Hunt Bike Wheels launches new Team Edition carbon tubular

Designed for the Bike Channel-Canyon UCI Continental pro team, Hunt’s new carbon tubular wheelset is its first tubular wheel.

The Bike Channel-Canyon team has been training and racing on Hunt’s tubeless-ready clincher wheelsets, but wanted a tubular rim for the most important races, principally since tubs allow riders to roll on on flat tyres while waiting for a wheel change.

With its emphasis on aero performance, Hunt developed a wide tubular rim, at 25mm, for grip and rolling resistance benefits, as well as a rounded aero profile. It says it also incorporated its basalt ceramic fibre rim braking surfaces for excellent, consistent braking. Hunt has also used a 48 tooth ratchet three pawl mechanism in its freehub for 7.5 degree engagement.

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The new wheelsets are Hunt's first tubulars

Hunt’s tubular wheelsets will be available in two options. Priced at £849, the Hunt Team 45Carbon Aero (opens in new tab) is 45mm deep with a claimed weight of 1379g and designed for hillier courses. The rim is a mix of Toray T700 and T800 fibre and laced with 20 front and 24 rear straight pull aero spokes to Hunt’s Race Season Sprint hubs.

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On flatter roads, time trials and for sprinters, Bike Channel-Canyon will use the Hunt Team 55/80Carbon Aero (opens in new tab) tubular wheelset. Hunt claims that this deeper section option weighs 1498 grams. As you’d guess, the front wheel is 55mm deep while the rear is 80mm, which Hunt says provides the best combination of high speed balance and predictable handling along with aero benefits.

The braking surface is a High Tg resin for reliable braking and Hunt says its freehub mechanicals are designed to handle the high forces developed in sprints. Price is £989.

Hunt is currently taking pre-orders on the new wheelsets for delivery towards the end of July.

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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.