American Classic Krumbein gravel tyre review

Impressive performance for such a cheap tyre

American Classic Krumbein tyres leaning against a wall
(Image credit: Future)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

At just over half the price of many performance gravel tyres, American Classic’s Krumbeins are notably cheap. The puncture protection and grip (in dry conditions) is particularly impressive, but naturally there are some areas which see a compromise. The compound isn’t very tacky, compromising grip on wet rocks, and they do weigh quite a bit. If you’re after a performance tyre, you’re going to need to increase your price band a fair bit, but if you’re just after something which is robust and does an all-round reasonably good job, these are a very economical option.

Reasons to buy
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    Robust, durable carcass

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    Grippy in dusty conditions

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    Higher volume sizes

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    Very cheap

Reasons to avoid
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    The compound isn’t very tacky and struggles on wet rocks

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    The knobs are still too shallow to be good in the mud

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American Classic launched in 1982, manufacturing wheels, hubs and seat posts. Although it closed down in 2018, the brand relaunched in 2021 with a whole new range of tyres. 

Across the models, the design is geared towards maximum performance at minimum cost – they’re not trying to compete directly with the very best tyres on the market, instead going for functional affordability.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg