I enjoy inventing, riding and sharing my technology with our customers. Our goal is to help make your cycling dreams come true – Welcome to American Classic.
Bill Shook, Company President and Engineer
American Classic continues to
change the face of cycling componentry
to improve your cycling experience.
"We make our own stuff."
"American Classic always along for the ride with Gravel Cyclist."
Jason O'Mahoney, founder and editor gravelcyclist.com
To build something truly different American Classic's engineer, Bill Shook and our technical staff work together through every stage of product development and production.
It's a partnership that makes innovation possible and that's exactly how our new products were created.
The Spirit of Innovation
We are actively shaping the future of the bicycle industry and not sitting still to react to what others do.
We remain true to that chosen path. We strive for excellence and pave the way for a successful tomorrow with big picture creative thinking with you, the cyclist, in mind.
Bill Shook, the founder and engineer of American Classic leaves the beaten path to seek new and innovative ways to improve bicycle technology with the single-minded purpose of making bicycle sport enjoyable for all who want to ride and race.
"Stronger, faster, lighter!! American Classic Wheels, what else can I say."
Robert Marion, Captain American Classic Pro Cyclocross and MTB
American Classic is the official wheel sponsor of Fortuneo Vital Concept racing the Tour de France and Vuelta Espana 2016.
Kevin Ledanois won the U23 UCI World Road Racing Champion on AC Carbon Wheels.
Bill Shook Started
Riding at the age of 14. He trained hard and became a champion road and track cyclist, earning a place on the US National Team. While racing, Bill started his design career building his projects in his Dad’s garage.
In the 1970's
In the US, fine equipment was hard to find and that is what sparked the idea of American Classic — a place where Bill could design and distribute high performance components for riders every where.
The first products were new concepts, the lightweight water bottle cage and the revolutionary lightweight adjustab- le seatpost. The rest is history.
He created and fabricated the first large tube aluminum bicycle in the world and raced it all over the country. While racing professionally, Bill strove to find the best equipment, the ligh- test tires and rims.
From a successful racing career, Bill received a master’s degree in mecha- nical engineering from Ohio State Uni- versity. Now he had the engineering expertise and everything was in place for American Classic to become a reality.