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Which lightweight "gravel" wheels?

Post by Dave Barter » Mon May 21, 2018 2:11 pm

I need a new set of wheels for the Pickenflick. Something light that will take a wider tyre. Any good deals/recommendations?
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Re: Which lightweight "gravel" wheels?

Post by cycleofaddiction » Mon May 21, 2018 2:25 pm

I think Hunt wheels are hard to beat for price,quality and weight!

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Post by Dave Barter » Mon May 21, 2018 2:42 pm

cycleofaddiction wrote:I think Hunt wheels are hard to beat for price,quality and weight!
Great call! Why did I now know about them before?
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Post by Dave Barter » Mon May 21, 2018 3:16 pm

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Post by PaulB2 » Mon May 21, 2018 3:34 pm

Just because the components are picked off the pages of a catalog, does that make them bad?

Hunt wheels get glowing reviews so I'm curious

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Post by ZeroDarkBivi » Mon May 21, 2018 9:48 pm

JRA Gecko look good value for the weight, around 1300g for a pair.

Will probably get these myself when I am next feeling flush!

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Post by Asposium » Mon May 21, 2018 9:54 pm

I have DT Swiss 240s, sapin laser spokes, and DT 460db rims on the sequoia
No problems so far

My second pair of gravel wheels used the same hubs, sapin race spokes, and mavic open ust disc rims
They are really nice looking wheels

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Post by mat_swan » Tue May 22, 2018 12:22 am

Wtb kom on your hub of choice is what I've gone for. Narrow on the cross bike, wider on the MTB. I think they hit a nice sweet spot of weight/width/light/not fragile and at a generally sensible price. They also come up very cheap on CRC from time to time.

They are I think nominally UST bead spec, which is looser than stans- so they go tubeless extremely well with wtb tyres. Newer maxxis and spesh are easy, older maxxis a little patchy. A knard fell off the rim.faster than I could fit it. still, it's easier to build up with tape than sand the rims down- I thought I was going to have to cut a nano off an American classic rim it was so tight

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Re: Which lightweight "gravel" wheels?

Post by anagallis_arvensis » Tue May 22, 2018 6:33 am

I have had some Prime Race wheels, £170 from wiggle crc for a few months no problems yet.

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Post by Scud » Tue May 22, 2018 8:15 am

I simply went for Stans Crest on Hope hubs, tried and tested formula, but gives the 40c gravel tyres a really nice wide profile and the hubs i know i can swap between standards and place on mountain bike if needed.

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Post by chris n » Tue May 22, 2018 9:15 am

I use Crests on Hope hubs too - I'm sure you can get lighter wheels if you want but they're fine for me. Recently bought some DT R500 DB rims on Bitex rear/Shimano CX75 front for my road bike from 23mm, based on their off the peg wheelset: http://23mm.co.uk/product/dt-bitex-road-disc/ They'd be perfectly good for gravel too. Very happy with the build and communication with Mike and they were done in less than a week. :-bd

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Post by In Reverse » Tue May 22, 2018 2:05 pm

mat_swan wrote:Wtb kom on your hub of choice is what I've gone for. Narrow on the cross bike, wider on the MTB. I think they hit a nice sweet spot of weight/width/light/not fragile and at a generally sensible price. They also come up very cheap on CRC from time to time.
I endorse every word of this post. :-bd

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Post by mat_swan » Tue May 22, 2018 9:05 pm

I should add crests are also fine but a bit (and by a bit i mean unusably- I thought I was going to have to cut a nano off an American classic, which is the same bsd) tight on some tyres.

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Re: Which lightweight "gravel" wheels?

Post by Dave Barter » Tue May 29, 2018 5:53 pm

cycleofaddiction wrote:I think Hunt wheels are hard to beat for price,quality and weight!
I am well happy with my set that arrived today complete with values, tools spare spokes etc..

As for Duncan <puts fingers in ears and goes lalalalalallalalalallallallallallallalla>
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Post by rufus748 » Tue May 29, 2018 6:16 pm

Dave Barter wrote:
cycleofaddiction wrote:I think Hunt wheels are hard to beat for price,quality and weight!
I am well happy with my set that arrived today complete with values, tools spare spokes etc..

As for Duncan <puts fingers in ears and goes lalalalalallalalalallallallallallallalla>
Dave, really happy with mine so far and they get great reviews.

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Post by pistonbroke » Tue May 29, 2018 6:34 pm

As for Duncan <puts fingers in ears and goes lalalalalallalalalallallallallallallalla>
I wasn't being judgmental which is rare for me, I'd recently seen the video linked from STW and the name Hunt rang a bell. I'm sure they'll be fine, especially with your silth like figure propelling them. IMO nothing beats building your own as it helps while away the warm spring days. :smile:

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Post by Dave Barter » Tue May 29, 2018 8:12 pm

pistonbroke wrote:
As for Duncan <puts fingers in ears and goes lalalalalallalalalallallallallallallalla>
I wasn't being judgmental which is rare for me, I'd recently seen the video linked from STW and the name Hunt rang a bell. I'm sure they'll be fine, especially with your silth like figure propelling them. IMO nothing beats building your own as it helps while away the warm spring days. :smile:
I can think of the following things that beat building your own wheels on a warm spring day:-
-eating Butterscotch Angel Delight
-watching Swindon Town win the play-off final at Wembley
-extracting a particularly long and hard bogey from deep inside of one's nostril
-omlette baguette number seven
-a pint of Fosters with lime (see even that!)

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Re: Which lightweight "gravel" wheels?

Post by pistonbroke » Tue May 29, 2018 8:51 pm

Strangely I wouldn't get a sense of satisfaction from doing any of your chosen activities, except the bogey one of course. How's life in the van, must be doing wonders for your bladder control or have you succumbed to using a milk bottle?

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Post by Dave Barter » Tue May 29, 2018 9:07 pm

pistonbroke wrote:Strangely I wouldn't get a sense of satisfaction from doing any of your chosen activities, except the bogey one of course. How's life in the van, must be doing wonders for your bladder control or have you succumbed to using a milk bottle?
Taylor has my piss bottle now so I have to go out of the window
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Post by danielgroves » Tue May 29, 2018 9:20 pm

A lot of the folk at work are running the Hunt carbon wheels, and I have to say I'm getting more tempted by the day by a set. They seem super solid, dead light and they don't sound terrible either (if that bothers you at all).
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Re: Which lightweight "gravel" wheels?

Post by ZeroDarkBivi » Tue May 29, 2018 9:28 pm

The Hunt wheels do look good, but the 24 spoke version I wanted doesn't take a 12mm front axle, and the 28 spoke version is a bit heavy, so went for the JRA Gecko's. Hopefully get them in time for TINAT - why break 'em in gently?

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Post by Taylor » Thu May 31, 2018 9:10 pm

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pistonbroke wrote:Strangely I wouldn't get a sense of satisfaction from doing any of your chosen activities, except the bogey one of course. How's life in the van, must be doing wonders for your bladder control or have you succumbed to using a milk bottle?
Taylor has my piss bottle now so I have to go out of the window
I left it with Norm in the community centre as it tasted a bit funny.

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Re: Which lightweight "gravel" wheels?

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:51 am

I left it with Norm in the community centre as it tasted a bit funny.
I gave it a quick rinse out and it's fine now. My favourite bottle if I'm honest.
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