Frustrated with Hunt wheels

Ok, this a bit of a long one, so I’ll try to keep it concise.

I’m finalising the build of my n=1/groad bike. The frame is sorted, and I have chosen Ekar for the groupset. I will be running 2 wheelsets, 1 for gravel and 1 for road (with a different cassette on each). I have had a nice, solid set of alloy gravel wheels with the right freehub made for me. I’m now looking to sort the road wheelset.

As you may know, there aren’t tons of options for Ekar. But I saw that Mason sell their Resolution with Ekar and Hunt Road wheels, and GranFondo magazine this month reviewed that very bike with Hunt carbon 33s.

So I went on to the Hunt website today to check out lead times. The pair I want are mid-late May: not too bad at all, at the moment. But on the drop down menu, the N3W freehub (for Ekar) is not an option.

I then went onto their online chat to ask about this. The chat operator seemed utterly convinced that this is not an option for their road wheels, even after I shared the link to the Mason website. I was also told that ‘you know Ekar is a gravel wheelset, so you need gravel wheels’. Ok…

Given the Mason/GranFondo ‘evidence’, I am pretty sure that the product I want to buy does in fact exist, but that the company who sell it appear not to realise this… :man_shrugging: :man_facepalming:

Any ideas??

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Spontaneous thought, buy DT Swiss instead! I have the GR1600 as well as the new ARC1400 62mm.

I have previously had the new Rapide CLX as well, and the quality of DT Swiss is just outstanding.

Being able to switch between systems and ratchets etc. Super easy cleaning and maintenance!

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Great plan, and was my first choice, but the DT Swiss Ekar freehub adapters aren’t available in the UK before September. Only the gravel wheels come with them as a stock option. :confused:

Or, they only exist as an OEM option (with matching order size)?

Can you build them up from the hubs and rims? Hunt sell rims separate. Don’t know how you would get the hub though if the lead time is September? I bet Hunt could do a special order build but perhaps the hubs are too difficult to source.

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Spontaneous thought 2 - get a wheelset built to spec - If you are in the UK and perhaps London isn’t too far away from you - you can look into SBC Cycles in Hackney.


That’s my backyard and I never heard about them! Top tip

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Email Hunt

Email Hunt (with links to the Mason and GF examples) and ask them how you can get hold of what clearly does exist.

Emails can get forwarded on to different parts of the company to whoever does know about this, whereas the customer service chat operator just has to deal with the issue on the spot (and may not know about products that are soon-to-be-but-not-yet released).

Yeah, I know, it shouldn’t be down to you to chase up their poor customer service, but hey, dream builds take work. :roll_eyes:

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These are what’s on that Mason Resolution, from GranFondo magazine.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m in the US, but I see the campy 13 option.

Edit: if you’re not opposed to cheaper stuff


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and then you can sort out a better wheel set later, but the Hunt 30 all road looks good to me, and has the profile to run 25c.


I just want to second the shout for a wheelbuilder. I have Hunt wheels, and I’d just about rate them ok, I wouldn’t buy another set I think. A club mate had three replacement sets fail on him (aluminium wheels, the spokes pulled through the rim each time). In that price range, a wheelbuilder can probably make you something specific to your needs, eg with the hub you want.

Another mention for SBC Cycles in Hackney. They helped me rebuild a Dura-Ace wheelset with new rims. Turned out very well. Highly recommended.


This is exactly what I’ve done. Let’s see what they say.

Thanks for all the other ideas.

I have found a couple of wheelbuilders who have Ekar hubs in stock, and though neither is offering exactly what I want, both would be pretty good options if needs be.

They do higher-end wheelsets too but I went for LightBicycle Falcon Pro rims (the more expensive amongst their offerings) w/ DT Swiss hubs and I love them! Still slightly more expensive than Hunts (But i think better) and if anything goes wrong you can bring it to a real brick and mortar shop!

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It seems to be dependent on the hub each model is spec’d with.

In their “Gravel” section, they’re all available with Ekar. Maybe they’l spec other rims with those hubs, but there are options for you.

I got a reply from them on social media - they can do it on any wheelset, though I can’t get any sense of whether or not it alters lead times.

Maybe I’m getting old, but I still find it weird that you get better and faster replies from most companies on IG these days than you do from emailing sales departments…

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In fairness to Hunt, they were pretty good after I sent them an email with the relevant links. Just thought I’d update the thread to do them justice.

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