Industry Nine has added headsets to their lineup of colorful anodized components. Dubbed iRiX, the name is a mashup of Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow, and the Roman numeral IX. As for the odd capitalization, I don't know the reasoning behind that. At least they didn't take all the vowels away.
The bearing cups, top covers, and top caps of the new iRiX headsets are machined and anodized in Asheville, North Carolina, and there are a total of 11 colors to choose from, along with options to fit a wide variety of frame designs.
The headsets use Enduro's 440C stainless steel cartridge bearings, which were designed with long-life and corrosion resistance in mind, and there's an additional rubber seal around the top cover and lower split crown race for additional protection against the elements.
iRiX Headset Details
• Cups, top covers and top caps machined in USA from 7075 aluminum
• Split crown race, replaceable dual lip crown race seal
• 440C stainless steel bearings
• 11 color options
• Lifetime warranty
• Prices start at $165 USD
• More info: www.industrynine.com
Riders can mix and match the colors of each part of the headset, making it possible to create all sorts of glorious (or garish) combinations. The headset comes with a lifetime warranty, and prices start at $165 USD.
Or is that like asking whether you should get a BMW even though your 1999 Corolla is the most reliable car ever made?
TL;DR better colors sums it up
The price for this headset is absolutely ridiculous.
like you havent pulled the bearings, cleaned and re-lubed them?
It would be surprising to find that they were still in good condition, as there was never enough grease installed when new, and that grease has dried up by now.
Willing to say theres likely no way they are still in good shape, Calgarys dry, that grease is gone
I may be wrong about WolfTooth headsets as they still have Enduro labels on their web images, though someone mentioned to me recently that WolfTooth had been using them for something.
There is a thread over at MTBR on it.
FYI,I know of what you're describing; if you are suggesting any ignorance on my part !
It's a request to WTC- a really cool company, that might be able to help. WTC- products are more easily available than Magura and have better aesthetics and functionality for such a feature that would compliment their dropper lever.
I'm trying to tell you the WolfTooth (WT) Magura adapter actually fits Hayes levers. I'm not telling you to buy Magura brand anything. Read it again. Then perhaps click the link I posted and search for where these guys talk about WolfTooth.
Hayes knows about this issue, having been informed by many costumers, but still cannot deliver. It's just ridiculous!
Like Canada isnt one of the largest countries around, with one of the most diverse national climates...
"Yeah, we went up to Canada to check out igloos and Polar bears...."
I think you meant Edmonton, where theres about as much vertical change as a sheet of paper, and its winter for 10 months of the year, followed by 2 months of shitty sledding
"written using sarcasm font"
Neither is the Yukon or NWT. Here in BC, PG to the Okanagan is vastly different, and differnt again from lower mainland, and the Shore.
Sure, the stretch of prairies in the middle might be a bit more homogeneous, but even then, ive ridden Lethbridge, Calgary, Golden, Fernie, and theyre all fairly different
If you cannot get a year out of your bearings that's on you and how you are caring for your bike.
Step away from the pressure washer....
As for the washer, if it is causing more harm than good, why would anyone go through the effort of blasting the poor bearings with water and degreaser when they'd better just put it away dirty? I honestly doubt any decent modern headset would get damaged by putting it away dirty.
The noise sometimes!!! Probably doesn’t help I’m riding with a bunch of spacers under the stem.
“23.2 Misuse of the terms “handmade,” “hand-polished,” etc.
(a) It is unfair or deceptive to represent, directly or by implication, that any industry product is handmade or hand-wrought unless the entire shaping and forming of such product from raw materials and its finishing and decoration were accomplished by hand labor and manually-controlled methods which permit the maker to control and vary the construction, shape, design, and finish of each part of each individual product.“
I can only imagine that a hand polish is being used to give it the label.
Funny the level of deceptiveness that’s allowed in the US to stimulate muh economy though along with the amount of people okay with it.
As a side note, years ago I was talking to a guy that started his own slot car company. Production was in China and he was constantly having to fly over there, set up a race track on the factory floor, and show the workers exactly what the end goal was - why care needs to be taken when installing the axles, wheels and body, etc. without those occasional visits, quality control was horrendous. I’m sure there is a benefit to having a MTB product made by locals who are likely MTB riders themselves, even if most of the work just involves placing an ingot in a machine and pushing a button.
Pretty sure none of these are built by hammering pieces of metal with rocks and sticks.
My God, people, this is stupid even by PB standards. I'm pretty sure the primary point of the label is the second part; "In Asheville, NC" to show it's made in the US, not China.
I9: Look guys, more long lasting expensive headsets!
Good luck with that, King is king.
I'm sure they'll have all the swanky ano colors that fade in 6 months though
Their torch hubs were moderately reliable but their hydra are rubbish. I have to replace bearings every 6 months and am over it. Going back to DT Swiss for ultra reliability and durability and similar engagement with their upgraded teeth
Look at Hope and Wolf Tooth for comparative products at around a third cheaper.
Each are more affordable. King is American and machines their own premium bearings for about the same price.
Definitely a bit pricey compared to the competition and far from a value buy. But for those willing to pay the premium for a headset that matches their wheels or whatever scheme they are thinking up, I doubt they’ll regret their decision. Will happily say who ever buys the black one is a dummy though.
I think the price for designer clothing is insane too, but that doesn’t mean someone isn’t entitled to charge it.
A headset is the kind of part you could make after a few weeks of training on a 2 axis cnc lathe, it’s a really simple fairly low tolerance part which has known dimensions in the industry and bearings available from elsewhere.
This will be quality, no doubt, it looks very well finished which adds to the cost, but you get genuinely can knock something like this up with the most basic equipment and they already run a business making parts so the other aspects are in place.
It’s not as easy as saying $30 worth of parts, but in terms of a component they don’t get much easier to make than a headset.
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