FIELD TEST: INDUSTRY NINE COMPONENTS 27.5 ENDURO WHEELSET
Industry Nine Components is based in Asheville, North Carolina. It is also just a stone’s throw from the rugged back- country trails of the Pisgah National Forest, a perfect testing ground for Industry Nine’s products. Industry Nine Components has been building wheels now for over eight years, putting their expertise and passion into each hand-built hoop.
Tech Features: The Enduro wheels are nearly all aluminum, including the rims, spokes and hub shells. The tubeless-ready rims feature a 26-millimeter inner rim width and are laced with 32-hole, straight, 2.9/2.7-millimeter butted and tapered spokes. The Enduro wheelset uses Industry Nine’s aluminum Torch hubs. The front hub uses two sealed bearings, external O-ring seals and is compatible with a 9-millimeter quick release and 15-millimeter and 20×110-millimeter thru-axle. The rear Torch hub is equipped with four bearings, external Teflon seals and a silicone freehub seal. It is compatible with a 135-millimeter quick release and 10×135-millimeter, 12×135-millimeter and 12×142-millimeter thru-axles. The Enduro wheels have many custom upgrade options to choose from, including a multitude of different spoke and hub colors, spoke lacing and even ceramic bearings. The Enduro wheels start at a base price of $1210. Our Enduro test wheels were built with the custom Level 2 option, which added an additional $160 to the original base price, making them $1370. Level 2 has the option for one custom color hub and spoke. You can choose blue, gold, orange, pink, purple, turquoise or green. Also, for riders using the Cannondale Lefty fork, Industry Nine Components makes a hub for you as well.
Our test pair of 27.5-inch Enduros with tape and stems weighed 3.3 pounds (1433 grams).
Field Test Results: We did not have any issues mounting our tubeless tires or cassette to the XD1 driver body. Thanks to the simple plastic rim strip and valve system, our tires snapped in and seated without issue. The excellent machine work on the hub components also made mounting the cassette and brake rotor a snap. We mounted these hoops to our Specialized Stumpjumper 27.5 trail bike and hit the trails.
Once on the trails, the Enduro wheels handled everything we put them through with flying colors. On the descents, the Enduro wheelset felt both stiff and lively without a hint of flex. Plowing through rock gardens, they stayed on track without much deflection. In tight, high-speed singletrack berms, they felt sturdy and up for the task—just what you want from a shiny new pair of wheels. The hub engagement is quick and responsive, without a hint of hesitation or a “dead spot.” When the trail turns from a coasting descent to a quick and punchy climb, the rider is rewarded with nearly instant engagement at the pedals. While the earlier-generation i9 wheels suffered from excessive drag as a result of the tremendous number of engagement points, the boys in Asheville seem to have solved the issue, as none of the testers made note of noticeable drag when coasting. The wide profile of the rim also allows the tire beads to spread, which in turn increases the tire’s surface area. The increased traction and noticeable improvement in stiffness made a positive difference in our Stumpy’s handling.
Bottom line: for the price, performance and weight, the Enduro wheels are a good investment for riders looking to upgrade to an all-mountain wheelset. ❏
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