American Classic Aggregate gravel tire review - solid performance at an affordable price

The relatively low price tag may suggest a budget offering but does the Aggregate punch above its weight?

Image shows detail of American Classics Aggregate gravel tire
(Image credit: Luke Friend)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

It’s hard to discuss the Aggregate without constantly referencing its price. There aren’t too many $45 gravel tires on the market. There are even less that perform well. At almost half the cost of some of its rivals the Aggregate is a solid tire that becomes noteworthy when you consider value of money too. It’s not the lightest, fastest or grippiest in its field but it performs strongly enough across all these key areas for it to be in the conversation. Figure in the price and it might just tip the balance, even when viewed against slightly better performing, but far more costly, tires. On a budget, sometimes ‘solid’ is more than good enough.

Reasons to buy
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    Value for money

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    Supple ride quality

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    Available in three widths and a 650b option

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Reasons to avoid
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    Not quite as grippy as some rival tires

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Having started out in 1982 making aluminum bikes and components, American Classic has relaunched in recent times. Initially it’s focus is on tires, offering a range for gravel, road, mountain and city riding, all at affordable prices.

The Aggregate tires are part of its gravel line-up, which currently consists of five models, with treads for a range of riding conditions and terrain.

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Freelance writer

Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.