Hunt Trail Wide V2 wheelset review (2023)

Hunt Trail Wide V2 wheelset review £349.00

Faultless, budget friendly trail wheels





What's good?

  • Durable
  • Quick freehub engagement
  • Excellent feel on the trail

What's not?

  • None

Buy if...

(Video) Hunt Trail Wide V2 mountain bike wheel review

You want the best value trail wheelset on the market

Hunt has built a solid reputation in the best mountain bike wheelsspace, with prices that won’t break the bank - and the brand’s Trail Wide wheelset only bolsters the prestige. The Trail Wide V2 wheelset is robust while forgiving through the roughest of tracks and it offers freehub performance of wheels way above its price point, proving to be one of the best value wheelsets available.

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Hunt Trail Wide V2 wheelset - Technical details

Hunt’s Trail Wide wheelset recently saw a bit of an update as the brand took everything it learned when updating the burlier Enduro Wide wheelset and applied it to its trail friendly package. This second iteration of the Trail Wide benefits from a wider 30mm internal rim width and Hunt has tweaked its spoke configurations while adding brand-new hubs. This is all with the aim of boosting impact resistance by a claimed 20 percent.

And those rims are made out of 6069-T6 aluminium using a sleeved construction, as is common for wheels at this price. They’re then finished with a shot-peened finish. Lacing the rims to the new hubs are 28 triple-butted PSR reinforced Pillar spokes on each wheel.

The new hubs benefit from sealed cartridge bearings and feature a RapidEngage freehub that’s said to offer a five-degree engagement. Finally, the Trail Wide wheelset utilizes 7075-T6 axles for strength and stiffness.

All wheels are handbuilt and come taped with tubeless valves and spare spokes in the box. They weigh in at 1,820g, just 11g lighter than claimed.

Hunt Trail Wide V2 wheelset - Performance

I’ve been running the Hunt Trail Wide wheelset for a good few months now over a range of conditions - dry trails, snow, and ice. Before fitting these wheels, I had been rolling on some spendy carbon wheels, so Hunt’s offering had a lot to live up to.

Hunt Trail Wide V2 wheelset review (2)

2023 hunt trail wide v2 logo 2.jpg, by Liam Mercer

Set up and tyre inflation is as easy as it gets. The Trail Wides accommodated my tubeless WTB tyres without hesitation and the cool Hunt valves that are included in the boxwith built-in valve core tools make life that bit easier. The 30mm internal width gave my 2.5in WTB Verdict tyres a neutral shape.

While the easy setup does add to the ‘good wheel’ experience, its performance on the trail that matters, and itsmanners on the trail are excellent. The freehub provides an urgent pickup that’s rarely found on a wheelset of this priceand, coming from spendier wheels, this is hugely appreciated. Quick pedal ratchet moments are more than supported.

(Video) Hunt Trail Wide V2 MTB wheel unboxing

While in reality, it’s a bit mental to say that a wheel is compliant,the Trail Wide offers a serious balance between lateral flex and stiffness when cornering. What flex there is gives the wheelset a forgiving feel when the bike’s leaned but the wheel is stiff enough to stay composed when really pushing into the corners. That internal rim width works incredibly well to support a tyre too. Never during my test period did a tyre squirm, or show signs of burping. The tyre support that this wheelset offers is hugely respectable.

Hunt Trail Wide V2 wheelset review (3)

2023 hunt trail wide v2 hub 1.jpg, by Liam Mercer

The Trail Wide isn’t the lightest wheel on the market but then it’s not expected to be. While the wheels performon the trail,what’s really taken me by surprise is the durability. This is the first alloy wheelset I’ve tested that I’ve struggled to dent and, throughout all of my time on the Trail Wides, they look as good as new, regardless of the rock gardens I’ve rattled them through. Rim dings aside, the sealed cartridge bearings have put up with everything. Again, they’ve seen a range of conditions but have spent a lot of time rolling through the wet and are still rolling smoothly.

Hunt Trail Wide V2 wheelset review (4)

2023 hunt trail wide v2 logo.jpg, by Liam Mercer

Back in 2021, Jim tested the original Trail Wides, marking them down slightly for their not-so-ideal performance when ridden harder and through regular rocky terrain. However, I’d confidently say that Hunt’s efforts to strengthen this latest iteration have worked wonders. Again, my test set remains unscathed.

Hunt Trail Wide V2 wheelset - Verdict

The sub £400 price point is a pretty competitivespace with brands such as DT Swiss and Shimano offering good wheels. The DT Swiss M 1900 SPLINE wheelset is priced at £395 and gets a similar construction but the freehub isn’t as quick to engage and the rim isn’t as strong.

The same goes for Shimano’s Deore XT M8120 wheelset which costs £410.

During my time with the Hunt Trail Wide V2 wheelset, I’ve been hard-pushed to fault it, especially considering the very friendly price tag. They have happily put up with everything I’ve put them through and the bearings are running as smoothly as the day I pulled the wheels out of the box. The wheelsetoffers a forgiving characteristic on the trail while being strong, and lighter than competing wheels. If you're after a fresh set of hoops but don't want to spend the earth, you would be crazy not to consider these.

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Test report Hunt Trail Wide V2 wheelset review £349.00


Wheel purpose:


Build extra:

Rims | 6069 T6 (490 MPa, + 69% Ultimate Tensile Strength over 6061-T6) sleeved construction, 30mm wide (internal), work-hardened shot-peened finish.Hubs | 5° RapidEngage, Boost (110/148 ), Boost QR (141mm) or Super-Boost (157/12) spacing hubs available, large double sealed cartridge bearings. Rock Shox Torque Caps for Boost hubs and QR adapters for hubs are available. Spokes | 28h Spoke Count, Triple Butted (2.2-1.8-2.0) PSR reinforced Pillar Spokes.Tyres | Optimised for 2.3"-2.5" tyres set up Tubeless, but also work very well with 2.25"-2.8". Also great with standard tyres and tubes.Axles | 7075-T6 axles for strength and stiffness, reduced flex in the hub also helps to increase bearing life.Hand-built | All of our wheels are built and finished by hand, inclusive of a full quality control inspection.Included | Tubeless tape, valve & spokes.Weight | 1831g

Wheel construction

Wheel construction extra:

All options and standards are well accounted for.

Wheel performance

Wheel performance extra:

Excellent trail behavior. Forgiving but spritely and supported feel.

Wheel durability

Wheel durability extra:

No issues at all

Wheel weight

Wheel weight extra:

Not the lightest on the market but definitely good for their price. Lighter than more expensive competitors.

Wheel value


Wheel value extra:

There are cheaper wheels about but I can't say that they perform as well or are as durable.

Wheel true:

Wheels remained true throughout test period

Wheel tyre:

As easy as tubeless tyre inflation can get.

Wheel tyre tubeless:

Couldn't be easier.

Wheel freehub speed:

Class leading engagement for little money.

Overall performance:

Faultless peformance at a great price

Wheel likes:

Durability, trail feel, price.

Wheel dislikes:








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