Hunt Bike Wheels is a startup from the UK, coming from Tom Marchment, who formerly worked with distributor iRide. Their stated goal is to combine the best components they can find into a high quality wheelset that doesn’t break the bank, and the first offering seems to do just that while being fully modern.

Having been in the industry for a while, Marchment knew where to look for parts. This means triple butted Pillar stainless steel spokes, EZO bearings and manufacturing partners shared with some of the largest brands in the world. The results will be fully divulged this spring, but for now they’ve put together a special edition wheelset for another UK-based startup, Mason Cycles…

Hunt Bike Wheels tubeless ready road bicycle wheels with Mason Cycles

The Mason x Hunt 4Season Disc road wheelset will have 23mm wide, 27mm deep 6061-T6 alloy rims that are tubeless ready out of the box with preinstalled rim tape and included valve stems. The 24-count Pillar J-Bend spokes are laced 2-cross front and rear and are topped off with brass nipples.

Hunt Bike Wheels tubeless ready road bicycle wheels with Mason Cycles

The hubs use dual EZO “full contact cartridge bearings” and are built for Centerlock rotors. They include a 6-bolt rotor adapter, too, which is a nice bonus for a wheelset at this price point.

Hunt Bike Wheels tubeless ready road bicycle wheels with Mason Cycles

The freehub is 9/10/11 speed compatible. They come with internal cam quick releases, but you can set them up for 12mm or 15mm thru axles up front and 12×135 or 12×142 in the rear, also. That, plus the tubeless compatibility and disc brake mounts make them relatively future proof. Claimed weight for the set is 1,585g, which is pretty good for a wheelset claiming to be “four seasons”, and the retail is just £349. Available in April, shipping worldwide.

This collaborative wheelset is just the start. Some future wheels will see niobium aluminum alloy rims, which they say is heat treated to be stronger and lets them create lightweight rims that are still wide and stiff and ready for big 25-28mm tires. For non disc-brake models, the brake track will be machined for better friction. Road wheelset weights are planned between 1395g and 1650g with prices from £200 to £450 ($300 to $650). Full specs and more info is coming, but the brand story is up on their website now.

HuntBikeWheels.com

8 COMMENTS

  1. Looks like Kinlin and Novatec might be the other partners. Nice price, good parts, well put together package. Does it come with all the adapters for the price?

  2. Ripnshread – it comes with the 15mm front axle adapters and with QR installed on both ends. The others will be available separately for a reasonable cost. From Hunt:

    “The following will be available from the site at very reasonable prices but didn’t see many customers needing these yet so didn’t want to make customers pay for them unless they needed: 12mm front, 12/135 rear, and 12/142 rear.”

  3. Its good to see some manufacturers realize the importance of quality bearings and don’t just buy the cheapest bearing available. I’m in the bearing industry and EZO makes a fine bearing. We spec their bearings for some very critical high tech applications including aviation and life support equipment.

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