The long-distance relationship between Industry Nine and Reynolds Cycling is one that we're all lucky to experience. Across the miles between North Carolina and Utah, I9 and Reynolds combine their expertise in carbon fiber and hub design to create wheelsets with a pedigree unmarred by the classic trappings of purebred models. Like your beloved mutt, the Industry Nine C29 TL Carbon Road Wheelset comes with the best features of its parents: I9's venerable Torch hubs, and Reynolds' expert carbon rims, which follow the exact profile of Reynolds' climb-ready Attack rims. Whether used purely as an everyday rim or as your climbing weapon, the C29 will easily become one of the most dependable wheelsets in your arsenal.
Reynolds trusts in-depth engineering to shape the C29's adaptable rims. The 29mm depth undeniably lends the wheelset to climbing first, but its low weight and efficiency on high elevation days doesn't come at the expense of stiffness around corners. Reynolds' use of a 25mm external rim width complements its rigidity with a wider seat that affords your tire increased contact with the road. By running your tubeless tires at lower pressure, you'll gain stability and grip when taking advantage of the rim's enthusiasm around tight corners and ribboning tarmac.
Though we'd all prefer to hold onto speed rather than shed it, braking is a key component in carbon rim design, whether we're racing or out on a joy ride. When you squeeze the levers at the top of a serpentine descent, wind whipping around you from indiscernible angles, Reynolds' CTg (Crygenic Glass Transition) brake track will provide the kind of reassuring stopping power rarely seen on carbon hoops. A carbon laminate that must be used with Reynolds' Cryo-Blue Power brake pads, CTg stays significantly cooler than other comparable braking surfaces, leading to more predictable slow-downs and a significantly reduced likelihood of brake failure due to overheating.
Lastly, we'd be remiss if we failed to give I9's famed hubs more than a passing mention. For this year's C29, I9 engineers reduced the pawl count from six to three, saving weight and preventing drag while still providing a highly efficient six-degree engagement. Another change comes in the form of relocated bearings and improvements to the freehub's seal, which both work to improve longevity and reduce drag over time—especially for anyone testing this wheelset's prowess on grittier gravel or 'cross courses.
- Snappy carbon climbing rim with unrivaled pedigree
- 29mm depth ideal for fast climbs and everyday use
- Width provides generous surface area for a grippy ride
- Tubeless-ready design reduces likelihood of flats
- 2/1 spoke lacing efficiently manages stress and weight
- Industry Nine Torch hubs lend precise, durable engagement
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Sorry, forgot to ask this too: is there a spacer included to use a 10sp cassette on the freehub?
are brake pads included?
Yes, the brake pads are included with these wheels.
Plenty Light, Awesome Hubs
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Industry Nine took two things: Reynolds light weight Attack carbon rims, and their awesome hubs, and built them into a wheelset. You get a set that is sub 1300 grams, plenty light enough to go KOM hunting, while getting the fantastic engagement from I9 hubs. For the road side, I9 reduced the number of pawls to reduce drag and increase the degrees of engagement, but it still comes in at a ridiculously low 6 degrees. For perspective, stock DT Swiss 240 hubs come with an 18 degree engagement ratchet ring (though some wheel brands upgrade those hubs straight out of the box). Not really much else you can ask for in a lightweight climbing wheelset at this price.