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Rear wheel flex when climbing

Never had this issue with my old alu trek and alloy fulcrum Quattro wheels (1800 g) but recently got a titanium bike with Hunt Aero Race Wide wheels

When I get out of saddle on a climb of 13%+ the rear wheel flexes laterally to the point where the brake rubs on the rim

Is this just to be expected of lightweight alloy wheels?

Wheel is 1498 g. I am 66 kg

Bit of Backstory: wheel was previously even flexier to the point where it was flexing at hub as well as rim. But I resolved that after calling Hunt and they talked me through taking hub apart, reassembling and refitting wheel. I don’t think that issue is relevant now but thought I’d mention it.

All advice and shared experiences welcome



  • zest28zest28 Posts: 286
    1500g for an alloy wheel is light. So I am not suprised if it flexes.

    Upgrade to some nice carbon wheels which should be much stiffer.
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 8,199
    Get some Borg wheels from cycleclinic, no more flex and better than hunts. At your weight I wouldn't expect any flex. I've got 15kg on you and my Borg,s don't flex when pushing steep climbs out of the saddle.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 12,659
    I have 20kgs on you and any increase in wheel weight will be at the hub.
    Sounds like a badly made wheel.
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  • tonysjtonysj Posts: 326
    Im 76kg and have been using CERO EVO AR24 wheels for a couple of years and have never experienced rim brake rub or flex and they are reported to be sub 1500gr wheels on the website. No experience of Hunts though.
  • whyamiherewhyamihere Posts: 7,333
    Rubbing at the brake is actually more likely with a stiffer rim is if the build is poor. Think about the geometry - You can assume the hub is fixed (unless there's frame flex or a bad hub involved), so the rubbing on the brake is because the rim has effectively pivoted around the hub. If the rim was flexy, it would flex at the bottom where the weight is being applied, but because the rim is stiff, it translates the movement up to the top of the wheel and causes it to rub on the brakes.

    It could be caused by poor hub geometry, the wrong spokes for the application or simply a bad build, but the one thing that's not likely to be at fault is a flexy rim.
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 8,199
    Quite possibly poor build, but to be honest there's better options out there. Best watch hambini,s blog. Well worth watching as long as you can stomach his passion. Flo and hunt wheels feature.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
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