Hunt 48 & 60 Limitless UD aero road bike wheels get a Carbon Spoke upgrade

We got a tiny tease of Hunt’s latest aerodynamic road bike wheels over the summer, but now the new 48 & 60 Limitless UD  wheels are here, combining mid-depth aero rim profiles with light & stiff carbon fiber spokes. Hunt’s widest and fastest aero road wheels are even quicker now, plus the dropped 71-118g.

Hunt 48 & 60 Limitless Aero UD Carbon Spoke wheels

Hunt 48 60 Limitless Aerodynamicist UD Carbon Spoke road bike wheels, front wheel

c. Hunt, race photos by Christopher Stricklen, city phots by Chris Hurd

It’s not a big surprise to see Hunt combining the most popular and versatile 48mm and 60mm deep Limitless Aerodynamicist tubeless-ready road rim profiles with the UD Carbon Spoke tech. Their low-profile 32mm Aerodynamicist rim already got the carbon spoke upgrade earlier this year to come in at just 1213g for the set.

Now, the deeper wider Limitless rims get lighter, stiffer & faster too!

What’s new?

Hunt 48 60 Limitless Aerodynamicist UD Carbon Spoke road bike wheels, Taper Lock carbon spokes

Carbon spokes of course. The wide Limitless carbon rims were already known for low aero drag and crosswind stability. Now Hunt Taper Lock unidirectional carbon spokes shed weight and boost wheel stiffness for improved responsiveness, while retaining conventional spoke serviceability.

Are they more aero?

Hunt 48 Limitless Aerodynamicist UD Carbon Spoke road bike wheels, 48 LAD UD vs the competition

Hunt tested the new 48/60 LAD UD wheels against the original 48/60 LAD wheels with aero steel spokes to see how they stack up – and against industry-leading competitors’ wheels. Even though on its own one UD carbon spoke is slightly less aerodynamic than one bladed stainless steel spoke, Hunt says the wind tunnel data shows that the overall performance is effectively unchanged.

Hunt 48 Limitless Aerodynamicist UD Carbon Spoke road bike wheels, 48 LAD UD vs. 48 LAD

Compared to their steel spoke counterparts, both the 48 and 60 Limitless UD Carbon Spoke Disc wheelsets perform very similarly (within the margin of error for standardised wind tunnel testing), suggesting there is no material aerodynamic penalty associated with the bladed UD Carbon Spokes.”

Tech Details

Hunt 48 60 Limitless Aerodynamicist UD Carbon Spoke road bike wheelset options

The new Limitless Aero UD Carbon Spoke Disc wheels (Hunt shortens that, somewhat out of order, to LAD UD for simplicity) come in two versions – both optimized aerodynamically for 28mm road tires with extra wide outside Limitless rims that mix a low-density polymer in with the carbon to keep total rim weights low.

Hunt 48 Limitless Aerodynamicist UD Carbon Spoke road bike wheels

The 48 LAD UD wheels features a 48mm deep, 35mm wide external, 22.5mm hooked internal width rim laced with 18 front & 20 rear UD carbon fiber spokes (just 2.7g per spoke). Complete Hunt 48 LAD UD wheelsets weigh a claimed 1511g.

Hunt 60 Limitless Aerodynamicist UD Carbon Spoke road bike wheels

The 60 LAD UD wheels feature a 60mm deep, 34mm wide external, 21mm hooked internal width rim laced with 18 front & 20 rear UD carbon fiber spokes. Complete Hunt 60 LAD UD wheelsets weigh a claimed 1551g.

Hunt 48 60 Limitless Aerodynamicist UD Carbon Spoke road bike wheels, hubs

Both wheelsets feature the same 12mm thru-axle, 7075 alloy Hunt Sprint SLC 7.5° engagement multi-point pawl hub with a centerlock disc brake interface and premium Japanese steel EZO bearings standard. CeramicSpeed ceramic bearings are available as an upgrade. Freehubs are available for Shimano, SRAM & Campagnolo.

Hunt 48 & 60 LAD UD – Pricing, options & availability

Hunt 48 60 Limitless Aerodynamicist UD Carbon Spoke road bike wheels, pair

The new Hunt 48 & 60 Limitless Aerodynamicist UD Carbon Spoke wheels are available to pre-order now direct from Hunt. The 48 LAD UD wheels with steel bearings are shipping already today for £1449 / $1669 / 1889€.

Hunt 48 60 Limitless Aerodynamicist UD Carbon Spoke road bike wheels, front wheel

And the 60 LAD UD wheels with steel bearings will ship from next week for £1499 / $1729 / 1949€.

Hunt 60 Limitless Aerodynamicist UD Carbon Spoke road bike wheels, racing

Ceramic bearing upgrades will add a £350 / $350 / €450 premium and push delivery back to the last week of March 2023 in Europe or mid-April in the USA.

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Billy
Billy
2 months ago

I’m nearing the end of 2.5 seasons on my 54 UD carbon spoke wheels and they’re incredible. There have been zero issues and the ride is phenomenal (although I do wish for a silent freehub option).

Gary P
Gary P
1 month ago
Reply to  Billy

I’m with you. I prefer a quiet freehub for more stealthy wheel-sucking, LOL!

Jason
Jason
1 month ago

slightly less aero than steel spoked version, yet the carbon version uses less spokes. Think about that on a per spoke basis, less efficient.