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American Classic Wheels Recalled!!

Old 08-15-05, 02:45 PM
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American Classic Wheels Recalled!!

This from the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

American Classic Bicycle Wheels Recall



August 8, 2005
American Classic is recalling about 2,850 of its road and mountain bike wheels. The hub in the bicycle’s rear wheel can fail to engage properly, causing no resistance when pedaling. The bicycle rider could lose balance, fall and suffer injuries.

The recall includes all American Classic aftermarket rear wheels and hubs, as well as the following 2005 bike models which use American Classic rear wheels or hubs: Fuji Team Super Lite (Team SL); Orbea Aletta, Onix, Lobular 50, Dama Race, Mitis and Mitis Dama models; Felt F55 and F2C; Fetish Cycles Road and Mountain Bikes; Argon 18; and Motobecane LeChampion SL.

The recalled models were made at the start of January 2005 and the outside of the rear hub shell has a serial number that starts with the letter “S.” The serial number is printed on the center of the hub shell opposite to the American Classic logo. Front wheels and front hubs are not included in this recall.

The wheels were sold at bicycle specialty stores nationwide from January 2005 through June 2005 for about $240 (per rear hub).

Consumers should stop using the bike wheels with the recalled hubs and contact your local bicycle retailer to receive a free inspection. If you have a recalled wheel, the dealer will provide a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact American Classic at (800) 345-8356 or log on to the firm’s Web site at www.amclassic.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

https://consumeraffairs.com/recalls04...n_classic.html
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Yeah, it has really delayed me taking delivery of my F55.
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I got my Motobecane Team SL before they announce the recall. Bikesdirect was very proactive in notifying me about the recall. American Classic took care of it promptly, so all in all I have no complaints.

BTW - notice the Fuji Team SL and Motobecane Le Champion SL were both included - more evidence that they are the same bike.......
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BTW - notice the Fuji Team SL and Motobecane Le Champion SL were both included - more evidence that they are the same bike.......[/QUOTE]


Tell me more, I missed the previous discussion...
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Is it just me, or are those hubs loud as hell??? This is going to be great trying to get the stoners at the LBS felt dealer to repair my hub.
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Man - don't know if I can find the thread. Its pretty long too. The gist of it is that the Motobecane Le Champion and Fuji Team SL appear to be the same bike. Weights the same. The geometry specs are EXACTLY the same, it has the same downtube (pretty distinctive shape) and it has the "XFusion SL" label on the seat stays.
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Originally Posted by BoogieMan
Is it just me, or are those hubs loud as hell??? This is going to be great trying to get the stoners at the LBS felt dealer to repair my hub.
I have a set of these and the hubs are not as loud as the Dura Ace hubs they replaced. I actually find them quite quiet with a very nice hi quality ratchet sound.

Why take it to the stoners? My understanding is they send a voucher that you can take to any dealer.
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Ravenmore, canili, the thread was at:

https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/117464-pics-new-bike-awesome-deal.html

I just bought one myself; before reading about the recall. Does anyone know if bikesdirect is already shipping/still shipping?
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kewl thanks - didn't have the time to go digging for it.
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I think bikesdirect has already taken care of all the ones they have in inventory, so you shouldn't have to worry about it.
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I have a set of CR420's that are in question, and I'm awaiting the repairs parts.

Another issue I have with the wheels is that I'm using them on my 10 speed Dura Ace setup, and the cassette gears are eating into the cassette body. When I last took the gears off for cleaning, I needed to put the chain whip on them to reverse the direction so that they would release and slide off. There are very substantial 'bite marks' on the body. I spoke with American Classic about this situation (no such problem on my other ride with Kysrium SL's), and they referenced that Shimano has made some slight changes to the depth of the teeth that engage the body, and that is causing the problem. Currently, there is no fix, other than them sending along another body (which they've promised to do) that will encounter the same problem.

They really should mention this problem to consumers before they buy the wheelset, because there are other cost-equal options available.
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Originally Posted by gcthree
I have a set of CR420's that are in question, and I'm awaiting the repairs parts.

Another issue I have with the wheels is that I'm using them on my 10 speed Dura Ace setup, and the cassette gears are eating into the cassette body. When I last took the gears off for cleaning, I needed to put the chain whip on them to reverse the direction so that they would release and slide off. There are very substantial 'bite marks' on the body. I spoke with American Classic about this situation (no such problem on my other ride with Kysrium SL's), and they referenced that Shimano has made some slight changes to the depth of the teeth that engage the body, and that is causing the problem. Currently, there is no fix, other than them sending along another body (which they've promised to do) that will encounter the same problem.

They really should mention this problem to consumers before they buy the wheelset, because there are other cost-equal options available.
Can you replace the AC FreeHub body with a Shimano Dura Ace part?
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