|Industry Nine is unique in that they use aluminum spokes. The spokes are thicker than steel and, because of their thickness, have a similar tensile strength. They also make for an overall stiffer wheel. These are spokes in their raw state, 7075-T6 aluminum. The spokes are then loaded into the milling machines. Industry Nine has four machines dedicated to making spokes. They churn out roughly 2,000 spokes per day.|
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although i have a suspicion that high quality hubs with less engagements can handle more torque, and its not like its something I9 should be worrying about anyway, chris hoy has taken up racing for nismo nissan
Also for those who want their hub quieter you can remove the endcap, slide the freehub out (all by hand) and load up the drive ring and pawls with Dumonde Tech Freehub oil. The more oil, the quiter! we have a machinist who runs his BONE DRY to make them as loud as possible also. To each their own!
Keep up the great work.
Where can i get a tshirt???
just looked at the 29 "enduro" wheel - looks sick, black rim, red fat spokes, mmm mmm
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What calipers do you have?
Of the newest design I have a pair of 24h 27.5 Trail (120mm hardtail), 27.5 32h trail (Transition Bandit), and 29er 32h Enduro (Transition TransAM). Match your build to your riding style. I ride aggressively, weigh 150lbs and prefer to skip and gap my way down the trail. The 24h 27.5s handled a lot more than I thought, but I wouldn't put them on any bike I was trying to be overly aggressive with. The 32h ones on the Bandit have seen bike park time and a few Enduros. They have held up great and needed a couple twists of the spokes to find true again, and there are a couple good dents in the rim. I would do the enduro rims next time for that bike for added confidence. The Enduro 29er rims are ridiculously stout. I don't even think about them.
I have a pair of the original design with stans arch rims on my DJ bike and I'm happy enough to case the crap out of the rear and it still runs great. I could probably true it a little but the wheel was originally on my Blur LTc in 2011 and has been on the DJ since 2012. They are actually pretty easy to pull apart and service, especially the newer ones.
It used to seem like the price for a wheelset was steep, but considering the cost of carbon, and the price of other comparable quality wheels they are right where they should be. The price of spokes are no worse than Mavic, and you can call i9 up and their customer service is solid because they care!
Wikipedia says Vernier is the correct term. God can't argue with Wiki...
Are you implying that +\- 0.001" (or less) isn't precise? Do you expect them to use a cmm for hubs? Come on.... And that shot is clearly of in process inspection.... Geeeeeeeeez
Don't under estimate a proper digital caliper for inspection. Keep in mind that the inspector's measurement skills are as important as the inspection tool. My company measures to the thou on diameters of an inch to 24" plus every day. This includes inside diameters. Look up mitutoyo, they are +\-0.001" accuracy and common in manufacturing.
For reference: I'm a p eng, in manufacturing for nine years specializing in engineering heavy/ lower volume precise parts for use in dangerous applications. Also with automation/assembly line design experience before my current job. I've spent a lot of time in the shop. Filthy coveralls.
There are fast cmm's, I've seen them... Also semi automated tracing type cmm's. Good for sample inspection.
Ps. I have i9's , they are great.
Except no they're not, they have simply copied Mavic who has been using aluminum spokes for over a decade now.
yup, it was Mavic who basically invented the "factory wheelset" (global system) with Cosmic in 1994 and later the use of aluminium alloy spokes (Zicral material), which many wheelbuilders had thought impossible
I would love to be ably to justify these custom wheels. I have owned Chris king (still do), tune (still do) and Hadley hubs. All overpriced for the normal day to day rider.
I have the chance of buying i9 wheels just now. But lack of spares and crazy prices 2nd hand put me off.
Im all about quality controll. The calipers beside the hub tells the story.
OK it was six spokes and the wheel stayed true.
I have my pair for over 2 years without any issues , and their customer service is simple the Best.
What a stupid comment... so really they make part of the hubs and the spokes? That's fine, just an idiotic way to word it.
Rims are more of what makes a wheel than the hubs are, what a stupid statement. So they make part of the hubs and the spokes?