Industry Nine Enduro 27.5in Wheelset $1,210.00
Pisgah-tested and shredder-approved.
If you have mid-size wheels and a trail bike that's ready for anything, it's safe to consider yourself a new-school trail boss. However, we'd wager that there's still one piece missing from your trail equation -- Industry Nine's Enduro 27.5in Wheelset. These wheels feature newly-designed Torch hubs and a purpose-driven rim that's built for all-mountain thrashing. Basically, these wheels were built to go the distance, and to make it back with nary a whimper.
To fully grasp the I9 experience, you have to start at its spokes. You see, while traditional spokes are drawn from steel wire, I-9 spokes are machined from 7075 aluminum. The spokes are straight pull, and they have roughly a 25% greater cross section then comparable 14/15 double-butted steel spokes. This translates into a greater tensile strength. Additionally, the threading on these spokes is also exclusive to Industry Nine. On traditional spokes, threads are rolled, not cut. This adds to strength, but it creates a stress riser where the thread channel is narrower than the diameter of the spoke itself. However, Industry Nine doesn't need to roll its threads. Instead, they're created during the machining process, and they're cut so that the thread channel is the same as the spoke's diameter. In fact, the threads themselves are actually larger than the spoke in order to create a stronger interface with the hub.
Moving on to the hubs, the Enduro wheelset features I9's new Torch hubs. And with a great sigh of relief, we're happy to say that they're compatible with all axle standards via separately available end caps. The big news, however, is actually within the hub. The Torch preserves the 120 points of contact and near-instant three degrees of engagement that's earned Industry Nine its cult following. Only now, the pawls have two teeth instead of three. Along with that, a changed cantilever angle, and shallower tooth profile on the hardened drive-ring, reduce freehub drag in comparison to previous iterations. Additionally, the Torch hubs now incorporate a proprietary mechanism that features two sets of three pawls that are phased three degrees from each other.
The rear hub was tested to withstand 700ft/lbs of torque -- roughly what a built diesel truck puts out. This fact quiets any fears of slippage when you're putting out full power. But, it's the Torch's quick engagement that enables you to clean steep, technical trail sections. And with three degrees of rotation between engagement points, that won't be an issue.
Furthering this, Industry Nine's engineers have removed the large bearing between the freehub body and shell, opting for smaller bearings directly between the body and shell. The reduced bearing size equates to less seal surface area that, along with a new silicone lip design, significantly reduces mechanical drag. The freehub is also now easier to remove for cleaning and lubing, and like before, the springs and pawls are captured. Home mechanics rejoice -- this means that you won't be scrambling on the floor looking for small parts.
These Enduro wheels are built around a 32 hole spoke count, as opposed to the 24 hole construction that's found on some of I9's lighter weight offerings. The result is a wheelset that maximizes strength, which is especially important for heavier and more aggressive trail riders. The spokes thread directly into the hub in order to eliminate the nipple, in turn, saving weight and boosting strength. Additionally, they also use a standard 15-gauge spoke wrench and conventional truing methods, which will make truing and tensioning a piece of cake.
And with a 26mm inner-width and a 31mm outer-width, Industry Nine's Enduro rim is wider than many downhill specific rims. Essentially, this yields an ideal profile with today's wider tires. They feature a double-wall design for strength, while keeping the weight down to a very respectable 465 grams. This means that you get a stable tire platform and confidence-inspiring strength without a heavy weight penalty. Better yet, they also provide an excellent level of stiffness for precise tracking on rough trails.
The Industry Nine Enduro 27.5in wheels are available with a 15mm front and a 12x142mm rear thru-axle compatibility. They're tubeless-ready and come in either the color Black or Red. Please note that these wheels ship with the Presta valve stems and rim tape already installed.
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XX1 compatibility on I9s new wheels?
XX1 compatibility on I9s new wheels?
These I9 wheels are indeed XX1 compatible. You will need to pick up the 19 freehub body.