FIRST LOOK: HUNT 4 SEASON X-WIDE

With the fast pace of gravel technology hitting the market, there has been a surge of new designs for everything from frames and shoes to handlebars and wheels. The up-and-coming British hoop makers at Hunt have stayed on top of the trends, allowing them to capitalize on a glaring hole in the wheel market—affordable rims that are optimized for the demands of gravel riding.   

THE TECH

While we’ve tested Hunt’s carbon offerings previously, this time around we’re starting with a pair of 6066 T6 aluminum hoops with which Hunt expanded upon their design of the 4 Season gravel disc rim to be better suited for wide rubber. The internal rim width of the 4 Season X-Wide is expanded to 25mm with a 29mm outer width, 5mm and 4mm wider than the size of the original 4 Season rim. At 19mm deep, the rim retains compliance-optimized performance with a reduced vertical stiffness, which is harder to achieve with deeper-depth wheels. An asymmetric rim shape is used to better balance spoke tension, while corrosion-resistant, external brass nipples simplify the maintenance as well.

Hunt is using 28-pillar, PSR X-TRA cold-forged, J-bend spokes laced to Hunt’s own CNC’d alloy hubs packed with premium Japanese EZO sealed cartridge bearings. With a focus on durability, the high spoke count is a quality component of Hunt’s 4 Season series.

Hunt ships the 4 Season wheels tubeless-ready with the valves and rim tape pre-installed. To assist the tubeless tire installation process, Hunt uses an ETRTO-certified, angled rim-bed design, which encourages the tire to properly seat in the hooked rim.

Full review coming soon.

www.huntbikewheels.com

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