Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Hunt wheels

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Hunt wheels

Old 07-25-23, 01:55 PM
  #1  
Full Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2021
Posts: 277
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 141 Post(s)
Liked 100 Times in 55 Posts
Hunt wheels

Hi folks.

I'm after some new wheels for my Tarmac SL6 Sport (lighter and more aero than the DT Swiss/105 ones it came with) and I'm looking at the Hunt Aerodynamicist 4454 set.

I was chatting to people at my club ride yesterday and there's one guy who has those wheels, albeit with the alu spokes, rather than the carbon spokes, and he absolutely loves them. However, I then got chatting to another guy and he's friends with a guy who is a mechanic at a local store and apparently they see lots of Hunt wheels with issues, so now I'm a little unsure. What are people's real world experiences of Hunt wheels?

If not Hunts, any alternatives?

Last edited by Doomrider74; 07-25-23 at 02:18 PM.
Doomrider74 is offline  
Old 07-25-23, 02:35 PM
  #2  
I like speed
 
oris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Eastvale, CA
Posts: 219

Bikes: Cannondale SuperSix Hi Mod, Specialized Allez Sprint, Bottecchia Emme 4 SL

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 77 Post(s)
Liked 121 Times in 61 Posts
It's come up a few times here in the forum but they're chinese wheels with western marketing.

I had a pair of the Aerodynamicist 54's and they were OK. They didn't have any issues and worked well tubeless. However they were lackluster and I didn't see any performance difference when compared to the Zipp 303s. They actually turned me off deeper section wheels since they took a lot of effort to get up to speed.
oris is offline  
Likes For oris:
Old 07-25-23, 03:11 PM
  #3  
Super-duper Genius
 
Broctoon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Muskrat Springs, Utah
Posts: 1,713
Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 768 Post(s)
Liked 984 Times in 508 Posts
I don’t have Hunt carbon wheels, but I have a set of their aluminum Aero 4 Season wheels, and they’re great. I’ve used them on my road bike the past four years on all kinds of terrain and conditions. No complaints!
Broctoon is offline  
Old 07-25-23, 03:49 PM
  #4  
Advocatus Diaboli
 
Sy Reene's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Wherever I am
Posts: 8,714

Bikes: Merlin Cyrene, Nashbar steel CX

Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4813 Post(s)
Liked 1,553 Times in 1,018 Posts
Originally Posted by oris
It's come up a few times here in the forum but they're chinese wheels with western marketing.
.
This probably includes most all CF wheels, for example Enve, owned by Anta Sports
Sy Reene is offline  
Old 07-25-23, 04:07 PM
  #5  
Habitual User
 
Eric F's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Altadena, CA
Posts: 8,254

Bikes: 2023 Niner RLT 9 RDO, 2018 Trek Procaliber 9.9 RSL, 2018 Storck Fascenario.3 Platinum, 2003 Time VX Special Pro, 2001 Colnago VIP, 1999 Trek 9900 singlespeed, 1977 Nishiki ONP

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5111 Post(s)
Liked 8,440 Times in 3,984 Posts
Originally Posted by Sy Reene
This probably includes most all CF wheels, for example Enve, owned by Anta Sports
Are you sure about that?
Originally Posted by Enve website
We’re proud to manufacture our rims and wheelsets by hand in Ogden, Utah, USA but not simply out of patriotism. At ENVE, everything related to our rim and wheel production is under the roof of our new state-of-the-art facility: manufacturing, assembly, design, R&D, our test lab, customer support and the business team.
__________________
"Swedish fish. They're protein shaped." - livedarklions
Eric F is offline  
Old 07-25-23, 04:30 PM
  #6  
Advocatus Diaboli
 
Sy Reene's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Wherever I am
Posts: 8,714

Bikes: Merlin Cyrene, Nashbar steel CX

Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4813 Post(s)
Liked 1,553 Times in 1,018 Posts
Originally Posted by Eric F
Are you sure about that?
I'm sure that Enve is owned by a Chinese company, so they are Chinese wheels. But, then again, so are Volvos. Who cares?
Sy Reene is offline  
Old 07-25-23, 04:38 PM
  #7  
Habitual User
 
Eric F's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Altadena, CA
Posts: 8,254

Bikes: 2023 Niner RLT 9 RDO, 2018 Trek Procaliber 9.9 RSL, 2018 Storck Fascenario.3 Platinum, 2003 Time VX Special Pro, 2001 Colnago VIP, 1999 Trek 9900 singlespeed, 1977 Nishiki ONP

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5111 Post(s)
Liked 8,440 Times in 3,984 Posts
Originally Posted by Sy Reene
I'm sure that Enve is owned by a Chinese company, so they are Chinese wheels. But, then again, so are Volvos. Who cares?
The parent company of the parent company (grandparent company?) that owns Enve is Chinese. The manufacturing of the product happens in Utah. Enve does more than just assemble overseas parts.
__________________
"Swedish fish. They're protein shaped." - livedarklions
Eric F is offline  
Old 07-25-23, 04:39 PM
  #8  
Advocatus Diaboli
 
Sy Reene's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Wherever I am
Posts: 8,714

Bikes: Merlin Cyrene, Nashbar steel CX

Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4813 Post(s)
Liked 1,553 Times in 1,018 Posts
Originally Posted by Eric F
The parent company of the parent company (grandparent company?) that owns Enve is Chinese. The manufacturing of the product happens in Utah. Enve does more than just assemble overseas parts.
Ok, and? If people think that the Chinese don't know how to work plastic, they're delusional.
Sy Reene is offline  
Old 07-25-23, 04:46 PM
  #9  
Habitual User
 
Eric F's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Altadena, CA
Posts: 8,254

Bikes: 2023 Niner RLT 9 RDO, 2018 Trek Procaliber 9.9 RSL, 2018 Storck Fascenario.3 Platinum, 2003 Time VX Special Pro, 2001 Colnago VIP, 1999 Trek 9900 singlespeed, 1977 Nishiki ONP

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5111 Post(s)
Liked 8,440 Times in 3,984 Posts
Originally Posted by Sy Reene
Ok, and? If people think that the Chinese don't know how to work plastic, they're delusional.
You characterized Enve as "Chinese wheels with western marketing". IMO, Enve doesn't really match that description.

I have not made any comments about Chinese manufacturing capabilities.
__________________
"Swedish fish. They're protein shaped." - livedarklions
Eric F is offline  
Old 07-25-23, 05:09 PM
  #10  
Full Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2021
Posts: 277
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 141 Post(s)
Liked 100 Times in 55 Posts
Originally Posted by Eric F
You characterized Enve as "Chinese wheels with western marketing". IMO, Enve doesn't really match that description.

I have not made any comments about Chinese manufacturing capabilities.
Can we get back on topic now, please?
Doomrider74 is offline  
Old 07-25-23, 06:14 PM
  #11  
Senior Member
 
Sierra_rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2023
Location: NorCal
Posts: 646

Bikes: Santa Cruz Blur 4 TR, Canyon Endurace cf sl, Canyon Ultimate cf slx, Canyon Strive enduro, Canyon Grizl sl8

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 268 Post(s)
Liked 1,162 Times in 441 Posts
I've been running Hunt carbon 50 discs for a few years now. For the price point, they hit the spot IMO. No issues with them and I would buy them again.
Sierra_rider is offline  
Likes For Sierra_rider:
Old 07-25-23, 10:54 PM
  #12  
Grupetto Bob
 
rsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2020
Location: Seattle-ish
Posts: 6,552

Bikes: Bikey McBike Face

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2743 Post(s)
Liked 6,096 Times in 3,108 Posts
I have Hunt 60s with carbon bladed spokes and prefer them by far over my Nir 35s. Reviews I have read said that 45s are the best of both worlds of aero and weight. I really enjoy how they cut the air but the 60s can be tricky on high speed descents with cross winds. If I were to do it over again, I would go with 50s or maybe 45s. I got their standard hub and it is LOUD, but the benefit is that pedestrians will get out of your way without saying a word.

The bike shop I frequent (mostly Italian racing bikes) says they have several members of their fast group rides on Hunts.


__________________
Road 🚴🏾‍♂️ & Mountain 🚵🏾‍♂️







rsbob is offline  
Likes For rsbob:
Old 07-26-23, 04:11 PM
  #13  
Super WW
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NY (state)
Posts: 669

Bikes: A really light one and a really heavy one.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 70 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 43 Times in 15 Posts
I had a set of hunt alu wheels years ago and I was unimpressed. I was glad they were still so popular then as I was able to sell them and recoup most of the money I'd spent.
cyclebycle13 is offline  
Old 07-26-23, 04:17 PM
  #14  
Senior Member
 
msu2001la's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Posts: 2,896
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1467 Post(s)
Liked 1,495 Times in 876 Posts
I know many people who have Hunt wheels and am not aware of any widespread issues with them. I've looked at their products and considered buying from them, but I found the Zipp designs and lifetime warranty to be more compelling to me.

I assume Hunt is using Chinese manufacturing facilities, which is no different than Roval, Zipp, DT Swiss, Reynolds, etc. I don't think characterizing Hunt as "Chinese wheels with western marketing" is accurate. From what I can tell, they have a headquarters office in the UK. This seems a little different than a company like Light Bicycle, which has a "western marketing" style website, but their headquarters is in China. Also I know many people on this forum with Light Bicycle wheels who are happy with them and I also considered buying their products in the past.
msu2001la is offline  
Likes For msu2001la:
Old 07-27-23, 10:47 AM
  #15  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Westchester, NY
Posts: 529

Bikes: Scott Foil RC, Specialized Aethos

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 292 Post(s)
Liked 162 Times in 108 Posts
Originally Posted by Doomrider74
Hi folks.

I'm after some new wheels for my Tarmac SL6 Sport (lighter and more aero than the DT Swiss/105 ones it came with) and I'm looking at the Hunt Aerodynamicist 4454 set.

I was chatting to people at my club ride yesterday and there's one guy who has those wheels, albeit with the alu spokes, rather than the carbon spokes, and he absolutely loves them. However, I then got chatting to another guy and he's friends with a guy who is a mechanic at a local store and apparently they see lots of Hunt wheels with issues, so now I'm a little unsure. What are people's real world experiences of Hunt wheels?

If not Hunts, any alternatives?
Hunt's main selling points are availability, price to performance, and customer service. By no means are they the lowest price or the best performing wheel and quite frankly aesthetically and sound wise they are very subjective. Some people will love the low key matte black wheels and others will find it boring and some will hate the loud hub and others will really enjoy it. With this said I have had five sets of Hunt wheels and two of them had cracks at the nipples and returns and shipping was easy and fast since all you need to do is pack them up and drop them off usually at UPS and in the meantime Hunt will ship you replacements from their Colorado warehouse. I never kept my Hunts long enough to really determine long term reliability and to be frank I wouldn't want to own these past the standard 3 year warranty or buy these used since I have heard the rebranded Novatec hubs kind of start to fail.

Three alternatives that I think offer better value and or performance but simply don't have Hunt's customer service and availability just yet are: Winspace's Hyper Wheels, Elite Wheels Drive Series, and 9Velo's LV or CD Series. IMO the 2023 Hyper D45 are hands down some of the best wheels you can buy in terms of weight and performance and price. The Elite Wheels are some of the lightest wheels at $1000 shipped and w/ 50mm wheels weighing 1290g. The 9Velo LV series has to be one of the best value wheels out there since you can get a set for under $800 shipped and these wheels are more robust yet lighter than Hunt's entry level Aero line. A LV35 wheelset starts at 1300g.
Jrasero is offline  
Likes For Jrasero:
Old 07-27-23, 10:56 AM
  #16  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Westchester, NY
Posts: 529

Bikes: Scott Foil RC, Specialized Aethos

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 292 Post(s)
Liked 162 Times in 108 Posts
Whatever you do, I urge you not to fall into the Zipp 303s trap. Yes Zipp 303s are well priced and yes SRAM has an amazing warranty but these are such "mid" wheels that force you onto basically a gravel wheel at 25mm internal width and to go hookless and basically force you to go tubeless. Those are too many caveats to simply overlook that the 303s are well priced and offer a good warranty. I am not against wider internal rims or hookless but I do believe these shouldn't be on "race" bikes but rather gravel and MTB
Jrasero is offline  
Likes For Jrasero:
Old 07-27-23, 01:54 PM
  #17  
I like speed
 
oris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Eastvale, CA
Posts: 219

Bikes: Cannondale SuperSix Hi Mod, Specialized Allez Sprint, Bottecchia Emme 4 SL

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 77 Post(s)
Liked 121 Times in 61 Posts
Originally Posted by Jrasero
Whatever you do, I urge you not to fall into the Zipp 303s trap. Yes Zipp 303s are well priced and yes SRAM has an amazing warranty but these are such "mid" wheels that force you onto basically a gravel wheel at 25mm internal width and to go hookless and basically force you to go tubeless. Those are too many caveats to simply overlook that the 303s are well priced and offer a good warranty. I am not against wider internal rims or hookless but I do believe these shouldn't be on "race" bikes but rather gravel and MTB
The Zipp 303s has an internal width of 23mm. However this year's Tour de France showed tubeless and 28c tires are becoming the norm. Hookless and tubeless aren't for everyone but so are disc brakes.

My initial comment about Chinese manufacturing with Western marketing applies to other companies such as Scribe Wheels. I'm talking about "boutique" wheels made overseas in Asia with a headquarters in the UK. The message I was trying to convey is that the wheels aren't bad or inferior but don't offer anything noteworthy aside from cost. However Light Bicycle offers similar spec'd wheels for about a 1/3 less money if you can wait.

Getting back on topic with Hunt wheels, I had ridden them for about a year and thought the Hunt 54's were unremarkable but solid. To be fair, that rim depth didn't fit my riding style. A buddy of mine uses the Hunt 44's on his Aethos and hasn't had any issues after a few thousand miles. He originally was eyeing the Zipp 303s but turned off with being hookless and tubeless. However low and behold, look who's been running road tubeless on the Hunt's now?

I've owned Superteam, Scribe, Hunt and Zipp wheels through the years. I've only kept the Scribe 32's as spares and the Zipp 303s as the daily drivers. The Superteam, Scribe and Hunt wheels were all hooked carbon rims but had their own style hubs.
oris is offline  
Old 07-27-23, 02:51 PM
  #18  
Senior Member
 
msu2001la's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Posts: 2,896
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1467 Post(s)
Liked 1,495 Times in 876 Posts
Originally Posted by Jrasero
Whatever you do, I urge you not to fall into the Zipp 303s trap. Yes Zipp 303s are well priced and yes SRAM has an amazing warranty but these are such "mid" wheels that force you onto basically a gravel wheel at 25mm internal width and to go hookless and basically force you to go tubeless. Those are too many caveats to simply overlook that the 303s are well priced and offer a good warranty. I am not against wider internal rims or hookless but I do believe these shouldn't be on "race" bikes but rather gravel and MTB
Pro race teams seem to disagree with this take. Most of them are on wider tubeless tires now.

UAE was running 28mm tubeless on 25mm internal hookless Enve rims during the Tour de France.

https://www.bikeradar.com/features/p...nce-tyre-tech/
msu2001la is offline  
Old 07-27-23, 03:54 PM
  #19  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Westchester, NY
Posts: 529

Bikes: Scott Foil RC, Specialized Aethos

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 292 Post(s)
Liked 162 Times in 108 Posts
Originally Posted by msu2001la
Pro race teams seem to disagree with this take. Most of them are on wider tubeless tires now.

UAE was running 28mm tubeless on 25mm internal hookless Enve rims during the Tour de France.

https://www.bikeradar.com/features/p...nce-tyre-tech/
You mean the women are. There are very few teams that run a 23mm+ internal width wheel and tubeless besides the women teams
https://road.cc/content/feature/tour...3-bikes-302799
Jrasero is offline  
Old 07-27-23, 03:56 PM
  #20  
Advocatus Diaboli
 
Sy Reene's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Wherever I am
Posts: 8,714

Bikes: Merlin Cyrene, Nashbar steel CX

Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4813 Post(s)
Liked 1,553 Times in 1,018 Posts
Originally Posted by msu2001la
Pro race teams seem to disagree with this take. Most of them are on wider tubeless tires now.

UAE was running 28mm tubeless on 25mm internal hookless Enve rims during the Tour de France.

https://www.bikeradar.com/features/p...nce-tyre-tech/
Works for a team with average 65kg body weight.
Interesting though, Silca's pro pressure calculator returns ideal pressure of about 77psi for tubeless pro tour rider with total system weight of 75kg and 28mm tires. That's above the supposed 'safe' inflation hookless limit.
Sy Reene is offline  
Likes For Sy Reene:
Old 07-27-23, 05:10 PM
  #21  
Senior Member
 
msu2001la's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Posts: 2,896
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1467 Post(s)
Liked 1,495 Times in 876 Posts
Originally Posted by Jrasero
You mean the women are. There are very few teams that run a 23mm+ internal width wheel and tubeless besides the women teams
https://road.cc/content/feature/tour...3-bikes-302799
The link I posted literally includes photo's of Tadej Pogacar's tire measuring 31.3mm wide on a digital caliper. This is a tubeless tire with a labeled width of 28mm mounted on an Enve SES 4.5 wheel that has an internal measurement of 25mm.

18 of 21 stage winning bikes were running tubeless tires at the 2023 Tour de France.

5 stages were won on wheels of 23mm internal or wider. These included:
Enve SES 4.5 = 25mm internal (3 stage wins)
Black Inc 28//33 = 23mm internal
Bontrager Aeolus RSL 62 = 23mm internal

Tour de France Tech Trends 2023 - Who won what with what? | Cyclingnews
The Stage-Winning Bikes from the 2023 Tour de France – The Pro's Closet (theproscloset.com)

Last edited by msu2001la; 07-27-23 at 07:34 PM.
msu2001la is offline  
Old 07-28-23, 01:19 PM
  #22  
Newbie
 
reyft's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2023
Posts: 11
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
this kind of clear my mind regarding terra cl for my road bike, at internal width of 25mm, light and resistant.
reyft is offline  
Old 08-06-23, 05:10 AM
  #23  
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2023
Posts: 33
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Liked 10 Times in 9 Posts
I have a set of 48 limitless and a pair of 60 limitless on. different bike, I have more miles on the 48s which I really like, the 60s do catch more cross wind than the 48s, I actually bought a different front wheel for that bike with the 60s in case its a really windy day. most people probable wouldn't need to do that but I just am a little concerned with the 60s on a really windy day

the 48s have an internal width of 22.5 which they say is perfect for 28s (what hunt told me)
andydallas is offline  
Likes For andydallas:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.