Fresh for 2021 is the new Enduro Wide and Trail Wide wheelsets from Hunt. The brand has taken a step back, listened to customer and sponsored athletes' feedback, and has found an opportunity to update the wheelsets to better meet the demands of today's riders.
Hunt has aimed to improve the strength to weight ratio of the rim through optimizing the profile, using new in-house testing kit that was designed specifically for this project.
The rim profile changes that the brand has made, when combined with new hubs and spoke configurations have resulted in two new wheelsets with similar weights to their previous iterations but with a significant improvement in impact resistance to denting, says Hunt.
The Enduro Wide V2 wheelset is Hunt’s Enduro focused wheelset and that set is what’s seen the most changes.
Hunt has acknowledged that the front and rear wheel handle different tasks and because of that, the wheelset now sees in mixed rim widths with a 33mm rim for the front and a 31mm at the rear.
A narrower rear wheel offers an improved tyre profile, says Hunt and it also presented the brand the opportunity to redistribute the weight saved to strengthening the rim profile with an internal I-beam structure.
Those rims then get laced to an NDURO hub at the front, and then the rear wheel gets Hunt’s RapidEngage MTB hub with five-degree engagement. Both come with oversized 17mm axles to both increase stiffness and prolong bearing life.
The Enduro Wide V2 wheelset is optimized for 2.35” to 2.6” rubber and gets a 28F, 32R spoke count with triple butted PSR reinforced Pillar spokes. They’re also set to weigh a maximum of 2105g.
Of course, there’s then the Trail Wide V2 wheelset. It’s designed to be a lighter sibling to the Enduro Wide set and rather than just scaling down the Enduro Wide wheelset to a 30mm internal width, it gets its own design.
Still rocking 30mm internal widths, the visually identical but upgraded V2 wheelset finds a 20% improvement in impact resistance, says Hunt.
Both ends get 28 spokes and there’s that RapidEngage hub at the rear. Then there’s a pair of 7075-T6 axles for strength and stiffness, they’re also designed to reduce flex in the hub and help increase bearing life.
The Trail Wide V2 wheelset is claimed to weigh in at a maximum of 1831g.
Both wheelsets come in 650b and 29” sizes, along with a mullet option.
As for prices, the Enduro Wide V2 set is priced at £400 while the Trail Wide V2 will set you back £370 and they’re available from the first week of May.
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