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HUNT Limitless Research
Real world R&D (inclusive of taking the KOM) on the Trouée d'Arenberg, as part of the next chapter for Hunt Bike Wheels.
HUNT: Limitless Research is the new body of Hunt Bike Wheels, seeking to push the boundaries on what is possible even further than we have done before.
As many of you will already be aware, we began the next chapter of our journey when we invest in the engineering talent of Luisa Grappone, and immediately embarked on a project that has brought us to this point.
The first wheelset launched under the HUNT: Limitless Research moniker is the 48 Limitless Aero Disc, the carbon disc-specific wheelset we've developed alongside Schwalbe engineers, with a profile optimised for a 28c Pro One tubeless tire (although, as we found in our most recent round of testing, on par with the top competitors even with a 25c Pro One).
As part of our development process, alongside of course plenty visits to the wind tunnel, we headed over to the Trouée d'Arenberg, the most hallowed (and, alongside Mons-en-Pévéle & Carrefour de l'Arbre, the hardest) of the cobbled sectors used in the Paris Roubaix.
We have worked with Dark Sky Media to film & document our time there, and would like to share with you the trailer of the finished video, which will release on our YouTube channel on Friday 12th April, just two days prior to the race taking place.
As many of you will already be aware, what we're out to achieve with this wheelset is to develop the very fastest wheels in the world when optimised for this particular tire. Why? Because there is not enough importance placed by many brands in the industry on the global system comprised of both the rim and the tire. Only when you consider the choice of tire AND wheel, can you start to form real conclusions about aerodynamic performance.
We have managed to achieve the impressively low weight with these dimensions, through the adoption of an innovative, patented construction method. A 22.5mm rim bed optimised for a 28c tire (with specific design to optimise for a 28c Pro One, however compatible with any tubeless/clincher tires from 23c upwards), paired with a 34.5mm external width, would usually result in fairly thick carbon sidewalls.
And so, we use a (non-structural) low density expanding polymer insert inside a channel carved out during pre-preg, which is bonded to the carbon during the curing process (resulting in an exceptionally strong bond). The density of carbon is 1.6g per cubic centimetre, whereas the polymer insert weighs just 0.6g per cubic centimetre, resulting in a (rotational) mass loss of just over 50g per rim. This technology enables us to consider the limits of material properties, and smash right past them.