Industry Nine All Mountain Review

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Bottom Line
The Industry Nine All Mountain wheelset is lightweight, stiff, and their innovative system uses fat aluminum spokes and an accompanying straight pull hub, that work in synergy for great strength, durability and lightness. The high point of engagement freehub (120 points), gives instant power application to the wheel, with virtually no lag to the drivetrain, and it’s especially useful in technical terrain. The hubs have a plethora of axle adapters, so that almost any size or combination can be created to match any bike currently on the market.

They aren’t the cheapest wheelset, and the proprietary spokes might be a hindrance, and I do wish they came tubeless ready. They are well built, and have incredible attention to detail, and with the 11 vivid colors and trick hubs, they certainly have a huge bling factor.

Strengths

  • Stiff and tough wheels
  • High POE – Points of Engagement
  • Bling factor and color combination’s
  • Lightweight
  • Large array of axle adapters

Weaknesses

  • Expensive
  • Proprietary spokes
  • Lack of a tubeless kit

MSRP: $1085.00

Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Reviewed by Brian Mullin http://www.gramslightbikes.com/

 

Industry Nine All Mountain Specs

  • FRONT : Enduro hub: 100 mm QR // 9mm thru axle // 15mm thru axle // 20mm thru axle // 24mm Maverick // 25mm Specialized
  • REAR : Enduro hub: 135 QR Axle // 10x135mm // 12x135mm
  • DRIVER : 120 point, 3 degree engagement, 6 pawl mechanism
  • SPOKE : .100″
  • RIM : Industry Nine AM rim: 26mm wide // welded // single eyelet //450 grams // Black or White (adds 30 grams)
  • WEIGHT : 1750 grams
  • PRICE : MSRP-$1085.00
  • COLORS: Red // Black // Silver in any hub/spoke combination
  • CUSTOM COLORS: Blue // Brown // Gold // Green // Orange // Pewter // Pink // Purple*
  • OPTIONS: Singlespeed* and Lefty versions available. Ceramic hybrid bearings available.* Can be built to any 32hole rim*. => *Extra charge will apply

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • cojacket says:

    One correction: Galling can happen to parts made of the same material. In this case the anodizing prevents it, not the material selection. Good review though!

  • Brian Mullin says:

    cojacket: You are correct, and thanks for info, and the article has been corrected. If it was hard anodized they will not gall, but it could be more of a regular decorative anodizing, and then durability would be an issue, but the spokes are not really going to be adjusted much? Not sure?

  • jen says:

    the machining in the first picture looks shit!

  • Kevin Kaehms says:

    I’ve had to constantly re-tighten my I9 spokes after every ride; yes they’re light, strong and have incredible engagement- but the spokes are continually coming loose.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Kevin: My spokes have been fine, and have only needed minor tweaking. The wheels have stayed in true better than most?

  • Brad Fitkin says:

    I bought my I9 AM wheelset about 8 months ago, even though I read quite a few claims about I9 wheels that spokes constantly loosen, they break easily, the freewheel has too much drag, etc. I’ve given ‘em hell, and they’ve chewed it up and spit it out. I’ve had to tighten one spoke, haven’t broken one yet (got a few dings and a slightly bent one due to rocks, etc), and the initial drag on the freewheel has quickly become a total non-issue after break-in. Despite a single loose spoke and a slightly bent one, my wheels remain true. My goal was to upgrade my wheelset to top-shelf, install it and forget about it status, and these wheels have exceeded my expectations.

  • Kevin Kaehms says:

    Brian, what kind of wheel build do you have,(XC, all mountain, DH, etc…)? My I-9 build is a DH wheelset and I’m 200+lbs so I tend to be hard on equipment. Still no complaints with the hubs, but if I were to do it over again I’d probably go with their “classic” hubs & standard spokes- may be a heavier build, but because of my weight I tend to prefer durability over total bike weight.

  • TOU93 says:

    I’ve had I9 AM on my bike for just over a year now and they have been awesome! Mine are laced up with Stans ZTR Flow rims and have handled many days at DH parks. I’ve only had to true them once. If you read the instructions that come with them it says to get them re-tentioned after 4-6h of first riding them to make sure everything is fine.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Kevin: AM setup, I am tough on wheels cause I do real low speed technical trials stuff, jamming a lot of torque onto the system, but I only weigh in at 155 lbs.

  • Jeff says:

    @ Kevin: The most common cause of chronic de-tensioning is overall low spoke tension. Have your bike shop tension the wheels and verify the tension with a Park or DT Swiss tensiometer. The conversion #’s are on Industry Nine’s website. If the wheels are properly tensioned, de-tensioning shouldn’t be an issue.

  • mc says:

    Great review! These are so much stiffer than my Hadley/Flow combo I was running. Engagement is about the same, but lateral stiffness if noticeable. Got them running tubeless with just two passes of Stans Yellow tape and WTB TCS tires. No issues so far and holds air just like my Stans did. Worth the extra money.

  • Brad says:

    I have a set of the I9 proprietary enduro hubs. They are tough as hell , with very little truing at all. However; I am consisently having a problem with the rear axle coming loose, which results in a very loud creaking noise. Anyone else have this issue going on?

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