Following the launch of their affordable gravel tires last year, American Classic is back with a new range of mountain bike tires suited to wide range of conditions. The launch consists of four tread patterns and three construction technologies for all kinds of riding. Affordability remains the name of the game with prices starting at just $45 per tire.
Mauka is American Classic’s all-condition downcountry tire. It’s designed to climb like an XC tire and descend like a trail tire, making it a promising option for rowdy singletrack-heavy bikepacking routes. A fast-rolling centre tread combined with sturdy side lugs and their lightweight 1.5-ply 60 TPI Stage TR-L construction makes the Mauka a solid option for aggressive, cross-country style riding. It’s only offered in 29 x 2.4″ and costs $45 USD.
The Vulcanite is a chunky trail tire with tall knobs that are designed to grip into loose, rocky terrain and slippery roots. It’s offered in both their 2-ply 60 TPI Stage TR Armor and 2-ply 120 TPI Stage EN Armor, and comes in two sizes: 29 x 2.5″ and 27.5 x 2.5″. It’s priced between $48 and $50, depending on the level of construction.
The front-specific Tectonite tire is another chunky trail offering with alternating knob positions to offer predictable grip through high-speed turns and changing trail conditions. Like the Vulcanite, it’s available in two construction levels, 29 x 2.5″ and 27.5 x 2.5″, sizes and starts at $48.
The rear-specific Basanite tire has ramped knobs for improved rolling resistance with deep shoulder lugs and centre knobs for braking control and grip in any conditions. It’s offered in trail and enduro construction levels, two sizes: 29 x 2.4″ and 27.5 x 2.4″, and costs $48 or $50 depending on the level.
You can browse their entire lineup at AMClassic.com.
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