With 20 front and 24 rear straight-pull spokes, Hunt’s Race Season Aero Wide wheels are conventional looking, and the black hubs and rims are understated.
They roll on sensible-sized (and easily accessed) bearings, which bode well for longevity, although for winter riding we would prefer Hunt’s 4Season set with brass nipples to reduce corrosion – these have standard external aluminium ones.
Highs: Value, decent spec
Lows: Middling spoke tension
The build quality of our test set was okay, but spoke tensions could have been slightly more even.
The Hunts are tubeless-ready out of the box, which means it takes minimal effort if want to ditch your tubes. The only downside to this is that tyres fit very tightly, and you need be very careful not to pinch your tubes during installation if you are running standard clinchers.
The Hunts are wide at 24mm across, with a 31mm deep rounded-vee rim section. The front weighs 669g and the rear 844g.
As long as you aren’t craving some carbon-style whooshing noises or the slack-jawed envy of your brand-obsessed club mates, the Hunts would make a very smart upgrade from an entry-level wheelset.
The wheels are stiff enough, comfortable enough (even without taking advantage of their tubeless ability) and lively in a way that is thoroughly satisfying. For the spec, they are also damned good value for money.