Industry Nine Trail 24H 29in Wheelset - $1,169.00

When Industry Nine shook up the knobby-tire world, the burgeoning 29er movement was limited to road wheels wearing hiking boots. Industry Nine saw potential, and developed a ground-breaking wheelset that addressed nagging issues in order to let 29ers shine. The Trail 24H Wheelset builds on the success of the original design by lowering weight, reducing drag, and increasing axle compatibility. What placed Industry Nine on the map was speed and positive engagement, wrapped up in a visually appealing package. It's worth noting, also, that the wheels were complete with U.S. sourced materials and production. This was accompanied by spokes that screw directly into a precisely CNC'd hub shell without the need for nipples. The lack of steel 'J' bend spokes and nipples resulted in a stiff and light platform that uses traditional tools and techniques to service. The Trail wheelset retains the same proprietary spoke and hub interface, but has received numerous advancements to the hub itself. The new Torch hubs are now compatible with all axle standards via separately available end caps. The big news, however, is within the hub. The Torch preserves the 120 points of contact and lightning-quick three degrees engagement that distinguished Industry Nine, 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 drag for a less-restricted freehub -- with the same holding power. And, that's not all I9 did to improve the Torch. Its engineers removed the large bearing between the freehub body and shell to opt for smaller bearings directly between the body and shell. The reduced bearing size means less seal surface area that, along with a new silicon lip design, significantly reduces mechanical drag. The freehub is also now easier to remove for cleaning/lubing, and like before, the springs and pawls are captured. So, you won't be scrambling on a floor looking for small parts. - $1,169.00