American Classic announces Performance MTB Tires from $45 USD

American Classic is releasing a lineup of very competitively priced MTB Tires with four new tread patterns spanning Downcountry, Trail and Enduro Riding. Mountain Bikers have been crying out for quality, affordable tires, and the American Classic Mauka, Tectonite, Basanite and Vulcanite are hoping to deliver on that from just $45 USD each. We have the Tectonite and Basanite front and rear-specific tires winging their way to us here in the UK, so a review is on its way. In the meantime, here’s an overview of the tread patterns and casings of these tubeless-ready tires, all of which are optimized for 30mm internal width rims.

American Classic MTB Tires for Downcountry, Trail and Enduro

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Following last year’s relaunch of American Classic with some very attractively priced Road and Gravel tires, the brand is extending its incredible value proposition into the world of Mountain Biking, on par with that of Delium’s range of affordable MTB tires. The Mauka Downcountry Tire, the Tectonite front-specific Trail/Enduro tire, the Basanite rear-specific Trail/Enduro Tire, and the Vulcanite Trail/Enduro Tire, kick things off with price tags no higher than $50 USD. At that price, you simply have to take a second look at these.

American Classic Mauka Downcountry Tire

american classic mauka downcountry mtb tire side profile

All American Classic Tires get a casing featuring an external repeating pattern of an American Eagle

The American Classic Mauka is their answer to Downcountry; a tire that is said to climb like an XC tire but descend like a Trail tire. Available in 29″ x 2.4″ only, the Mauka gets two distinct, alternating pairs of center tread block with subtle ramping at their leading edges. At the edge, we see much taller, irregularly shaped tread blocks that present a much larger surface area, each with significant siping to allow for some fore-aft and lateral flex. In between the center and edge tread blocks are much smaller smaller transitional knobs.

american classic mauke downcountry mtb tire tread pattern

American Classic Tectonite Trail/Enduro Tire

american classic tectonite mtb enduro trail tire side profile front specific directional tread

The Tectonite is American Classic’s front-specific Trail/Enduro Tire with, naturally, a far more aggressive tread patter than the Mauka. Its similarities to the very popular Maxxis Assegai cannot go unmentioned, particularly when we look to the arrangement of the tread blocks down the center. That said, it is no carbon-copy; the center tread here sees no use of siping whatsoever, while the staggered edge-tread blocks are heavily siped perpendicular to the direction of travel.

american classic tectonite tread pattern front specific mtb tire directional

The American Classic Tectonite is available in 29″ x 2.5″ and 27.5″ x 2.5″, both in TR-Armor and EN-Armor casings

American Classic Basanite Trail/Enduro Tire

american classic basanite rear specific mtb tire trail enduro casing options

The American Classic Basanite is their rear-specific trail and enduro offering, with a tread pattern that looks to balance braking performance and rolling resistance. Its center tread knobs are not-so-subtly ramped for fast, straight-line bombing, while their trailing edges are flared to present a much larger surface area against which to push braking forces. 

american classic basanite tread pattern rear specific mtb tire

The American Classic Basanite is available in 29″ x 2.4″ and 27.5″ x 2.4″, both in TR-Armor and EN-Armor casings

American Classic Vulcanite Trail/Enduro Tire

american classic vulcanite mtb tire aggressive tread side profile

The Vulcanite is American Classic’s most aggressive looking mountain bike tire, with a tread pattern that appears to prioritize bite in softer conditions. The tread blocks are taller here, with fewer center tread blocks featuring a ramp at their leading edge.

american classic vulcanite tread pattern

The American Classic Vulcanite is available in 29″ x 2.5″ and 27.5″ x 2.5″, both in TR-Armor and EN-Armor casings

For the Mauka Downcountry Tire, only one casing construction is offered; its their lightest Stage TR-L casing available in 29″ x 2.4″, weighing a claimed 840g. The casing is made up of a 60 TPI fabric at 1.5 ply. The tread pattern is made up of American Classic’s “Rubberforce G” compound; we are awaiting more specifics on that.

For the more aggressive American Classic Tectonite, Basanite and Vulcanite tires, there are two casings from which to choose; the lighter option is the TR-Armor, weighing a claimed 1080g for the 29″ x 2.5″ size. It is a dual-ply 60 TPI tire with a tread pattern made up with a dual-compound rubber. The heavier EN-Armor weighs a claimed 1230g in 29″ x 2.5″. That one is a dual-ply of a 120 TPI fabric with a tread pattern made up with a triple-compound rubber.

It is not yet clear whether any of the American Classic casings feature additional sidewall reinforcement or anything in the way of pinch-flat puncture protection; we are awaiting further information on that, and more information on the durometer of the different rubbers used across the tread patterns.

Pricing & Availability

American Classic MTB Tire Intention Size Claimed Weight (g) Price (USD) Price (GBP) Price (€)
Tectonite Enduro 29″ x 2.5″ 1230  $    50.00  £39.94  €   47.81
Tectonite Enduro 27.5″ x 2.5″ 1150  $    50.00  £39.94  €   47.81
Tectonite Trail 29″x 2.5″ 1080  $    48.00  £37.72  €   45.16
Tectonite Trail 27.5″ x 2.5″ 1010  $    48.00  £37.72  €   45.16
Basanite Enduro 29″ x 2.4″ 1200  $    50.00  £39.94  €   47.81
Basanite Enduro 27.5″ x 2.4″ 1120  $    50.00  £39.94  €   47.81
Basanite Trail 29″ x 2.4″ 1050  $    48.00  £37.72  €   45.16
Basanite Trail 27.5″ x 2.4″ 990  $    48.00  £37.72  €   45.16
Vulcanite Enduro 29″ x 2.5″ 1230  $    50.00  £39.94  €   47.81
Vulcanite Enduro 27.5″ x 2.5″ 1150  $    50.00  £39.94  €   47.81
Vulcanite Trail 29″ x 2.5″ 1080  $    48.00  £37.72  €   45.16
Vulcanite Trail 27.5″ x 2.5″ 1010  $    48.00  £37.72  €   45.16
Mauka Downcountry 29″ x 2.4″ 830  $    45.00  £35.50  €   42.50

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