Many of today’s tire brands rely on outside vendors for tire production. By producing American Classic tires in our own factory, we are able to reduce the number of steps that are normally involved in the traditional distribution channel. This also allows us to focus more attention on machine efficiency, logistic planning, and improved engineering. Each of these steps reduce the price of our tires and we pass those savings on to you, the rider. But this doesn’t mean that our tires are lower quality. American Classic tires are made using the same high-quality materials and using similar, if not superior, production methods as other performance tire brands.
Both are clincher tires designed to mate with clincher rims that match current global E.T.R.T.O. standards. Tube-Type clincher tires require the use of an inner tube to both maintain inflation pressure and press the tire against the rim to keep it safely in place. Tubeless Ready clincher tires can be used with or without an inner tube. When used without an inner tube, the Tubeless Ready clincher tires require the use of liquid tubeless sealant to maintain air pressure and must be mated to rim systems that are designed specifically for tubeless use. For more information, see our Tire Basics page.
American Classic clincher tires are compatible with clincher rims that meet current global design standards set by E.T.R.T.O. and fit within the approved rim width range per tire size. To determine if your current rim meets E.T.R.T.O. standards, please contact your wheel or rim manufacturer. For more information on tire and rim compatibility, see our Tire – Rim Compatibility page.
Yes, with some caveats. American Classic tires meet current global standards for clincher based systems as set by E.T.R.T.O.. As long as the tire and rim both meet E.T.R.T.O. standards for tubeless systems, and the tire is placed on an appropriate width rim, the combination is compatible. However, E.T.R.T.O. sets a maximum pressure for hookless systems at 72.5psi (5 bar). Based on E.T.R.T.O.’s maximum pressure limit, we request that the following American Classic tires not be used on hookless rims:
* Lamplighter * Timekeeper with Stage 3 Flat Protection * Torchbearer with Stage 3S Flat Protection
Yes, depending on the width and design of the rim. American Classic tires are compatible with clincher rims that meet current global design standards set by E.T.R.T.O. and fit within the approved width range per tire size. To determine if your current rim meets E.T.R.T.O. standards, please contact your wheel or rim manufacturer. As to rim width, note that both 700 and 29” tire sizes are based on the same 622mm BSD (bead seat diameter). Thus, the diameter of a 29” mountain bike rim should be the same as a 700 road or gravel rim. And both 650b and 27.5” tire sizes are based on the same 584mm BSD. Thus, the diameter of a 27.5” mountain bike rim should be the same as a 650b road or gravel rim. For more information on tire and rim compatibility, see our Tire – Rim Compatibility page.
Tire width is strongly dependent on the rim that they are mounted on. American Classic designs our tires using design size standards specified by E.T.R.T.O.. When a tire is mounted to the correct design size rim, inflated and allowed to sit for 24 hours, and then inflated again, that tire will match the size listed on the side of the tire. Mounting this same tire on a narrower rim will result in a narrow tire. And mounting this same tire on a wider rim will result in wider tire width. For more information, see our Tire Basics page.
Early production 50mm tires may appear undersized depending on the rim they are mounted to. These tires were designed around a rim with an internal width of 27mm. Use on narrower rims will result in a narrower tire width.
This could be the result of an oversized rim or using an outdated tire mounting technique. Prior to the current global standards, some brands were producing rims with oversized diameters. This, combined with tighter tolerances now, will require more effort when installing any brand tire that meets the current globally recognized E.T.R.T.O. standards. And starting the tire installation at the valve will increase the effort required to mount a clincher tire. For more information on tire and rim compatibility, see our Tire – Rim Compatibility page. For suggestions on tire mounting techniques, see our Tire Basics Page.
We have found that most currently available liquid tubeless sealants made for bicycle tires are compatible with American Classic Tubeless Ready tires. We do not recommend the use of automotive sealants or inner tube specific sealants as those mixtures were not formulated for Tubeless Ready bicycle tire use. The amount of sealant each rider uses will vary by tire size and personal preference. We recommend 45ml of sealant for road applications and 60ml of sealant for larger volume gravel tires. Please refer to the sealant manufacturer for more precise sealant volumes. Also, check your tires on a regular basis to ensure there is an ample amount of liquid sealant available to continue providing both sealing functions and plug small punctures.
All pre-2021 American Classic products have been discontinued and are no longer in stock.
Please refer to the Archive section of American Classic’s Product Manuals page. Here you will find documents containing maintenance, spoke lengths, and installation instructions for previous generation American Classic products.
Customer Assurance and Warranty
More details on American Classic’s Tire Road Hazard Replacement Policy can be found on our Assurance page. This page also includes a link to a Replacement Request Form. Submitted forms will be reviewed and customers who meet the minimum requirements will be given a onetime use code that can be applied at Amclassic.com.
American Classic tires have a 2-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. The warranty does not cover normal wear and tear, product abuse, commercial usage, shipping damage, improper installation and/or maintenance, negligence, reckless handling, and/or unauthorized modification. More details on our warranty program can be found on our Assurance page.
American Classic products are currently available thru our website at Amclassic.com, thru our Amazon store, and as original equipment on some bicycles.
Orders placed on Amclassic.com are typically processed within 24 hours and shipped within two business days excluding holidays. Orders placed via Amazon are processed and shipped based on the selected freight option. Note that freight times may increase around holidays.
Orders placed on Amclassic.com are typically shipped via ground services. Additional shipping options, like expedited shipping, are available via our Amazon store.
At the moment, we are only accepting orders on Amclassic.com for addresses within the United States. American Classic tires can be ordered via our Amazon store and shipped to most countries around the world.
For orders placed on Amclassic.com, a tracking number will be provided via email once your order has been shipped. Tracking information will come directly from Amazon for orders placed on their website. Amazon orders can also be tracked by looking up your order on their website.
For orders placed on amclassic.com please contact our sales department at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately after placing your order. Once your order has been shipped, we are no longer able to cancel the order. You can also utilize our return policy to send back the product and receive a full refund. Details can be found on our refund policy page. For orders placed on Amazon, visit your orders page and follow the directions they provide.
American Classic offers a 30-day refund policy on items purchased from amclassic.com. Additional details can be found on our refund policy page. Amazon has a separate return/refund policy. To learn more, visit your orders page and click on the ‘Return or replace items’ button.