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Industry Nine has built their stellar reputation with amazing hubs and the most thought-out spokes in the world. Luckily for us, they have not stopped innovating, as evidenced by the new Torch hub set. Even though the hubs are the most impressive components of the Industry Nine Torch Trail 24 27.5 Wheelset, (for Shimano/SRAM compatible 8/9/10 speed cassettes) the rims and spokes are vital to the Torch 24's amazing performance as well. The Torch Trail 24 is intended for XC and light to medium trail use. For bigger riders or heavier-duty use, a 32-spoke Torch Trail wheelset is available.
The new hubs have dropped over one hundred grams compared to the previous Classic Series hubs, while maintaining the incredible three-degree engagement with a six-pawl freehub. Engineered with mechanics in mind, the freehub is designed for simple and fast removal, and tool-free pawl service. An oversized, butted axle (20mm/17mm), makes for a very stiff hub, and with easily swappable endcaps (not included, but available in 10 x 135, 12 x 135, and 12 x 142), the Torch wheelset will match up with whatever you find yourself riding, now or in the future. Front hubs are compatible with 9mm QR, 15mm TA, and 20mm TA forks, although each wheelset comes with only one endcap set.
With a properly sized 23mm wide rim made from extruded aluminum, the Torch Trail wheels are tubeless ready... Ready to shred! The rims come taped with tubeless valve stems installed, and I9's awesome machined aluminum spokes laced in their 2/1 pattern. Placing sixteen spokes one one side and eight on the other helps to reduce overall weight while maintaining stiffness and durability. Each spoke is oversized, drawn and machined aluminum, possessing the strength of a 1.8mm steel spoke, but weighing as much as a triple-butted spoke. At the thread end, the spoke flares out for threads that are larger in diameter than the spoke shaft, eliminating one of the highest stress risers on traditional spokes. A T8 torx fitting is machined into the spoke end on the thread side of the spoke. Instead of threading into a nipple, the rim end of the spoke ends in a "mushroom" which sits in the rim's spoke hole. Below the rim, wrench flats are machined into the spoke so a regular spoke wrench can be used.
Nothing will say "I love you" to your bike like an Industry Nine Torch Trail 24 wheelset. I9's spokes and hubs are completely designed, machined and assembled in the USA.