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Stronger than ever.
Aware it had a popular, well-loved group of wheelsets with its Trail line, Industry Nine took on the task of refining its design to develop a slightly new offering for this year. The Trail 245 29in Wheelset features a few key changes from its predecessors but retains the same defining construction methods and careful attention to detail that has earned the master machinists at Industry Nine such a devout following. The Trail 245's are built to blast through technical terrain and rough spots while relying on Industry Nine's commendable hub design to remain responsive and nimble when you need them to be.
Industry Nine set out to create a wheelset that was even more solid and dependable than before, so it started by making subtle changes to the rim width and bead walls, creating what it termed its Second Generation Tubeless profile. The internal rim width was extended to 24.5mm, while the bead seats were widened and the bead walls shortened to create a more flared shape that would improve the tires' flat resistance when riding them at low pressures. This shape better accommodates ever-growing tires, and when paired with rims that have been reinforced at points that are especially vulnerable in impacts, the wheels' dent resistance and overall strength are improved dramatically.
The new Trail 245 rims are laced to Torch hubs with I9's signature, machined, 7075-T6 aluminum spokes. This distinctive construction choice eliminates weakness at the thread and allows for increased surface area for a stronger interface overall. The hubs themselves rely on Industry Nine's impressive proprietary pawl design, which features two sets of three pawls phased three degrees from each other to provide 120 points of contact and a snappy three degrees of engagement. The rear hub was tested to withstand an excessive 700ft/lb of torque — roughly what a diesel truck produces — which should put any thoughts of slippage or power loss on rocky, technical cruxes firmly out of your mind.
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have put over 2,000 miles on these since purchasing August of 2016 and they are a fantastic wheel set. I have tube tires that I ride tubeless and they mount very easy. They are light and strong, no issues with spokes popping. Love them.
This is a great set of wheels. The thing that sold me was the hub engagement. I ride mostly singletrack that has a lot of roots and rocks in Minnesota. The almost instant engagement makes it easier to pick my way through and around things. I know some people have complained about the buzz from the hubs, but it's music to my ears. These wheels are also stiff and the 24.5mm inner rim width helps the tire profile somewhat. A bit more grip perhaps. You won't regret buying these!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Thanks competitive cyclist team for this wheel recommendation. I need to add even recommended over some carbon wheels I was thinking of getting. These are as light and strong as some carbon options. Carbons would still be sweet though.
I ride a lot and could tell right away how these sweeeeet wheels were a good idea. I was skeptical at first spending this much but read on. I'm 195 6'1" ride a SC Tallboy LTC and have the 32 spoke in beautiful red. 32 spoke good idea, I could feel the lateral stiffness right away. My bike became much more responsive and controllable, especially at higher speeds. On cheap wheels it can sometimes feel like your tire is flat, or that its rolling sideways, also you can feel more out of control when turning at higher speeds, as if your body wants to go the opposite way of your bike, placebo? No, it's physics and lower quality equipment (wheels flexing/bending).
I rode my bike back to back with the I9s and cheaper wheels, yes, very different.
They are super smooth and that rear hub is awesome, very engaging, transfer of power is instant, and I love the sound they make and they look good. The way the tire sits on the rim secures the tire well and gives it a wider stance which adds more traction and less tire roll ability. No tire roll here. Enhanced my bike, ride quality Etc.. Your carbon fiber bike needs quality laterally stiff wheels to bring its full potential to light and match its laterally stiff characteristics. Higher performance cars don't have cheap wheels, and theres a reason.
Now the company, an American company, bonus. I ran over the edge of my rim with my full size truck after my second day of riding bending it in a little bit. Ahhhhhhhhh :( it still kept the tire on and no loss of air. There was no cracking that I could see, just the slight bend, but really holy crap strong rim. I probably could have ridden on it still but out of caution cause I ride hard, I called up Industry Nine and explained what happened. They were understanding and easy to work with, sent me out a rim at crash replacement cost. I9 has definitely gained a lifetime customer and promoter. Great company and product.
Should I go for 24 or 32 spoke count?
I'm 170 lbs and ride a Santa Cruz TBLtC. I'm riding all kinds of single track, smooth, rocky, roots...
I personally would go the 32 spoke count in your situation. They're going to be stronger and more reliable to hold up to any and all trail riding. You could probably get away with the 24, but I'd recommend the 32 spoke for you. Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions!
I would do the 32 spoke for aggressive riding styles. It will be stiffer and more stable.