Industry Nine Enduro 26" Wheelset - ForThe riderThat demands performance and strength over all elseThese Industry Nine wheels are 100% made in Industry Nines Asheville, NC facility.Their spoke design allowsThemTo eliminateThe J-bend andThe spoke/nipple interface. InsteadTheir spokesThread directly intoThe hub shell with a larger diameterThreadThanThe main spoke body, eliminating weakness atTheThread.This allowedThemTo increaseThe surface contact area by moreThan 200% over a standard 14g spoke an
Strengths: In order of priority, Stiffness, Quick Engagement, weight, ease of tubeless installation, Bling Factor,
Weaknesses: I would say cost, but after a blown hub in a DT Swiss wheelset during a trip to Moab (how much is your time worth?) after day 1, made the bike useless the rest of the trip, I would say these are worth every penny!!! Maybe proprietary spokes, but the give you like 6 spares with the wheel set.
The best wheel set I have ridden. I have not ridden Chris King's and have heard many good things about them, but the what sold me is 120 points-3 degree engagement 6 pawl system. I am a heavy rider at 220 plus pounds, and could not believe how quickly I blew the DT swiss hub out. There was only like 300 miles on the bike, and considering safety factors I wanted a hub that was not going to fail in that manner again. Super Stiff, quick engagement, and installed on my carbon Specialized Stumpy with tubeless system installed the bike is a rocket. The bike climbs anything I put in front of it. I like how the free hub sounds, and the bling factor is crazy. Red hubs, with red industry nine spokes, on the Enduro black rims.
Similar Products Used: Nothing as the same quality as this wheelset, but DT Swiss, and Mavics.
Bike Setup: 26" Carbon Specialized Stumpjumper Elite, Avid Elixir CR Brakes, SRAM X9 speed trigger shifters, XO rear derailleur, X9 front derailleur, Maxxis Ardent tubeless tires, Reverb dropper post, and FOX Talas fork.
a Cross Country Rider
from Moab & Ontario
Date Reviewed: July 31, 2011
Strengths: This is my "out of the box" review of the I9 AM wheelset. The wheels look great. They are reasonably light with a nice 26mm wide rim. I noticed three things very quickly.
1. The wheels feel very stiff and roll well.
2. The rear hub is incredibly loud (even compared to Kings).
3. The engagement is extremely fast compared to anything else I've tried.
Overall, the wheels seem to perform at a level that is appropriate for the price. If they prove to be durable, they will be my wheels of choice.
Weaknesses: Price. Like anything, you get what you pay for.
The wheels look and feel very solid. The stiffness is apparent immediately. The buzz is a little annoying but many folks seem to like it - I'll deal with it if they hold up over time. The instant engagement is fantastic and, again, worth the noise.
a Weekend Warrior
from Grand Junction, CO, USA
Date Reviewed: August 19, 2010
Strengths: Stiff, light, looks, pedal power...
Weaknesses: Price I suppose.
The hype is real. These wheels are amazing. It took me a while to make this decision because of the price. They're worth the extra cash. Next to your frame, your wheelset is the most important part of your bike IMO.
Similar Products Used: There is no similar product I am familiar enough with.
Bike Setup: Ellsworth Epiphany, DT Swiss 130 XMC Fork, I-9 Enduros, Conti Mnt King UST 2.4, 1x9 drive train.
a Cross Country Rider
from Peoria, IL USA
Date Reviewed: March 15, 2010
Strengths: Customer Service
Weaknesses: Annual servicing
Limited local spoke inventory
As close as you can get to King but with as good and I have to believe better customer services. This is a good place to be. King set the industry standard IMHO. The engagement is there. The stiffness is there. The weight benchmark is there. I have destroyed/warn out the guts of my I9 Enduro's twice. About once every season. First time I was skeptical of the product, but they warrantied the product and fixed them N/C--and within 2 weeks. Second time, I phoned them on a Monday, UPS'ed them and on the FOLLOWING SATURDAY-5 or 6 DAYS later, the wheel returns to me at 100% and at no charge. Kudos to the I9 guys! Outstanding service!
Look no further than an alternative to King. (And yes, I break King ring drives too!)
Weaknesses: Proprietary and expensive spokes.
They get dirty, hiding the bling.
Great wheelset. No problems so far.
I have broken 2 spokes, but the set came with some spares. Additional spokes were $8 each at my LBS and had to be ordered. Not the kind of wheel you can get fixed anywhere. Just bring spare spokes with you on road trips.
I got good and ripe sweating and stewing in the juices of months’ worth of indecision trying to settle on a new wheelset. But when it got down to it there really wasn’t a choice.....I was on the fence, however, as far as rims, looking at 819s and 5.1s mostly but couldn’t settle. Each had their own advantages and disadvantages.....Finally Brandi at I9 put an end to my suffering by suggesting I just sit tight awhile and wait on the I9 proprietary rims due out in the late winter. I waited. And it was worth the wait. As I’m honestly not knowledgeable enough to give anything but a subjective review I can’t contribute much beyond my maintenance experience and riding an average of four days a week over the last five or so months on these wheels.
The I9 Enduro rims are wide - 28mm, super stiff, and with a Stans rig I’ve run them tubeless without an issue using both tubeless and standard tires (Specialized, Schwalbe and WTB ). I followed the prescribed re-tensioning schedule and have had zero hub problems, front or rear. If you are taking your wheels to a shop for service I would recommend using a mechanic familiar with I9 wheels as there are some nuances ( I’m told) with the spokes, etc.
I’ve had the rear trued twice. The first time was an unfortunate flat at speed. I’d cased a rock, flatted and cased another rock. I was afraid to look but the wheel took it remarkably well. Threw in a tube and rode 20 miles out, rode the rest of the week before getting it trued. The second incident involved a stick, my derailleur and spokes, again at speed....I lost a spoke, a hanger and a lot of wind....somehow no teeth...
These things are an absolute dream. Super stiff and fast. The engagement is truly remarkable......There is a difference in the engagement between I9 and Kings, worth checking out...... A world apart from the older Crossmax XLs, stiffer than CKs laced to 819s ( this, however, is still a favorite wheelset )......I think I’ve mentioned “stiff” three times now....I’m faster on these wheels than I have been on any others.....I have more fun on these wheels...I won’t step in to the I9 vs CK ring.....both are great products.....the conversion / versatility aspect of these wheels is HUGE....I can only say that this is the best wheelset of its kind I’ve ridden.....and there is that frequently mentioned sound....BZZZZZZZZ is the sound of bliss....Additionally, and not lastly, I9 Customer Service is stellar, always a huge consideration in my choice when I’m dropping a load of cash....If you are considering I9 Enduro Hubs, give a lot of thought to their rims as well....truly kicka@@
Weaknesses: ??.....They look too sick??? (If thats possible)
The bottom line is... all you will want to hear is ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
These are solidly the best wheels on the market
Bike Setup: Turner RFX (08), Avid Codes, RS Totem (6"), XO group RaceFace stem bars headset
a Weekend Warrior
from Independence KY
Date Reviewed: March 28, 2009
Strengths: Unique, look great, perform even better
If you are in this price range, get them now. Had my new bike for a little while with a different set of wheels on. Once I switched not only did it drop significant weight but the bike felt like a rocket ship. I was blown away by the acceleration. Consistently ride 1-2 gears higher in all conditions. The word stiff does not do them justice, it's beyond that. The slightest pressure on the pedals translates immediately into acceleration. On my first ride it felt like I was trying to keep up with my bike all day, like someone faster than me was actually pedaling it! It still feels like that. I jump everthing I can find too and these wheels just laugh at it. I researched everthing out there for months driving myself crazy over it. Came down to these, crossmax, king's or fulcrum and my bike shop recommended I9's hands down. I'm glad they did. They were worth the wait and I hear the lead time is continuing to get shorter. Did I mention they're the sweetest looking wheels you'll ever see.
Bike Setup: 09 Yeti 575, Fox rp23 and 36 talas rc2, xtr, thomson, king, I9 enduro build with Mavic 819's Blue hubs with alsternating blue and black spokes.
a Weekend Warrior
from Cape Town, South Africa
Date Reviewed: February 2, 2009
Strengths: Light for what it is and can do
Strong and build tough
Weaknesses: Can be on the expensive side, but no more than a CK wheelset
I have had these for over 6months now and they run as straight and true as the day I bought them. Hubs engage faster than CK's and have been just reliable and sounds awesome! After a very wet and muddy winter the bearings are still 100% and run as smooth as ever.
They laugh at rock gardens, drops and jumps yet are fairly light. What more could you want?
Was gonna 4 for value as they are expensive, but compared to CK they are right on the money and you get spare spokes! Also the hubs are adaptable for 20mm front and 12mm rear. So 5 chilis it is!
Bike Setup: On Ibis Mojo at the moment, but will go onto a Morewood Mbuzi in the next week or two. Mojo is build with 36 Talas, Joplin and other hard hitting gear
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: December 23, 2008
Strengths: Outside rotational weight. INSTANT engagement! Does look cool, even if you only went black on black
Weaknesses: None yet, though I am worried about the toughness of the aluminum spokes
Absolutely love these. I can't speak for how they'll hold up in the long run as I only have two rides on these so far but the difference in the ride is unbelievable. I definitely notice that it's a little easier to climb even though they are the same weight overall as my last wheelset. I'm guessing it's because of the lack of nipples/less outside rotational weight. But the biggest thing is the instant engagement. Makes a huge difference in slow technical climbs. Also noticed a fairly big difference in the stiffness on the quick turning downhill runs. Definitely no remorse in buying these.
Bike Setup: Maverick ML8, Duc32, XO, XTR 2.35" Nevegals
from Foster Cityc, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: July 4, 2007
Strengths: Stiff, strong, beautiful, light, and fast. Oh, and great customer service!!
Weaknesses: $$$ But totally worth it
These Wheels are amazing. The first ride felt totally weird, I had never ridden such a stiff wheelset. On the second ride, I could feel them tracking so much better. I have cased on them hard enough to snap my BB, but the wheels stayed true. They are even really easy to true. I lost the 20mm adapters, so they are sending them out for free! Seriously, if you are looking for an upgrade, or need something that will truely last, look to I9. And do the custom colors, there is no point in black or silver. You gotta be flash. I got Purple hubs and spokes.
I want to build a 650b bike that's based towards enduro style comps. And I am just trying to get a good idea of what frame to start with, and what suspension setup to look for. I am interested in the SRAM XO1 1x11 setup, and wanted to know what you guys think about putting that onto an enduro bike. ... Read More »
I am considering purchasing the new Enduro XD-15 BB for my Trek Superfly. The concern I have is that the bearings are in a sealed cartridge. Does anyone know if they can be serviced? Do you think they will be substantially more durable than a standard steel or ceramic BB? It would need to last a ... Read More »
I watched all the Winter Park Enduro videos on the main page of this site last night. Before that, I'd never paid any attention to Enduro but assumed it was a multi-stage mix of XC and downhill on one bike.
Sounds like a cool format.
But watching the video last night, I saw some things that s ... Read More »