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Hunt Enduro Wide V2 MTB wheelset review: dynamic balance and support that puts pricier wheels to shame

Hunt’s original Enduro Wide wheels were an affordable favorite of aggro riding fans. Is the Hunt Enduro Wide V2 a worthy successor?

Hunt Enduro Wide V2 MTB wheel
(Image: © Guy Kesteven)

Bike Perfect Verdict

Not un-dingable or lightweight but tough and responsive with a great dynamic balance and rider support that shames a lot of much more expensive wheels.

Pros

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    Excellent value

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    Fatter, forgiving front, punchy rear

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    Easy, secure tubeless set-up

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    Durable hubs

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    Neat valves, spare spokes and key included

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    29, 27.5 or mullet sets

Cons

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    You might have to wait for them

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    Midweight

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    Still dentable

UK wheel brand Hunt was formed by some super-experienced wheel creators and engineers a few years ago and its primarily direct sell delivery along with meticulous sourcing and testing has made the company a benchmark for performance and price. The Enduro Wide rims were super popular – if slightly soft – straight away, but Hunt has spent the last three years testing and tweaking its successor, the Hunt Enduro Wide V2, hoping to create something to challenge the best mountain bike wheels around.

Hunt Enduro Wide V2

The rims use an H-Lock bead to help create a solid rim-well seal for first installation and easy sealing of tubeless tires (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

Design

Despite the discount price, Hunt goes deep on the details. The 6069 T6 heat-treated alloy is claimed to have 69 percent more tensile strength than 6061 T6 alloys and the rims are shot peened to relieve stress, then matt anodized and laser etched for lasting looks. The front uses a wider 33mm internal bed than the 31mm rear and you get 28 rather than 32 Sandvik Pillar triple-butted, J-bend spokes too. The H-Lock bead gives a positive snap engagement and they’re pre-taped for easy inflation with all tires we tried. Supplied tubeless valves have a Presta core remover top cap and you get spare spokes and key included in the box too.

Hunt Enduro Wide V2

The Hunt Enduro Wide’s has a five-degree RapidEngage rear hub (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

The front hub uses an oversized shell and oversized 17mm axle and you can order it with RockShox-compatible torque cap ends. The rear comes in 148mm Boost or 157mm Super Boost widths with old school Shimano/SRAM splined, SRAM XD or Shimano Microspline freehub options. Twin hook, triple “RapidEngage” pawls give fast five-degree pick-up too and the double-sealed cartridge bearings have enlarged balls. 

Wheels come in 29er or 27.5in sets as standard but you can request a mullet set in the order notes as well as pre-fitted Schwalbe tires and Rimpact inserts if you want. They only come in 6 bolt, not centerlock fit, and there’s a recommended rider and gear weight limit of 120kg.

Hunt Enduro Wide V2

The supplied tubeless valves have a Presta core remover top cap (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

Hunt Enduro Wide V2 performance

The V2s aren’t light at 2,160g complete and the freehub engagement is actually two degrees slacker than the V1s. They’re still faster to pick up than a lot of wheels, though, and the drive feel through the 32 rear spokes is tautly positive. Upfront the fewer spokes and wider rim mean a little more float if you’re running matched tires. As long as you remember to reduce the pressure slightly to offset the extra volume, the front wheel has a slightly softer, fork- and tire-flattering feel, although the tighter rear means no shock flattery unless you’ve only run thin rims before. 

Grip and feel balance is excellent, though, and the pairing do a great double act of easing their way into and then punching out of rough, rooty and rocky situations with minimal deflection. They hold onto tires well even at low pressures too, although that can mean some swearing when swapping rubber.

Hunt Enduro Wide V2

The rims have been treated with a work-hardened, shot-peened finish (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

While Hunt claims increased rim toughness, we managed to ding the rim and split a tire on a clumsy high-speed rock strike on the first ride out. That put radiating stress marks across the rim bed and the sidewalls which needed pliering straight and filing smooth too. That seems to have got the bad luck out of the way, though, as we’ve carried on hammering them hard without another dent or ding issue and those stress marks haven’t propagated at all. We’ve always had excellent results with Hunt hubs and bearings long term and there’s a crash replacement deal available too.

Hunt Enduro Wide V2

The wheels have extra thick 17mm 7075-T6 axles for increased strength and stiffness (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

Hunt Enduro Wide V2 verdict

With most of the best enduro mountain bike wheelsets now creeping well over 2kg, the Hunts are mid-pack when it comes to mass and only 10 percent heavier than a lot of carbon sets. Fast freehub engagement and a tighter rear feel still keep them primed for punching in speed before a launch or out of corners, though – if you want light but still tough look at the Hunt Trail Wides

Like most alloy rims we test, we dented the rear on rocks, but unlike with carbon it’s easily repairable and it’s held up fine post ding. The softer, wider front, stiffer rear ride feel is great too and a close match for even the most expensive wheels in terms of trail surface to hand/foot communication. The fatter, flowier front wheel is particularly welcome if you’re riding a bike with a more basic fork that needs all the help it can get and that’s obviously backed up by the excellent pricing. 

We’re not the only ones saying that, though, so be prepared to be patient when you order. Wheelsets are available direct from Huntbikewheels.com (opens in new tab).

Tech Specs: Hunt Enduro Wide V2 MTB wheelset

  • Price: $545 (USD) / £399.99 (UK)
  • Weight: 2,160g complete (1,035g front, 1,125g rear)
  • Sizes: 27.5in and 29in 

Guy Kesteven is Bike Perfect and Cyclingnews’ contributing tech editor. Hatched in Yorkshire he's been hardened by riding round it in all weathers since he was a kid. He spent a few years working in bike shops and warehouses before starting writing and testing for bike mags in 1996. Since then he’s written several million words about several thousand test bikes and a ridiculous amount of riding gear. To make sure he rarely sleeps and to fund his custom tandem habit, he’s also penned a handful of bike-related books and talks to a GoPro for YouTube, too.


Rides: Pace RC295, Cotic FlareMax, Specialized Chisel, Vielo V+1 gravel bike, Nicolai FS Enduro, Landescape custom gravel tandem

Height: 180cm

Weight: 69kg