I have been testing the Hunt 4Seasons Gravel disc wheels now for about a year, and over that time I have been using them alot and putting them through their pace in all sorts of environment. Rode it on the Velo Birmingham 100 mile closed road sportive, did a load of training rides to get ready for that on these wheels. Also went on a few day trip rides with the kids on dusty gravel roads and many wet rides too. Time for a hub service on these Hunt 4Seasons Gravel Disc wheels.
Will certainly post a long term review of these wheels soon. In the meantime, the long winter has meant that these Hunt wheels could do with a bit of service to essentially give it a bit of TLC, but also to see how they are after all those miles in all sorts of conditions and alot of washing of the bike over the last year.
Front Hub Service
The front wheel service was very straight forward, the wheel was nice and tru. Using my Park Tool TS4 wheel stand was easy to check that both wheels were still tru. The Hunt wheels are tubeless ready, but I still run it with a tube even though I actually have a pair of Vittoria Corsa tyres which are actually tubeless ready. Will eventually try out tubeless setup later this year. The sealing rim tape was still in excellent condition for front and rear wheels.
I checked the front hub, very similar to DT Swiss hubs which can be opened quite easily to reveal the cartridge bearings. The bearings were smooth, with good free rotation and definitely no play. So a quick clean and the hub service was completed in 15 minutes for the front wheel.
Rear Hub service
The rear wheel hub service would be more time consuming simply because there is the cassette and freehub to check out.
So I strip down the cassette, gave the Shimano 105 cassette a good degrease and clean using some good drivetrain specific degreaser. That took about 20 minutes, I like to take my time on cleaning. That way you really get to know the components more. Then I unscrewed the lock nut of the hub axle using my cone spanner and 5 mm allen key. The axle came out and as you can see from the slideshow below it is very clean with only a few grease marks.
The splines for the cassette on this freehub was slightly gawled with marks from the higher gears. I have seen alot worst on some freehubs, I guess the “ABG” (Anti Bite Guard) on this freehub is helping to reduce the gawl marks. The freehub can then be pulled out and the 4 pawls were also in very good condition but maybe a little grimy. I degrease these and decided to lube them with wet lube rather than grease them with ceramic grease. Some thin grease is OK, but I thought a lube would reduce the chance of freezing up and congealing, leading to poor performance. The open end of the freehub was obviously quite dirty as it is more exposed and hard to clean without taking off the cassette on each bike clean.
After a clean of the freehub, I turned my attention to the bearings, which have smooth rotation and no play so no need to pull them out. They were wet, which I guess comes from the little amount of moisture build up over time and number of wet rides, but it was not soaking by any means. This means the rubber seals are doing a good job of keeping the dirt and grime out.
So all checked, cleaned and lubed or greased back up. Assembly back together was as straight forward as disassembly. So with the wheel all built back up there was nothing else to do but to put the wheel back on my bike and ride it again.
All very straightforward and although I don’t do massive amount of miles the Hunt 4Seasons Gravel disc wheels are in excellent condition. overall, I took my time, but servicing these hubs took me about an hour, but alot of that was in exploration mode and taking photos. In reality, I would have really serviced them within half that time.
Overall these wheels are still in great condition and still love riding them alot.