Industry Nine Ultralight CX Disc Wheelset - Road Bike Shop
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Industry Nine Ultralight CX Disc Wheelset
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In mountain biking's big-wheel battle of the '00s, Industry Nine entered the fray with engineered answers to flex and weight issues. This let the manufacturer rise to the top of the off-road market and led to the development of the Ultralight CX Disc Wheelset. One of its proven technologies applied to the wheelset is the 21mm internal width (25mm external), tubeless-compatible Ultralite mountain rim. The oversized extrusion is wider and deeper than traditional rims -- for improved stiffness and better control that approaches carbon rims, but at a much lower cost. It features a tubeless-ready profile and includes tape and valves with a removable core for easy sealant application. Laced to the rims are disc-specific Torch hubs, in a 2:1 pattern with Sapim spokes. As always, the artfully machined Torch hubset is built in North Carolina by people who ride hard. It's the same driver used in the mountain hubset but, to reduce drag, three pawls are used instead of six. On that same note, Industry Nine manufactures its own Teflon contact seals to defend against tenacious 'cross mud, while still remaining drag-free for stacking on gravel and road miles. Unlike I9's mountain wheelsets, the CX makes use of Sapim's trusted CX-Ray stainless steel spokes. These forged, bladed spokes have a reputation as a strong, stiff option for securing a hub to a rim. Enhancing the strength is a 2:1 lacing pattern on the 24-spoke rear wheel, with eight of those spokes on the non-drive side, and 16 on the drive side. The result is reduced wind-up for phenomenal power transfer, but with the lightness that comes with reduced spoke counts. Industry Nine recommends tires over 28mm wide for use with the Ultralight CX Disc Wheelset, and it sets a rider weight limit of 190lbs. The wheels are compatible with Shimano/SRAM 11-speed freehubs, and they come in a Black/black or Black/red finish and use six-bolt rotors.