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American Classic tires already updated for better rolling resistance, durability & tubeless compatibility

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American Classic may have just launched their line of tires, but they’re already giving it some important updates. Since the brands re-launch last September, the team at American Classic has been busy working on how to take their tires to the next level of performance.

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For 2022 the American Classic tire line will feature updated casings with puncture protection, brown sidewalls, and Tubeless Straight Sidewall (TSS, or “hookless”) for compatibility with hookless road/gravel wheels like the CADEX wheel line.

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Will the model names be the same?

Yes, but with updates and upgrades, both in rolling resistance and sizing. For 2022, the American Classic Timekeeper now uses an all-new Stage 3 Armor tubed type-tires and Stage 3S Armor on its Tubeless Ready models.

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The sizing gets more extensive for all road riding with the addition of a 30mm version of the Timekeeper to complement the existing 25 and 28mm models.

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The American Classic Torchbearer is still an all-season tire and gets a new puncture protective update to boost its all-season prowess. The new American Classic Touchbearer boasts Stage 4 Armor for tube-type tires and Stage 4S Armor on its Tubeless Ready tire versions.

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Each one of American Classics’ gravel tires gets updates. The new model retains the tread patterns of the previous but now incorporates the new highest level of puncture protection; Stage 5S Armor on the Tubeless Ready range of gravel tires — claiming both a boost in protection and a drop in weight.

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As far as sizing goes, all American Classic 2022 gravel tires will continue to be offered in 700×40, 700×50, and 650bx47. The Kimberlite is also provided in a 700×35 for easy fit on cyclocross and light-duty gravel rigs.

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If you like the classic look (American Classic), every tire is now available with a new brown sidewall, in addition to the tan and black.

Are the new American Classic tires faster?

The engineering team at American Classic put the newly updated Timekeeper and Kimberlite tires through third-party testing for rolling resistance efficiency against the 2021 models, and both have shown measurable improvement. Though no data has been provided, we have test tires coming to battle head-to-head with the previous models — so stay tuned!

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American Classic Tires — models, sizes, usage

  • Kimberlite: 700×35, 700×40, 700×50, 650bx47 — Gravel
  • Aggregate: 700×40, 700×50, 650bx47 — Gravel
  • Udden: 700×40, 700×50, 650bx47 — Gravel
  • Wentworth: 700×40, 700×50, 650bx47 — Gravel
  • Krumbein: 700×40, 700×50, 650bx47 — Gravel
  • Timekeeper: 700×25, 700×28, 700×30 — Road
  • Torchbearer: 700×25, 700×28, 700×32 — Road
  • Lamplighter: 700×40, 700×50, 650bx47 — City/Urban

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Weights and Full Sizes

To check out the full list of tires with claimed weights (including previous weights of select models), you can download the spreadsheet here.

Pricing and Availablity

Are they the same price? Not exactly. The 2022 tire models will slightly increase though they still sit moderately priced compared with modern performance tires. The new tires will come in $45.00 for tubeless and $40.00 for tubed-type, a price increase of $10.00 all around.

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In addition to selling directly to consumers, for 2022, American Classic will now work with select retailers and distributors. All American Classic tires will be available for sale on its website and the American Classic Amazon web store.

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Grant Fanning
1 year ago

These tires are every bit as good as any $60-$70 tire I’ve ever used.

1 year ago

Nice tires, but my experience is they are undersized. I have the 700*40 Krumbein and it measures 700*36 on a fairly wide rim, my Michelin power gravels were 700*40 and measured 700*40 on the same rim.

1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

Agree. I purchased a set of 700x28c Timekeepers. They were replacing other 28’s that measured out as 27c. Once mounted, they looked skinny. My calipers measured these at 24.5! Pathetic. In every other regard, they were great tires, but jeez, what a disappointment.

1 year ago

Any weights on these tyres guys?

1 year ago

Already increasing the price. Nice bait and switch, I’m sure it’s the same tire. Just another greedy company

1 year ago
Reply to  Kim

May want to watch the news. Cost of materials is going up and cost to ship a container has gone up. Both in a very short time period. Hardly a non domestic manufactured good that isn’t seeing price increases right now. Hell, even many domestic as so much of the raw materials comes from overseas.

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