Industry Nine Introduces The Torch Series Wheels, Rims And Hubs

27.5 29er Components Wheels

Official Press Release

Introducing the Industry Nine Torch series hub – a new standard is set for high engagement freehubs:

The Torch series hubs will be utilized on all 2013 Torch series wheelsets as well as the 2013 Torch “Classic” series hubs. The Torch hubs maintain Industry Nine’s exceptional 3 degree engagement, which set a new standard for instant engagement freehubs at the company’s inception in 2005. This continues to be achieved through the use of an innovative six pawl freehub, which utilizes phased engagement to double the number of engagement points from 60 to 120. However, everything else about the hub system is brand new.

Torch series rear hubs feature:

  • Significantly lower weight – approximately 100 gram savings over the XC, Enduro, and Classic series rear hubs
  • Lower drag – new drive ring and pawl geometry, relocated bearings, and a new seal system dramatically reduce freehub drag while coasting
  • Better sealing – The rear hub features a custom silicone lip seal to protect the drive mechanism and Teflon contact seals for the endcaps to protect outboard bearings
  • Exceptional hub stiffness – Oversized and butted 20mm/17mm axle
  • Universal endcap conversions – The 135mm rear hub platform is compatible with QR, 10×135, 12×135, and 12×142 simply by swapping endcaps. The 150mm rear hub platform is compatible with 12×150 and 12x157mm through an endcap swap
  • Freehub compatibility – 9/10 spd. Freehub or XX1 compatible Freehub options available and interchangealbe
  • Easier service – the freehub can be quickly and easily removed for cleaning and service and features captured pawls and coil springs that allow tool-free pawl service

Torch series front hubs feature:

  • Reduced weight – from 10 – 55 gram savings (depending on model) over XC, Enduro, and Classic series front hubs
  • Broader compatibility – the torch series front hub shares the same axle platform for all applications. Riders no longer need to choose between the EN or XC front hub platform if they are considering 20mm thru bolt options
  • Better sealing – The front hub utilizes o-ring seals to protect bearings
  • Universal endcap conversions – The front hub is compatible with QR, 9mm thru bolt, 15mm, and 20mm (x110mm) simply by swapping endcaps

Introducing the 2013 Industry Nine Torch series wheels:

When we started development of the new Torch series wheels our specific goals were lighter weight, improved lateral stiffness, optimized tubeless tire compatibility, decreased freehub drag, and increased durability. However, what we were really chasing after, was a wheel line up that would improve the riding experience for every rider. After thousands of miles of testing on some of the most challenging trails in the country, we feel like we have succeeded in creating the ultimate wheel system. Here are some of the features that make the new Torch wheels the new benchmark for mountain bike wheels.

Torch series rim features:

  • Industry Nine Exclusive profiles – The Torch series rims are designed by Industry Nine to offer class leading performance in every category
  • Reduced weight – up to 100 gram weight savings (per rim) depending on model (when compared to 2012 rim options)
  • Increased width – All Torch series rims will feature wider outer and inner rim widths
  • Tubeless compatible – rims feature a tubeless ready profile and wheelsets will include tubeless tape, and tubeless valves with a removable core for easy sealant application
  • Exceptional stiffness/weight ratio – Following in the footsteps of the latest Carbon rim technology, our aluminum rims feature oversized extrusions that are wider and deeper than traditional rims, to offer improved stiffness and better control. They offer a ride quality that approaches the stiffest carbon rims, but at a much lower cost
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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  • Vince says:

    Very cool looking wheels and hubs. I’ve rolled on Chris Kings since 1998 for many reasons, one being the RIng Drive. I wonder if CK would license the Ring Drive patent?

  • AK Brown says:

    I9 is exclusively using Dumonde Tech “Freehub Grease” which they say works great. No problem with drag due to the lubricant. They say “Freehub Grease” has a
    -30 degree Flow Point. brrrr

  • Joel says:

    What’s “POE?”

  • Doug says:

    Just built up the new Sir9 with Hadley’s laced to DT Swiss rims. This is unique due to the 142×12 axle and a shorter SS free hub. Is I9 going to offer a SS hub with the 142x12axle?

  • Dave says:

    I9 did with the 2012 SS flanged hub… QR up to a 12×142, and I know the SS version of the Torch will too.

  • luciano says:

    I’ve ride for year’s the Crossmax xl disc (current “sx”), the I9 Enduros, Stan’s Flow wheelset, custom built Flow rims/DT Supercomp/Hope, Crank Bros Cobalt’s, Haven Carbon, Enve AM, Deemax Ultimate, E.13 TRS, custom built Syncros rims/Pimplite hubs, Bontrager Racelite (Chris King hubs), the first Crossmax model (w/ ceramic walls), but never a DT Swiss, which I was excited to do, specially the Tricon’s w/ 240 hubs. I also think that their carbon Enduro EXC1550 (very nice appearance) may not be as balanced as the top-of-the-line Tricon’s.
    My veredict is for the I9′s the best of ‘em, then Enve, and then E.13 or Corssmax (both have nice bits).
    My next wheel was a DT Swiss Tricon fx1950 (for 160-180 travel bikes)Enduro and DH rides) or the xm1550 (for rigid crmo trail bike or 5-6″ full)
    after I saw the I9 new release, I definitely put that Torch Trail on my next investment.

  • Ted says:

    What Joel said.

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  • Ryan says:

    Just got a set of these. Switched from I9 Ultralites to the Torch Trail 29er wheels with 24 spokes. I had some difficulty seating the tire as tubeless–much wider rim compared to my Stan’s ZTR 355 rim. I had to do some tricks to get the tires onto the rims. I inflated them with tubes then pulled the tubes out slowly and carefully while the wheel was hanging in the stand–and I made sure I didn’t unseat one side of the tire. Once the tubes were out I placed the tubeless valve stem back in the rim and then a couple ounces of stans into the tire–don’t let the rim get wet with Stan’s! Then I shot the air into the wheel with an Instaflate and it seated on both sides while keeping one side of the tire still seated into the rim bead. They feel much stiffer than my Ultralites. Haven’t been on an official ride yet though but they look very nice.

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