Hunt is introducing its first eMTB-specific wheelset in the form of the Hunt E_All-Mountain, complete with a 31mm internal width aluminum rim laced to Hunt’s own Phase Engage hubset. The rim has been in production for sometime, being the very same 6069-T6 alloy rim in use on the Hunt Enduro Wide V2 wheelset we tested previously.
Hunt has repurposed it here for the rigors of eMTB riding with triple-butted Pillar spokes and Hunt’s eMTB-specific freehub system offering 8 degree engagement. The set is yours for £479 ($649 USD). We have the key details.
Hunt All-Mountain eBike Wheels
Available in Boost only, the Hunt E_All-Mountain Wheelsets are available in 29″, 27.5″, or MX. The latter set complete with MS freehub body weighs in at 2,217 grams, with the front wheel weighing 997 grams, and the rear weighing 1,220 grams. Claimed weight for the complete 29″ set is 2,193 grams, with the complete 27.5″ set weighing a claimed 2,143 grams (w/o freehub body).
To demonstrate their 31mm alloy rim is suitable for the greater loads associated with eBiking, Hunt generated some impact data. It pertains to a single-wall impact test scenario, said to best replicate impacts on the trail. And, it suggests the Hunt rim is more impact resistant than the rims of the Crankbrothers Synthesis eMTB Alloy wheelset, and the DT Swiss HX 1700 Spline Hybrid wheelset. More force is required to deform or break the rim.
While the Hunt Enduro Wide V2 wheelset runs their Rapid Engage hubset with 5° engagement, this eBike-specific wheelset is home to the new Phase Engage freehub with 8° engagement. Both feature a 17mm 7075-T6 axle said to resist bending, with 6 spring-backed pawls. The major difference is that, on the Rapid Engage hub, only 3 pawls engage at any one time (and more often). Here on the Phase Engage hub, all 6 engage simultaneously for improved torque transfer and increased durability.
Lacing the aluminum rim to the Phase Engage hub are 32 triple-butted J-bend steel spokes from Pillar (PSR 2018). These have a larger 1.8mm gauge at the central portion. They terminate with conical nipple washers and 16mm brass nipples, said to enhance strength and improve longevity of the wheelset.
Pricing & Availability
The Hunt E_All-Mountain eBike-specific wheelset retails at £479 // €599 // $649 USD. It will be available to pre-order as of next week. Sizes on offer include 29″, 27.5″ and MX, with Microspline, Shimano HG or SRAM XD freehub bodies to choose from. Each wheelset is shipped with valves, with the rims pre-taped ready for a tubeless set up. And, a few spare spokes are included, too.
Wheels are sold with a three-year warranty against material or workmanship defects.