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BIKEChannel Canyon British National Road Championships Photo Journal

There is no shame in us admitting that we are suckers for road racing. TheRiderFirm is made up of cyclists so it is no coincident that we pour over result sheets and follow the domestic and international race calendar across all disciplines of cycling. When the opportunity for a few members of the Hunt team were offered by the kind people at BIKEChannel Canyon to head to the Isle of man for the British national Road Champs there was an immediate buzz around the warehouse/office.

The BIKEChannel Canyon team were once again trying their hand at one of the largest meetings on the British domestic racing calendar. Thursday included a individual time trial looping from St Johns to Kirk Michael. Max Stedman finished with a 5th place in the elite TT, even managing to finish ahead of a number of world level pros. Sunday brought the riders to take on the 193.7km route which took inspiration from the infamous Isle of Man TT as well as the iconic Snaefell mountain climb. Constantly attacking and taking turns in breakaways, the BIKEChannel Canyon team once again put in a stunning effort.

 

Warm Up
Warming the engines.
Race Ready
Final Checks.
Spares
Spares.
Car
Team car locked and loaded.
Jack 1
Probably the best car Jack has ever sat in.
Business Time
Serious business.
Look at those wheels!
When Ian Stannard saw a set of Hunt Wheels...
Just waiting for a mate...
Just waiting for a mate.
Wheel sucking Cav... as you do
Casually sticking to Cav's wheel... as you do.
On the rivet
On the rivet.
Pushing
Game on.
Cav and Isle of Man
Cav and the Isle of Man.
Winner
Winner.
game face
FAAAASSSSTTTT.

 

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JUST JOSHING ABOUT: EUROPEAN JOURNAL

World traveler and bike packer, Josh Ibbett, has just spent the last six weeks in Europe mostly riding through the Iberian Peninsula. At the time of writing he has caught a plane to New York and now managed to ride up to the Canadian boarder at Niagara Falls. We managed to check in with Josh and catch him for a journal entry on his experiences so far.

Enjoy. 

 

6 weeks have passed. 6 whole weeks since I rolled off the ferry into France to begin the trip of a life time. As I fly to the USA I sit and reflect on all that has happened as I cycled through Europe.

 

The first two weeks were big, 2000mile from London to Bordeaux, then to Andorra and then to Porto in Portugal. My mind and body was still in race mode, fresh from victory in the Italy divide. Each day was all about riding, riding the smooth cycle paths of northern France as fast as possible, battling the headwinds as I rode down the Atlantic coast, feeling the heat at the temperature began to rise as the weeks ticked by. Andorra was my first new country, the tiny mountain principality which you can't reach without climbing at 2000meter pass. I camped at 2000m and was stunned by the sunrise, the first of many magical moments that will forever etch themselves into my mind.

 

Packed for the USA

Packed for the USA

The aim of my trip isn't to break records, smash miles or race anywhere despite my frantic start. I want to see the world, take the road less travelled and explore. Heading into Northern Spain over the Col du Cabus, a 2600m gravel maintain pass is a reflection of this. I crossed the boarder and saw no one. Just me, my bike and the soaring birds of prey hunting in the morning sun. I began to slow down and take it all in.

 

I progressed through northern Spain, stopping in Pamplona. I arrived on a Saturday afternoon and it seemed as if there was a festival on. The old town was packed, people dancing in the street, drinking wine and being merry. When I asked at the hostel what event was on the owner simply replied, 'nothing, it's just the weekend and its sunny'. The people of Spain like to party, like to socialize and like to enjoy life.

One of my favourite aspects of touring is seeing the landscape change and the subtle shifts in culture. Border crossing days are always exciting, what's it going to be like the other side, will it be warmer, will it be noticeably different? Riding into Portugal from Spain was a noticeable change. I crossed from hot scrubland into a world of colour. Bright yellow covered the heather and butterflies fluttered in the breeze. Even the darkest of mood can be lightened by such a shift. Sometimes the changes are not so great though. The Spanish are the most considerate road users I've ever encountered. They hang back in their cars and then overtake on the opposite side of the road often accompanied by a toot of the horn and a wave of encouragement. This is a stark contrast to Portugal where I was often concerned about my safety, the drivers pass close, overtake on blind bends and often swerve with no notice normally talking on their phones. I decided to keep riding to a minimal in Portugal and made an effort to wear my brightest jersey and always use my lights. Every cloud has its silver lining though, the surf was good!

Boarder Crossing

Boarder Crossing

I found sanctuary from the driving madness once back in Spain. The driving was better but things began to heat up. The centre of Spain sits on a large plateau and as I cycled towards Madrid the weather turned hot. Less than 30 degrees was considered a cool day, closer to 35 being the average. I began to understand why the Spanish take a siesta and extended lunch breaks became the norm. The pace of my early weeks through France was now a thing of the past. Fatigue begins to build up, exaggerated by heat. It takes longer to get going in the mornings, hunger is a constant companion and 1litre tubs of ice cream disappear in a few scoops of a spork.

Niagara Falls

Another day, another boarder crossing.

I'm in this for the long run, this is no Transcontintal Race. There's no finish line, this thing is continuing for a year. My mileage is still around 100miles a day, however I now enjoy the odd 50mile day if there is the reward of a nice hostel or campsite. I'm finding my rhythm, my fitness is building and my routine forming.

 

My European leg was around 3000miles, maybe a little more, I've already lost count. The numbers don't bother me, I just love being out there, living on the road, finding a new place to call home every night. Europe was the warm up, no new cultures, no unknown countries. My bike works, my kit works and now I am strong and ready to take on America. Let's see what it brings...

 

 

Follow Josh's Instagram for weekly video blogs @joshibbett

 

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ON THE DROPS WITH ROMAN SIROMAKHA

Roman is one of our latest additions to the Hunt OpenDev Team. Hailing from the Big Apple, Roman can be found blasting through traffic, passing over Brooklyn Bridge and heading into the woods aboard his ‘cross bicycle. When the snow melts and the temperature rises Roman takes to the tarmac aboard his road bicycle to discover the ever-changing New York City. With a clear talent for photography which document his rides, Roman’s Instagram page (which can be found here) is one of the most stunning pages out! Capturing the city from a cyclist’s perspective his distinct style and sense of perspective shows that his talents extend well beyond the bicycle.

Name: Roman Siromakha

Instagram: @romanshotthis

Age: 27           

Born and Bred: Born in Ukraine, bred in Brooklyn from the young age of 11.

Ice breaker – describe yourself in three words.

Social, energetic, curious.

You’re located in one of the largest and busiest cities in the world, as a cyclist, does this ever get to you?

New York City certainly has its own pace and can be very overcrowded which often times makes me want to escape to the mountains or the beach for a while. This is one of the reasons why I ride so much – to get away, even if it is just for a few hours. However, there is always that feeling of finally being home when I get back, whether from vacation or from a ride.

Roman Open Dev New York

'Cross commute.

First Bike and Favourite bike?

My first bike was this heavy steel commuter style back in Ukraine. I actually snapped it in half one time trying to do a trick. My grandfather welded it back together and I was able to ride it again!

Favourite bike?

It’s hard to pick - I have two favourites. My road bike, a custom titanium Kent Eriksen, sees the most miles but I also have a No.22 Broken Arrow CX bike  that I love just as much. It fits almost like my custom bike. If there were more dirt trails and such around me, I would probably ride the CX bike more than the road. Versatility of being able to ride on and off road, the comfort of wider tires and how can you forget the hydraulic disc brakes? It screams fun times.

Roman Open Dev New York

'Cross Machine.

Finish this sentence: Climbing on my bike is… a beautiful pain.

I am built like a sprinter; short hills and flats are my thing.  Last year, I told myself that I will climb as much as possible and try to get better at things that I am not good at. That means learning to love climbing big and steep hills.

As a photographer and a cyclist how do you try to balance both of these elements within your pictures?

The two go hand in hand for me. There are days that I feel uninspired or a lack of creativity. Going for a ride always fixes it. Whether it’s a hammer session or just an easy spin, riding helps me get back into my inspiration.

Photography is art for me. Snapping a photo, any one can do. But to take a photo that shares the experience is much harder.  The more you practice the better you become. What’s that quote about spending 10,000 hours of doing something to become great at it? Exactly how I feel - practice, practice and try new things.

At first I started taking photos on the bike to share the rides, the pain and the beauty of cycling - I call it the Beautiful Pain. With more practice and thousands of photos later I still try to translate that massage via photography.

Roman New York

New York crushing.

Were you self-taught or have you had some formal training?

Photography was all self-taught for me. I tried taking a photography class in college, but they have other pre requisites that I had no time for because of my course load. I’ve spent countless hours and lost many nights of sleep reading about cameras, compositions, rules, angles, shadows and lights. Watching tutorials on editing, different techniques and everything you can think of, I have researched myself. There is always so much to learn and I don’t think I will ever know it all. I try to always ask questions, advice and tips to my fellow photographers. I have been lucky enough as a model to work on sets with some of the most amazing photographers in today’s world and try to pick their brain on sets and in between takes. “You can never stop learning” is how I feel about life in general.

Outside of cycling and photography, is there anything else which inspires your work?

My girlfriend and I like to go gallery hoping, go to museums, explore new neighbourhoods, watch creative movies, etc. Living in this city certainly has its benefit to provide exposure to so much art, inspiration and little moments.

Roman New York

Road Duties.

When we first started talking to you about joining the OpenDev team we noticed you mentioned that you don’t race – has this changed or are you still all about chasing your buddies and having fun without the clock ticking away?

I competed in many sports my whole life. I was raised by a single mother, who wanted to keep me out of trouble by singing me up for every after school program there was. I fell in love with cycling for what it is and not for its competitiveness. Some people need to compete to ride. I am not one of those people. I enjoy riding my bike, going places, seeing things, meeting new people and trying new things.

With that said, I am thinking about competing in Road Time Trials and later maybe with actual TT bike. This came to me recently after I made a new friend who does these sorts of races. I ride a lot and have a lot of fast friends that motivate me to ride harder and further.  Time trials are the purest and simplest form of racing. It’s you against time. No other riders, less room for error (accidents), just pure power of who is the strongest on that day.

Outside of cycling what are your favourite things to shoot?

Landscape and Architecture.  I was never good at drawing. I always had an image in my mind but I could never transfer it on paper using a pencil. Shooting landscape is beautiful. The lines created by nature, the colours, the curves and the horizon. Architecture is something I’ve always been impressed by. The lines, the spaces and the position of objects create that peaceful feeling inside. Try this out… look at your friend who has a major in architecture or better yet an architect. You will notice this eye for details and eye for angles that they have in common with photographers.

Roman New York

New York, New York.

What grinds your gears? 

Bad drivers. I spend a lot of time on the road. As a cyclist, you’re more vulnerable and less protected. When there is a collision between a cyclist and a vehicle, who do you think gets hurt more? I am not saying that all divers are bad or that all cyclists are good. I am just saying that bad drivers are the worst because they don’t have empathy or understanding of others.

Jersey pockets or Saddlebag? 

Both. You don’t want to end up like the man I saw last week, walking from the park due to a flat tire, in his socks because he didn’t want to scratch his cleats.

Unless you’re racing, then you can take the saddlebag off and maybe remove a few items from the jersey.

Dream place to ride?

Italy. I consider it to be the Mecca of cycling. Yes, many have been there and every one may have seen everything. But I haven’t, I didn’t, so I want to.

Favourite bicycle part (apart from your wheels of course)?

That’s a tough one. It would be either the group set or the saddle. Not much will matter if you can’t ride your bike or even sit on it comfortably when you’re racking up the miles.

Roman New York

Vector.

Most memorable ride for all of the wrong reasons?

Again, I have two answers.

My first long distance ride (at least long distance at that time) was 70+miles ( 112+ km) on a track bike, meaning fixed gear. It was my first time riding clipped in pedals and had only brought one water bottle on that hot and humid day. To top it all of, I had no bibs or chamois, just good old workout shorts. Let’s just say I learned a LOT that day.

The second one was recently. It was the last day for my Festive 500 Challenge. It was a 140+ mile ride (220+ km) through 3 snowstorms. It was all worth it in the end when my friend and I chased the most amazing sunset. While riding across the George Washington Bridge into the city, we stopped to watch a sunset during a passing snowstorm. It was very rewarding to see something this beautiful, after spending an entire day dodging black ice, hiking down a mountain, riding through 3 snow storms and frozen toes and fingers for over 7 hours.

Roman New York

Crusin'.

You can view more of Roman's work on his personal website in the blog section at:

www.romanshotthis.com

 

All pictures provided by Roman Siromakha (@romanshotthis)

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HUNT DISCUSSIONS: TUBELESS TYRES ROUND UP - PART 2 CROSS/GRAVEL/MIXED SURFACE

As discussed in part one; tyres strongly influence how your bicycle rides. With the advent of tubeless the benefits which more and more riders are appreciating include:

Less punctures (sealant + no pinch flats )
Lower rolling resistance (no tube to deform)
Low overall system weight (no tube weight)
and especially important for mixed/off-road
Amazing grip and better off-rod handling from lower pressures (thanks to no pinch flats)

    Riding the road less travelled offers an entirely new opportunity to explore beyond where the tarmac ends. Heading out for a big day with only a loose plan is certainly a great way to spend a Saturday. Meanwhile, 'cross bikes make for a fast option to blast out an hour cutting through fields, parks and everything in between. This type of riding is quite varied and places unique demands on how a tyre needs to perform. Not quite as beefy as a mountain bike tyre but larger and more grippy than a standard road tyre - the rubber rings for your mixed surface bicycle is ironically a little more specialised but made to be super versatile. PART 2 of this tubeless tyres round up series gives you some more information on these tyres and the differences between them.

    700c Tyres

    Schwalbe G-One 700c (35/40mm)

    The Schwalbe G-One is what many would considere to be an oversized road tyre. offering a little extra volume is often all that is needed for hard pack bridle paths or super rough roads. Having the choice between 35 or 40mm widths also adds a bit more variety. Designed to offer a low rolling resistance yet plenty of grip, the tubeless tyres also come with the added benefit of great puncture protection. The tubeless beads on Schwalbe tyres have a flat edging and the new Mirco-Skin carbon tubeless layer makes them incredibly good at sealing with the rim bed and sidewall and very easy to fit.

    G-One

    • Choose if: you are wanting a low rolling resistant tyre with higher volume and good grip and high speed for dryer hard pack conditions.
    • Sizes available: 35 and 40mm
    • Price: £99 (Pair, fitted to your Hunt Wheels including sealant)

     

    Schwalbe X-One 700c (33mm)

    The X- One's are Schwalbe's cyclo-cross tyre ideal for some proper cross grass-mud and work well in intermediate conditions too. These tyres are what you grab when hitting the cx race course where tyre width is limited to the UCI standard of 33mm. If racing isn't your thing, these tyres still offer a great riding experience well suited to modern 'cross machines. Featuring the same Micro-Skin and flat bead edging technology as its G-One sibling, this tyre can be run at super low pressures (we have had them down in the teen figures when riding in horrendously muddy conditions).

    X-One

    • Choose if: you are racing 'cross or want a tyre to compliment your cyclo-cross biike without going to wide. These tyres are great at shedding mud but roll reasonably well due to the relatively continuous centre knobs. 
    • Sizes available: 33mm
    • Price: £99 (Pair, fitted to your Hunt Wheels including sealant)
      
    The Overide was specifically designed for gravel use, whether occasional or intensive. Paved or degraded roads, paths or tracks, these tyres give you the chance to improvise and make your outings more versatile. The 35mm version has a semi-slick profile favouring performance and comfort while the 38mm version has a gripped central part to bring adhesion and ride quality for looser conditions. With bead to bead reinforcement having the chance to run the tyres at lower pressure is certainly your best choice on transversal routes or long journeys.
    Overide
    • Choose if: you want a fast rolling slick for long days out on varied tarmac and smoother gravel. 
    • Sizes available: 35 and 38mm
    • Price: £89 (Pair, fitted to your Hunt Wheels including sealant)

      Panaracer Gravel King SK Tyres
      Panaracer have had a long history in producing road tyres and this is one of their efforts at making a super versatile gravel tyre. The low profile tread pattern provides a little extra traction and greater braking performance on loose surfaces as well as giving a little more confidence and predictability in the corners. This tyre has been popular with riders who want a tyre to do it all. Having the option of tan wall might even add a little more class to your gravel rig.
      Panaracer GravelKing
      • Choose if: you want a jack-of-all-trades tyre for your gravel rig. Loose over hard pack riding surface is where this tyre excels. 
      • Sizes available: 38 and 43mm
      • Price: £79 (Pair, fitted to your Hunt Wheels including sealant)

       

      WTB Nano 40c

       Wilderness Trail Bikes (WTB) might not be the most familiar brand to those who have not spent time on a mountain bike, however, the Californian brand has well established roots in mountain biking circles. The Nano is a tyre which draws on WTB's 30 years of experience to produce one of the most popular gravel tyres available. A 40mm, rounded profile and an elevated centerline provide enough volume for lower tire pressures and a smoother ride while still reducing drag and rolling resistance. 

      WTB Nano 

      • Choose if: you want a tyre which can take you anywhere no matter the conditions. This tyre has influence drawn from mountain biking but will not be out of place at a 'cross race.
      • Sizes available: 40mm
      • Price: £85 (Pair, fitted to your Hunt Wheels including sealant)

        WTB Cross Boss
        Volume, speed, and consistency! The Cross Boss’s even centre tread shelf provides smooth and fast acceleration while more open side knobs help clear muck. The Cross Boss is a perfect all round Cyclo Cross tyre equally at home on a muddy cyclo cross course or grinding some gravel tracks. A rounded, high volume profile designed ground-up for tubeless usage provides plenty of room to modulate tire pressure while dual compound, Dual DNA rubber and defined cornering channels keeps things rubber side down.
        WTB CrossBoss
        • Choose if: you wanting a tyre which leans towards 'cross riding. These tyre perform in rock-intermediate and moist conditions, not full on CX race deep mud though, the Schwalbe X-one is best for that.
        • Sizes available: 35mm
        • Price: £79 (Pair, fitted to your Hunt Wheels including sealant)
        The Schwalbe G-One 650b packs in everything familiar with the 700c option (see above). 
        G-One
        • Choose if: you are wanting a low rolling resistant tyre with higher volume for dryer conditions to suit your 650b bicycle.
        • Sizes available: 1.5"
        • Price: £99 (Pair, fitted to your Hunt Wheels including sealant)

        WTB Horizon TCS 650 x 47c

        The Horizon Road Plus tire brings supple plus-size traction and smooth riding characteristics beyond where the pavement ends. A smooth centerline and all-weather herringbone pattern with cornering channels make anything possible, just like the size. High-volume road provides deceivingly svelte performance on pavement, with resiliency that isn’t shaken by chasing confidants down dusty dirt roads. Sneak it into a cross bike, fit it into a road frame, the overall diameter stays the same as a 700 x 28 - 30mm road tire. 

         

        WTB Horizon TCS

        • Choose if: you want a high volume 650b tyre which will perform well on the road and offer a comfortable ride for long days in the saddle.
        • Sizes available: 2.0"
        • Price: £79 (Pair, fitted to your Hunt Wheels including sealant)

          Panaracer Gravel King 650b x 1.75 Tyres

          (not tubeless but we thought 650B tyres are more limited in range so we offer these an a tubed option)

          Need a fast tyre with a bit more bulk for comfort, sportives or even cross riding? The new tough semi-urban high volume tyre from Panaracer is designed to give you speed on the road but grip the towpaths and cycle tracks. Toughened with PT protection will keep you puncture free. They are fast on tarmac and the high volume means they soak up potholes and rough roads.

          Panaracer Gravel King 650b x 1.75

          • Choose if: you see yourself riding on paved surfaces but would like to have the versatility offered by the higher volume.
          • Sizes available: 1.75"
          • Price: £79 (Pair, fitted to your Hunt Wheels including sealant)

            Panaracer Comet 650b x 2.0" Tyres

            (not tubeless but we thought 650B tyres are more limited in range so we offer these an a tubed option)

            Using the very latest in small block technology the new Panaracer Comet will be the tyre of choice from Spring through to Autumn. The widest option from Panaracer means this tyre can open up your riding opportunities to cover more terrain than before. The tight tread design means not only straight line speed and confident cornering but also great grip in wet and slick conditions.

            Panaracer Comet

            • Choose if: you want to vary things up. These tyres will fit most gravel and cyclocross frame to give you real performance on all terrain.
            • Sizes available: 2.0"
            • Price: £59 (Pair, fitted to your Hunt Wheels including sealant)
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              HUNT DISCUSSIONS: TUBELESS TYRES ROUND UP - PART 1 ROAD

              Tyres are often regarded by many to strongly influence how your bicycle rides. With the advent of tubeless the benefits which more and more riders are appreciating include:

              • Less punctures (sealant + no pinch flats )
              • Lower rolling resistance (no tube to deform)
              • Low overall system weight (no tube weight)

              The arrival of this new technology to road bicycles has shifted the landscape in terms of which is the right tyre for your riding so see below a round up of the key info on the current road performance and 4Season tubeless tyres which can be fitted with sealant to your tubeless ready Hunt wheels. Part 2 of this guide will cover fatter, gnarlier, crossier and gravelier tyres so if you like off road thrashing keep your eyes peeled.

               

              Performance Road

              Here are some great tubeless tyres for fast pace road riding. These may be your summer or race season tyres or rolling on the bicycle you use for those faster road rides. They are intended for staying on the fast tarmac rather than heading for rougher roads with performance and speed being king here. 

               

              Hutchinson Fusion 5 Galactik 25mm

              "the Fusion 5 Galactik outperforms all other current tested tubeless road tyres by 0.5 - 1.0 watts"

              Hutchinson Fusion 5 Galactik

              Hutchinson have been in the tyre game for longer than you may think. With over 160 years of experience behind them, Hutchinson certainly know how to put an excellent road tyre together. The Fusion 5 Galactik is the French company's pure focus on a serious performance road tyre. The team from independent tyre testers Bicycle Rolling Resistance have shown that the Fusion 5 Galactik outperforms all other current tested tubeless road tyres by 0.5 - 1.0 watts. So the numbers are here to back the Hutchinson's top offering up. Here are some of the key details:

              • Weight: 240g (without sealant, 25mm)
              • Threads per square inch (TPI): 127
              • Sizes available: 25mm
              • Price: £89 (Pair, fitted to your Hunt Wheels including sealant)

               

              Schwalbe Pro One 23, 25, 28mm

              "The Pro One is one of the lightest road tyres we offer at 230g for the 23mm version"

              Schwalbe Pro One 

               

              Schwalbe were one of the first to popularise tubeless road tyres with their Pro One. As one of the larges bicycle tyre manufactures, they certainly know how to put together a top performing road tyre. The Pro One is one of the lightest road tyres we offer at 230g for the 23mm version as well as having 25 and 28mm options. The tubeless beads on Schwalbe tyres have a flat edging and the new Mirco-Skin carbon tubeless layer makes them incredibly good at sealing with the rim bed and sidewall and very easy to fit. Not so minor details include:

              • Weight: 230g (without sealant, 23mm)
              • Sizes available: 23, 25 and 28mm
              • Price: £99 (Pair, fitted to your Hunt Wheels including sealant)

                

              4Season Road

              Here are a list of tubeless tyres we recommend for road riding no matter the weather conditions and even put up with slightly less than ideal roads. These tyres are ideal for day-in-and-day-out duties, knowing that something with a more performance edge might not cut it out there in the worst winter conditions. Whilst they are intended for staying on the tarmac you are able to push what might be considered a 'road' that little bit more. 

               

              Hutchinson Fusion 5 All Season TLR 25mm

              "The tough puncture belt and excellent grip make it ideal as a 25mm 4Season or training tyre."

              Hutchinson Fusion 5 All Season TLR

              The Hutchinson Fusion 5 All Season is optimised to provide the best performance and adhesion in all weather conditions. Unlike most other 4Season tires, the Fusion 5 All Season is made up of the best materials available to Hutchinson. The Fusion 5 All Season includes a compound designed for grip in winter conditions when compared to it's fairer weather performance orientated Galactik 5 cousin. The tough puncture belt and excellent grip make it ideal as a 25mm 4Season or training tyre.

              • Weight: 260g (without sealant, 25mm)
              • Threads per square inch (TPI): 127
              • Sizes available: 25mm
              • Price: £79 (Pair, fitted to your Hunt Wheels including sealant)

               

              Hutchinson Sector 28mm and 32mm

              "designed to be tough enough to withstand the incredibly rough cobbled surfaces and provides enough grip for both dry dusty corners and wet muddy corners alike."

              Hutchinson Sector

              The Hutchinson Sector tyre was developed alongside the Europcar professional cycling team to take on the brutal Paris-Roubaix cobbled classic. The tyre is designed to be tough enough to withstand the incredibly rough cobbled surfaces and provides enough grip for both dry dusty corners and wet muddy corners alike. These characteristics make it a fantastic tyre for use during the wet conditions found in the European winter and year round. Coupled with the enhanced puncture resistance offered by tubeless as well as a wider 28 and 32mm option, these tyres are hard to beat for year round riding/winter training.

              • Weight: 295g (without sealant, 28mm)
              • Sizes available: 28 and 32mm
              • Price: £89 (Pair, fitted to your Hunt Wheels including sealant)

               

              Schwalbe G-One Speed 30mm (Formally S-One)

              have extra grip dimples but roll fast and are designed to take on the toughest classic races and perfect for winter training on rough roads.

              Schwalbe G-One Speed (Formally S-One)

              Schwalbe's G-One Speed Tubeless Tyres have extra grip dimples but roll fast and aare designed to take on the toughest classic races and perfect for winter training on rough roads. We have been testing them for a long time and have been very impressed. The One range are Schwalbe's top specification tyres and feature their triple compound tread so you get extremely low rolling-resistance combined with excellent grip and durability. A light dotted tread enhances grip even further and as a result makes this tyre ideal for use on wet and gritty winter roads and lanes.

              • Weight: 330g (without sealant, 30mm)
              • Sizes available: 30mm
              • Price: £99 (Pair, fitted to your Hunt Wheels including sealant)

               

              Summary

              Breaking down where you ride and in what conditions is a great way to decide on tyres. From here consider what width your bicycle is able to accept. As a general rule of thumb 25-28mm is a safe bet for those wanting a good all round road tyre. However, some older frames may leave you only being able accept 23mm tyres due to clearance issues, please measure your frame or check with your bike manufacturer. If you do not envisage yourself going against the clock on smooth/maintained roads and regularly ride broken roads (pretty mucch all roads here in the UK!), then 28-32mm is definitely worth considering. Ultimately, personal preference is a large factor in tyre selection but we're always more than happy to help with further advice, the great news is that all the tyres listed above will perform to incredibly high levels, it's just which one's have the edge for your type of riding and conditions.

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              40% OFF NEARLY NEW WHEELS | VERY LIMITED STOCK | ONCE THEY’RE GONE THEY’RE GONE

              If you can't see any wheels listed below then unfortunately we are sold out of Nearly New Hunt wheels. We will announce any further Nearly New hunt listings on our Hunt Journal emails so please enter your email address here to receive the journal.

              Many of you have been asking us about sales, we have so much demand for new HUNT wheels that it just isn’t viable but here’s your opportunity to grab an amazingly low price. Please don’t miss out. All the wheels are in perfect working order and have been reconditioned/checked by our mechanics and wheel builders.

              The discount is so good it far outweighs any slight cosmetic marks or light use that they may have had. Our highly rated 60 day Ride and Return Policy and our full warranty still applies, this shows how confident we are that you will love these wheels.

              Phone orders only, please call +44 (0) 1273 931 428. Due to many recent enquiries we already know demand will be high so by phone payment is the only way to secure your wheels. Sorry we cannot reply to any correspondence regarding this sale by email or social media as it is likely the availability information will be out of date very quickly.

              Below is the list of all the wheels that we have available. Please quote the product code to the person you are speaking to on the phone so we know which wheel set you are interested in. Obviously, as these wheels have been returned to us and refurbished they will show some very slight signs of use such as small marks on freehub bodies and light use on braking tracks of rim brake wheels.

              For more information about specific wheelsets, just click on the name of each. This will redirect you to the wheelset's page.

               

                We are currently do not have any Nearly New wheels available more will be posted when they become available. 

                 

                 

                Please call us on 01273 931 428 to secure your wheels

                Sorry we cannot accept email communications for Nearly New Wheels as they sell out too quickly.

                THE CHASE IS ON

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                AN POST RAS GALLERY WITH BIKECHANNEL CANYON

                The Ras is a uniquely Iirish race. Passing through the narrow shop lined streets, out into the open fields and across seaboard boulevards bordering the Atlantic, the race attracts some of the most promising up and coming riders to the emerald isle. The Ras is no ordinary contest. Not by a long chalk. Capping teams with five man limit forces riders to attack with an all or nothing attitude. The European formula is tossed out and leaves riders constantly fighting for position across the entire eight days of racing.

                "The Ras has friendly feel and the field is made up from half UCI Continental teams and the other half county squads.
                It’s always point-to-point – there are hardly any transfers, it is raced on incredible roads and they love to see an underdog succeed. If an Irish rider wins a stage it’s such a big deal they’ll never have to pay for a pint of Guinness in their home town again."

                Rob Partridge (BIKEChannel Canyon)

                A huge effort was made by the BIKEChannel Canyon team. Esspecially considering that five riders were reduced to four after Max Stedman was forced to abandon the race due to a fever. Dexter Gardias managed to take home two top ten finishes. A race well spent from the young BIKEChannel Canyon Team.  

                Please enjoy this photo gallery from the Ras.

                Stage 8 race book

                Pre Race Briefing

                Locked and Loaded

                Leading out

                Out in the open

                The peloton makes it's way through the Irish country side. Team car in tow.

                Searching for Polkadots

                Breakaway

                The Ras rocks

                Domestique Duties

                Tipping it in

                All images by Hugh McManus.

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                ON THE DROPS WITH STAN BOLYAROV

                As Hunt has grown, so too has the number of people putting in the hard graft behind the scenes. Our latest recruit describes himself as ‘just another cycling junkie’ but really does know his stuff. Stan Bolyarov is a Robert Gordon University Management with Marketing Graduate who races road and cyclocross. He has even raced the Bulgarian National Road and TT Championships. To say the least… he is very handy on a bicycle. With experience of Dutch and German markets, having lived in both countries, Stan’s role will lie in pushing forward our website usability to give you the best access to tech information, spares and support you need. He will also be found in the customer service, tech and dispatch areas.

                 

                We have managed to catch Stan for our latest On The Drops interview... enjoy!

                 

                Name:

                Stanimir Bolyarov (Stan for the locals)

                 

                Age:

                22

                 

                Born and Bred: 

                Ruse, Bulgaria

                 

                Okay, first things first, why were you late to your first shift at Hunt Bike Wheels? Not that we mind, we know the first bike commute can be a bit of guess work.

                Where do I start… I created a bike route on Garmin which I tried to follow until it led me to the A23 (pretty busy dual-carriage way) which I didn’t want to go on so I took a semi-decent looking bike path which was initially paved and just in bad condition but it turned to a dirt road which tractors were mainly using to get around the fields. I was riding my Cannondale Supersix with 26mm slick tyres and carbon wheels which were not made for this. It wasn’t too bad initially and I even thought I’m going to make it without any issues but half way through the path relatively big puddles started appearing and I had to dismount and walk in the mud with my speedplay zeros which became completely unusable since they don’t work with the smallest amount of mud and dirt on them. After having to pedal without being clipped in for about 3 km, the dirt road turned into a hard path full of small rocks which were ideal for giving me a puncture. And with 200m to go until the end of the dirt road and back on the main one, the inevitable happened and I punctured. Thankfully, I was prepared and I changed the tube and continued my journey with probably the best 20min effort I’ve ever done.

                 

                First Bike and Favourite bike?

                My first bike was an alloy Drag (Bulgarian bike manufacturer) with Shimano 2300 and it was the first one I raced on as well.

                 

                I have two favourites:

                1. My current Cannondale Supersix Evo with a mix of Shimano DA and Ultegra and a Rotor power meter. It became my favourite because it’s the one that I feel fastest on and it looks absolutely gorgeous in my opinion.
                2. My first carbon bike – a Merida Theorema 909 (really nice carbon frame with lugs) with Campagnolo Centaur. This one is a favourite because it’s got a really crazy story that goes with it. It was the first one I bought all the parts for separately and built it up myself. 3 months in I was at a birthday party and my grandma decided to hang a bag on the handlebars and the bike slid down a metal post which cracked the top tube and since nobody had any experience in working with carbon before in my home town I had to repair it myself by buying carbon sheets and epoxy. I managed that and after riding it for about an year, I moved to Aberdeen to start university and 2 days before Christmas I locked it up for 20 mins in front of a shopping centre and when I got back I only saw my lock cut and the bike missing. I was devastated… Fast-forward year and a half later (I was on my Erasmus semester in the Netherlands) my ex-flatmate in Aberdeen sends me a picture of a note from the police who were saying they found it and I need to collect it. A month after that I was back in Aberdeen and went to collect it from Perth (about 85miles away) where it was found at a boot sale being sold by a dodgy-looking guy who wanted £200 for it… After that the bike came with me to London where I converted it to a fixie because I was doing Deliveroo after work and it was way faster and easier that way (also brought the weight down to 6.7kgs). Now the bike is being ridden by a really good friend of mine who’s got 3 more years of uni in Aberdeen. Happy end!

                 

                Finish this sentence: Climbing on my bike is the most enjoyable type of pain.

                 

                So you raced the Bulgarian National Road and TT Champs… what’s the story behind this? How did it pan out?

                 

                Finished 10th place on both (such a disappointment haha). Interesting thing about it is that a guy (Danail Petrov) who raced for Caja Rural previously and did the Vuelta was in it with a team of ex-professionals who made the race extremely hard. The race course was a 17km circuit we did 5 laps on with a big hill in the middle of it where all the action was happening. With just 2 kms in the race, one of my teammates who was also going for the podium got a puncture but he managed to get back to the team car and change wheels and catch back on. The team of ex-professionals was attacking all the time which tired us a lot because only me and 2 other people of my team were doing the chasing (just because the others were not as prepared and fit for the race). With 2 laps to go, there was a big attack on a stretch of road with strong headwind where a group of 10 riders went ahead, including me and my teammate fighting for the podium. I was pretty exhausted at that time already because even though legs weren’t tired, my heart-rate was through the roof due to the weather… It was 42C and training in the UK at 18-20C didn’t help at all. On the last lap, Danail (Caja Rural guy) attacked on the start of the climb (the finish was at the top of it) and nobody was able to catch him. I tried to help my teammate with conserving his energy for the sprint at the end by pulling hard on the climb until my heart just couldn’t cope anymore and when I hit 203 bpm I just couldn’t continue and finished 10th. He got 3rd though which was really good considering the competition.

                 

                What grinds your gears?

                Apart from disrespectful drivers, I’m quite bad with cleaning my chain often enough so this literally grinds my gears!

                 

                Jersey pockets or Saddlebag?

                Both, tools and tubes in the saddlebag and food in the pockets! Also when I get rid of the extra weight for races, the bike really feels faster!

                 

                Dream place to ride?

                Passo delo Stelvio and The Gotthard pass

                 

                 

                 

                How long can you hold a no hander trackstand for?

                Not long enough to solve a Rubik’s cube while doing it (so about 10-15 secs..)

                 

                What’s was best and worst thing about being a Deliveroo rider? Have you any crazy stories?

                I’ve got too many to share them all but the most notable one was quite bizarre. I started doing it in London as a second job in conjunction with my placement job. I figured that I’m going to be on my bike anyway, so why not get paid for it… The story happened about 4 months in. I have already bought a helmet cam by this point because the close passes and potential accidents in London was too great to risk not having proof for. Anyway, I was cycling down a narrow residential street and a car passed me super close and was definitely going well over the speed limit. I initially got angry at the car but then a scooter passed with two guys on it and it looked as if they were chasing the car. After a minute, there was a junction coming up where I saw the car stopping and the two people on the scooter got off and smashed the windows of the car with a hammer and started beating the driver. There was also a girl as a passenger and she was absolutely terrified by what was happening. I made sure I was filming all and got the number plates of the scooter on the video. The guy in the car managed to drive off and went straight to the police station which was just around the corner actually. After the incident I went to the station where I saw him and the girl crying and I assured them I’ve got a video of the incident and I gave a full report to the police and gave them the footage. By the time I finished giving evidence, one of the guys on the scooter was caught which I was happy to hear about. After 1 year, I got a call that I need to appear in court as a witness which I did and giving evidence in front of a judge and a jury was quite an experience! The defence attorney was really annoying and was asking difficult questions but I kept cool and managed to provide sufficient answers for the judge to find the guy guilty. The driver of the car and the girl were also there and they were really thankful and I was happy that I could help! In comparison with this, all my traffic accidents are not that important really…

                 

                Is it true that you shaved a Mohawk for the #aero gains?

                How did you know!? I said to all that it was for raising money for the Movember charity but that was just one of the reasons…

                 

                Favourite bicycle part (apart from your wheels of course)?

                My Rotor Power LT power meter. My best friend in terms of improvement and evidence of such!

                 

                Most memorable ride for all of the wrong reasons?

                To be honest, my first commute to Hunt HQ became that ride…

                 

                Cheers Stan! Hopefully you have the Brighton to Partridge Green Route memorised by now...

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                HOW TO FIT EVERYTHING INCLUDING THE KITCHEN SINK ON A BIKE

                Former Hunt employee now turned professional bike packer, Josh Ibbett, has just passed on over his first video blog. Months if not years, before planning the trip, Josh has been deliberating over what to take with him on his world wide adventure. Whilst many long haul tour cyclists are heavily loaded with large panniers and even small trailers, Josh has tried to keep with the FastFar concept his Mason Bokeh and 650B AdventureSport Wheels laced to a front Dynamo Hub were designed for. So far this set up has carried Josh from Cambridgeshire right down into the Basque Country of northern Spain.

                Check out the entire video set up here:

                If you want more regular updates, you can follow Josh on his personal Instagram page found here.

                As for now here are the roads he is enjoying... we are not even slightly jealous... 

                Josh Ibbett Spain

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                DYNAMO VIDEO SHOOT GALLERY

                One of best days had out on the bike we have had with the Hunt Team was filming for the release of our newest wheelset - the Superdura Dynamo Disc as well as our farewell to Josh, our first full time employee. Having a helicopter fly above our heads as we snaked down the South Downs on our Mason Bokeh bicycle was certainly something we had never experienced before (and probably never will again!) 

                Last weekend, former Hunt Brand Manger Josh Ibbett, left the UK and headed for the continent to commence his riding trip around the world. At the time of writing, he is currently down near Bordeaux but knowing Josh, this can be more accurately described as 400km radius from the coastal French city.

                You can check out the final video by clicking here.

                We decided to put together a short photo gallery of the cold morning spent on the Downs trying our best to keep things rubber side up.

                See below for more...

                Dan turning it up as he turns down.
                Hunt SuperDura Dynamo Shoot
                Que Mash theme song
                Tom Climbing
                Elaine Climbing
                Ollie... walking...
                Hovering.
                Singlefile.
                Getting the goods.
                Tom going for maximum style points.
                Josh keeping it low.
                Weapon fo choice: Mason Bokeh
                Where it all happens.
                Ready for any adventure.
                We'll just leave it here.
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