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SUB50 Limitless Aero Disc
HUNT SUB50 Limitless Aero Disc Wheelset
HUNT SUB50 Limitless Aero Disc Wheelset
<h1>LIMITLESS RIM PROFILE</h1><i>HUNT-patented Limitless Width Aero Technology enables us to build a rim that possesses wide, blunt dimensions and class-leading aerodynamic characteristics, whilst maintaining a weight that won’t detract from the all-round performance of the wheelset.</i>
<h1>H_RATCHET DBL HUBS</h1><i>New H_Ratchet double-sided system (with two floating ratchet rings), with a 40t ratchet ring resulting in just 9˚ engagement. The freehub benefits from H_Ceramik anti-bite coating to ensure maximum durability.</i>
<h1>Aerodynamically optimised</h1><i>Aerodynamically Optimised to be the ultimate all-round road racing wheelset for 28 and 30mm tires</i>
<h1>On bike</h1><i>Hunt SUB50 Limitless Aero on Cervelo S5</i>
<h1>SPOKES</h1><i>Pillar Wing 20 Elliptical Aero stainless steel spokes offer excellent performance-to-weight, and significant aero gains over round spokes. The patented design resists twisting under tension. Black anodized finish.</i>
<h1>PRECISION BEARINGS</h1><i>Double sealed stainless steel cartridge bearings offer smooth, reliable service with low friction.</i>
<h1>MATTE REFLECTIVE GRAPHICS</h1><i>Reflective Limitless spoke graphics under matte clear coat.</i>
<h1>APPROVED BY THE UCI FOR RACING</h1>
<h1>TIRE WIDTH OPTIMISATION</h1><i>Designed with 23mm internal rim width optimised for 28mm and 30mm tires. ETRTO-compatible.</i>
<h1>ADAPTABILITY</h1><i>Our wheels are seriously future-proof. We can adapt your wheels to any current axle standard, you just need to let us know what you require by filling in the simple form on the confirmation page after checkout. Please note these wheels will not work with the older 15mm front road TA standard.</i>
<h1>LOW SYSTEM WEIGHT - FRONT</h1><i>Innovation in rim layup technology, and hubs delivers class-leading low weight. Please note on scale images weighed without valves and tape. +/- 3% variation on wheelset weights can occur.</i>
<h1>LOW SYSTEM WEIGHT - REAR</h1><i>Innovation in rim layup technology, and hubs delivers class-leading low weight. Please note on scale images weighed without valves and tape. +/- 3% variation on wheelset weights can occur.</i>
HUNT SUB50 Limitless Aero Disc Wheelset

HUNT SUB50 Limitless Aero Disc Wheelset

49.5 Deep | 34.2 Wide Ext Front | 30 Wide Ext Rear | 23 Wide Int | 1428g

WIND TUNNEL PROVEN AERO ADVANTAGE. IMPRESSIVELY LIGHTWEIGHT.

49.5 DEEP | 34.2 WIDE EXT FRONT | 30 WIDE EXT REAR | 23 WIDE INT | 1428G

The Purpose

The in-house engineering team at HUNT aimed to create the absolute fastest, no compromise, all-around road race wheelset up to and including 50mm in depth, while optimising for modern width road tires (28mm and 30mm) and achieving the lowest system weight possible. The SUB50 Limitless takes what we learned from creating our disc-brake wheelset redefining 48 Limitless (34.5mm wide), which when launched in 2019 proved in the wind-tunnel to be the fastest in its category. From that industry leading change others have followed. A further three-year engineering development process has elevated the performance again with the SUB50 Limitless. Offering riders wind tunnel proven best-in-class aerodynamic efficiency and stability, combined with tire shape optimisation, at an impressively low system weight of 1428 grams, the SUB50 Limitless once more sets the standard for all-round road racing wheels.

Efficiency-vs-depth

HOW DID OUR ENGINEERS CREATE SUCH A LIGHT FAST WHEELSET?

Front and rear specific rim shapes maximize aero benefit at the front of the bike while reducing mass at the rear, leveraging the latest advancements in composite layup capabilities to create featherweight profiles that meet the extreme structural and durability demands of modern racing and riding.

Validated in the wind tunnel, the SUB50 Limitless aerodynamically outperforms relevant competitor wheels up to and including 50mm in depth with modern 30mm wide tires, offering a 1.8-watt advantage over the next fastest competitor. The SUB50 further outperforms the competitive set when aero efficiency-to-weight and aero efficiency-to-depth metrics are taken into account. Utilizing Limitless Width Aero Technology, the SUB50 offers smooth steering moment values across a wide range of yaw angles, resulting in stable and predictable ride characteristics.

The result is a profoundly versatile all-around aero wheelset. More speed, less weight. Wide where it matters, faster everywhere.

At Hunt technical performance is central to how we serve the rider. For our in-depth engineering development programs we produce a detailed research white paper to provide the full development methodology and data. Please click here to download the SUB50 Limitless white Paper.

H_Care Logo

Includes FREE H_Care lifetime crash replacement for the first owners of these wheels. Read all about it here.


PURPOSE, AIM, DEVELOPMENT PROCESS AND RESULTS

READ IN DEPTH

Project background

The Limitless project began in 2017 and was first launched to riders in 2019 with the 48 Limitless Aero Disc, the most aerodynamic wheelset in the world up to and including 50mm depth wheels. The aerodynamic performance was made possible by the extra wide external shape measuring 34.5mm at its widest point, making it the first road racing focused wheel with an external width over 30mm. HUNT achieved this extra width while minimizing the rim mass with patented Limitless Width Aero Technology which utilizes a strip of low-density structural polymer inserted in a molded channel within the rim sidewall with carbon molded over it, allowing for extra width while minimizing material mass. The award-winning wheelset was widely used by HUNT-supported teams and athletes such as world tour Team Qhubeka-ASSOS, British Continental team Canyon dhb Pro Cycling, and US Criterium squad LA Sweat, racking up wins at every level of the sport including a Grand Tour stage win under Victor Campenaerts at the 2021 Giro d’Italia. Through in-depth conversations with these riders, the feedback was consistent; the aero performance and stability of the 48 Limitless was unmatched but the riders wanted less weight.


LA-sweat-rider-on-sub50

Over the course of a long and winding dynamic road stage riders were accelerating dozens if not hundreds of times: out of corners, closing gaps, and returning from the cars. Our riders asked if the HUNT engineering team could find a way to maintain the aero performance and stability while significantly reducing system weight. In the meantime, key wheel competitors introduced new, wider profiles, including some unique front and rear-specific rim designs offering impressive aero-to-weight advantages for riders. These innovations from select competitors and the seemingly impossible request from supported riders initiated the SUB50 Limitless Speed Project, proving that the collective innovation cycle throughout the industry leads to better product solutions for all riders.

DEVELOPMENT PROCESS: CFD, 3D PROTOTYPING, WIND TUNNEL TESTING


CFD-graphic

The engineering team at HUNT relied on three key technologies to rapidly develop, test, validate and re-test numerous rim profiles: CFD, 3D prototyping, and wind-tunnel testing. Over approximately 2500 hours of CFD (computational Fluid Dynamics) analysis, the engineering team evaluated 38 front rim profiles and 18 rear rim profiles to narrow down potential shapes.


CFD-graphic

Once narrowed down to 3 front and 4 rear rim profiles the team then 3D printed rims in sections, then assembled into fully built wheels to create representative prototypes for wind tunnel testing in a controlled and repeatable environment, representative of real-world wind conditions and yaw angles. Carbon fiber prototypes were then produced and re-tested in the wind tunnel against relevant competitors to validate the new designs and provide transparent data for riders to review and consider. Throughout the SUB50 Limitless Speed Project, the HUNT engineers performed a combined total of 90 wind tunnel runs over two multi-day sessions to test, compare and validate the new profiles.


prototype-wheel

AERODYNAMIC EFFICIENCY: UNIQUE FRONT AND REAR HOOKLESS PROFILES

To maximize the aerodynamic efficiency of the wheelset as a system while reducing weight, the team chose to focus on creating the most efficient rim profile for managing clean airflow at the front of the bike. After evaluating potential profiles using CFD, then testing the most promising shapes in the wind tunnel, an engineered rim shape 49.5mm deep and 34.2mm at its widest point was chosen for the front rim profile. Since the rear wheel encounters heavily disturbed airflow affected by the front of the bike and rider, the engineering team saw an opportunity to minimize material in the rear wheel without negatively affecting system aerodynamics.

sub50-rim-profiles

The team evaluated 18 rear profiles, also utilizing CFD analysis followed by wind tunnel testing, to choose a slightly narrower and lighter rear rim profile with dimensions of 49.5mm deep and 30mm wide. Some competitors pair a shallower front rim with a deeper rear rim to increase aerodynamic benefit while maintaining ride characteristics.


sub50-rim-comparison

HUNT patented Limitless Width Aero Technology offers ample stability and predictability, allowing our engineers to maximize aero benefits at the front of the bike by optimising the shape and depth where has it the greatest impact on overall bike-and-rider system aerodynamics. The result, as evidenced by the wind tunnel data, is a faster wheel system that doesn’t compromise on handling characteristics.

WIND TUNNEL PERFORMANCE SUMMARY:

wind-tunnel-testing

SUB50 Limitless offers best overall performance of all wheels 50mm and under when tested, the closest competitor (DT Swiss ARC 1400 DICUT 50 DB, 1456g) tested aerodynamically faster with a 28 mm tire (Run A: 0.6 W faster, Run B: 0.14 W slower) predominately due to the DT Swiss’ 3mm narrower internal rim width producing a narrower tire profile. The SUB50 produced a 1.85 watt gain compared to the DT Swiss 50 with a 30mm tire, while also providing all the benefits of a wider internal rim with reduced rolling resistance and increased grip and comfort.

AERO-ACROSS-WIND-ANGLES

The SUB50 Limitless aerodynamically outperformed the deeper Zipp 454 NSW (55/58mm undulating depth, 1428g) wheelset by 3.07 watts when both wheelsets were tested with 30mm tires, and by 0.99 watts when both wheels were tested with 28mm tires.



LESS-DRAG-LOWEST-WEIGHT

While weighing just 1428 grams with traditional steel spokes and 1380 grams with available UD Carbon Spoke Technology, the new SUB50 Limitless with a 30mm tire offers a 1.40 watt savings compared the preceding 48 Limitless with a 28mm tire, meaning the HUNT engineering team has reduced overall aero drag while increasing tire width by a full size. Compared to relevant wheels in the mid-depth category, the SUB50 Limitless aerodynamically outperforms the relevant competitor wheels up to and including 50mm in depth, when mounted with modern 30mm tires, and performs similarly to significantly deeper wheels tested. When aerodynamic drag-to-weight and aerodynamic drag-to-depth ratios are considered, the SUB50 significantly outperforms the competitive set.

Aerodynamic Stability: Predictability Empowers Speed

Pro rider feedback on the 48 Limitless reiterated that the extra-wide profile not only held speed and cheated wind like a much deeper wheel, but offered stability and predictability in changing wind conditions like a much shallower wheel, which is exceedingly important in chaotic feed zones, and dynamic sprint situations.


wind-tunnel-engineer

It was imperative that our engineering team achieve these characteristics in the SUB50 Limitless Speed Project, as this predictability through variable wind conditions allows riders to comfortably stay in a low, aero position on the bike for longer, which can have a considerable impact on efficiency and expended energy throughout a long road stage or classics race. This stability is attributed to the wide radius at the rims’ spoke bed, which achieves more consistent and controlled stall conditions, shown on the steering moment co-efficient graph as lower fluctuations around the stall points. Steering moment co-efficient is proportional to side force on the rim.

GREATER-STABILITY

Low System Weight: A Sum of Components

While designing a best-in-class set of hookless front and rear carbon rim profiles to maximize aerodynamic efficiency while reducing weight, the engineering and product development team was simultaneously seeking out other ways to reduce mass and increase performance across the wheel system. HUNT’s world tour-proven TaperLock UD carbon fiber spoke technology was chosen as an upgrade option for this wheelset, along with the industry-leading Pillar Wing 20 Elliptical Aero spokes for the steel spoke offering. Recent advancements in composite lay-up capabilities also allowed our team to achieve previously unreachable strength-to-weight ratios in the construction of these new, wide rim shapes, resulting in lighter rim weights.


close-up-hub

To further reduce wheel system weight the HUNT engineering and development team worked with our trusted industry-leading suppliers to develop and test a double ratchet hub system with a 40-tooth drive ring that achieves the same level of reliability HUNT hubs are known for, offering increased engagement surface area while using less shell materials relative to our race-proven pawl-based systems. The floating ratchet rings are contained as a cassette, meaning they won’t pop out in pieces during routine service. The HUNT H_Ratchet DBL hubset weighs just 305 grams per set for the steel spoke version with an in-house FEA developed spoke interface and hub shell. Reliably offering 9-degree engagement, the system is designed for high torque load and easy servicing, with tool-free end cap removal and double sealed main hub bearings. The hub shell is made using 6066 aluminum alloy, offering high strength-to-weight, with an extra strong 7075-T6 alloy axle and freehub body with H_Ceramik reinforced coating to protect against gouging. To put the system through the paces, HUNT-supported adventure cyclist Boru McCullagh embarked on a fully-loaded, around-the-world journey on one of the early test sample sets, featured in the 48 Limitless Gravel Adventure wheelset, clocking 25,000 kilometers (and counting) on the system.

clear-hub

Tire Profile: Hookless Performance, ETRTO Compliance and Aero optimisation for 28-30mm Tires

Both front and rear rim profiles feature hookless/TSS (Tubeless Straight Side) beads with an internal rim width of 23mm, adhering to 2023 ETRTO standards for use with 28mm and wider tires, while being optimised for both 28 and 30mm tires. Hookless rim technology allows HUNT to slightly reduce rim weight, improve manufacturing consistency, and improve aerodynamics at the tire-to-rim interface by reducing the “lightbulb” effect that inwardly protruded hooks have on the tire profile. A wider hookless bead profile also helps reduce the chance of pinch flats, due to the blunt, flattened profile.


measuring-tire-width

HUNT was forward looking in 2018 when optimising around 28mm tires for the 48 Limitless project. In 2024, based on emerging trends, data points from specialist pro riders across the sport, and tire sales data, we found it essential to optimise around tires ranging from 28 to 30mm for the next generation of race wheels. A growing number of professional climbers, rouleurs, classics specialists, super domestiques, time trialists, and sprinters have adopted 30mm tires and wider in search of incremental gains in aero efficiency, vibration reduction, cornering traction, and lower rolling resistance.


Tire-profile-on-rim

SUMMARY AND RESULTS: REAL WORLD RELEVANCE AND UNMATCHED PERFORMANCE METRICS

While the SUB50 Limitless Aero Disc was designed to meet the needs of riders at the top of the sport, pushing the performance of the wheel at all yaw angles can create even greater benefits for those of us riding at lower average speeds. At higher average speeds, the rider experiences narrower, more ‘head on’ wind yaw angles, whereas lower average speeds generate wider average wind yaw angles. Riders are encouraged to review the data for themselves in our publicly available research white paper and see how the SUB50 Limitless Aero Disc stacks up against the competitive set.


Limitless-logo-rim

Leveraging rapid development techniques such as CFD analysis and 3D prototyping along with the proven validation method of wind tunnel testing, the HUNT engineering team has raised the expectation level for aerodynamic efficiency while simultaneously reducing the wheel system weight and increasing responsiveness, creating a world-beating combination of performance attributes. The result is the ultimate all-around mid-depth wheel system for riders unwilling to compromise. The SUB50 Limitless Aero Disc = completely unreasonable.

If you’d like more information, please read our research white paper for full engineering and development process details and wind tunnel testing data for the SUB50 Limitless and competitor wheels.

Read Less

The Purpose

The in-house engineering team at HUNT aimed to create the absolute fastest, no compromise, all-around road race wheelset up to and including 50mm in depth, while optimising for modern width road tires (28mm and 30mm) and achieving the lowest system weight possible. The SUB50 Limitless takes what we learned from creating our disc-brake wheelset redefining 48 Limitless (34.5mm wide), which when launched in 2019 proved in the wind-tunnel to be the fastest in its category. From that industry leading change others have followed. A further three-year engineering development process has elevated the performance again with the SUB50 Limitless. Offering riders wind tunnel proven best-in-class aerodynamic efficiency and stability, combined with tire shape optimisation, at an impressively low system weight of 1428 grams, the SUB50 Limitless once more sets the standard for all-round road racing wheels.

LESS-DRAG-LOW-WEIGHT

HOW DID OUR ENGINEERS CREATE SUCH A LIGHT FAST WHEELSET?

Front and rear specific rim shapes maximize aero benefit at the front of the bike while reducing mass at the rear, leveraging the latest advancements in composite layup capabilities to create featherweight profiles that meet the extreme structural and durability demands of modern racing and riding.

Validated in the wind tunnel, the SUB50 Limitless aerodynamically outperforms relevant competitor wheels up to and including 50mm in depth with modern 30mm wide tires, offering a 1.8-watt advantage over the next fastest competitor. The SUB50 further outperforms the competitive set when aero efficiency-to-weight and aero efficiency-to-depth metrics are taken into account. Utilizing Limitless Width Aero Technology, the SUB50 offers smooth steering moment values across a wide range of yaw angles, resulting in stable and predictable ride characteristics.

The result is a profoundly versatile all-around aero wheelset. More speed, less weight. Wide where it matters, faster everywhere.

At Hunt technical performance is central to how we serve the rider. For our in-depth engineering development programs we produce a detailed research white paper to provide the full development methodology and data. Please click here to download the SUB50 Limitless white Paper.

H_Care Logo

Includes FREE H_Care lifetime crash replacement for the first owners of these wheels. Read all about it here.



PURPOSE, AIM, DEVELOPMENT PROCESS AND RESULTS

Project background

The Limitless project began in 2017 and was first launched to riders in 2019 with the 48 Limitless Aero Disc, the most aerodynamic wheelset in the world up to and including 50mm depth wheels. The aerodynamic performance was made possible by the extra wide external shape measuring 34.5mm at its widest point, making it the first road racing focused wheel with an external width over 30mm. HUNT achieved this extra width while minimizing the rim mass with patented Limitless Width Aero Technology which utilizes a strip of low-density structural polymer inserted in a molded channel within the rim sidewall with carbon molded over it, allowing for extra width while minimizing material mass. The award-winning wheelset was widely used by HUNT-supported teams and athletes such as world tour Team Qhubeka-ASSOS, British Continental team Canyon dhb Pro Cycling, and US Criterium squad LA Sweat, racking up wins at every level of the sport including a Grand Tour stage win under Victor Campenaerts at the 2021 Giro d’Italia. Through in-depth conversations with these riders, the feedback was consistent; the aero performance and stability of the 48 Limitless was unmatched but the riders wanted less weight.


LA-sweat-rider-on-sub50

Over the course of a long and winding dynamic road stage riders were accelerating dozens if not hundreds of times: out of corners, closing gaps, and returning from the cars. Our riders asked if the HUNT engineering team could find a way to maintain the aero performance and stability while significantly reducing system weight. In the meantime, key wheel competitors introduced new, wider profiles, including some unique front and rear-specific rim designs offering impressive aero-to-weight advantages for riders. These innovations from select competitors and the seemingly impossible request from supported riders initiated the SUB50 Limitless Speed Project, proving that the collective innovation cycle throughout the industry leads to better product solutions for all riders.

DEVELOPMENT PROCESS: CFD, 3D PROTOTYPING, WIND TUNNEL TESTING


CFD-graphic

The engineering team at HUNT relied on three key technologies to rapidly develop, test, validate and re-test numerous rim profiles: CFD, 3D prototyping, and wind-tunnel testing. Over approximately 2500 hours of CFD (computational Fluid Dynamics) analysis, the engineering team evaluated 38 front rim profiles and 18 rear rim profiles to narrow down potential shapes.


CFD-graphic

Once narrowed down to 3 front and 4 rear rim profiles the team then 3D printed rims in sections, then assembled into fully built wheels to create representative prototypes for wind tunnel testing in a controlled and repeatable environment, representative of real-world wind conditions and yaw angles. Carbon fiber prototypes were then produced and re-tested in the wind tunnel against relevant competitors to validate the new designs and provide transparent data for riders to review and consider. Throughout the SUB50 Limitless Speed Project, the HUNT engineers performed a combined total of 90 wind tunnel runs over two multi-day sessions to test, compare and validate the new profiles.


prototype-wheel

AERODYNAMIC EFFICIENCY: UNIQUE FRONT AND REAR HOOKLESS PROFILES

To maximize the aerodynamic efficiency of the wheelset as a system while reducing weight, the team chose to focus on creating the most efficient rim profile for managing clean airflow at the front of the bike. After evaluating potential profiles using CFD, then testing the most promising shapes in the wind tunnel, an engineered rim shape 49.5mm deep and 34.2mm at its widest point was chosen for the front rim profile. Since the rear wheel encounters heavily disturbed airflow affected by the front of the bike and rider, the engineering team saw an opportunity to minimize material in the rear wheel without negatively affecting system aerodynamics.

sub50-rim-profiles

The team evaluated 18 rear profiles, also utilizing CFD analysis followed by wind tunnel testing, to choose a slightly narrower and lighter rear rim profile with dimensions of 49.5mm deep and 30mm wide. Some competitors pair a shallower front rim with a deeper rear rim to increase aerodynamic benefit while maintaining ride characteristics.


sub50-rim-comparison

HUNT patented Limitless Width Aero Technology offers ample stability and predictability, allowing our engineers to maximize aero benefits at the front of the bike by optimising the shape and depth where it has the greatest impact on overall bike-and-rider system aerodynamics. The result, as evidenced by the wind tunnel data, is a faster wheel system that doesn’t compromise on handling characteristics.

WIND TUNNEL PERFORMANCE SUMMARY:

wind-tunnel-testing

  • SUB50 Limitless offers best overall performance of all wheels 50mm and under when tested, the closest competitor (DT Swiss ARC 1400 DICUT 50 DB, 1456g) tested aerodynamically faster with a 28 mm tire (Run A: 0.6 W faster, Run B: 0.14 W slower) predominately due to the DT Swiss’ 3mm narrower internal rim width producing a narrower tire profile. The SUB50 produced a 1.85 watt gain compared to the DT Swiss 50 with a 30mm tire, while also providing all the benefits of a wider internal rim with reduced rolling resistance and increased grip and comfort.
  • AERO-ACROSS-WIND-ANGLES
  • The SUB50 Limitless aerodynamically outperformed the deeper Zipp 454 NSW (55/58mm undulating depth, 1428g) wheelset by 3.07 watts when both wheelsets were tested with 30mm tires, and by 0.99 watts when both wheels were tested with 28mm tires.


  • LESS-DRAG-LOWEST-WEIGHT

    While weighing just 1428 grams with traditional steel spokes and 1380 grams with available UD Carbon Spoke Technology, the new SUB50 Limitless with a 30mm tire offers a 1.40 watt savings compared the preceding 48 Limitless with a 28mm tire, meaning the HUNT engineering team has reduced overall aero drag while increasing tire width by a full size. Compared to relevant wheels in the mid-depth category, the SUB50 Limitless aerodynamically outperforms the relevant competitor wheels up to and including 50mm in depth, when mounted with modern 30mm tires, and performs similarly to significantly deeper wheels tested. When aerodynamic drag-to-weight and aerodynamic drag-to-depth ratios are considered, the SUB50 significantly outperforms the competitive set.



    Aerodynamic Stability: Predictability Empowers Speed

    Pro rider feedback on the 48 Limitless reiterated that the extra-wide profile not only held speed and cheated wind like a much deeper wheel, but offered stability and predictability in changing wind conditions like a much shallower wheel, which is exceedingly important in chaotic feed zones, and dynamic sprint situations.


    wind-tunnel-engineer

    It was imperative that our engineering team achieve these characteristics in the SUB50 Limitless Speed Project, as this predictability through variable wind conditions allows riders to comfortably stay in a low, aero position on the bike for longer, which can have a considerable impact on efficiency and expended energy throughout a long road stage or classics race. This stability is attributed to the wide radius at the rims’ spoke bed, which achieves more consistent and controlled stall conditions, shown on the steering moment co-efficient graph as lower fluctuations around the stall points. Steering moment co-efficient is proportional to side force on the rim.

    GREATER-STABILITY

    Low System Weight: A Sum of Components

    While designing a best-in-class set of hookless front and rear carbon rim profiles to maximize aerodynamic efficiency while reducing weight, the engineering and product development team was simultaneously seeking out other ways to reduce mass and increase performance across the wheel system. HUNT’s world tour-proven TaperLock UD carbon fiber spoke technology was chosen as an upgrade option for this wheelset, along with the industry-leading Pillar Wing 20 Elliptical Aero spokes for the steel spoke offering. Recent advancements in composite lay-up capabilities also allowed our team to achieve previously unreachable strength-to-weight ratios in the construction of these new, wide rim shapes, resulting in lighter rim weights.


    close-up-hub

    To further reduce wheel system weight the HUNT engineering and development team worked with our trusted industry-leading suppliers to develop and test a double ratchet hub system with a 40-tooth drive ring that achieves the same level of reliability HUNT hubs are known for, offering increased engagement surface area while using less shell materials relative to our race-proven pawl-based systems. The floating ratchet rings are contained as a cassette, meaning they won’t pop out in pieces during routine service. The HUNT H_Ratchet DBL hubset weighs just 305 grams per set for the steel spoke version with an in-house FEA developed spoke interface and hub shell. Reliably offering 9-degree engagement, the system is designed for high torque load and easy servicing, with tool-free end cap removal and double sealed main hub bearings. The hub shell is made using 6066 aluminum alloy, offering high strength-to-weight, with an extra strong 7075-T6 alloy axle and freehub body with H_Ceramik reinforced coating to protect against gouging. To put the system through the paces, HUNT-supported adventure cyclist Boru McCullagh embarked on a fully-loaded, around-the-world journey on one of the early test sample sets, featured in the 48 Limitless Gravel Adventure wheelset, clocking 25,000 kilometers (and counting) on the system.



    clear-hub

    Tire Profile: Hookless Performance, ETRTO Compliance and Aero optimisation for 28-30mm Tires

    Both front and rear rim profiles feature hookless/TSS (Tubeless Straight Side) beads with an internal rim width of 23mm, adhering to 2023 ETRTO standards for use with 28mm and wider tires, while being optimised for both 28 and 30mm tires. Hookless rim technology allows HUNT to slightly reduce rim weight, improve manufacturing consistency, and improve aerodynamics at the tire-to-rim interface by reducing the “lightbulb” effect that inwardly protruded hooks have on the tire profile. A wider hookless bead profile also helps reduce the chance of pinch flats, due to the blunt, flattened profile.


    measuring-tire-width

    HUNT was forward looking in 2018 when optimising around 28mm tires for the 48 Limitless project. In 2024, based on emerging trends, data points from specialist pro riders across the sport, and tire sales data, we found it essential to optimise around tires ranging from 28 to 30mm for the next generation of race wheels. A growing number of professional climbers, rouleurs, classics specialists, super domestiques, time trialists, and sprinters have adopted 30mm tires and wider in search of incremental gains in aero efficiency, vibration reduction, cornering traction, and lower rolling resistance.


    Tire-profile-on-rim

    SUMMARY AND RESULTS: REAL WORLD RELEVANCE AND UNMATCHED PERFORMANCE METRICS

    While the SUB50 Limitless Aero Disc was designed to meet the needs of riders at the top of the sport, pushing the performance of the wheel at all yaw angles can create even greater benefits for those of us riding at lower average speeds. At higher average speeds, the rider experiences narrower, more ‘head on’ wind yaw angles, whereas lower average speeds generate wider average wind yaw angles. Riders are encouraged to review the data for themselves in our publicly available research white paper and see how the SUB50 Limitless Aero Disc stacks up against the competitive set.


    Limitless-logo-rim

    Leveraging rapid development techniques such as CFD analysis and 3D prototyping along with the proven validation method of wind tunnel testing, the HUNT engineering team has raised the expectation level for aerodynamic efficiency while simultaneously reducing the wheel system weight and increasing responsiveness, creating a world-beating combination of performance attributes. The result is the ultimate all-around mid-depth wheel system for riders unwilling to compromise. The SUB50 Limitless Aero Disc = completely unreasonable.

    If you’d like more information, please read our research white paper for full engineering and development process details and wind tunnel testing data for the SUB50 Limitless and competitor wheels.


    Key Features

    FRONT AND REAR-SPECIFIC HOOKLESS RIM PROFILES (34.2MM WIDE EXTERNAL FRONT, 30MM WIDE EXTERNAL REAR), PILLAR WING 20 ELLIPTICAL AERO SPOKES, AND RATCHET HUB DESIGN CREATE AN UNMATCHED SYSTEM WEIGHING JUST 1428 GRAMS PER PAIR.

    • Limitless Width Aero Technology | HUNT-patented manufacturing process which utilizes a strip of low-density structural polymer inserted in a molded channel within the rim sidewall with carbon molded over it, allowing for extra width while minimizing material mass.
    • Rims | 34.2mm-wide front rim profile maximizes aero benefit at the front of the bike where it encounters clean, undisturbed airflow. 30mm-wide Rear rim profile reduces weight without significantly negatively impacting whole system aerodynamics.
    • Tires | 23mm rim bed optimised for superior aerodynamic performance with a 28-30c tubeless tire. ETRTO compliant with tubeless, hookless/TSS-ready tires size 28c through 58c. Please note, clincher tires must not be used on hookless rims. Always consult the tire manufacturer’s guidance for compatibility with hookless rims.
    • Hubs | H_Ratchet DBL - Dual-sided ratchet system with 40-tooth drive rings offering 9-degree engagement and 305g weight per set. 6066 aluminum alloy hub shell with extra strong 7075-T6 alloy axle and freehub body. H_Ceramik reinforced coating to protect against gouging. Please note: If you require a 6 bolt adaptor you can purchase separately here
    • Precision Bearings | Double sealed stainless steel cartridge bearings offer smooth, reliable service with low friction.
    • Spokes | Pillar Wing 20 Elliptical Aero Spoke count: 20 Front, 24 Rear.
    • Axles | Easily adaptable & we fit them for you. Fit all current axle sizes and are easy to change. Click here to see all axle sizes.
    • Hand-built | All of our wheels are built and finished by hand, inclusive of a full quality control inspection.
    • Included | Tubeless tape & valves, axle adapters (please fill in the simple form after checkout to select your required size).
    • Weight | 1428g
    • See the full specs here

    Full Specs

  • Rims

    • Limitless profile, disc-specific & aerodynamically optimised for 28-30c tires
    • Front and rear specific profiles
    • Front rim dimensions: 49.5mm deep | 34.2mm external width | 23mm internal width
    • Rear rim dimensions: 49.5mm deep | 30mm external width | 23mm internal width
    • ETRTO compliant for use with 28c tires and wider
    • Reflective graphics with matte clear coat
  • Spokes

    • Pillar Wing 20 Elliptical Aero Stainless Steel
    • Black anodized finish
    • 20 front (2 cross both sides)
    • 24 rear (2 cross both sides)
  • Nipples

    • 16mm Double Square Alloy Nipple
    • Black anodized finish.
  • Tires Info

    • HUNT recommends a 28-30mmmm tire for best performance, tire widths between 28mm and 47mm are also safe to use.
    • You must not exceed the maximum tire pressure limits set out in the table below or the maximum limit set by your tire manufacturer if this is lower.
    • Only use tires marked as compatible with hookless (TSS) rims.
    • Note: best performance is usually gained by using tire pressures lower than the maximum, you can see our blog post here about this.
  • Axle Sizes

    These wheels are available with all existing disc brake road bike axle adapter sizes. We fit the axles you need, just complete the simple form shown after checkout:

    • Front: 12x100mm Thru-Axle, 9x100mm Thru-Axle, Quick Release 9x100mm
    • Rear: 12x142mm Thru-Axle, 12x135mm Thru-Axle, 10x135mm Thru-Axle, Quick Release 9x135mm

    If you are unsure what size your axles are don't worry it also includes the option to tell us your bike model and we will find out and then fit the correct axles, plus we're happy to change them later at our cost if you don't quite get it right. Please note; this form is shown after you have completed your order.

  • Front Hub

    • Forged and CNC’d 6066-T6 heat treated aluminium alloy body.
    • 7075-T6 aluminium alloy axle.
    • Polished anodized black finish with laser graphics.
    • Center-lock disc mount. If you require a 6 bolt adaptor you can purchase separately here
  • Rear Hub

      • H_Ratchet 40t, dual sided ratchet rings, 9˚ engagement
      • Floating ratchet rings are contained as a cassette, meaning they won’t pop out in pieces during routine service.
      • H_Ceramik freehub body reinforcement coating provides excellent durability and protects against cassette sprocket damage to the freehub often seen on standard alloy freehub bodies
      • All freehub standards accounted for.
          • Forged and CNC’d 6066-T6 heat treated aluminium alloy body.
          • 7075-T6 aluminium alloy axle.
          • Center-lock disc mount. If you require a 6 bolt adaptor you can purchase separately here
          • Polished anodized black finish with laser graphics.
  • Bearings

    • Precision stainless steel cartridge
    • Double-sealed for corrosion resistance and long service life
  • Warranty, HUNT Rolling Road Tests & Weight Limits

    These wheels come with H_CARE (Free Lifetime Crash Replacement) for the first owners. Read all about it here.

    A full 3 years from purchase date warranty is offered to the original purchaser only on all HUNT wheels against material or workmanship defects, please click here to read full details

    All HUNT wheels models have to pass our harsh cobbled-rolling-road tests for rider weight limits, please see here for more details. Max system weight 273lbs (system weight – total weight of fully kitted up rider, bike and luggage). If the system weight is over 233lbs then an experienced bike mechanic should check the wheel regularly. We are cyclists ourselves and do of course go above and beyond to offer excellent service if you ever do experience any issues. We carry full spares at very reasonable prices and offer complete support.

    60 Day Ride & Return Period. We are certain you'll be impressed by the acceleration, low-weight, speed and durability of our wheels. We are cyclists and as such strive to offer class leading service and support. Buy with confidence, if for any reason you wish to return the wheels for a full refund of your order you can do so up to a full 60 days after you receive them whether they have been ridden or not. Please note we cannot offer refunds on wheels that have suffered from crash damage but do offer H_CARE (Free Lifetime Crash Replacement) on these wheels.

    In the Box

    Contents

    • HUNT Black Shield tubeless rim tape fitted to wheels.
    • The axle adapters needed for your bike, just fill in the simple form shown after order completion, the form is also included in your order confirmation page.
    • Center-lock disc brake lock rings
    • Cassette spacer for 8/9/10 speed
    • Tubeless Valves
    • Disc brake lock rings
    • Quality control card signed by your wheel builder

    WIND TUNNEL PROVEN AERO ADVANTAGE. IMPRESSIVELY LIGHTWEIGHT.

    49.5 DEEP | 34.2 WIDE EXT FRONT | 30 WIDE EXT REAR | 23 WIDE INT | 1428G

    The Purpose

    The in-house engineering team at HUNT aimed to create the absolute fastest, no compromise, all-around road race wheelset up to and including 50mm in depth, while optimising for modern width road tires (28mm and 30mm) and achieving the lowest system weight possible. The SUB50 Limitless takes what we learned from creating our disc-brake wheelset redefining 48 Limitless (34.5mm wide), which when launched in 2019 proved in the wind-tunnel to be the fastest in its category. From that industry leading change others have followed. A further three-year engineering development process has elevated the performance again with the SUB50 Limitless. Offering riders wind tunnel proven best-in-class aerodynamic efficiency and stability, combined with tire shape optimisation, at an impressively low system weight of 1428 grams, the SUB50 Limitless once more sets the standard for all-round road racing wheels.

    Efficiency-vs-depth

    HOW DID OUR ENGINEERS CREATE SUCH A LIGHT FAST WHEELSET?

    Front and rear specific rim shapes maximize aero benefit at the front of the bike while reducing mass at the rear, leveraging the latest advancements in composite layup capabilities to create featherweight profiles that meet the extreme structural and durability demands of modern racing and riding.

    Validated in the wind tunnel, the SUB50 Limitless aerodynamically outperforms relevant competitor wheels up to and including 50mm in depth with modern 30mm wide tires, offering a 1.8-watt advantage over the next fastest competitor. The SUB50 further outperforms the competitive set when aero efficiency-to-weight and aero efficiency-to-depth metrics are taken into account. Utilizing Limitless Width Aero Technology, the SUB50 offers smooth steering moment values across a wide range of yaw angles, resulting in stable and predictable ride characteristics.

    The result is a profoundly versatile all-around aero wheelset. More speed, less weight. Wide where it matters, faster everywhere.

    At Hunt technical performance is central to how we serve the rider. For our in-depth engineering development programs we produce a detailed research white paper to provide the full development methodology and data. Please click here to download the SUB50 Limitless white Paper.

    H_Care Logo

    Includes FREE H_Care lifetime crash replacement for the first owners of these wheels. Read all about it here.


    PURPOSE, AIM, DEVELOPMENT PROCESS AND RESULTS

    READ IN DEPTH

    Project background

    The Limitless project began in 2017 and was first launched to riders in 2019 with the 48 Limitless Aero Disc, the most aerodynamic wheelset in the world up to and including 50mm depth wheels. The aerodynamic performance was made possible by the extra wide external shape measuring 34.5mm at its widest point, making it the first road racing focused wheel with an external width over 30mm. HUNT achieved this extra width while minimizing the rim mass with patented Limitless Width Aero Technology which utilizes a strip of low-density structural polymer inserted in a molded channel within the rim sidewall with carbon molded over it, allowing for extra width while minimizing material mass. The award-winning wheelset was widely used by HUNT-supported teams and athletes such as world tour Team Qhubeka-ASSOS, British Continental team Canyon dhb Pro Cycling, and US Criterium squad LA Sweat, racking up wins at every level of the sport including a Grand Tour stage win under Victor Campenaerts at the 2021 Giro d’Italia. Through in-depth conversations with these riders, the feedback was consistent; the aero performance and stability of the 48 Limitless was unmatched but the riders wanted less weight.


    LA-sweat-rider-on-sub50

    Over the course of a long and winding dynamic road stage riders were accelerating dozens if not hundreds of times: out of corners, closing gaps, and returning from the cars. Our riders asked if the HUNT engineering team could find a way to maintain the aero performance and stability while significantly reducing system weight. In the meantime, key wheel competitors introduced new, wider profiles, including some unique front and rear-specific rim designs offering impressive aero-to-weight advantages for riders. These innovations from select competitors and the seemingly impossible request from supported riders initiated the SUB50 Limitless Speed Project, proving that the collective innovation cycle throughout the industry leads to better product solutions for all riders.

    DEVELOPMENT PROCESS: CFD, 3D PROTOTYPING, WIND TUNNEL TESTING


    CFD-graphic

    The engineering team at HUNT relied on three key technologies to rapidly develop, test, validate and re-test numerous rim profiles: CFD, 3D prototyping, and wind-tunnel testing. Over approximately 2500 hours of CFD (computational Fluid Dynamics) analysis, the engineering team evaluated 38 front rim profiles and 18 rear rim profiles to narrow down potential shapes.


    CFD-graphic

    Once narrowed down to 3 front and 4 rear rim profiles the team then 3D printed rims in sections, then assembled into fully built wheels to create representative prototypes for wind tunnel testing in a controlled and repeatable environment, representative of real-world wind conditions and yaw angles. Carbon fiber prototypes were then produced and re-tested in the wind tunnel against relevant competitors to validate the new designs and provide transparent data for riders to review and consider. Throughout the SUB50 Limitless Speed Project, the HUNT engineers performed a combined total of 90 wind tunnel runs over two multi-day sessions to test, compare and validate the new profiles.


    prototype-wheel

    AERODYNAMIC EFFICIENCY: UNIQUE FRONT AND REAR HOOKLESS PROFILES

    To maximize the aerodynamic efficiency of the wheelset as a system while reducing weight, the team chose to focus on creating the most efficient rim profile for managing clean airflow at the front of the bike. After evaluating potential profiles using CFD, then testing the most promising shapes in the wind tunnel, an engineered rim shape 49.5mm deep and 34.2mm at its widest point was chosen for the front rim profile. Since the rear wheel encounters heavily disturbed airflow affected by the front of the bike and rider, the engineering team saw an opportunity to minimize material in the rear wheel without negatively affecting system aerodynamics.

    sub50-rim-profiles

    The team evaluated 18 rear profiles, also utilizing CFD analysis followed by wind tunnel testing, to choose a slightly narrower and lighter rear rim profile with dimensions of 49.5mm deep and 30mm wide. Some competitors pair a shallower front rim with a deeper rear rim to increase aerodynamic benefit while maintaining ride characteristics.


    sub50-rim-comparison

    HUNT patented Limitless Width Aero Technology offers ample stability and predictability, allowing our engineers to maximize aero benefits at the front of the bike by optimising the shape and depth where has it the greatest impact on overall bike-and-rider system aerodynamics. The result, as evidenced by the wind tunnel data, is a faster wheel system that doesn’t compromise on handling characteristics.

    WIND TUNNEL PERFORMANCE SUMMARY:

    wind-tunnel-testing

    SUB50 Limitless offers best overall performance of all wheels 50mm and under when tested, the closest competitor (DT Swiss ARC 1400 DICUT 50 DB, 1456g) tested aerodynamically faster with a 28 mm tire (Run A: 0.6 W faster, Run B: 0.14 W slower) predominately due to the DT Swiss’ 3mm narrower internal rim width producing a narrower tire profile. The SUB50 produced a 1.85 watt gain compared to the DT Swiss 50 with a 30mm tire, while also providing all the benefits of a wider internal rim with reduced rolling resistance and increased grip and comfort.

    AERO-ACROSS-WIND-ANGLES

    The SUB50 Limitless aerodynamically outperformed the deeper Zipp 454 NSW (55/58mm undulating depth, 1428g) wheelset by 3.07 watts when both wheelsets were tested with 30mm tires, and by 0.99 watts when both wheels were tested with 28mm tires.



    LESS-DRAG-LOWEST-WEIGHT

    While weighing just 1428 grams with traditional steel spokes and 1380 grams with available UD Carbon Spoke Technology, the new SUB50 Limitless with a 30mm tire offers a 1.40 watt savings compared the preceding 48 Limitless with a 28mm tire, meaning the HUNT engineering team has reduced overall aero drag while increasing tire width by a full size. Compared to relevant wheels in the mid-depth category, the SUB50 Limitless aerodynamically outperforms the relevant competitor wheels up to and including 50mm in depth, when mounted with modern 30mm tires, and performs similarly to significantly deeper wheels tested. When aerodynamic drag-to-weight and aerodynamic drag-to-depth ratios are considered, the SUB50 significantly outperforms the competitive set.

    Aerodynamic Stability: Predictability Empowers Speed

    Pro rider feedback on the 48 Limitless reiterated that the extra-wide profile not only held speed and cheated wind like a much deeper wheel, but offered stability and predictability in changing wind conditions like a much shallower wheel, which is exceedingly important in chaotic feed zones, and dynamic sprint situations.


    wind-tunnel-engineer

    It was imperative that our engineering team achieve these characteristics in the SUB50 Limitless Speed Project, as this predictability through variable wind conditions allows riders to comfortably stay in a low, aero position on the bike for longer, which can have a considerable impact on efficiency and expended energy throughout a long road stage or classics race. This stability is attributed to the wide radius at the rims’ spoke bed, which achieves more consistent and controlled stall conditions, shown on the steering moment co-efficient graph as lower fluctuations around the stall points. Steering moment co-efficient is proportional to side force on the rim.

    GREATER-STABILITY

    Low System Weight: A Sum of Components

    While designing a best-in-class set of hookless front and rear carbon rim profiles to maximize aerodynamic efficiency while reducing weight, the engineering and product development team was simultaneously seeking out other ways to reduce mass and increase performance across the wheel system. HUNT’s world tour-proven TaperLock UD carbon fiber spoke technology was chosen as an upgrade option for this wheelset, along with the industry-leading Pillar Wing 20 Elliptical Aero spokes for the steel spoke offering. Recent advancements in composite lay-up capabilities also allowed our team to achieve previously unreachable strength-to-weight ratios in the construction of these new, wide rim shapes, resulting in lighter rim weights.


    close-up-hub

    To further reduce wheel system weight the HUNT engineering and development team worked with our trusted industry-leading suppliers to develop and test a double ratchet hub system with a 40-tooth drive ring that achieves the same level of reliability HUNT hubs are known for, offering increased engagement surface area while using less shell materials relative to our race-proven pawl-based systems. The floating ratchet rings are contained as a cassette, meaning they won’t pop out in pieces during routine service. The HUNT H_Ratchet DBL hubset weighs just 305 grams per set for the steel spoke version with an in-house FEA developed spoke interface and hub shell. Reliably offering 9-degree engagement, the system is designed for high torque load and easy servicing, with tool-free end cap removal and double sealed main hub bearings. The hub shell is made using 6066 aluminum alloy, offering high strength-to-weight, with an extra strong 7075-T6 alloy axle and freehub body with H_Ceramik reinforced coating to protect against gouging. To put the system through the paces, HUNT-supported adventure cyclist Boru McCullagh embarked on a fully-loaded, around-the-world journey on one of the early test sample sets, featured in the 48 Limitless Gravel Adventure wheelset, clocking 25,000 kilometers (and counting) on the system.

    clear-hub

    Tire Profile: Hookless Performance, ETRTO Compliance and Aero optimisation for 28-30mm Tires

    Both front and rear rim profiles feature hookless/TSS (Tubeless Straight Side) beads with an internal rim width of 23mm, adhering to 2023 ETRTO standards for use with 28mm and wider tires, while being optimised for both 28 and 30mm tires. Hookless rim technology allows HUNT to slightly reduce rim weight, improve manufacturing consistency, and improve aerodynamics at the tire-to-rim interface by reducing the “lightbulb” effect that inwardly protruded hooks have on the tire profile. A wider hookless bead profile also helps reduce the chance of pinch flats, due to the blunt, flattened profile.


    measuring-tire-width

    HUNT was forward looking in 2018 when optimising around 28mm tires for the 48 Limitless project. In 2024, based on emerging trends, data points from specialist pro riders across the sport, and tire sales data, we found it essential to optimise around tires ranging from 28 to 30mm for the next generation of race wheels. A growing number of professional climbers, rouleurs, classics specialists, super domestiques, time trialists, and sprinters have adopted 30mm tires and wider in search of incremental gains in aero efficiency, vibration reduction, cornering traction, and lower rolling resistance.


    Tire-profile-on-rim

    SUMMARY AND RESULTS: REAL WORLD RELEVANCE AND UNMATCHED PERFORMANCE METRICS

    While the SUB50 Limitless Aero Disc was designed to meet the needs of riders at the top of the sport, pushing the performance of the wheel at all yaw angles can create even greater benefits for those of us riding at lower average speeds. At higher average speeds, the rider experiences narrower, more ‘head on’ wind yaw angles, whereas lower average speeds generate wider average wind yaw angles. Riders are encouraged to review the data for themselves in our publicly available research white paper and see how the SUB50 Limitless Aero Disc stacks up against the competitive set.


    Limitless-logo-rim

    Leveraging rapid development techniques such as CFD analysis and 3D prototyping along with the proven validation method of wind tunnel testing, the HUNT engineering team has raised the expectation level for aerodynamic efficiency while simultaneously reducing the wheel system weight and increasing responsiveness, creating a world-beating combination of performance attributes. The result is the ultimate all-around mid-depth wheel system for riders unwilling to compromise. The SUB50 Limitless Aero Disc = completely unreasonable.

    If you’d like more information, please read our research white paper for full engineering and development process details and wind tunnel testing data for the SUB50 Limitless and competitor wheels.

    Read Less

    The Purpose

    The in-house engineering team at HUNT aimed to create the absolute fastest, no compromise, all-around road race wheelset up to and including 50mm in depth, while optimising for modern width road tires (28mm and 30mm) and achieving the lowest system weight possible. The SUB50 Limitless takes what we learned from creating our disc-brake wheelset redefining 48 Limitless (34.5mm wide), which when launched in 2019 proved in the wind-tunnel to be the fastest in its category. From that industry leading change others have followed. A further three-year engineering development process has elevated the performance again with the SUB50 Limitless. Offering riders wind tunnel proven best-in-class aerodynamic efficiency and stability, combined with tire shape optimisation, at an impressively low system weight of 1428 grams, the SUB50 Limitless once more sets the standard for all-round road racing wheels.

    LESS-DRAG-LOW-WEIGHT

    HOW DID OUR ENGINEERS CREATE SUCH A LIGHT FAST WHEELSET?

    Front and rear specific rim shapes maximize aero benefit at the front of the bike while reducing mass at the rear, leveraging the latest advancements in composite layup capabilities to create featherweight profiles that meet the extreme structural and durability demands of modern racing and riding.

    Validated in the wind tunnel, the SUB50 Limitless aerodynamically outperforms relevant competitor wheels up to and including 50mm in depth with modern 30mm wide tires, offering a 1.8-watt advantage over the next fastest competitor. The SUB50 further outperforms the competitive set when aero efficiency-to-weight and aero efficiency-to-depth metrics are taken into account. Utilizing Limitless Width Aero Technology, the SUB50 offers smooth steering moment values across a wide range of yaw angles, resulting in stable and predictable ride characteristics.

    The result is a profoundly versatile all-around aero wheelset. More speed, less weight. Wide where it matters, faster everywhere.

    At Hunt technical performance is central to how we serve the rider. For our in-depth engineering development programs we produce a detailed research white paper to provide the full development methodology and data. Please click here to download the SUB50 Limitless white Paper.

    H_Care Logo

    Includes FREE H_Care lifetime crash replacement for the first owners of these wheels. Read all about it here.



    PURPOSE, AIM, DEVELOPMENT PROCESS AND RESULTS

    Project background

    The Limitless project began in 2017 and was first launched to riders in 2019 with the 48 Limitless Aero Disc, the most aerodynamic wheelset in the world up to and including 50mm depth wheels. The aerodynamic performance was made possible by the extra wide external shape measuring 34.5mm at its widest point, making it the first road racing focused wheel with an external width over 30mm. HUNT achieved this extra width while minimizing the rim mass with patented Limitless Width Aero Technology which utilizes a strip of low-density structural polymer inserted in a molded channel within the rim sidewall with carbon molded over it, allowing for extra width while minimizing material mass. The award-winning wheelset was widely used by HUNT-supported teams and athletes such as world tour Team Qhubeka-ASSOS, British Continental team Canyon dhb Pro Cycling, and US Criterium squad LA Sweat, racking up wins at every level of the sport including a Grand Tour stage win under Victor Campenaerts at the 2021 Giro d’Italia. Through in-depth conversations with these riders, the feedback was consistent; the aero performance and stability of the 48 Limitless was unmatched but the riders wanted less weight.


    LA-sweat-rider-on-sub50

    Over the course of a long and winding dynamic road stage riders were accelerating dozens if not hundreds of times: out of corners, closing gaps, and returning from the cars. Our riders asked if the HUNT engineering team could find a way to maintain the aero performance and stability while significantly reducing system weight. In the meantime, key wheel competitors introduced new, wider profiles, including some unique front and rear-specific rim designs offering impressive aero-to-weight advantages for riders. These innovations from select competitors and the seemingly impossible request from supported riders initiated the SUB50 Limitless Speed Project, proving that the collective innovation cycle throughout the industry leads to better product solutions for all riders.

    DEVELOPMENT PROCESS: CFD, 3D PROTOTYPING, WIND TUNNEL TESTING


    CFD-graphic

    The engineering team at HUNT relied on three key technologies to rapidly develop, test, validate and re-test numerous rim profiles: CFD, 3D prototyping, and wind-tunnel testing. Over approximately 2500 hours of CFD (computational Fluid Dynamics) analysis, the engineering team evaluated 38 front rim profiles and 18 rear rim profiles to narrow down potential shapes.


    CFD-graphic

    Once narrowed down to 3 front and 4 rear rim profiles the team then 3D printed rims in sections, then assembled into fully built wheels to create representative prototypes for wind tunnel testing in a controlled and repeatable environment, representative of real-world wind conditions and yaw angles. Carbon fiber prototypes were then produced and re-tested in the wind tunnel against relevant competitors to validate the new designs and provide transparent data for riders to review and consider. Throughout the SUB50 Limitless Speed Project, the HUNT engineers performed a combined total of 90 wind tunnel runs over two multi-day sessions to test, compare and validate the new profiles.


    prototype-wheel

    AERODYNAMIC EFFICIENCY: UNIQUE FRONT AND REAR HOOKLESS PROFILES

    To maximize the aerodynamic efficiency of the wheelset as a system while reducing weight, the team chose to focus on creating the most efficient rim profile for managing clean airflow at the front of the bike. After evaluating potential profiles using CFD, then testing the most promising shapes in the wind tunnel, an engineered rim shape 49.5mm deep and 34.2mm at its widest point was chosen for the front rim profile. Since the rear wheel encounters heavily disturbed airflow affected by the front of the bike and rider, the engineering team saw an opportunity to minimize material in the rear wheel without negatively affecting system aerodynamics.

    sub50-rim-profiles

    The team evaluated 18 rear profiles, also utilizing CFD analysis followed by wind tunnel testing, to choose a slightly narrower and lighter rear rim profile with dimensions of 49.5mm deep and 30mm wide. Some competitors pair a shallower front rim with a deeper rear rim to increase aerodynamic benefit while maintaining ride characteristics.


    sub50-rim-comparison

    HUNT patented Limitless Width Aero Technology offers ample stability and predictability, allowing our engineers to maximize aero benefits at the front of the bike by optimising the shape and depth where it has the greatest impact on overall bike-and-rider system aerodynamics. The result, as evidenced by the wind tunnel data, is a faster wheel system that doesn’t compromise on handling characteristics.

    WIND TUNNEL PERFORMANCE SUMMARY:

    wind-tunnel-testing

  • SUB50 Limitless offers best overall performance of all wheels 50mm and under when tested, the closest competitor (DT Swiss ARC 1400 DICUT 50 DB, 1456g) tested aerodynamically faster with a 28 mm tire (Run A: 0.6 W faster, Run B: 0.14 W slower) predominately due to the DT Swiss’ 3mm narrower internal rim width producing a narrower tire profile. The SUB50 produced a 1.85 watt gain compared to the DT Swiss 50 with a 30mm tire, while also providing all the benefits of a wider internal rim with reduced rolling resistance and increased grip and comfort.
  • AERO-ACROSS-WIND-ANGLES
  • The SUB50 Limitless aerodynamically outperformed the deeper Zipp 454 NSW (55/58mm undulating depth, 1428g) wheelset by 3.07 watts when both wheelsets were tested with 30mm tires, and by 0.99 watts when both wheels were tested with 28mm tires.


  • LESS-DRAG-LOWEST-WEIGHT

    While weighing just 1428 grams with traditional steel spokes and 1380 grams with available UD Carbon Spoke Technology, the new SUB50 Limitless with a 30mm tire offers a 1.40 watt savings compared the preceding 48 Limitless with a 28mm tire, meaning the HUNT engineering team has reduced overall aero drag while increasing tire width by a full size. Compared to relevant wheels in the mid-depth category, the SUB50 Limitless aerodynamically outperforms the relevant competitor wheels up to and including 50mm in depth, when mounted with modern 30mm tires, and performs similarly to significantly deeper wheels tested. When aerodynamic drag-to-weight and aerodynamic drag-to-depth ratios are considered, the SUB50 significantly outperforms the competitive set.



    Aerodynamic Stability: Predictability Empowers Speed

    Pro rider feedback on the 48 Limitless reiterated that the extra-wide profile not only held speed and cheated wind like a much deeper wheel, but offered stability and predictability in changing wind conditions like a much shallower wheel, which is exceedingly important in chaotic feed zones, and dynamic sprint situations.


    wind-tunnel-engineer

    It was imperative that our engineering team achieve these characteristics in the SUB50 Limitless Speed Project, as this predictability through variable wind conditions allows riders to comfortably stay in a low, aero position on the bike for longer, which can have a considerable impact on efficiency and expended energy throughout a long road stage or classics race. This stability is attributed to the wide radius at the rims’ spoke bed, which achieves more consistent and controlled stall conditions, shown on the steering moment co-efficient graph as lower fluctuations around the stall points. Steering moment co-efficient is proportional to side force on the rim.

    GREATER-STABILITY

    Low System Weight: A Sum of Components

    While designing a best-in-class set of hookless front and rear carbon rim profiles to maximize aerodynamic efficiency while reducing weight, the engineering and product development team was simultaneously seeking out other ways to reduce mass and increase performance across the wheel system. HUNT’s world tour-proven TaperLock UD carbon fiber spoke technology was chosen as an upgrade option for this wheelset, along with the industry-leading Pillar Wing 20 Elliptical Aero spokes for the steel spoke offering. Recent advancements in composite lay-up capabilities also allowed our team to achieve previously unreachable strength-to-weight ratios in the construction of these new, wide rim shapes, resulting in lighter rim weights.


    close-up-hub

    To further reduce wheel system weight the HUNT engineering and development team worked with our trusted industry-leading suppliers to develop and test a double ratchet hub system with a 40-tooth drive ring that achieves the same level of reliability HUNT hubs are known for, offering increased engagement surface area while using less shell materials relative to our race-proven pawl-based systems. The floating ratchet rings are contained as a cassette, meaning they won’t pop out in pieces during routine service. The HUNT H_Ratchet DBL hubset weighs just 305 grams per set for the steel spoke version with an in-house FEA developed spoke interface and hub shell. Reliably offering 9-degree engagement, the system is designed for high torque load and easy servicing, with tool-free end cap removal and double sealed main hub bearings. The hub shell is made using 6066 aluminum alloy, offering high strength-to-weight, with an extra strong 7075-T6 alloy axle and freehub body with H_Ceramik reinforced coating to protect against gouging. To put the system through the paces, HUNT-supported adventure cyclist Boru McCullagh embarked on a fully-loaded, around-the-world journey on one of the early test sample sets, featured in the 48 Limitless Gravel Adventure wheelset, clocking 25,000 kilometers (and counting) on the system.



    clear-hub

    Tire Profile: Hookless Performance, ETRTO Compliance and Aero optimisation for 28-30mm Tires

    Both front and rear rim profiles feature hookless/TSS (Tubeless Straight Side) beads with an internal rim width of 23mm, adhering to 2023 ETRTO standards for use with 28mm and wider tires, while being optimised for both 28 and 30mm tires. Hookless rim technology allows HUNT to slightly reduce rim weight, improve manufacturing consistency, and improve aerodynamics at the tire-to-rim interface by reducing the “lightbulb” effect that inwardly protruded hooks have on the tire profile. A wider hookless bead profile also helps reduce the chance of pinch flats, due to the blunt, flattened profile.


    measuring-tire-width

    HUNT was forward looking in 2018 when optimising around 28mm tires for the 48 Limitless project. In 2024, based on emerging trends, data points from specialist pro riders across the sport, and tire sales data, we found it essential to optimise around tires ranging from 28 to 30mm for the next generation of race wheels. A growing number of professional climbers, rouleurs, classics specialists, super domestiques, time trialists, and sprinters have adopted 30mm tires and wider in search of incremental gains in aero efficiency, vibration reduction, cornering traction, and lower rolling resistance.


    Tire-profile-on-rim

    SUMMARY AND RESULTS: REAL WORLD RELEVANCE AND UNMATCHED PERFORMANCE METRICS

    While the SUB50 Limitless Aero Disc was designed to meet the needs of riders at the top of the sport, pushing the performance of the wheel at all yaw angles can create even greater benefits for those of us riding at lower average speeds. At higher average speeds, the rider experiences narrower, more ‘head on’ wind yaw angles, whereas lower average speeds generate wider average wind yaw angles. Riders are encouraged to review the data for themselves in our publicly available research white paper and see how the SUB50 Limitless Aero Disc stacks up against the competitive set.


    Limitless-logo-rim

    Leveraging rapid development techniques such as CFD analysis and 3D prototyping along with the proven validation method of wind tunnel testing, the HUNT engineering team has raised the expectation level for aerodynamic efficiency while simultaneously reducing the wheel system weight and increasing responsiveness, creating a world-beating combination of performance attributes. The result is the ultimate all-around mid-depth wheel system for riders unwilling to compromise. The SUB50 Limitless Aero Disc = completely unreasonable.

    If you’d like more information, please read our research white paper for full engineering and development process details and wind tunnel testing data for the SUB50 Limitless and competitor wheels.


    Key Features

    FRONT AND REAR-SPECIFIC HOOKLESS RIM PROFILES (34.2MM WIDE EXTERNAL FRONT, 30MM WIDE EXTERNAL REAR), PILLAR WING 20 ELLIPTICAL AERO SPOKES, AND RATCHET HUB DESIGN CREATE AN UNMATCHED SYSTEM WEIGHING JUST 1428 GRAMS PER PAIR.

    • Limitless Width Aero Technology | HUNT-patented manufacturing process which utilizes a strip of low-density structural polymer inserted in a molded channel within the rim sidewall with carbon molded over it, allowing for extra width while minimizing material mass.
    • Rims | 34.2mm-wide front rim profile maximizes aero benefit at the front of the bike where it encounters clean, undisturbed airflow. 30mm-wide Rear rim profile reduces weight without significantly negatively impacting whole system aerodynamics.
    • Tires | 23mm rim bed optimised for superior aerodynamic performance with a 28-30c tubeless tire. ETRTO compliant with tubeless, hookless/TSS-ready tires size 28c through 58c. Please note, clincher tires must not be used on hookless rims. Always consult the tire manufacturer’s guidance for compatibility with hookless rims.
    • Hubs | H_Ratchet DBL - Dual-sided ratchet system with 40-tooth drive rings offering 9-degree engagement and 305g weight per set. 6066 aluminum alloy hub shell with extra strong 7075-T6 alloy axle and freehub body. H_Ceramik reinforced coating to protect against gouging. Please note: If you require a 6 bolt adaptor you can purchase separately here
    • Precision Bearings | Double sealed stainless steel cartridge bearings offer smooth, reliable service with low friction.
    • Spokes | Pillar Wing 20 Elliptical Aero Spoke count: 20 Front, 24 Rear.
    • Axles | Easily adaptable & we fit them for you. Fit all current axle sizes and are easy to change. Click here to see all axle sizes.
    • Hand-built | All of our wheels are built and finished by hand, inclusive of a full quality control inspection.
    • Included | Tubeless tape & valves, axle adapters (please fill in the simple form after checkout to select your required size).
    • Weight | 1428g
    • See the full specs here

    Full Specs

  • Rims

    • Limitless profile, disc-specific & aerodynamically optimised for 28-30c tires
    • Front and rear specific profiles
    • Front rim dimensions: 49.5mm deep | 34.2mm external width | 23mm internal width
    • Rear rim dimensions: 49.5mm deep | 30mm external width | 23mm internal width
    • ETRTO compliant for use with 28c tires and wider
    • Reflective graphics with matte clear coat
  • Spokes

    • Pillar Wing 20 Elliptical Aero Stainless Steel
    • Black anodized finish
    • 20 front (2 cross both sides)
    • 24 rear (2 cross both sides)
  • Nipples

    • 16mm Double Square Alloy Nipple
    • Black anodized finish.
  • Tires Info

    • HUNT recommends a 28-30mmmm tire for best performance, tire widths between 28mm and 47mm are also safe to use.
    • You must not exceed the maximum tire pressure limits set out in the table below or the maximum limit set by your tire manufacturer if this is lower.
    • Only use tires marked as compatible with hookless (TSS) rims.
    • Note: best performance is usually gained by using tire pressures lower than the maximum, you can see our blog post here about this.
  • Axle Sizes

    These wheels are available with all existing disc brake road bike axle adapter sizes. We fit the axles you need, just complete the simple form shown after checkout:

    • Front: 12x100mm Thru-Axle, 9x100mm Thru-Axle, Quick Release 9x100mm
    • Rear: 12x142mm Thru-Axle, 12x135mm Thru-Axle, 10x135mm Thru-Axle, Quick Release 9x135mm

    If you are unsure what size your axles are don't worry it also includes the option to tell us your bike model and we will find out and then fit the correct axles, plus we're happy to change them later at our cost if you don't quite get it right. Please note; this form is shown after you have completed your order.

  • Front Hub

    • Forged and CNC’d 6066-T6 heat treated aluminium alloy body.
    • 7075-T6 aluminium alloy axle.
    • Polished anodized black finish with laser graphics.
    • Center-lock disc mount. If you require a 6 bolt adaptor you can purchase separately here
  • Rear Hub

      • H_Ratchet 40t, dual sided ratchet rings, 9˚ engagement
      • Floating ratchet rings are contained as a cassette, meaning they won’t pop out in pieces during routine service.
      • H_Ceramik freehub body reinforcement coating provides excellent durability and protects against cassette sprocket damage to the freehub often seen on standard alloy freehub bodies
      • All freehub standards accounted for.
          • Forged and CNC’d 6066-T6 heat treated aluminium alloy body.
          • 7075-T6 aluminium alloy axle.
          • Center-lock disc mount. If you require a 6 bolt adaptor you can purchase separately here
          • Polished anodized black finish with laser graphics.
  • Bearings

    • Precision stainless steel cartridge
    • Double-sealed for corrosion resistance and long service life
  • Warranty, HUNT Rolling Road Tests & Weight Limits

    These wheels come with H_CARE (Free Lifetime Crash Replacement) for the first owners. Read all about it here.

    A full 3 years from purchase date warranty is offered to the original purchaser only on all HUNT wheels against material or workmanship defects, please click here to read full details

    All HUNT wheels models have to pass our harsh cobbled-rolling-road tests for rider weight limits, please see here for more details. Max system weight 273lbs (system weight – total weight of fully kitted up rider, bike and luggage). If the system weight is over 233lbs then an experienced bike mechanic should check the wheel regularly. We are cyclists ourselves and do of course go above and beyond to offer excellent service if you ever do experience any issues. We carry full spares at very reasonable prices and offer complete support.

    60 Day Ride & Return Period. We are certain you'll be impressed by the acceleration, low-weight, speed and durability of our wheels. We are cyclists and as such strive to offer class leading service and support. Buy with confidence, if for any reason you wish to return the wheels for a full refund of your order you can do so up to a full 60 days after you receive them whether they have been ridden or not. Please note we cannot offer refunds on wheels that have suffered from crash damage but do offer H_CARE (Free Lifetime Crash Replacement) on these wheels.

    In the Box

    Contents

    • HUNT Black Shield tubeless rim tape fitted to wheels.
    • The axle adapters needed for your bike, just fill in the simple form shown after order completion, the form is also included in your order confirmation page.
    • Center-lock disc brake lock rings
    • Cassette spacer for 8/9/10 speed
    • Tubeless Valves
    • Disc brake lock rings
    • Quality control card signed by your wheel builder

    HUNT SUB50 Limitless Aero Disc Wheelset

    49.5 Deep | 34.2 Wide Ext Front | 30 Wide Ext Rear | 23 Wide Int | 1428g

    Regular price £1,479 GBP
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    HUNT SUB50 Limitless Aero Disc Wheelset £1,479.00