Wheel wizards, HUNT, have released a new set of carbon rimmed all-mountain wheels with a lifetime crash replacement warranty and low £789 price tag.
The £789 HUNT All-Mountain Carbon H_Impact wheelset might not have a name that easily rolls off the tongue, but they have a price that is easier on the wallet than most carbon wheelsets plus a warranty that will keep you from worrying too much each time you hit a sharp rock.
HUNT is offering its first carbon mountain bike rim in both 27.5in and 29in wheel options both at the same price and both featuring a wide 28mm internal rim measurement. As we’ve seen from other, more expensive carbon wheels, HUNT has tuned the wheelset to include front and rear-specific carbon lay-ups to improve compliance upfront and high impact strength on the rear.
The front specific rim weighs in at 460g for the 27.5in wheel and is laced up with just 28 spokes. The fewer spokes combined with the unique lay-up is tuned to offer better handling and vibration absorption. For the rear wheel, 32 spokes are used and a heavier 530g carbon lay-up is used to offer better impact protection.
HUNT’s all-mountain carbon wheels use RapidEngage MTB hubs with just 3° of engagement laced to the custom carbon rims with Sandvik T302 stainless steel, triple-butted, J-bend spokes.
Although marketed and aimed at the all-mountain crowd, HUNT worked with downhill riders Becci Skelton and Tom Makin on the new wheelset to ensure they can stand up to plenty of rough and tumble.
HUNT Downhill Privateer Wheelset
In addition to the new All-Mountain Carbon H_Impact wheelset, HUNT has also announced a new alloy downhill wheelset called the Downhill Privateer Wheelset. Costing just £359, this durable set of hoops uses an alloy 6069-T6 rim material with a 26mm internal rim width.
The same super quick RapidEngage hubs are used as the carbon wheelset, but running attacher 1.8mm central butting J-bend spokes for additional durability.
HUNT Race XC Wide
If you’re more inclined to ride up mountains than smash down them, then the new HUNT Race XC Wide wheelset could be for you. Designed for the demands of modern technical cross country racing, the Race XC Wide is only available as a 29in wheelset with a 24mm internal rim width.
The £399 wheelset weighs in at just 1486g and used the same blend of 6069-T6 alloy for the rims as the downhill wheelset. Although this wheelset is aimed at XC racers, HUNT states that they are durable enough for anyone planning to use them on a longer travel “downcountry” bike.
For more information on the new range of HUNT wheels head over to the HUNT website here.
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