Hunt Releases New 'Proven' XC & Enduro Carbon Wheels

Sep 29, 2022 at 6:05
by Henry Quinney  
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Isla Short at the Lenzerheide world cup.Photo by @Attentionbuilders

Hunt have certainly been busy. The wheel manufacturer has in recent years transitioned into bike sales with the Privateer brand, sponsoring world tour road teams and now brings out their Proven models - their carbon rimmed, top tier off-road wheels.

The wheels have been in development for the past two seasons under Hunt's sponsored athletes, namely in XC and enduro. This isn't their first carbon wheelset - the Hunt All Mountain Carbon's are already in their range. Hunt say the Proven Carbon Range is an extension and continuation of all the lessons learned from the All Mountain model. Through those lessons, combined with impact testing, riding and deflection measurements, they realised it would be advantageous to offer a rim that was more tuned to suit specific disciplines.

There will be two models: the Proven Carbon Race XC and the Proven Carbon Race Enduro.


Proven Carbon Race XC

For any XC wheelset, low weight is going to be high on the list of demands. At 1469g, it's certainly relatively light. There are lighter wheels out there, for instance something like the Roval Control range. The SL, whilst weighing a mere 1240g and boasting a 29mm width rim, also costs a not inconsiderable $2650. The Control wheelset, which is the cheaper model in the range and whose weight is essentially on par with Hunt's Proven XC wheels, comes in cheaper at $1350.
Proven Carbon Race XC Details
• 30mm internal rim width
• 22mm rim depth
• For cross country riding and racing
• 5-degree hub engagement
• 1469g a pair
• £899 / $1099 USD / €1169 per wheelset
• Pre-sale begins 30th September 2022

Another comparison could be the 24mm rim width E13 XCX Race carbon wheels weigh 1350g. However, the Hunt's rim is wider. Significantly wider, in fact. The 30mm internal width makes the claimed weight look better still.

Before getting onto what we know the benefits can be with a rider rim profile, a wider rim can also cause the tire to deform less during high cornering loads. This becomes even more relevant when you're running lightweight tires that might not offer that much sidewall support to begin with. Hunt also make the normal claims of offering compliance, damping, control and strength. Compliance and damping are the two that interest me the most, personally, even if only because new product releases are usually with fanfare of stiffness, stiffness, stiffness. Whether these wheels do offer a good level of those attributes is yet to be decided, however it is great to see the industry moving away from a fascination with carbon wheels having to be as stiff as possible.

The slimmed down hubs are Centerlock only, which probably won't put off the dedicated XC crowd too much.

Despite being called XC, there seems to be an acknowledgment from Hunt that what XC is is changing, even if sometimes our attitudes are perhaps slower on the uptake. In 2022, XC is changed. Full suspension bikes are more common, if not universally adopted and we're seeing bikes with longer travel. 120mm for a World Cup race bike would have been unthinkable a few years ago but now more travel and decent geometry mean there are plenty of lightweight fast bikes that are also plenty of fun, too. The Carbon Race XC's are built with this new wave in mind, it would appear, and Hunt say the wheels were built for "lightweight XC bikes with up to 120mm of travel". Somebody, wrestle Levy off his gravel bike and tell him to turn off the Tom DeLonge - he's got some downcountryering to do.

As stated, the rims use a 30mm internal width, which is combined with a rim depth of 22mm. While the claimed benefits are harder to perceive than rim width, or measure the real life implications on the trail, shallower rims can offer a high level of flex, and therefore compliance, than rims with a deeper profile. It also plays into low weight. However, it is something of a balancing act with impact resistance.

The kitchen scales are a welcome addition to a press release.

The wheels use triple-butted Pillar 1420 bladed straight pull spokes and are laced to CNC machined hubs that use dual sealed Revo bearings and feature 5-degree hub engagement. Centerlock disc mounts will also satisfy those wanting to get their rotors off in a jiffy.

Proven Carbon Race XC Competitor Impact Testing


Regarding their in-house testing, Hunt had this to say "Testing is something we take very seriously here at HUNT and having 24/7 access to our new engineering facility and custom impact test rig ensures we are 100% confident that each new HUNT wheelset meets our high standards. The graph below shows the impact test results of Proven Carbon Race XC and leading competitors. The graph below shows the impact energy (J) recorded at the first sign of failure."

They also include a note, further explaining "If we were unlimited in our budgets we would ideally have tested 3-5 of every competitor wheel. So please note this result may not be repeated with other rims of that brand/model." They released similar data for their Trail and Enduro Wide wheels. For more information on their impact tester, you can see pictures from an insert test they let me conduct at their facility. While their data is useful, it's probably worth taking with a pinch of salt, if only because other brands don't release their own findings. It's not to say Hunt shouldn't, but rather it would be nice if everyone did.

Hunt's athletes have been on the wheels for two seasons. Photo by @Jamesvincent

Proven Carbon Race Enduro
While the XC wheels have a uniform rim front and rear, the Proven Carbon Race Enduro wheels have different front and rear rims and spoke gauges. I know this might seem a bit intimidating if you're somebody who's worried about cross-compatibility or the ease of finding spares, but this approach does make a certain amount of sense. I imagine we'll see more brands doing this in the future - there are some that already do.

Proven Carbon Race Enduro Details
• 30mm internal rim width
• Front & rear specific layups
• Oversized 7075 T6 rear axle
• 5-degree hub engagement
• 1920g a pair (29")
• £899 / $1099 USD / €1169 per wheelset
• Pre-sale begins 30th September 2022


The enduro wheels weigh less than 2000g, which is impressive for a wheelset that can handle EWS-levels of punishment. Hunt also claim that their wheels aim to deliver "accuracy, comfort and strength". Accuracy and comfort suggest something that has compliance at its core. Of course, stiffness is something of a balancing act. While high amounts of stiffness are easy to conflate with precision, sometimes a wheel with a bit more give with deflect less and reduce the chance of high-frequency compression pushing the rider off their line.

I imagine this is where having different carbon tunes comes in. For me, my personal preference would be to have something more complaint and elastic on the front, where less of my mass sits, and something both laterally and vertically stiffer on the rear to ward off unwanted flex when driving through the rear of the bike. Of course, we don't want something too flexible on the rear and it will always be a compromise. Hunt reference this and say they wanted to make a front wheel that's accurate for last-minute direction changes but also a wheel that tracks well. They also claim this approach can reduce fatigue and aid comfort.

30mm rims and an oversized rear axle aims to keep enduro riders happy.

Both front and rear Race Enduro rims feature the same 23mm depth and 30mm internal rim width, with Hunt claiming their engineering team has "Manipulated the construction and carbon layup of each to offer tailored handling characteristics". The tougher rear construction adds 61g to the overall rim weight and offers greater strength.

Again, the wheels use Pillar triple butted spokes. There are TB2016 spokes upfront and Pillar TB2018 in the rear. The more extreme butt on the front wheel's spokes should offer more compliance, and the thicker 1.8mm butt on the rear should offer more stiffness. It might seem relatively marginal but how the hub receives information from the rim is all down to the spokes and small changes like spoke gauge can make a real and tangible difference.

Again, the hubs feature Hunt's own CNC machined hubs featuring heat-treated axles, dual-sealed, replaceable Revo bearings and your choice of freehub. Race Enduro will be available in Boost and Super Boost hub spacings, and offered in 29", 27.5", and mixed options.

Proven Carbon Race Enduro Competitor Impact Testing


The graph above shows the impact energy (J) recorded at the first sign of failure. Hunt claim their Proven Race Enduro exhibits an impact strength 12J greater than that of the Hunt All-Mountain Carbon H_Impact wheelset.

All Proven carbon wheelsets ship with Hunt's lifetime crash replacement warranty for the original purchaser, and covers you against accidents and mishaps. Pre-orders available from September 30th. For more information visit

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  • 89 3
 Remember when Enve used to try and sell Carbon wheels starting at $2500? Oh wait, they still do . . .
  • 29 42
flag blowmyfuse (Sep 30, 2022 at 9:34) (Below Threshold)
 No bloody Asian baby fingers poked full of carbon shards at Enve though.
  • 15 0
 @blowmyfuse: But all the pain of internal spoke nipples.
  • 13 2
 @blowmyfuse: Naa jsut the delivery drivers fingers taking back all the broken ones
  • 8 1
 @blowmyfuse: actually not true. They are now manufacturing some wheelsets along with bars, stems, etc in Asia.
  • 13 0
 ENVE AM30 (From the ENVE website)

External Nipples
US Made (including layup & build)
I9 1/1 hubs
30mm internal width
1870 grams (29er)

It seems some of the comments above are incorrect or exaggerated.
  • 13 1
 @UtahBrent: or employee of Sarah Lehman

Urgh, if we really must play that game;

ENVE M6 (from your Enve website)

• Application: Trail/Cross Country
• Inner Rim Width: 30, 35, 40
• Lifetime Incident Protected

• Starting at $2,550

Comments above 100% accurate and not exaggerated.

Say hi to Sarah from me. ;-)
  • 8 0
 @noplacelikeloam: I have not worked for ENVE almost 10 years. I do not have any stake in the company. I actually don’t even live in UT anymore.

But I would like to clarify incorrect or misleading comments about a brand of wheels when people will accept those comments as truth.

Fact is, the wheel sets don’t “start at” $2,500. They “start at” $1,750.

They ARE available with external nipples (at the lower price point, even).

Based on enve claim, the ARE made in the US.
  • 3 2
 @blowmyfuse: ENVE makes plenty of stuff in Asia. Their forks are made in Vietnam for example. It's only the rims and wheels made here. Get off the "ENVE high horse" please.
  • 2 0
 @blowmyfuse: only their rims and maybe one stem are made in the US. Everything else is made in Asia.
  • 68 8
 oooooh light bicycle rims with shit hubs!
  • 5 9
flag wyorider (Sep 30, 2022 at 10:08) (Below Threshold)
 I think you win the PB comments today
  • 2 1
  • 9 2
 I don't really get how these types of operations stay in business when ppl can just buy direct from Light Bicycle, ICAN, etc.
  • 2 3
 Are they really light bicycle?
  • 5 0
 Their V1 hubs were rough but their new stuff is pretty great. Have 2 straight park seasons on one wheelset and they're still rolling without issue.
  • 4 1
 @fiekaodclked: their first version alloy rims were catalog asian stuff that weren’t much good. The precedence is there to question what they are actually selling.
  • 1 2
 @somebody-else: It's obviously a good business model. But for those that can be bothered to source their own bits you can have the same rims, on decent hubs, and hand built by someone decent for the same money.
  • 2 1
 @bkm303: marketing. Just ask Enduro bearings
  • 3 15
flag wyorider (Sep 30, 2022 at 14:44) (Below Threshold)
 I guess some people are out to get me now. Like-just reflexively downvoting me. Adorable.
  • 4 0
 I'm 200lb and ride light bicycle asym rims with Chris King hubs. Wheels cost me ~$900 years ago and zero issues, yes I ride real gnarly terrain (3-4days/week). Nothing wrong with LB rims grom ebay.
  • 2 0
 @oldfartne: Same here. 86kg, 192lbs, and have had 3 sets of LB rims (EN 733’s and EN 933’s) and every set has been beaten and comes back for more. From south Texas chunk, Moab rocks, PNW slabs, Alps park days and Enduros. Cheap and soooo underrated.

I will say some people tend to break rims easier than other due to riding still ie, smooth vs plow. For full transparency I’m the former rather than the later.
  • 4 1
 @oldfartne: I'm not 200 lbs but yes - LB rims are simply bomb proof, end of story
  • 2 3
 1920g carbon enduro wheelset, not exactly light!
  • 40 5
 I guess I just don’t understand why buy carbon wheels that weight 1900 grams..
  • 16 3
 Well, one reason would be that they can take much higher impact energy before failure compared to their aluminum rim as their tests show. It may not only be about weight.
  • 12 2
 My first thought as well. A 1900 gram aluminum wheelset is very stout and much cheaper.
  • 2 6
flag wyorider (Sep 30, 2022 at 9:40) (Below Threshold)
 @tacklingdummy: comparable aluminum build is 2-2.1kg.

The question is-how much is a couple hundred gram weight savings worth??
  • 4 1
 You don't have to true them do you? If you have some extra cash I would think saving yourself the maintenance even if it's not a weight savings might be worth it
  • 1 15
flag mrkkbb (Sep 30, 2022 at 9:56) (Below Threshold)
 @tacklingdummy: a 30 mm alloy wheel below 2000 grams will cost you more than this wheel and will give you a really harsh ride.
  • 8 1
 @misteraustin: impact energy before failure doesn't really tell the whole story though. Alloy is ductile and absorbs energy by bending. composites are not and break quite abruptly when they do break. I wonder how they are counting "first sign of failure"- a moderate bend in an alloy rim is incomparable to cracking a carbon rim.
  • 4 1
 They perform better and fail less.
  • 11 0
 Such a misconception that weight is the sole purpose of carbon. Huge benefit to heavier riders, especially in cornering and you can beat the heck out of em and stay arrow straight
  • 3 0
 @mrkkbb: That's not true. I have Industry 9 Enduro S Hydra's (aluminum with hydra hubs) and they have a claimed set weight of 1900 g and I picked them up for $796 as part of a build with my shop.

They ride great, and I love the POE and sound of the hydra hub. I did manage to flat spot a rear rim, but I9 shipped me a replacement rim for like $55.
  • 3 0
 The same reason carbon bikes weigh 30+ lbs nowadays.
  • 4 0
 @IsaacWislon82: In tests I've seen Hunt publish in the past, they test to the point of FAILURE not bending. I believe the data they are showing for their alloy wheels is to the point of failure, I'm talking like wheel is no longer a circle, not just to the point of denting. Listen, I'm not saying anything against their alloy wheels, I choose to run alloy wheels myself for cost and peace of mind. But you can't really deny, the carbon hoops can absorb like almost 1.5 times the impact force of the alloys which is a HUGE difference. No its not the whole picture, but it seems like a valid reason to choose the carbon wheels over the alloy, since the difference is pretty drastic
  • 1 1
 @wyorider: I will be able to answer that soon as I'm about to go do an empirical test in my in-house 24/7 available testing facility, aka go take a dump.
  • 1 0
 @mrkkbb: I have CK hubs on 32 hole flow mk3 rims that are about 1950 and have been awesome for 3 years so far
  • 2 0
 Feel like I keep saying this every week, but show me any alloy wheel out there that gets replaced for free when you break it. Ignore strength/weight and impact testing claims if you like, but I’ll take carbon for the warranty if nothing else. Especially when Hunt has effectively killed the “I can buy three sets of alloy wheels for that price” spiel.
  • 4 2
 @Hayek: an ex511 now sells for less than a maxxis tyre (£60) and unlike a carbon wheel they dent instead of slicing the tyre when you rim out. Less likely to fail / cause punctures. They provide a better damped less harsh ride and the more compliant wheel tracks and grips the ground better.
  • 2 1
 Comparing the cost of a single alloy rim (I personally ride with hubs and spokes which cost me money) to a carbon wheelset lacks validity. And frankly, I can get a carbon rim alone for less than what I’ve been paying for Maxxis tires recently, but I don’t need to because if I break it (which I haven’t in three years) it’s under warranty. Neither of us have any actual data to substantiate what we’re regarding ride quality, or denting vs cracking, or rates of cut tires, so we can just leave that alone.
  • 3 1
 @Hayek: EX511 will ride better and unless you are a very heavy rider or ride WC fast but can’t pick a line for shit you probably aren’t breaking it..
  • 2 0
 For what it's worth, I'm a fairly rowdy rider and weigh +200lb. My wheelset of choice is the newmen evolution 30. Crazy strong (haven't managed to ding them), lighter than most carbon (lighter than these) and definitely cheaper than carbon. Just my two cents...
  • 1 0
 @MillerReid: that is, by nature, subjective and therefore unknowable.
  • 1 3
 @Hayek: we’ll that’s not true is is? We know carbon doesn’t bend or fold so as result slices your sidewall instead when you run out and we know carbon isn’t very compliant and doesn’t track and grip as well as an alloy rim and we know it offers a stiffer and harsher ride for the same reason. Don’t act like it’s one big mystery. I like most people including most professional racers will be sticking to my vastly superior £65 rims.
  • 1 0
 If only DT Swiss would bring their alu EX1501 back - 1770g, actually weighted them.
  • 20 3
 Options are good. Having said that, the Specialized Roval Control msrp of $1350 can be had for 15% less by signing up for Speci newsletter. That gives DT350 hubs, no centerlock requirement, much better resale, and a pretty good warranty at the 17 Specialized dealerships on every other corner.
  • 16 0
 Blew up a control carbon rim, went to random specialized dealer and they gave me a new one they had stock. Same day. Can't complain about that model.
  • 1 15
flag blowmyfuse (Sep 30, 2022 at 9:46) (Below Threshold)
 Except you can't get that set in mullet.
  • 3 0
 @blowmyfuse: Does the Hunt XC come in mullet? It is compared with the Speci Roval Control Carbon.
  • 10 13
 but on the flipside you're supporting specialized.... Hunt for the win.
  • 14 3
 @scallywagg: on the flop side you're supporting nothing more than an importer of rebranded hubs and open-mold rims
  • 5 7
 @justinfoil: small business vs amazon.
  • 6 1
 And for $1,475, plus 15% off via their email, I can get We Are One wheels with Industry 9 hubs.
  • 4 1
 @taskmgr: I cracked my rear Roval Control carbon rim earlier this month. Notified Specialized, and was told to take the rear wheel to my "preferred" Specialized dealer. Since I don't have a preferred dealer (bought wheels online), I took them to the nearest shop that was open. They had no idea about anything.

After a week of no info from Specialized, I decided that I needed a secondary (cheap) wheelset just to get me back on the trail. Upon much browsing, I decided on the HUNT Trail Wide 29 Wheelset, at a smidge below $500. I've been pleasantly surprised by how much I like the rear wheel and it's been handling the NE rocks like a champ.

Finally got word yesterday from the bike shop that my rear wheel is ready for pick-up, but they didn't tell me much of what was done (entirely new wheel or just a new rim?). Guess I'll find out this weekend.

Long story short, I really like the Roval Controls when they aren't cracked, but the Hunts are an incredible value, for at least the Trail Wides that I got.
  • 6 4
 @nickfranko: I9 hubs are pure marketing. Overpriced and lots of drag with cheap bearings. Get some WAO rims laced up by customwheelbuilder in your choice of hubs (the new DT350 with 36T is hard to beat) with free shipping, no tax and 10% off most sets.
  • 1 1
 @bikewriter: I'd still take them over the no-name components Hunt setup for $150ish more for the wheelset, and at this point I'm comparing entire wheelsets not hand-built, as that changes things. But, I do agree that DT Swiss makes some amazing hubs, and they have held up insanely well for me.
  • 3 2
 @scallywagg: small business that doesn't put much of it's money back into the local economy. small importer vs big importer, who cares, they're both profiting off putting their name on generic items produced by cheap labor working in what is often questionable conditions.
  • 2 7
flag justinfoil (Sep 30, 2022 at 12:47) (Below Threshold)
 @bikewriter: DT350 with 36 tooth is easy to beat because 10 degrees engagement is barely in the range of good. You go to the 54t and you better keep up with maintenance, keep that thing clean, or it'll wear itself flat real quick.

I've personally seen just as many problems with DT hubs (worn ratchets, spun drive rings, busted springs) as any other type, so I'll go pawls with 5 degrees every time.
  • 1 0
 When I tried to order with the newsletter it says that coupon does not apply.
  • 1 0
 @dukesofhazzard: strange. maybe the shop didn't know how it worked. the shop can either get comped right from specialized or order for free. I'm on the same set since 2019 and just cracked 1. i'm the stupid line guy who breaks all the things.
  • 13 0
 Look, we have illegible graphs so you know our claims are legit!!
  • 2 0
 Misleading too!
  • 13 1
 Alloy are the new "light" wheels
  • 6 1
 No joke. 1900 grams is heavy for carbon wheelset.
  • 7 2
 EX511 laced on 350 spokes will weigh a couple hundred grams more.

For a send-capable wheelset they’re light.

But-is 200g worth the cost??
  • 2 0
 Exactly, My rear DT350 hub, EX511, 32 spokes rear wheel weighs 1163 grams, so approx 2100 for the set. At half the price.
  • 1 0
 E13 TRS+ wheels are 1900g and the Hunt alloy trail wheels are even less at 1830g.
  • 6 0
 Showing and listing weights without tape and valves is, well, Proven to piss off buyers when they weigh theirs after opening the box.
  • 8 5
 Ok I need to call this one out

"Prove until they shatter like glass. Like all carbon products do but everyone is in denial about it."

Dude do you have any idea how many planes, race cars, boats, space shuttle, architecture, etc etc etc outside the bicycle industry are built out of carbon? Yes I run carbon mtb wheels on my carbon mtb frame
  • 7 2
 People don't understand that while the failure modes are different (brittle vs ductile) the forces that would snap a carbon rim would absolutely un-round an aluminum rim to the point where you wouldn't want to ride it again. Carbon makes the most sense, especially if you're sick of constantly chasing true on aluminum rims.
  • 2 3
 There is a reasonable argument to be made about failure modes when your wheels completely lack ductility. I have destroyed many alloy rims, but doing so has never caused a bad crash for me
  • 9 1
 It’s a classic “basic pinker” comments on any wheel or rim launch article regardless of whether the release is alloy or carbon…

“Wow, my aluminum wheels are lighter. What’s the point if they’re not lighter” Despite the well known facts that weight is only one of the potential* upsides to carbon, not the only

“They’re too expensive! Why would I buy alloy carbon when I can by alloy for half the cost”
A. Don’t buy them then… and despite the fact that, aside from the upfront initial cost. that long term (especially with the warranties most manufacturers are offering) is cheaper and requires less maintenance (little to no truing); break a $500 raceface arc 30 wheel; that’ll be $130 for a new rim, $50+ For new spokes and nipples + shop labour = likely $300 to get your wheel going again. Break a carbon wheel; get a new rim at no cost, $50+ for spokes/nipples and labour; well under $200 (or maybe you’ll get an entire wheel replaced $0).

As someone who runs both alloy & carbon, the fact that people complain on every wheel article with the same comments is hilarious. Just run what you like and don’t be a dick about it
  • 2 1
 @IsaacWislon82: carbon just cracks, it doesn't explode like glass. I've ruined both. I mess with my carbon wheels less than my aluminum wheels. At the same weight carbon will be stronger and won't deform. This is basic materials 101.
  • 2 2
 @Bro-LanDog: if we're playing the anecdotal evidence game here, my riding buddy went OTB a few weeks ago when his front reserve carbon rim completely caved. Carbon doesn't absorb much energy when it fails because it does not plastically deform. That is basic materials 101.
  • 1 0
 @IsaacWislon82: whether a rim tacos or shears you're still going over the bars and your rim is ruined. I'm not seeing your point.
  • 1 0

I watched an Americas' Cup years ago, and the Japanese boat broke the boom. It was carbon fiber, and at the break it was basically 2 gigantic serrated blades threatening the crew with imminent julienning. The tech has improved greatly, but if it's always struggling to attain a property that is inherent in another material, the other perks have to balance that.
  • 1 0
 @Bro-LanDog: My point is that the way something fails is important. A carbon rim is less likely to fail but when it does its more likely to do it in an unsafe way. Alloy wheels can flat spot, dent, and otherwise bend and absorb energy making it unusable sure, but probably not immediately forcing you to crash. Carbon simply cannot do this, it does not plastically deform. I'm not saying you can't run a carbon rim or it doesn't work, carbon rims are obviously tough enough for most wc teams to be riding them. I'm saying *how* a carbon rim fails is important and I think a lot of people overlook this
  • 2 0
 @thomasjkenney1024: Yea, and I mean use cases are very important. Sailboat structures actually have decently well defined loads, and America's cup boats are extremely weight sensitive, so carbon is a no-brainer. It's still scary how carbon fails vs alloys, and this is reflected in ship design where non-ductile materials need higher strength, but you simply can't make a boat like that competitive without composites. Horses for courses.
  • 7 0
 the fellas overdid it with the branding on this one
  • 5 0
 Decent price for what they are, but wish the rear hub driver was something more solid like a 350 or i9. I’ve blown out enough off-brand driver assemblies I’d be leery.
  • 4 1
 I’ve been riding a set of Hunt Carbon Wheels for almost 2 years and have not been gentle them, plenty of black and double black tech trails and pro line jump trails all with my signature poor line choice and amazing ability to case and overshoot. through in a few DH and enduro races to keep it interesting and the wheels have been rock solid and true through it all. I am running Tannus Tubeless inserts but the wheel and hubs have been fantastic.
  • 4 6
 So, you're running inserts. That kind of defeats any sort of rim testing, since that's saving your wheels.
  • 5 0
 @nickfranko: same could be said about the fact I’m running Double Down casings instead of EXO. The inserts do help but I have definitely wrecked my OEM Roval Traverse aluminum wheels with the same inserts that are currently in the Hunts. In the end, like them or not, I really don’t care. Just providing real world feedback on a well priced product.
  • 3 0
 @nickfranko: Tannus don’t do much to be fair.
  • 4 0
 @MattP76: Sherbert is right dude. Those examples above aren't good parts to be made out of carbon fibre, hence no-one does. CF is terrible at abrasion resistance. You look silly. Stop it
  • 2 0
 Exciting to see the price and overall quality of the builds being in a somewhat economical range. I'm currently building 1600 gram wheelsets with Nextie hoops and Roost Nero hubs, using Sapim Lazer Spokes for just under this price for friends, but who knows, maybe I'll recommend they check these wheels out instead.
  • 2 0
 I'm currently on Hunt's aluminum Enduro Wides (33mm front/30mm rear), since November 2021, and I have to say they have really changed the way my bike handles and rides for the better. Running 2.5 assegai (f) & 2.4 DHR2 (r), the feel of the bike is markedly better than my previous 'stock' setup....and, all for under 500 bux. Hunt is really onto something, providing modern designs, at a price point where most people can take a chance on such an upgrade. Their new carbon lineup appears to achieve the same goal.....I'd definitely try these new carbon Enduro hoops if and when I get bored with Enduro Wides or another asteroid hits the Earth.....
  • 2 0
 Let me summarise this thread... Enve rims are made in the USA. Enve rims are expensive. Carbon rims don't bend, they snap. Lots of carbon rims snap. Specialised have great customer service. Mountainbikers are overweight. Hunt is a euphemism.
  • 1 0
 Pinkbike please sticky this at the top of every wheel related comment section from now until the end of time
  • 1 0
 FWIW, I built wheels last year. NOBL TR37's using DT 240 EXP hubs with a 54 tooth upgrade, 32h count and Berd spokes. Set came in at 1540gms, and cost me $2100. I'm 240lbs and they've been bombproof. I have cracked a different brand carbon wheel set, and it didn't taco.
  • 5 1
 These carbon hoops are definitely proven to be more expensive than aluminum ones.
  • 4 0
 Did I miss the guarantee? Carbon wheels are all about the no-questions-asked guarantee for me.
  • 3 0
 1920 grams is now a reasonable weight for a carbon wheelset costing $1000? WTF?

I'll take my DT alloy wheels that are cheaper and lighter.
  • 1 0
 And weaker. Well, weaker than a quality carbon wheel at comparable weight, dunno about this particular open-mold import.
  • 1 0
 @misteraustin: nailed it! If it's a good rim and build, anything that breaks that 1900 gram carbon wheel definitely also folded a 1900 gram alloy wheel _well beyond_ what you could possibly bend back with a multi tool or strategic rock.
  • 1 0
 I don't care about the wheels, I just want people to realize that over on this side of the pond, Hunt is a singular word, so it's "Hunt IS releasing some new wheels" not "Hunt ARE......".

Quit trying to sound like Hugh Grant, eh?!
  • 3 0
 The comparison test’s graph is amazing. Would be nice to be able to read it.
  • 2 1
 Snapped my All mountain Carbon Hunt wheel on its first ride with a cush core like it was nothing. On some mild black trails too.
  • 2 0
 Love that XC wheel, do wish there was a middle version, same width, little burlier, but still like 1600ish grams.
  • 2 0
 Im still waiting for a xc wheelset below 1000g per set, till then i will stick to my oems.
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 So good to see these be released, unreal wheels that provide race level performance at a great price
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 My takeaway from that graph - I chose pretty well running hope rims!
Or was it meant to tempt me into spending a stack more on carbon rims?
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 Oooh, such a clever name. I am convinced.
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 ENVE is expensive crap. Save your money and learn to build your own wheelset...
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 Alloy nipples?
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 fail less and perform better. Ask Mazinger Z's girlfriend: Aphrodite. Thanks for serving that one, pal. A lot more fun than all the bitching and negative talks from all the wheel engineers and financial experts in the comments section.
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 Mavic is cheaper and better. Is not it so?
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 Carbon water bottle cage!
  • 2 1
 Mike Hunt rides these wheels.
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 Only two Porky's fans, huh.
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 Hunt(ing) for profit margins
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 Product as a forward looking statement.

Proven: People will buy heavy carbon rims with mediocre hubs at a premium - YAY

Hunt for profit is on.
  • 1 4
 good price, but hubs are probably dogshit. If you're over 250 lbs, just stick with the tried and true brands.
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