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.
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.