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News | Industry Nine Presents New Torch Trail S-Wheelset

Industry Nine from Asheville just presented their newest release, the Torch Trail S-Wheelset, which comes with a mix of proven features and some new technology. Here’s the official press release with all the information:

Industry Nine, an innovative cycling components manufacturer in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is
pleased to announce the Torch Trail S mountain bike wheelset. The Trail S offers outstanding performance, and quality
Industry Nine craftsmanship at a class leading value. This wheelset was designed from the ground up to provide the
features Industry Nine Torch Series wheels are known for – high engagement hubs, excellent stiffness-weight ratio, easy
endcap compatibility, and modern tubeless-ready rims. As with all Industry Nine wheelsets, every pair of Trail S wheels is
Handmade in Asheville, NC.


Building on the well-received lineup of Torch Mountain system complete wheelsets, the Torch Trail S utilizes proven Torch
Mountain hub and rim technology configured for straight-pull steel spokes – allowing a wider range of riders to experience
Industry Nine’s legendary wheelsets. Dressed in an attractive black and silver colorway, the Trail S provides a classic
aesthetic and an improvement in performance riders will appreciate immediately.

The Hub

The heart of the Trail S is an all-new hub design – Industry Nine’s first straight-pull steel spoke mountain bike hubset. Trail S
wheelsets employ a 28 hole stacked hub flange maximizing the spoke bracing angle to increase lateral stiffness. Spokes are
laced tangentially to the hub flange, which promotes long term durability, since opposing spoke forces cancel each other
out, removing most of the spoke stress from the hub flanges. This also allows greater control over bearing press tolerances
during the machining phase of hub production, since the hub shell is not under tension.


Internally, Torch S-series hubs employ three A2 tool steel pawls and 60 tooth drivering, which are cut with a wire EDM process
for exceptional accuracy and strength. This provides a 6 degree/60 point engagement range, allowing for exceptional power
transfer and responsiveness in technical terrain. The S-series hubs featured on the Trail S utilize established and proven Torch
Mountain system components. Axles, seals, endcap kits, drivering, pawls, and bearing sizes are shared throughout the
Industry Nine Mountain, Fatbike and Torch Classic Flanged Mountain hub lineup allowing for easy access to replacement
parts. S-series hubs are also directly compatible with Industry Nine’s existing 6 pawl freehubs (which are available as an
upgrade option).


The Rim

To complete the package, Trail S wheels feature an all-new rim profile. Featuring design elements introduced with our premium
aluminum spoked Torch Mountain System wheelsets, the new Trail S rim is the perfect balance of weight, width, and features.
Making use of 6000 series Performance Alloy, the Trail S complements modern mountain bike tires with dimensions that
provide excellent tire support and a competitive weight. Sporting a 24.5mm inner width, 28.5mm outer width, minimal bead
hooks, and an optimized bead seat profile, the new Trail S rims offer exceptional tire performance with or without tubes.
Wheels ship ready to ride with Industry Nine tubeless tape and valves installed. Trail S rims feature laser etched graphics, which
offer a refined and neutral aesthetic that complements any bike.


Industry Nine is keenly aware of the need for products to achieve a combination of quality, serviceability, and performance at
a great value. The Torch Trail S is the solution to the rider wanting made in the US quality, and proven Torch Series refinements
– all in an approachable complete wheelset package. Common hub configurations are available from your local Industry Nine dealer and select online retailers now. Boost hub
configurations coming soon!

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Words & Pictures: Industry Nine PR