i45 Carbon Road Wheelset - Clincher by Industry Nine
There's something special about the ride of a deep carbon clincher, especially when said carbon rim is laced to an especially fast-rolling hubset. Such is the case with the Industry Nine i45 Carbon Clincher Road Wheelset. With an American-made hubset, Sapim spokes, and Reynolds SLG carbon fiber rims, the handling and ride quality speak for themselves. And let's face it, when you're looking at a top level wheelset, there should really be something extra that makes you want to go ride. We can't make any promises, but the stunning anodized finish and beautiful lines of the I9 Torch hubset should do the trick. The heart of the I-series road wheels lies in the redesigned Torch road hub, and as always, the artfully machined hubset is built in North Carolina by people who ride hard. And while the exquisite anodized finish is eye catching, it's what's inside that really counts. Namely, the new Torch three pawl driver. It's the same driver used in the Torch mountain hubset, and like their mountain brethren, the I-series road hub is rated to withstand 700 ft/lbs of torque. In other words, unless you're powering your bike via a built diesel engine, there is zero chance of slippage under power as long as the hub is well maintained. Speaking of which, Industry Nine manufactures its own Teflon contact seals at the endcaps, which effectively seals the hub against the most tenacious mud in 'cross racing, and they run drag-free, for logging those road miles. Unlike I9's mountain wheelsets, the I-series wheelset makes use of Sapim's trusted CX-Ray stainless steel spokes to maintain their perfect roundness. These forged, bladed spokes have a reputation as the planet's strongest, stiffest option for securing a hub to a rim, which will quell any fears of failure, no matter how many potholes you manage to ride through. Enhancing the strength is a 2:1 lacing pattern on the 24 spoke rear wheel, with 8 of those spokes on the non-driveside, and 16 on the drive side. The result is reduce...
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