Hunt 48 Limitless UD Carbon Review: Fast, wide, and very stiff

These mid depth, super wide race wheels handle beautifully, but the steel spoked version would suffice for most

Hunt 48 UD Wheels
(Image: © Will Jones)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Stiffness and speed prioritised over comfort for this mid depth, very much race focused wheelset


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    Class leading aero package

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    Good value

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    Carbon spokes you can live with


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    Hub is crazy loud

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    Easy to ding

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    Perhaps a hair too stiff for general riding

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Cycling is a funny old sport really. It exists in this Goldilocks zone where the genuine top-end, race-ready gear is still relatively accessible when viewed in the context of other sports like sailing or motorsport. For under £2k, you can upgrade your bike with some of the best road bike wheels from the bleeding edge of the aerodynamic frontier, the equivalent, I presume, to slapping the front wing of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes F1 car to your VW Golf (can you tell I’m not a motorsport fan?). The slightly wordy Hunt 48 Limitless UD Carbon Spoke Discs, hereby abbreviated to the Limitless 48 UD, occupy the top shelf of the brand's mid-depth wheels. At 48mm deep they're looking to satisfy a more all round role, with the deeper 60 Limitless UD catering more to the crit exclusive crowd. 

I’ve had these on the go since the end of last year. They’ve come with me on my Canyon Ultimate, and when that went back to Koblenz they were swiftly swapped over to my new long-termer, a Fairlight Strael. I’ve blasted around on blue sky days and braved some ferocious Cornish crosswinds too, and I'm finally ready to pass judgement.

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Testing scorecard and notes
Design and aestheticsThe width makes for a brash package, but I think they're a good looking set of wheels 9/10
PerformanceAs a set of race wheels at this depth means they're hard to beat. The only performance drawback is in the comfort stakes9/10
WeightAt 1511g they're more than competitive at this depth 9/10
HubsThey're not market leaders, but they're perfectly adequate. Engagement is sound, but my gosh are they loud! 8/10
ValueThese are very race specific, and for the performance they offer they're a good value prospect. The steel spoked package is more so though, I'd wager8/10
OverallRow 5 - Cell 1 84%

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Will Jones
Senior Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. He’s tried his hand at most cycling disciplines, from the standard mix of road, gravel, and mountain bike, to the more unusual like bike polo and tracklocross. He’s made his own bike frames, covered tech news from the biggest races on the planet, and published countless premium galleries thanks to his excellent photographic eye. Also, given he doesn’t ever ride indoors he’s become a real expert on foul-weather riding gear. His collection of bikes is a real smorgasbord, with everything from vintage-style steel tourers through to superlight flat bar hill climb machines.