rolling efficiency with maximum puncture resistance and tread life.

Rubberforce G is designed for American Classic gravel tires. The high structure and high specific surface area (SAS) of the carbon black provide excellent abrasion resistance, high tensile strength, and good tear and cut resistance for off-road riding and exploring.