We previewed Hunt Bike Wheels in January. An abortive search for quality lightweight alloy wheels, which could be used for everyday riding on UK roads, led the company’s founders to decide to build and sell their own.
They wanted wider, aero-section rims to improve rolling resistance and grip and reduce punctures. The wheels had to be future-proof, so tubeless-ready, and in the case of the disc brake wheels to be able to handle whatever standards the market threw at them.
The four model range starts with the 1589g (all weights manufacturer claimed) 4Season Aero wheelset retailing at £279. Campag or Shimano/SRAM versions are available to fit 9, 10 or 11 speed cassettes. Aluminium hubs roll on sealed stainless bearings. Spokes are aero butted steel J-bend with brass nipples: 20 front radial, 24 rear two-cross. Rim height is 28mm and external width is 22mm.
Next up is Race Season Aero Road wheelset at 1420g and priced at £399. Rim profile is the same, but the spokes are straight pull steel aero section with aluminium nipples and there’s a corresponding straight-pull hub. The quick release slims down too.
The top rim-brake wheelset is the £459, 1480g Race Season Aero Wide. Rim depth increases to 31mm and the external width to 24mm.
Finally, for disc brake fans there’s the 1585g Mason x Hunt 4Season disc road wheelset. Rims are asymmetric disc-specific 27mm deep by 23mm external width. 24 J-bend spokes are laced two-cross front and rear. Future-proofing has been considered with quick release hubs which are adaptable to take 12mm or 15mm thru axles and have centrelock disc mounts and come with six-bolt adapters. Rear hubs are 135mm wide with 142mm adapters available.
The Mason x Hunt wheels are specified on the eagerly-awaited Mason Cycles steel and aluminium cycles launched by ex-Kinesis designer Dom Mason – another part of the Sussex cycle business cluster.
You can pre-order Hunt wheels now, with delivery from the Taiwanese builders expected in June. There’s a 60 day money back guarantee on undamaged wheels, even if they have been ridden.
For more information see Hunt Bike Wheels‘ website.