Enough to just talk about them a little bit?
Now that the new Industry Nine Torch website is up and running (and Tyler "Tool Bag" Benedict over at Bike Rumor has his), the talking points are out there. I don't know if the I9 site is running on all cylinders, as some of what I wanted to know isn't there. No step-by-step rebuild manual in full color like with the old hubs (yet), but a nice blow-up diagram that should get me pretty far. The technical data that answers the questions one might have is there, so let's chat.
an educated reason they are doing it, other than reduced weight and being different. Mind you, if you click that link, you still have to click "Description" in the upper left hand corner to find out more.
Anyhoo... the front wheel is adaptable to all the standards currently out there with swappable endcaps, except for that strange Shimano/Fox one that never took off and the "What were they thinking?" Maverick 24mm hubs.
My front wheel weighed 710grams... on a real scale.
I also have a rear wheel that matches the front quite nice like.
Same 24 spoke count as the front and an all new updated rear hub.
An all new drive ring/pawl design, new springs, tool-free servicing, and 100 grams lighter than the previous model. What does all that mean? You can bust it open, clean the innards, and re-grease everything nice and sexy with your bare hands. Granted, you should be a mechanically inclined sort before working on your own bike, but it's not rocket surgery. Endcaps are easily swappable to the different 142/135 standards and the whole shebang builds up pretty light.
23.5mm inner width... that's what we care about, right? 2.5mm bigger than the Stan's Crest I was running on my SS race wheels. At first, I thought the tire volume had been compromised with the new rim. I had my theories about bead hook design and the space-time continuum. I sent an email to the Industry Nine Dick Handler. I was told in an indirect way I was crazy and in a more direct manner, just wrong.
I bought some calipers. They were right that I was wrong and perhaps crazy. I wasted my time buying calipers. Meh.
Setting up the tires sans tubes was just as easy as any other rim I've tried (Crest, Flow, and Arch). The rear is currently running an XX1 compatible driver, but it's nice to know an easy tool-free swap is all that's required if I shitcan the geared bike concept (again) and wanna run a standard freehub body to put the wheels on a sensible single speed.
The new wheels are stiff just like the old ones.
The new wheels have quick 3° engagement just like the old ones.
The new wheels are pink just like the old ones.
The new wheels are new unlike the old ones which are old.
If I have to do it, and I do, I will still only give them my...
SEAL OF SEMI-APPROVAL
No white rim option on the Trail 24's. I like white rims. They are falling out of favor with the general populous, but that only makes me like them all the more. Small complaint, but that's what I'm here for. Silver is a new option, except for me, which it's not.