British wheel model Hunt has a reasonably sizeable vary of wheels now, encompassing highway, by way of CX and gravel to MTB, however now it’s bringing to market a race-specific pair of wheels for its gravel vary to go with the generalist Carbon Gravel, and the racy high finish Limitless Gravel.
With gravel racing evolving into its personal distinct self-discipline, away from basic gravel using and bikepacking, manufacturers have been taking part in catch as much as provide choices to go well with the efficiency wants of essentially the most demanding races like Unbound. The brand new 40 Carbon Gravel Race and 25 Carbon Gravel Race convey aero advantages to a lower cost level, together with hookless rims. Do they belong in our listing of the greatest gravel wheelsets? Solely time and a few thorough testing will inform, however for now, we are able to convey you in control on the small print.
The most important speaking level is the actual fact the edges, each the 25mm and 40mm deep choices have gone hookless. The model has already dabbled in hookless rims on the highway, however reverted again to hooked in 2018 to permit clients to make use of a wider vary of tyres. Now that, particularly in gravel, the vary of tyres obtainable hookless is not a disadvantage, Hunt is having a second stab at hookless, and notes the edges will be made stronger, about 15g lighter, and extra aero too.
The 40mm possibility encompasses a 30mm vast exterior and a 25mm inside width, making it a smidge narrower and a smidge shallower than the range-topping 42 Limitless Gravel wheelset. The 25mm possibility is barely wider at 33mm exterior and 26mm inside, and its depth would counsel it because the climbing wheel of the 2, however that would not essentially be true.
The truth that the 25 is 3mm wider externally and solely 1mm wider internally results in the conclusion that it has thicker sidewalls, at the very least on the tyre-rim interface, to the tune of 1mm. Hunt notes this rim is designed extra with affect resistance and compliance in thoughts over the aerodynamic effectivity of the 40. The extra burly development of the 25 over the 40 signifies that, regardless of being 15mm shallower, it is solely three grams lighter (1383g vs 1380g). The rougher ambitions of the 25 are additionally clear within the really helpful tyre widths: 35-65mm, vs 28-65mm for the 40.
Aside from the rim variations these wheelsets are ostensibly the identical, sharing the Hunt Dash SL 7.5 hubs, centre-lock disc association and Pillar PSR XTRA spokes, so it’s very a lot a case of select your weapon. There may be additionally notably no 650b provision, as is changing into more and more widespread.
Pricing and availability
Each can be found now for pre-order, with the 40 due within the third week of August and the 25 due the second week of July. The 40 will set you again £899 (approx $1,125) and the 25 £879 (approx $1,100). Head to Hunt for extra.