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Hunt Enduro Wide Alloy Wheel Review

Photos A.J. Barlas
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Whether because riders are avoiding carbon prices, they prefer the feel of alloy, or are resistant to change, alloy rims remain in heavy circulation. The spring release of Race Face’s Turbine wheels, an alloy set that caused a stir, helped demonstrate the remaining support for aluminium rims.

What if you could get a set of wheels with similar features for considerably less? The recently released Turbine wheels will set you back 1,000 CAD. Compare that to the Hunt Enduro Wide’s 782 CAD price; you have enough remaining for a few bike park days.

Hunt, a member of The Rider Firm, the umbrella company that also houses Privateer Bikes, has made value a point of difference since launching from the English city of Sussex five years ago. Hunt’s wheel selection is diverse, and the Enduro Wide is their hard-hitting alloy wheel for aggressive riding.


The Hunt Enduro Wide V1 was tested in 29-inch front and rear…


As well as 27.5-inch rear (mixed-wheel) configurations.

Enduro Wide Highlights:

  • 6069-T6 heat-treated alloy
  • 33/31mm f/r internal width
  • 28f/32r Spoke Count, Triple Butted (2.2-1.8-2.0)
  • Rear rim structure includes more support than the front
  • 29-inch and 27.5-inch rim diameters available
  • Boost or Superboost rear hub options
  • Select from one of three hub drivers, SRAM XD, Shimano HG or Shimano Microspline
  • 5-degree RapidEngage rear hub
  • Weight: 2,156g (29”)
    • Weight (f): 1,033g / (r): 1,123g
    • Mix-wheel: 2,096g
  • Price: 782 CAD (recently on sale for 661 CAD)
    • Prices fluctuate regularly

Version 2 of the Enduro Wide was tested in the rear and featured slightly different measurements to the earlier version.

Hunt Enduro Wide V1 vs Hunt Enduro Wide V2

Hunt’s first aggressive mountain bike wheel was the Enduro Wide v1, and I first rode a set in 2020. They impressed, offering a solid level of performance with a quality fit and finish before considering the ~$700 price tag. Small details like machined surfaces on the hub’s rotor mount and the high engagement rear hub were something I’d come to expect from wheels at double the price.

That rim didn’t feature any of the progressive technology found in several rims today, like the attention paid to improving the strength of the rim’s bead wall. Added resilience in this area minimizes damage from strikes, holding the rim’s shape for longer, an essential element to the durability of an alloy rim. The v1 rims featured a relatively thin bead wall, something I noted during the initial inspection as a potential weak point for an otherwise great start to a product. Ultimately, this was the demise of the rear wheel in that test. More on that later.


The machined rotor mount surface from the first hub added a sense of quality greater than the price tag suggested.

The v2 now features a 6069-T6 alloy which Hunt claims offers 69% greater tensile strength. Additionally, Hunt added ‘support shoulders’ to the structure of the rear rim to further increase strength, provide a stiffer rim and minimize impact damage.

The v2 rims feature a slightly different profile front to rear, with the front sitting shallower to allow more comfort and control, while the rear rim is taller for stiffness and improved strength. The new rim designs also allowed Hunt to switch up their spoke count. The v1 wheels featured a 36-spoke rear wheel with a 32-spoke front, while the v2 features a 32-spoke rear and 28-spoke front. In use, the updates have made the latest version of the rear wheel significantly more durable than the original.


Version 2 doesn’t feature any fancy machined surfaces on the rotors, and while it looked nice to have, there was no notable difference on the trail.

The rear hub continues to feature 5 degree engagement, but the machined surfaces for brake rotors are gone. It’s not something that I can say I’ve ever noticed a benefit to, whether working on or riding hubs with the feature. But the machined surface was a nice touch that conveyed a sense of quality.

The original and latest version of the Hunt Enduro Wide wheels feature triple-butted j-bend spokes, making replacements easier to find in a pinch. Hunt also includes a few spares, including nipples, with the purchase so customers have some on hand.

In addition to the material and structural updates to the rims, v2 Enduro Wide rim widths are front and rear-specific. The v1 Enduro Wide Rim featured a 33mm internal width on both ends while the v2 is 31mm rear, while the front remained at 33mm. My last custom wheelset featured a similar approach, with a wider 30mm front and 27mm rear rim. The wider front provides a more significant footprint from the front tire, which should result in increased grip, while the slimmer rear rim sharpens the tread ever-so-slightly to improve response from edge to edge. I tell myself I can notice the difference but have never tested it back-to-back; placebo is powerful.


Old vs New. Version 1 of the Enduro Wide Rear (black) and version 2 overlayed (in brown).

Enduro Wide V2 front and rear rim profiles

Front to rear, version 2 Enduro Wide rims feature different profiles specific to each wheel of the bike.

With a preference for 27–30mm rims, I hesitated to go wider with the Enduro Wide and was discussing the Trail Wide with Hunt in the lead-up to the review. After those discussions, I was assured that the Enduro Wides were the better rim/wheel from their range for my riding. Hunt’s Trail Wide v1 featured a 27mm internal width, but the construction of the narrower rim was also less robust. This could be a negative for some riders and is worth noting; Hunt’s wheels and the widths of each rim are built around a riding style, and they’re not alone with this approach. If a narrower alloy wheel is desired, but the strength and durability of a hard-hitting rim are necessary, then look at a custom build using rims that offer different widths in the same construction.

Both the v1 and v2 rims mounted up tubeless without fuss using a floor pump, and the included Hunt tubeless tape, already in place when they arrive at your door, has held up great on both wheelsets. Tubeless valves are also included with the wheels, and the valve caps include valve core removers.


Hunt's included tubeless tape has worked well for me; it’s durable and remains firmly in place despite many tire changes.

Riding the EWv1 and EWv2 Wheelsets

Once the wheels were mounted with tires, the wider rim's impact was clear, with the 2.5 Assegai of the front wheel displaying a flatter, broader profile than my previous 30mm rim. On the trail, the wider rim and flatter tire profile slowed the reaction time of the bike when moving from one tire edge to the other. The upside was greater stability in rough, chunky terrain. After several rides, the wider profile fell out of mind, and the ride quality of the rims felt normal.

Hunt was kind enough to supply a dual 29 and a smaller 27.5 rear for a mix-wheel setup of the v1 wheels, assisting me in my mix-wheel comparison GeoMetron G1. I favoured the mixed layout during testing and ran with it into the winter. As trail conditions slowed, so did my suspension. While still opening the damper settings to accommodate, the slower reaction time from the bike contributed to a lovely new flat spot on the rear wheel. The incident happened on a trail feature I wouldn’t expect anything from, particularly at the leisurely pace it occurred.


The lip can be straightened, but the structure of the rim also took a good knock.


The knock threw the rim out of round in this spot, throwing out spoke tension.

Damage to the wheel was enough to cause issues with the seal of the tubeless tire, and mounting new tires wasn’t possible without giving the bead wall a tickle with a set of vice grips. This fixed the bead, but the impact had also damaged the rim bed and permanently threw off spoke tension in the wheel. Fortunately, it wasn’t long after this that I caught wind of the updated version and patiently awaited their arrival.

With the second iteration of the Enduro Wide rear wheel featuring a narrower width and similar profile, it danced seamlessly from edge to edge. Working on this review has me keen to try narrower rims of the same dimension front and rear to see if that creates a noticeable difference. Another time; for now, things remain wider ‘for grip and smashing’ in the front and narrower ‘for response’ in the rear. While unable to ride with the regularity I once did, the time that the v2 rear wheel has spent on the bike and with no damage to date demonstrates a successful update in the durability department. Its actually seen more bike park abuse than v1 ever did and remains solid.


The alloy Microspline driver shows some signs of wear but hasn’t caused any issues on the trail or during servicing. The wheels can also be built with Shimano HG or SRAM XD drivers.


The driver features six spring-loaded pawls and is well sealed. The grease here is dirty but not bad for a couple of years worth of mild riding.


Inside the hub, the grease was clean as well. The hubs are easy to take apart when servicing is necessary.

The hubs on v2 differ from v1, and there hasn’t been a single blip; I’m confident and comfortable with them. The wheels continue to live on my 160-170mm bike, my only bike, and as a result, they have seen bike park laps and various trail conditions all over B.C. They’ve not given me any cause for concern and have seen nothing outside of a couple of quarter turns on the spoke nipples in three years. Nothing is invincible, and all alloy rims can be dented with the right impact, but the Enduro Wide v2 wheels have been a treat to rag all over the rocks and roots of B.C. for a reasonably competitive upfront cost.


V2 Enduro Wide rear hubs present differently to v1 but internally, their degree of engagement is the same and they’re sealed well from the elements.

Where Are Savings Found?

While Hunt’s Enduro Wide wheels approach a few features different from Race Face with their Turbines, they target the same audience. Another alloy wheel to consider that competes in the same space as these two is Santa Cruz’s Reserve HD|30 Alloy, also released in 2023. The Reserve and Turbine wheels have a higher price of admission than the Enduro Wides, but they come with a lifetime warranty, whereas Hunt provides a 3-year warranty. Reserve and Hunt offer crash replacement options—50% off retail for Reserve and 35% off from Hunt—while Race Face offers a warranty on all their hard goods, including damage sustained in crashes.

No matter which way you slice it, for a few extra dollars, Reserve and particularly Race Face, may remove the need to purchase another rim or wheel ever again. Hunt’s warranty doesn’t read as if they include flat spots or other common issues but they offer an excellent product for a few hundred less.



Today, more than ever, spending extra on rims and wheels needs to be well justified. Lifetime or long-term warranties are fantastic and go a long way with the discerning customer as long as they can be trusted. The Reserve HD|30 Alloy wheel warranty is one that, by all accounts, sounds like one worth the additional upfront cost and Race Face’s new Turbine warranty is similar; possibly better again.

For 700+ CAD, the Hunt Enduro Wide wheels offer a wider profile rim that competes with the aforementioned options. The difference? They’re built with j-bend spokes for simplicity, and a high-engagement rear hub with large double-sealed cartridge bearings and an oversized 17mm rear axle, and their warranty is no slouch. The Reserve wheel starts with a lower engaging hub for a little extra money but has that lifetime warranty, and the Race Face Turbine alloy is built with straight-pull spokes. They’re different, but the real jammer is, do the differences outweigh the extra cost for the better on-paper warranty?

I can only assume these new warranties from Race Face and Reserve, which arrived just months ago, will force competitors like Hunt to join the warranty race and in my contact with Hunt, they are ‘discussing it internally.’ They do, however, note that beyond their three-year warranty, they’ll continue to support their customers. This all leaves us with options that never existed in this sport’s history, and that’s a great thing for riders everywhere.

Head to the Hunt Wheels website for more information on the Enduro Wide wheels.

AJ Barlas

Age: 39
Height: 191cm/6’3"
Weight: 73kg/160lbs
Ape Index: 1.037
Inseam: 32”
Trail on Repeat: Changes as often as my mood.
Current Regular: Every test product spends time on Entrail

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+17 fartymarty momjijimike nothingfuture Jan Cooper Quinn Hbar gubbinalia Mammal Bikeryder85 Andrew Major Joseph Crabtree kaku Vincent Edwards Jerry Willows Velocipedestrian Pete Roggeman firevsh2o

AJ is back!!!



>While unable to ride with the regularity I once did 

Injuries? Babies? Whatever the cause, I hope AJ gets more goodies to review.



Thanks guys. I’m not really back, per se. Not yet, anyway. I’ve been dealing with Lyme disease since 2020 and am unable to do what I once did.



Boo! I hope you find some good management.


+2 Velocipedestrian Pete Roggeman

Thanks Velo. It’s being managed well now; I’m just dealing with the fallout after 2+ years of dealing with it. I hope to be back on the bike more consistently very soon.


+15 Lynx . Kyle Smith Vik Banerjee Andrew Major gubbinalia Niels van Kampenhout shenzhe Steven Hambleton Karl Fitzpatrick Timer RG Doug M. flatch Hardlylikely Tremeer023

Besides cost/feel/weight/mode of failure in the alloy/carbon rim debate, I'd like to offer another reason that I stick to alloy rims:


When a carbon rim is toast, it's landfill. I know some firms are working hard to address that, but it's a vanishingly small percentage of carbon products that will be able to be recycled. Alloy rim? Easy peasy. And given that I know I tend to go through rims as something of a consumable, I prefer to know what the end-life of my components will be.



That’s a good one I didn’t consider while writing the review, though I feel the way you do. Thanks for noting it, nothingfuture.


+6 Vik Banerjee bishopsmike Karl Fitzpatrick DBone57 Pete Roggeman Tjaard Breeuwer

I'd like to mention that Hunt was very good to me when I cracked the spoke bed on my Trailwide V2 rear wheel.  They offered to send me a new rim and cover the cost to lace it up, or I could send them the broken wheel and they would replace the rim for me.  I sent the wheel to their Colorado office but they had run out of extra rims so they sent me a whole new wheel.  They covered all of the shipping costs and I had the new wheel within a few weeks of making my warranty claim.

The following year a stick jammed in my derailleur sending it into the spokes and it tore three spokes out of the rim.  I contacted them about their 35% discount crash replacement policy and they allowed me to replace my broken Trailwide rear wheel with a new Endurowide V2 wheel, which has been great for over a year now.

I'm very happy with their wheels and their customer support, but as always YMMV.



Great to hear first-hand experience that’s positive, TomM. I could only write about my experience, and while I believe the folks I chat with at Hunt when they say that they look after their customers, I couldn’t say it. While your experience is just one, it’s great to hear that it aligns with what I’m told by their staff. 

What bike were you riding the Trail Wides on and did they upgrade you to the burlier build wheel because you may have been riding beyond the limit of their TW wheel?


+4 Andy Eunson GB AJ Barlas booth.robert@sky.com

The rim width thing is interesting. On my last couple bikes I've had 32mm F&R, 30mm F&R, and on the shorter-travel trail bike I laced up a 30mm front, 27mm rear. I too prefer a little narrower. 

30mm front and 25-27 rear seems to be my personal sweet spot. Sub-30 rear rim is stronger for the weight, can run higher pressures with a good feel, faster rolling with no downside, and side knobs last noticeably longer on sub-30 rims (torn side knobs is how my tires die). That low-pressure stability in the winter slime is nice for the front, so I like 28-30mm there.

It's really weird* to me that some company doesn't make an enduro/DH wheelset with 30 front and 25-27 rear. You can do it well lacing up DT rims. I'd LOVE a WAO Strife or Union in that 25-27mm range - I'd immediately buy that and put it with a Union front.

* Actually, it's not weird. Consumers were conditioned to think wider is better, so that's what companies sell. We're still dealing with PTSD from 19mm rims back in the day.


+2 Steven Hambleton Pete Roggeman

Just a small note - Sussex is a county, not a city (sorry!).

But back on the subject of these wheels, I managed to score a set for £260 back in spring! A combination of £40 off for newsletter signup, and their spring sale which saw a further £100 off this set. They've just done 10 days in Morzine and are almost still true - just need a few mins of attention with a spoke key. So at that price, 100% recommended, lifetime warranty or not.



Noted, thanks demo7_rider!


+1 AJ Barlas

Reminded me of Mountain Bike Action waaaaay back when reviewing the Pace RC100 stating something along the lines of "The Town Of Yorkshire Makes More Than Just Good Puddings" as a title. Ha ha.....



I have the Enduro V2's which came with my Privateer 161 (Hunt and Privateer are part of the same company). I am not the hardest rider but the wheels have been bullet proof over the last 2+ years of use. 

Their customer service is also some of the best I have ever experienced.



Great to hear, Roil. How are you enjoying that 161?



While this review praises the price and durability, I'm definetly going for the Ibis in house aluminium rims. They did a fantastic job that even Jeff Kendall couldn't break them while landing on a steel beam. It is wild!



The Blk Brd Sends sure sound solid for anyone who wants a wide rim option (35mm internal and a relatively large 44mm outer width).



I wish Newman rims were easier to get here, I hear only good things about them. 

I have been running the same light bicycle carbon rims for over 8 years now with not one issue...it's been amazing. With that said, I am not that hard on rims, I will break frames and pawl style freehubs with no issues....but my 250lbs mass does not fuck with rims that much...lol.

I have looked to go back to Alu rims, mainly because I am cheap AF and don't want to splash out on carbon rims again...lol.



I reviewed the Newmen A30 some time ago and still use them to this day. I don’t prefer straight spokes but the rims feel good and are incredibly strong. I’ve never had a wheel as light and with only 28 spokes take the punishment they have.



I have no experience with Hunt but they seem like a great option. 

I had the opportunity to test out Race Face's Lifetime Warranty on my Turbine R rear wheel and can confirm it is the real deal! I had a spoke/nipple pull through the rim on a silly slow speed OTB. I submitted all the necessary info to Race Face (including saying it was the result of a crash) and had a brand new complete wheel within a week. The wheels were two years old and the Lifetime Warranty didn't exist when I bought them.



Impressive. Thanks for the insights, Joey. Let the warranty wars begin, hey!


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