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Industry Nine Introduces New Ultralight 235 CX TRA in 700c and 650b

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Industry Nine Introduces New Ultralight 235 CX TRA in 700c and 650b


With more and more drop bar bikes adopting MTB tires, Industry Nine believes wheels need to be updated. From tire fit to drivetrain spec. The TRA, or Torch Road Alloy, was designed to accel in a space where a road-focused wheelset might not be enough, but a straight-up mountain wheelset would be overkill. Ideal scenarios for the TRA line-up would be in the CX start grid, fast moving, light-duty off-road explorations, or hammering out long days on Forest Service roads.

See more at Industry Nine!

Industry Nine Introduces Their A35 MTB Stem

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Industry Nine Introduces Their A35 MTB Stem

Industry Nine is best known for their hubs and wheelsets but the Asheville-based company just launched their new A35 stem. These stems are made in-house at i9, come in a 35mm bar clamp, in 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, and 60mm lengths. Best of all, you can mix and match your favorite anodizing colors. There are 11 colors to choose from. That means there are 231 possible combinations. See more information at Industry Nine.

Industry Nine Announces Shimano Micro Spline Approval

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Industry Nine Announces Shimano Micro Spline Approval

When a new standard enters the industry, smaller companies and makers scramble to update their products to this new standard but when the standard is under license, they have to jump through hoops to access that license. Shimano’s Micro Spline is part of the XTR M9100 group and requires a completely new driver. Luckily, Industry Nine is one of the few companies granted a license to make this driver, which they will do at their facility in Asheville, North Carolina.

When M9100 hits retailers, look to Industry Nine for your hub and driver needs.

My-ma-ma Manzanita Sklar MX All Road with Industry Nine i9.35 Disc Wheels

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My-ma-ma Manzanita Sklar MX All Road with Industry Nine i9.35 Disc Wheels

While we tend to see a lot of experimentation with MTB geometry, specifically hardtails here on the Radavist, I feel like the good ol’ all-road and ‘cross bike geometries, for the most part, stay mostly the same. Sure, head tubes might steepen or slacken a half or so degree, and bottom bracket height can vary, along with seat tube angle, but for the most part, these bikes all look similar in profile. Is it a by-product of design perfection or longevity? Who knows but the bottom line is; I rarely see a road bike geometry that piques my interest and begs the question; I wonder how THAT rides.

Then Adam Sklar sent me an email, asking if I had any desire to review one of his “team” MX all road bikes. I glanced at the geometry, saw the top tube length and thought it was going to be too long for me, especially for how I’d use it. Adam informed me of this bike’s design philosophy, which is part ‘cross geo and part modern MTB. Paradoxically, in short, Adam lengthened the bike’s top tube, slackened the head tube and lowered the bottom bracket. The bike is designed to run a shorter stem, a 70mm, versus a 110mm and with a longer head tube, puts the riding position a bit more upright.

A Pre-Ride Preview of Industry’s Nine’s New i9.35 Disc Road Wheels

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A Pre-Ride Preview of Industry’s Nine’s New i9.35 Disc Road Wheels

When it comes to photographing bikes, I’ll always opt for dirty over clean, but some things are just too damn good to wait for that all-so-familiar Southern California gold dirt to cake itself inside every crevice. Case in point: Industry Nine’s new i9.35 Disc road wheels. Previously, we’ve looked at their AR25 disc road wheels, which are still some of the best disc wheels I’ve ridden*. However, if you’re looking to shave a little bit of weight, add the durability of carbon rims, and better aerodynamics, then the i9.35 wheels are another great option in the marketplace. Let’s take a look at them in detail below.

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Invisible Forces

Industry Nine’s newest wheelsets look to tame the natural forces that affect us on the road. You can check out the complete specs on the i9.35, i9.45 and i9.65 wheels at Industry Nine.

Industry Nine Debuts their TRAIL 270 24 HOLE 27.5″ MTB Wheels

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Industry Nine Debuts their TRAIL 270 24 HOLE 27.5″ MTB Wheels

New year, new you and new wheels to boot.

Over the years, I’ve been more than impressed with Industry Nine’s wheel offerings and with each release, they keep getting better. Their latest wheelset offering are the Trail 270 wheels, which come in a 24 hole drilling and 27.5″ diameter. These are made in North Carolina at i9’s HQ and are tuned for your all mountain / race / enduro / shred sled. They have a rider limit of 210lbs, so they’re not for the big boys, but with a 27mm inner width, they’ll hold onto a fat tire to keep your rubber side down, or up, if that’s your thing. Check out more specs at Industry Nine.

Industry Nine’s Limited Edition Copper Enduro305 Wheelset

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Industry Nine’s Limited Edition Copper Enduro305 Wheelset

The result of an alchemy experiment gone wrong, or gone right depending on how you look at it, these limited edition copper Enduro305 wheelsets have hit the shipping dock at I9. They’re worth their weight in… copper, so hop to it and contact your local shop for ordering. There are only 29 sets. Why 29? It’s the atomic number for copper, that’s why.

You’ve also got a chance to win a free set when you sign up at industrynine.com/copper.

Smooth Rolling with Industry Nine’s AR25 Disc All Road Wheels

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Smooth Rolling with Industry Nine’s AR25 Disc All Road Wheels

For me, wheels can be measured by two factors: price and resilience. I try to act like weight doesn’t matter, because it doesn’t matter until it does. That’s a whole ‘nother discussion though. Anyway, for the past month, I’ve been riding the new Industry Nine AR25 wheels. Marketed for “all road” applications, these wheels use the Torch disc hub system with a three-pawl, 6º freehub mechanism, a 21mm inner width rim, and are laced with 24 Sapim CXray spokes. Industry Nine reduced the pawls by half to cut down on weight, drag and that insanely loud noise they’re well known for. There’s always that moment of anxiety when you spin an i9 hub for the first time. Just how loud is this one going to be?

Industry Nine’s AR23 All-Road Wheels

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Industry Nine’s AR23 All-Road Wheels

I am very excited about these wheels. Made in house at Industry Nine’s Asheville, North Carolina facilities, the AR23 is designed for your disc road bike with a 25mm outer, 21.5mm inner width, various axle compatibility, 24h 2/1 lacing, and a 1460g total weight. The AR23 wheels are in stock now at Industry Nine, in various color configurations for $1,175.

Industry Nine’s Matchstick Thru Axle Trail Tool

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Industry Nine’s Matchstick Thru Axle Trail Tool

Imagine having (just about) everything you need to make trailside adjustments and even chain repairs hidden in your thru axle (15×100 or 15×110) on your mountain or ‘cross bike. The Industry Nine Matchstick is the result of over a year’s worth of R&D and is finally available for ordering. Here are the specs from I9: “Bits – Stainless steel #5 hex integrated into handle, stainless steel #6, #4 + #3 hex, T25 + T30 torx and a flathead bit are included with each MatchStix. Each rider can choose 4 bits of their choice to carry in the bit sleeve.”

Check out pricing and more information at Industry Nine.

Industry Nine: Backcountry 450 27.5+ or 29+ Wheels

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Industry Nine: Backcountry 450 27.5+ or 29+ Wheels

These new Backcountry 450 wheels from Industry Nine are for plus sized frames, particularly the ones used for bikepacking. With a 48.8mm outer dimension and a 45mm inner, these are i9’s widest rims to date. Paired with the Torch hubs’ bombproof design, they’re prepared for whatever you can throw at them.

The 27.5+ are available now, for $1275, with the 29+ becoming available in late June at the same price. Head over to i9 to see the Backcountry 450 27.5+ and 29+ options!

Industry Nine: Torch Classic Mountain Center Lock Hubs

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Industry Nine: Torch Classic Mountain Center Lock Hubs

Industry Nine makes amazing hubs. In fact they’re my favorite MTB hub on the market and many would agree that they just got better. The Asheville, NC company just announced the addition of center-lock hubs to their Torch Classic Mountain hubs. As with all i9 products, they come in a variety of colors, axle compatibilities and rear spacing perfect for matching your bike. See more information at Industry Nine.