Industry Nine Introduces The Torch Series Wheels, Rims And Hubs

27.5 29er Components Wheels

Spoke features:

  • Increased diameters – wheels feature increased diameter spokes – offering improved lateral stiffness and reducing the chance of impact or abrasion related spoke failures
  • Butted spokes – All wheels feature butted driveside spokes, which utilize a thicker diameter near the hub. This reduces the risk of spoke damage due to overshifting into the spokes and further improves lateral stiffness
  • Finer thread pitch – the spokes (and hubs) utilize a finer thread pitch, which makes the wheels easier to true and reduces the risk of spokes losing tension over time
  • Torx fitting – T8 torx fitting on the end of spokes replaces .050 allen fitting from the original design, and makes spoke removal much easier in the rare event that a spoke breaks at the threads

Torch Wheel system hubs features

In addition to the hub features listed previously, the wheelsystem hubs feature:

  • Tangential spoke lacing – Torch wheels feature a spoke flanges which orient the spokes approximately 90 degrees from the hub flange. This increases wheel and spoke durability since hub torque is applied in line with the spoke – removing the spoke threads from the shear plane and reducing spoke fatigue. Since the spokes are directly opposing one another it also removes outward stress from the hub shell for increase hub durability and improved control of bearing press tolerances
  • Finer thread pitch flanges – the hubs utilize a finer thread pitch, which makes the wheels easier to true and reduces the risk of tension loss
  • 24 hole 2/1 lacing pattern – Featured on the Trail 24 wheelset – This lacing pattern significantly reduces wheel weight and promotes (more) even spoke tensions while maintaining excellent durability. Front and rear wheels feature 16 spokes on the rear drive side/front disc side flange, paired with 8 opposing spokes. Due to the front and rear wheel dish caused by the cassette on the rear wheel and disc brake on the front wheel, this orientation evens out spoke tension. This reduces peak stress loads on the spokes and rim, and reduces the fatigue cycle incurred in a traditional 24 spoke wheel. This allows a lower spoke count and lighter weight, without the durability issues and increased rim weights commonly associated with low spoke count wheels

Trail and Trail 24 wheelsets

The Trail wheelsets are the first complete wheels that Industry Nine had designed as a comprehensive system. Hubs, spokes, and rims were all designed together to offer an exception trail experience.

Industry Nine Trail 24 wheels:

Trail 24 wheelsets are the ultimate everyday go fast wheelset. Whether you are hammering your local trails or throwing on a number plate, the Trail 24 wheels offers an exceptional balance between weight and performance. The 24 Hole 2/1 lacing pattern and welterweight Trail rims offer incredibly low rotational weight and excellent tire support – with a 28mm outer/23.4mm inner rim width.

  • MSRP: $1150
  • Available in 26”, 27.5” (650b), and 29” versions
  • 24 hole 2/1 lacing pattern – reduces weight while balancing wheel tension and maintaining durability
  • Average Weight* – 26” Front 650 grams/rear 770 – 1420 grams/set; 27.5” front 670 grams/rear 790 grams – 1460 grams/set; 29” front 700 grams/rear 820 grams – 1520 grams/set    *Weight varies depending on bearing and axle specification and does not include tubeless tape and valves
  • Rims – 28mm outer/23.4mm inner width, Tubeless ready profile, Rim weights – 26”- 385 grams, 27.5”- 400 grams, 29”- 430 grams
  • Front Hub: 132-140 grams* – 2 bearings with external o-ring seals. 100mm QR, 9thru, 15mm, and 110x20mm axle options – *Hub weight varies depending on axle/bearing spec
  • Rear Hub: 255-268 grams* – 4 bearings with external Teflon seals and silicone freehub seal. 135mm QR, 10×135, 12×135, and 12×142 axle options. *Hub weight varies depending on axle/bearing spec.
  • Driver: 9/10 spd or XD1 – 120 point, 3 degree engagement, 6 pawl mechanism
  • Spokes – Rear – drive side 2.9/2.7mm butted, non drive 2.9mm. Front – disc side 2.9/2.7mm, non disc 2.9mm.
  • 200lb/91kg suggested rider weight limit
  • Stock Colors – All red or all black hubs/spokes with black or silver rims
  • Custom Colors* – Silver, Blue, Gold, Orange, Pink, Purple, and Green *Upcharges apply
  • Custom Lacing options* – Mix and match spoke colors for a true custom look * Upcharges apply
  • Options – XD1 Driver body for SRAM XX1 type cassette. Lefty and Singlespeed* hubs. Hybrid Ceramic bearings* * Upcharges apply

Industry Nine Trail wheels:

The Trail wheelset offers a new paradigm for the backcountry riding experience. With an exceptional stiffness/weight ratio and wide tubeless ready rims, the trail wheels pick apart technical singletrack. Using the same rim as the Trail 24 wheelset, but with 32 butted aluminum spokes, the Trail offers a slight boost in lateral stiffness over their lighter cousins, and the added piece of mind that 32 spokes bring for long rides in the backcountry.

  • MSRP: $1170Available in 26” and 29” versions
  • Average Weight* – 26” Front 685 grams/rear 805 – 1490 grams/set; 29” front 740 grams/rear 860 grams – 1600 grams/set *Weight varies depending on bearing and axle specification and does not include tubeless tape and valves
  • Rims – 28mm outer/23.4mm inner width, Tubeless ready profile,
  • Rim weights – 26”- 385 grams, 29”- 430 grams
  • Front Hub: 142-150 grams*. 2 bearings with external o-ring seals. 100mm QR, 9thru, 15mm, and 110x20mm axle options.  *Hub weight varies depending on axle/bearing spec
  • Rear Hub: 265-278 grams*. 4 bearings with external Teflon seals and silicone freehub seal. 135mm QR, 10×135, 12×135, and 12×142 axle options. *Hub weight varies depending on axle/bearing spec.
  • Driver: 9/10 spd or XD1. 120 point, 3 degree engagement, 6 pawl mechanism
  • Spokes: 2.9/2.7mm butted
  • 220lb/100kg suggested rider weight limit
  • Stock Colors: All red or all black hubs/spokes with black or silver rims
  • Custom Colors*: Silver, Blue, Gold, Orange, Pink, Purple, and Green * Upcharges apply
  • Custom Lacing options*: Mix and match spoke colors for a true custom look * Upcharges apply
  • Options: XD1 Driver body for SRAM XX1 type cassette. Lefty and Singlespeed* hubs. Hybrid Ceramic bearings*. * Upcharges apply

Torch Classic hubs:

Torch front hub

  • MSRP: $190 front
  • 2 bearing hub with oversized axle and external seals
  • Large diameter disc flange improves wheel stiffness and braking torque transfer
  • Angled flanges for lower spoke stresses
  • Interchangeable endcaps available for QR, 9mm thru, 15mm, and 110x20mm axle options
  • Available in 28 and 32 Hole counts
  • Hybrid Ceramic bearings availalbe – upcharge applies
  • 150-155 grams – depending on axle and bearing spec

Torch rear hub

  • MSRP: $385 Rear
  • 4 bearing hub with oversized , butted 20/17mm axle and external seals
  • Large diameter disc flanges improve wheel stiffness and braking torque transfer
  • Angled flanges for lower spoke stresses
  • 9/10spd or XX1 compatible freehub options
  • 135mm hub platform offers interchangeable endcaps for QR, 10×135, 12×135, and 12x142mm axle options
  • DH150 Hub platform offers interchangeable endcaps for 12×150 and 12x157mm axle options
  • 120 point – 3 degree engagement – 6 pawl freehub
  • Available in 28 and 32 Hole counts
  • Hybrid Ceramic bearings available – upcharge applies
  • 248-268 grams – weight varies depending on bearing, endcap, and freehub spec.

MSRP complete hubset: $575

More to come:

The Industry Nine Trail and Trail 24 wheels are the first wheels to come from the Torch series development cycle. Stay tuned for more options to arrive in the near future!

Note: We will also offer custom build options on the new Torch 32 spoke hub platform with No Tubes rims, which we keep in stock, and other commonly available rims on request. However, custom charges will apply. Contact your local Industry Nine retailer for pricing.

 

Source -Jake Thompson

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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