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Hunt 42 Limitless: Aero Gravel Hoops That Pack a Punch

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Based in the U.K., Hunt has been making a name for itself with a steady stream of high-value wheelsets that in many cases outperform the established big-name players while costing hundreds of dollars less (or sometimes even thousands). With the 42 Limitless Gravel Disc, Hunt is only strengthening that reputation.

THE DETAILS

The name of the game for the 42 Limitless Gravel Disc is aerodynamics and stability. Like its name suggests, this gravel wheelset has a rim profile that measures in at 42mm to keep aerodynamic drag to a minimum. By Hunt’s wind-tunnel testing, the 42 Limitless Gravel is about on par with (slightly better than, actually) similar gravel-focused wheelsets from other high-end brands. The advantage over non-aero gravel wheels is far more substantial at an almost 17-watt savings.

Hunt has another trick up its sleeve with the rim profile. It uses the brand’s Limitless Technology, creating a wide, U-shape profile that not only results in speed, but high crosswind stability too (which means more control and therefore even more speed). Measuring 36mm externally and 25mm internally, these wheels are aerodynamically optimized around the gravel-tire sweet spot of 38mm to 42mm, and will work with tires up to 54mm if your adventures call for some serious volume.

Despite that wide, deep and hooked rim profile, Hunt has managed to keep these wheels to a respectable 1,548 grams for the set. They’re not the lightest gravel wheels available at this depth but they hit that weight at just $1,299, far less than many competitors.

Hunt is also giving plenty of attention to the rest of the wheel. The brand’s FastEngage 7.5 hubs engage 48 times per rotation for quick acceleration. And there is a premium option inside the hubs as well. Optional CeramicSpeedcoated bearings, which we tested, are 75-percent tougher than standard steel bearings. They last longer and roll smoother to take this wheelset to another level. Those bearings will set you back another $530.

THE RIDE

the ride

These wheels punch far above their price tag. They accelerate quickly thanks to a stiff build, and then hold on to that speed, making it easy to settle into a rhythm on long stretches of gravel. They also do a good job of keeping you in that rhythm; no wheels at this depth will be immune to crosswinds, but these ones do do an admirable job of limiting their effects, allowing you to ride faster and more comfortably. While not particularly light, these wheels don’t suffer much of a weight penalty either, making them a good choice to bring along on rolling terrain. And the durability has been great through months of hard riding, with the wheels holding up to bottoming out and a few close encounters with rocks—though there’s a warranty and crash-replacement policy just in case.

$1,299/$1,829 (tested); 1,548g; huntbikewheels.com