Hunt Race Season Aero Wide wheels review£459.00

Lively tubeless-ready wheelset

BikeRadar score4/5

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.

    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.

    See Hunt's website for international orders.

    This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

    Matthew Allen

    Senior Technical Writer, UK
    Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
    • Age: 27
    • Height: 174cm / 5'8"
    • Weight: 53kg / 117lb
    • Waist: 71cm / 28in
    • Chest: 84cm / 33in
    • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
    • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
    • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
    • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
    • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
    • Location: Bristol, UK

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