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May
2009

Spotlight: 2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset

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, Spotlight: 2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset

2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset

For 2009 Industry Nine has a few new things on their plate worth discussing.  They’ve got a few new wheel build options this year that gives the consumer more options when it comes to picking out one of their premium wheelsets.  Read more inside about these changes and their new wheelsets.

Wheels are one of the key components to a bike that can improve or hinder the riding experience.  When presented with key parts to improve a ride, wheels reside at the top of the list.  A good wheelset can improve the riding experience by offering more engagement, reliability, stiffness, and faster acceleration.  Industry Nine seeks to improve these areas in a wheelset in addition to offering unique colorful options for personal expression.

Industry Nine hubs and spokes are machined right here in the U.S.A. This year, Industry Nine has also moved all anodizing in house.  The only thing not made in house is the bearings they use and their rims.  Combined with offering Industry Nine branded import rims (available in black or white), these ventures let Industry Nine produce wheels faster, all the while maintaining and improving on the quality they’re known for.  It is worth mentioning that ANY 32 hole rim can be used when building an I9 wheelset including tubeless rims should you want a more custom setup.

, Spotlight: 2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset

blue hub and spokes(click to enlarge)

Standard hub or spoke colors include: Black // Red // Silver

Custom hub or spoke colors include (for an up charge): Blue // Brown // Gold // Green // Orange // Pewter // Pink // Purple

For those not familiar with Industry Nine, they offer a wide variety of hubs (classic J-Bend style or a proprietary straight pull).   The front hub’s are available in just about every configuration imaginable and are thankfully most are easy to upgrade to the various axle diameters.

Front Enduro hub options include (and easily convertible between)

  • 15mm
  • Quick release
  • 9mm thru axle
  • 20mm
  • Specialized 25mm
  • Maverick 24mm
  • X12 (soon – Syntace)

Rear 135mm hub options include (and easily convertible between)

  • Quick release
  • 135 x 10mm
  • 135 x 12mm

Rear 150mm hub options

  • 150 x 12mm

The front hubs (CNC’ed) are easy to convert (Enduro hub) between a myriad of axle configurations as mentioned above.  This gives the Industry Nine user a lot of flexibility on future proofing their wheelsets as they can easily swap between forks as their bikes change without having to worry about compatibility issues.

, Spotlight: 2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset

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, Spotlight: 2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset

20mm and QR axle detail (click to enlarge)

The rear hubs themselves are also CNC’ed masterpieces and boast a mere 3º engagement.  That’s 120 points of engagement!  Typical hubs offer less points of engagement like the Hope Pro II (24 pt pawl), Hadley (72pt pawl), and Chris King (72pt simultaneous ring drive).  What this translates for the rider is quicker response times.  Whether you’re snapping out of the gate, powering out of a corner, or just looking to do a quick pedal kick off a drop, the more engagement you have the quicker and easier it is for you to get what you want out of the drivetrain.  While engagement isn’t the end all be all, you don’t need to have high engagement hubs to succeed in cycling, it doesn’t hurt (especially in tight situations).  With higher engagement typically comes additional drivetrain drag but Industry Nine does a great job at minimizing it.  Additionally, it is easy to remove 3 of the pawls for less drivetrain drag (reduces engagement to 60pt).

, Spotlight: 2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset

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, Spotlight: 2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset

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The freehub body itself is CNC’ed from 7068 aluminum that is pretty resilient to gouging/notching from cassettes.  A Ti freehub option would be nice, but isn’t available at this time.

, Spotlight: 2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset

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The strait pull hubs use 7075 T6 Industry Nine spokes that they engineered to overcome a lot of the weak points in a typical j-bend setup.

“Our spoke design allows us to eliminate the J-bend and the spoke/nipple interface. Instead our spokes thread directly into the hub shell with a larger diameter thread than the main spoke body, eliminating weakness at the thread. This allowed us to increase the surface contact area by more than 200% over a standard 14g spoke and nipple combination. We also applied this same theory to our one-piece axle assemblies, less interfaces means more durable parts.

By starting with a 20-25% larger cross-sectional area, our machined 7075-T651 aluminum is equal in tensile strength to any 14-gauge or 14/15 DB spoke available. In many ways, the Industry Nine spoke is much stronger, because we have removed all the weak points (known as stress risers) inherent in the design of a traditional hooked steel spoke.

First, the spoke has no bend. This is nothing new, but remains an intelligent design. Most steel spokes fail either at the middle of the bend, or the first thread at the nipple end. By eliminating the bend altogether, the spoke is instantly less prone to fatigue stress failure.

Second, the root diameter of the Industry Nine one-piece spoke thread is actually larger than the diameter of the length of the spoke. Other spokes fail at the first thread because the root diameter (the bottom of the thread’s “V”) is actually the smallest diameter of the spoke, just where slight relative motions of the nipple apply additional bending forces. ” – Industry Nine

The Industry Nine spokes are available in three different sizes to suit various applications.  They have a .090 (XC-race), .1 (XC/Enduro), and .110 (DH/FR).  The nipple as you can see is machined out of the spoke itself.  This also helps minimize spoke windup as well as easing installation and overall wheel building time.  Since the nipple is integrated with the spoke, we’ve also noticed that there is no need to worry about a nipple corroding or cracking over time that can happen with standard spoke nipples.

, Spotlight: 2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset

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The Industry Nine spokes are lightweight but build up to some of the stiffest wheels we’ve used.  To get a similarly weighted wheelset requires using a thinner spoke that typically does not build as stiff.  The Industry Nine wheelset offers a huge benefit to those looking for a combination of a stiff wheel, light weight, and quick engagement / acceleration.

The Enduro wheelset we have (laced with blue spokes / hubs) is a stunning wheelset to say the least.  The overall build quality is top notch, as expected, but the anodization matching between the wheels could’ve been better.

, Spotlight: 2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset

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, Spotlight: 2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset

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The Industry Nine Enduro branded rim (~510g) is nice and wide at 28mm, single eyelet, welded, and has a rim bed that is quite reminiscent to a UST profile.  The addition of the Enduro wheelset allowed them to focus on a stronger rim for the Enduro genre and differentiate from their All Mountain rim offering.

The Industry Nine rims are also available in white (+30g).  Setting them up tubeless with a Stans NoTubes rim strip (or just with yellow tape) was quite easy.  The Industry Nine house rims have held up great so far and we’ve also been using their DH rim for sometime now as well with great success.  Weight wise, we couldn’t be happier with their new wheelsets. The Enduro wheelset you see here will be going across a few park bikes we have lined up for the summer.

, Spotlight: 2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset

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, Spotlight: 2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset

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Weight:

Manufacturer Model Year Real(g) Desc. Pic.
Industry Nine Enduro 20mm Front Wheel
2009
847
, Spotlight: 2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset
, Spotlight: 2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset
Industry Nine Enduro 135mm x 12mm Rear Wheel
2009
1015
, Spotlight: 2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset
, Spotlight: 2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset
Industry Nine DH 20mm Front Wheel
2009
976
, Spotlight: 2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset
, Spotlight: 2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset
Industry Nine DH 150mm Rear Wheel
2009
1177
, Spotlight: 2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset
, Spotlight: 2009 Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset

Price:

  • $984 MSRP  for the Enduro wheelset
  • $999 MSRP for the DH wheelset

Maintenance with the Industry Nine wheels hasn’t been too much (have had bearings go quicker in a few cases). It is smart to make sure proper tension is held on the spokes especially during the first few rides on the wheels in our experience.  The wheels are some of our favorites and if we could afford to do it, we’d be quite tempted to put them on every bike!  We’ve yet to break a spoke with the wheels in ~3 years of riding various Industry Nine wheels. Industry Nine includes some spares when a wheelset is purchased just in case.  Replacement spoke cost is a bit high and sourcing one at the last minute (or at a shop) might prove harder than a conventional J-bend spoke, so keeping a spare handy is a wise idea.

With the addition of their house branded rims and moving anodization in house, delivery time on an Industry Nine wheelset has been coming down, which is great to see.  If you’re looking to purchase a set of Industry Nine wheels, check out Competitive Cyclist for all your Industry Nine needs.  Price wise these wheels aren’t cheap but they’re much more than just a pretty wheelset and are competitively priced to other high end wheelbuilds.  If one of the standard Industry Nine wheelsets isn’t what you’re after, they can build a set of customized wheels (lace your Industry Nine spokes and hub to any rim of your choosing in custom or standard colors) or can order you a more standardized J-Bend Hub setup.

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