piątek, 11 stycznia 2013

Industry Nine releases all-new Torch Series

Industry Nine releases all new Torch-series wheels

Introducing the Industry Nine Torch series hub - a new standard is set for high engagement freehubs:

The Torch series hubs will be utilized on all 2013 Torch series wheelsets as well as the 2013 Torch “Classic” series hubs. The Torch hubs maintain Industry Nine’s exceptional 3 degree engagement, which set a new standard for instant engagement freehubs at the company’s inception in 2005. This continues to be achieved through the use of an innovative six pawl freehub, which utilizes phased engagement to double the number of engagement points from 60 to 120. However, everything else about the hub system is brand new.    

Torch series rear hubs feature:

Significantly lower weight – approximately 100 gram savings over the XC, Enduro, and Classic series rear hubs
Lower drag – new drive ring and pawl geometry, relocated bearings, and a new seal system dramatically reduce freehub drag while coasting
Better sealing – The rear hub features a custom silicone lip seal to protect the drive mechanism and Teflon contact seals for the endcaps to protect outboard bearings
Exceptional hub stiffness - Oversized and butted 20mm/17mm axle
Universal endcap conversions – The 135mm rear hub platform is compatible with QR, 10x135, 12x135, and 12x142 simply by
swapping endcaps. The 150mm rear hub platform is compatible with 
12x150 and 12x157mm through an endcap swap
Freehub compatibility – 9/10 spd. Freehub or XX1 compatible Freehub options available and interchangealbe
Easier service – the freehub can be quickly and easily removed for cleaning and service and features captured pawls and coil springs that allow tool-free pawl service

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Torch series front hubs feature:

Reduced weight – from 10 – 55 gram savings (depending on model) over XC, Enduro, and Classic series front hubs

Broader compatibility - the torch series front hub shares the same axle platform for all applications. Riders no longer need to choose between the EN or XC front hub platform if they are considering 20mm thru bolt options

Better sealing – The front hub utilizes o-ring seals to protect bearings

Universal endcap conversions – The front hub is compatible with QR, 9mm thru bolt, 15mm, and 20mm (x110mm) simply by swapping endcaps 
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Introducing the 2013 Industry Nine Torch series wheels:
When we started development of the new Torch series wheels our specific goals were lighter weight, improved lateral stiffness, optimized tubeless tire compatibility, decreased freehub drag, and increased durability. However, what we were really chasing after, was a wheel line up that would improve the riding experience for every rider. After thousands of miles of testing on some of the most challenging trails in the country, we feel like we have succeeded in creating the ultimate wheel system. Here are some of the features that make the new Torch wheels the new benchmark for mountain bike wheels. 
Torch series rim features:

Industry Nine Exclusive profiles – The Torch series rims are designed by Industry Nine to offer class leading performance in every category

Reduced weight – up to 100 gram weight savings (per rim) depending on model (when compared to 2012 rim options)
Increased width – All Torch series rims will feature wider outer and inner rim widths

Tubeless compatible – rims feature a tubeless ready profile and wheelsets will include tubeless tape, and tubeless valves with a removable core for easy sealant application

Exceptional stiffness/weight ratio – Following in the footsteps of the latest Carbon rim technology, our aluminum rims feature oversized extrusions that are wider and deeper than traditional rims, to offer improved stiffness and better control. They offer a ride quality that approaches the stiffest carbon rims, but at a much lower cost

Spoke features:

Increased diameters – wheels feature increased diameter spokes – offering improved lateral stiffness and reducing the chance of impact or abrasion related spoke failures

Butted spokes – All wheels feature butted driveside spokes, which utilize a thicker diameter near the hub. This reduces the risk of spoke damage due to overshifting into the spokes and further improves lateral stiffness

Finer thread pitch – the spokes (and hubs) utilize a finer thread pitch, which makes the wheels easier to true and reduces the risk of spokes losing tension over time

Torx fitting – T8 torx fitting on the end of spokes replaces .050 allen fitting from the original design, and makes spoke removal much easier in the rare event that a spoke breaks at the threads

Torch Wheel system hubs features:
In addition to the hub features listed previously, the wheelsystem hubs feature:

Tangential spoke lacing – Torch wheels feature a spoke flanges which orient the spokes approximately 90 degrees from the hub flange. This increases wheel and spoke durability since hub torque is applied in line with the spoke - removing the spoke threads from the shear plane and reducing spoke fatigue. Since the spokes are directly opposing one another it also removes outward stress from the hub shell for increase hub durability and improved control of bearing press tolerances

Finer thread pitch flanges – the hubs utilize a finer thread pitch, which makes the wheels easier to true and reduces the risk of tension loss

24 hole 2/1 lacing pattern – Featured on the Trail 24 wheelset – This lacing pattern significantly reduces wheel weight and promotes (more) even spoke tensions while maintaining excellent durability. Front and rear wheels feature 16 spokes on the rear drive side/front disc side flange, paired with 8 opposing spokes. Due to the front and rear wheel dish caused by the cassette on the rear wheel and disc brake on the front wheel, this orientation evens out spoke tension. This reduces peak stress loads on the spokes and rim, and reduces the fatigue cycle incurred in a traditional 24 spoke wheel. This allows a lower spoke count and lighter weight, without the durability issues and increased rim weights commonly associated with low spoke count wheels
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Trail and Trail 24 wheelsets
The Trail wheelsets are the first complete wheels that Industry Nine had designed as a comprehensive system. Hubs, spokes, and rims were all designed together to offer an exception trail experience

Industry Nine Trail 24 wheels:
Trail 24 wheelsets are the ultimate everyday go fast wheelset. Whether you are hammering your local trails or throwing on a number plate, the Trail 24 wheels offers an exceptional balance between weight and performance. The 24 Hole 2/1 lacing pattern and welterweight Trail rims offer incredibly low rotational weight and excellent tire support - with a 28mm outer/23.4mm inner rim width.
Available in 26”27.5” (650b), and 29” versions

24 hole 2/1 lacing pattern – reduces weight while balancing wheel tension and maintaining durability

Average Weight* – 26” Front 650 grams/rear 770 - 1420 grams/set; 
27.5” front 670 grams/rear 790 grams – 1460 grams/set; 
29” front 700 grams/rear 820 grams – 1520 grams/set
*Weight varies depending on bearing and axle specification and does not include tubeless tape and valves

Rims – 28mm outer/23.4mm inner width, Tubeless ready profile, Rim weights – 26”- 385 grams, 27.5”- 400 grams, 29”- 430 grams

Front Hub: 132-140 grams* - 2 bearings with external o-ring seals. 100mm QR, 9thru, 15mm, and 110x20mm axle options -
*Hub weight varies depending on axle/bearing spec

Rear Hub: 255-268 grams* - 4 bearings with external Teflon seals and silicone freehub seal. 135mm QR, 10x135, 12x135, and 12x142 axle options. *Hub weight varies depending on axle/bearing spec.

Driver: 9/10 spd or XD1 - 120 point, 3 degree engagement, 6 pawl mechanism

Spokes - Rear – drive side 2.9/2.7mm butted, non drive 2.9mm. Front - disc side 2.9/2.7mm, non disc 2.9mm.

MSRP: $1150

200lb/91kg suggested rider weight limit

Stock Colors - All red or all black hubs/spokes with black or silver rims

Custom Colors* - Silver, Blue, Gold, Orange, Pink, Purple, and Green *Upcharges apply

Custom Lacing options* - Mix and match spoke colors for a true custom look * Upcharges apply

Options - XD1 Driver body for SRAM XX1 type cassette. Lefty and Singlespeed* hubs. Hybrid Ceramic bearings* * Upcharges apply

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Industry Nine Trail wheels:
The Trail wheelset offers a new paradigm for the backcountry riding experience. With an exceptional stiffness/weight ratio and wide tubeless ready rims, the trail wheels pick apart technical singletrack. Using the same rim as the Trail 24 wheelset, but with 32 butted aluminum spokes, the Trail offers a slight boost in lateral stiffness over their lighter cousins, and the added piece of mind that 32 spokes bring for long rides in the backcountry.

Available in 26” and 29” versions

Average Weight* – 26” Front 685 grams/rear 805 - 1490 grams/set; 29” front 740 grams/rear 860 grams – 1600 grams/set *Weight varies depending on bearing and axle specification and does not include tubeless tape and valves

Rims – 28mm outer/23.4mm inner width, Tubeless ready profile,

Rim weights26”- 385 grams, 29”- 430 grams
Front Hub: 142-150 grams*. 2 bearings with external o-ring seals. 100mm QR, 9thru, 15mm, and 110x20mm axle options.
*Hub weight varies depending on axle/bearing spec

Rear Hub: 265-278 grams*. 4 bearings with external Teflon seals and silicone freehub seal. 135mm QR, 10x135, 12x135, and 12x142 axle options. *Hub weight varies depending on axle/bearing spec.

Driver: 9/10 spd or XD1. 120 point, 3 degree engagement, 6 pawl mechanism

Spokes: 2.9/2.7mm butted

MSRP: $1170

220lb/100kg suggested rider weight limit

Stock Colors: All red or all black hubs/spokes with black or silver rims

Custom Colors*: Silver, Blue, Gold, Orange, Pink, Purple, and Green * Upcharges apply

Custom Lacing options*: Mix and match spoke colors for a true custom look * Upcharges apply

Options: XD1 Driver body for SRAM XX1 type cassette. Lefty and Singlespeed* hubs. Hybrid Ceramic bearings*. * Upcharges apply

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Torch Classic hubs:

Torch front hub
2 bearing hub with oversized axle and external seals

Large diameter disc flange improves wheel stiffness and braking torque transfer

Angled flanges for lower spoke stresses
Interchangeable endcaps available for QR, 9mm thru, 15mm, and 110x20mm axle options

Available in 28 and 32 Hole counts

Hybrid Ceramic bearings availalbe – upcharge applies
150-155 grams – depending on axle and bearing spec

MSRP: $190 front

Torch rear hub

4 bearing hub with oversized , butted 20/17mm axle and external seals

Large diameter disc flanges improve wheel stiffness and braking torque transfer

Angled flanges for lower spoke stresses

9/10spd or XX1 compatible freehub options

135mm hub platform offers interchangeable endcaps for QR,

10x135, 12x135, and 12x142mm axle options

DH150 Hub platform offers interchangeable endcaps for 12x150 and
12x157mm axle options

120 point - 3 degree engagement - 6 pawl freehub
Available in 28 and 32 Hole counts

Hybrid Ceramic bearings available – upcharge applies
248-268 grams – weight varies depending on bearing, endcap, and freehub spec.

MSRP: $385 Rear

MSRP complete hubset: $575

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More to come:

The Industry Nine Trail and Trail 24 wheels are the first wheels to come from the Torch series development cycle. Stay tuned for more options to arrive in the near future!

Note: We will also offer custom build options on the new Torch 32 spoke hub platform with No Tubes rims, which we keep in stock, and other commonly available rims on request. However, custom charges will apply. Contact your local Industry Nine retailer for pricing.

niedziela, 1 kwietnia 2012

Straitline Components dotknięte śmiertelnym wypadkiem

W sobotę rano wewnątrz obrabiarki numerycznej znaleziono zmasakrowane zwłoki Grega Parisha

Straitline straciło szanowanego i kochanego współpracownika w wyniku dziwnego i okropnego wypadku do jakiego doszło w warsztatach firmy w Sidney w Kolumbii Brytyjskiej.

Martwe ciało dyrektora marketing firmy, zniekształcone w wyniku nieudanej próby wykonania zupełnie nowej części, odnaleziono wewnątrz obrabiarki Doosan.

Szczególy wypadku nie są znane, jednak według relacji naocznych świadków Greg próbował wykonać spiralny element przy pomocy maszyny, której obsługi kompletnie nie znał.

Kolejne pytania na temat śmierci Grega Parisha pojawiają się z szybkością błyskawicy – wypadek w Straitline jest wiązany z osobą niejakiego Jacka Fogelquista. Jack, najnowszy członek teamu Nuke Proof wykazywał się ostatnio wyjątkowym malkontenctwem wymagając coraz to nowych części wykonywanych wyłącznie do jego rowerów.

Greg wierzył w Jacka i w ostatnich tygodniach z wyjątkową zapalczywością przystąpił do realizowania jego wizji.

W ostatnim tygodniu życia Grega na jego skrzynkę emailową dotarły szkice części o kształcie szpikulca czy też rogu. Zarząd firmy ostrzegł swojego pracownika, że ten element jest pozbawiony sensu i niebezpieczny, jednak te ostrzeżenia jedynie zwiększyły determinację Grega w dążeniu do celu, który pod koniec tygodnia w tragiczny sposób przypieczętował jego los.

Lokalni przedstawiciele Kanadyjskiej Królewskiej Policji Konnej badają dalej „związek” pomiędzy panami i przeglądają kolejne rysunki i zdjęcia przesłane przez Grega Jackowi. Obrazy te mogą rzucić trochę światła na dość mgliste informacje o ostatnich chwilach życia Grega Parisha.

Jak widać na zamieszczonym poniżej zdjęciu, Jack samemu projektował potrzebne mu elementy. Greg, podzielając będącą udziałem Jacka pasję dla jednorożców, próbował wykonać podobiznę zwierzęcia, co doprowadziło do tragicznego wypadku.

Dennis Paulson ze Straitline Components przedstawił oświadczenie następującej treści – „Śmierć Grega to wynik nieszczęśliwego wypadku, jednak jego głupota stworzyła jednocześnie wakat na jego stanowisku. Dlatego też poszukujemy kogoś na jego miejsce. Nie potrzebujemy osoby z doświadczeniem marketingowym, potrzebujemy przynajmniej kogoś kto wie, że róg jednorożca to spirala prawoskrętna!”

Póki nie poznamy całej prawdy tylko jedno wiemy na pewno – kolejny dobry człowiek padł ofiarą mrocznej potęgi Jednorożca!

Straitline nie planuje urządzać pogrzebu Grega, zamiast tego życzy udanego tygodnia!


wtorek, 20 marca 2012

CyclingDIRT z wizytą w Industry Nine

Redakcja CyclingDIRT odwiedziła Asheville w Północnej Karolinie aby zobaczyć jak produkowane są koła i piasty Industry Nine. Zapraszamy do oglądania!

Watch more video of Thom Parsons on thom.cyclingdirt.org

środa, 15 lutego 2012

Niner Air 9 RDO już jest!

Gdy w 2011r. Niner wprowadził na rynek Jeta 9 RDO Chris Sugai zapowiadał, że to dopiero początek. RDO miało być akronimem oznaczającym zupełnie nową linię produktów Ninera. I tak właśnie się stało. Rowery i części oznaczone jako Race Day Optimised są projektowane i produkowane bez cienia kompromisu - bo jeżeli Ty nie idziesz na skróty w walce o zwycięstwo, to dlaczego miałby to robić sprzęt, na którym jedziesz? Walentynki to idealny moment na prezentację kolejnego modelu RDO - doskonały Air 9 Carbon doczekał się bardziej wytrenowanego brata - powitajmy Air 9 RDO! No to co przygotował Chris z ekipą? Oto krótka lista:


Żeby zasuwać trzeba być lżejszym.

Ta stara prawda to credo każdego ściganta od kenijskiego maratończyka po samochodowego driftera. Ta zasada dotyczy też rowerów. Dlatego też Ninerdzi wycisnęli z karbonowych włókien ostatnie poty osiągając doskonałe rezultaty. Poprzez zastosowanie mniejszych przekrojów i cieńszych ścianek udało się zmniejszyć masę bez drastycznych kompromisów w dziale sztywności.




Żeby być lżejszym trzeba być sprytniejszym.

Zmniejszenie wagi nie zostało osiągnięte jedynie poprzez przeprojektowanie ramy i przekrojów. Cel ten osiągnięto dzięki kilku zmianom w samej koncepcji ramy. Zamiast suportu w standardzie CYA zastosowano mufę PF30 - w końcu to rama dedykowana do XC i maratonów, więc nikt (chyba) nie będzie jej przerabiał na singlespeeda. To rozwiązanie pozwoliło na zmniejszenie ilości zastosowanego w tym miejscu materiału do minimum. Sam suport PF30 jest też bardzo lekki, podobnie jak oś mechanizmu korbowego - średnica 30mm pozwala zastosować bardzo cienkie ścianki. Nowe mocowanie tylnego hamulca również oszczędziło parę gramów.




Żeby być sprytniejszym trzeba ruszać głową!

Główka ramy także nie uniknęła wnikliwej analizy. Pozostał uznany już standard Tapered, zastosowano jednak zintegrowane stery, zaś bieżnia łożysk zrobiona jest po prostu z karbonu - nie ma tu aluminiowych wkładek. Główka wyposażona jest oczywiście w emblemat Ninera, teraz jest on jednak wykonany z aluminium, zaś wchodzące weń prowadzone w ramie linki mają pełny pancerz na całej długości.




Gdy w głowie zakręci się od ruszania…

…dochodzimy do sedna sprawy. Ile lżej? - na pewno zapytacie. Dzięki opisanym powyżej kombinacjom udało się nieźle "ogolić" flagowy model - zaoszczędzono około 250 gram. Oznacza to, że Air 9 RDO w rozmiarze M waży około 1125g. Nieźle, co?





piątek, 27 stycznia 2012

Niner News January

Passion. Commitment. 29ers Only.
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Passion. Commitment. 29ers Only.

All Niners feature award-winning geometry and ride quality. The new XS E.M.D. 9 brings the Big Revolution to more riders than ever!



22.5" TOP TUBE 

(over 1/2" shorter than size small)



(1-1/2" shorter than size small) 



(3/32" shorter than size small)





(1-1/4" lower than size small)



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Yes, the new XS E.M.D. 9 is extra small! 

But in our development we refused to compromise the features that we hold dear. 

Here's what you WON'T find on the smallest E.M.D. 9:





Improves comfort on a smaller frame and maintains the tire clearance we demand.


A large waterbottle (270mm, 24oz Polar brand) will fit inside the main triangle.



*minimum height varies based on rider proportions. 

We do our best to predict, but people come in a lot of sizes and shapes! 

See your Niner dealer for sizing questions.



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- We developed our 29er geometry without being influenced by trends or what might work with 26" wheeled bikes. 26" and 29" are different, and the only way to develop great 29er geometry is to discard preconceived notions.  


- In the early yers of 29ers, people indiscriminately used the same riser bars on 26" and 29" bikes. We introduced the Flat Top 9 - a wide, flat bar that enables a better fit for 29er riders. 


- Niner was an early adopter of the short stem/wide bar approach to 29er ride technique. The new XS EMD 9 reflects this philosophy: Tope tube length falls in line with other ETT measurements for small frames, but Niner geometry is optimized for a shorter stem and wider bar to take full advantage of the big wheel, and to help you to ride faster with more control and comfort. For those who would like to try a flat wide bar, we have placed a coupon code at the bottom of this letter. 


What do the mags have to say about Niner geometry? See for yourself on our site - we have dozens of 3rd party reviews posted in their entirety on ninerbikes.com :

"Of all the 29ers I've ridden, the Niner bikes show the most refinement and consistency in ride quality across the board."  
- Gear.com 
"...moves with conviction, turns with a light touch and there is no toe overlap while negotiating switchbacks - all traits many believed you couldn't experience on a 29er." 
- Mountain Bike Action 
"Niner's command of the big-wheel concept is quite evident when descending or negotiating technical sections." 
- Mountain Bike Action 



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Niner is stoked to announce our partners for the 2012 Demo program! Last year, Fuzzy, Mike and Sherman hosted dozens of demos all over the USA. For 2012 - we are adding the Jet 9 RDO to our demo fleet - try our flagship full suspension bike on real trails! 


We will be at some of the same events this season (Dirtfest in Pennsylvania, Outerbike in Moab) and we have some new areas on our radar (yes, Texas, this means you !). We are always looking for suggestions from our community for demo location suggestions, so drop us a line!


This year's program promises to be bigger and better than ever with partnership from the best the bike industry has to offer:



You have seen the Sun Ringle Chargers and Black Flag wheelsets in our build kits - now you can try these NoTubes™ compatible hoops on the trails! In addition, you will have an opportunity to try a full Hayes (Manitou, Hayes, Sun Ringle, Answer) set-up and get to know what they are working on for 2012!



We are proud to renew our partnership with Ergon - makers of innovative grips, saddles and packs. They sponsor our race team's antics and help us to get the message out worldwide!



Shimano MTB is crushing it these days, and a lot of the Niner staff can be found using their XT and XTR groups on their personal bikes. Check out those amazing brakes for yourself!



These guys are the up and comers in helmet technology for MTB. Kali Protectives takes safety seriously, but they also know that if it doens't look great you won't wear it. All of Niner rides in Kali helmets and pads. 



Schwalbe has fully embraced the 29er wheel, with a wide range of great rubber. We are putting these tires on every demo bike and into our build kits for 2012. 



We have some great ideas about how we can really make these partnerships fun for the community - keep an eye on Facebook for Ninerd exclusive giveaways!


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Blevins Bicycle Company is Huntsville, Alabama's newest and largest bicycle shop, where the customer experience ALWAYS comes first. Family owned and operated, Blevins Bicycle Company prioritizes a focus on hard work and excellence in all aspects of the cycling industry. The Blevins family has been in business in the beautiful city of Huntsville, Alabama since the 1940's, and has no plans to stop providing quality service anytime soon. 


Owner/Manager/Mechanic/Janitor Matthew Blevins has spent the better part of the last decade working in the cycling industry, and brings his wealth of knowledge and experience to the Huntsville cycling community.  Matthew Blevins has performed over 10,000 repairs, and has worked with many local cyclists and events, from professional cyclists and triathletes to local advocacy events.


As a new shop, Blevins could pick any brand to stock - they chose Niner as their first. While he admits it was partly for personal reasons (Matthew rides an Air 9), Niner is a local favorite and a great fit for the area's trails.   


Blevins has a robust demo fleet, including:


Air 9 -SM, MD, LG

Jet 9 - SM, MD, LG, XL


Shop hosted MTB group rides start in the spring, call for info. Look for Blevins on Facebook and on their website. Call them here if you have questions.


Pro Bike Supply in Newport Beach, California, is a new shop in the SoCal region. As is obvious when you walk in, in the last year they have established themselves as Orange County's premier pro-level road and mountain bike shop. Their small boutique atmosphere is both welcoming and intriguing - filled with high end products from all around the bike industry. 


Pro Bike Supply is fully committed to the Big Revolution  - they have one of the largest selections of in-stock Jet 9 RDO frames, in most sizes and colors as well as a full range of other Niner products. Not only will you be able to demo a Jet 9 RDO, you can do it with your choice of high end wheel options from Enve, Crank Brothers, and more.


Their commitment to service goes beyond product - this small shop has a highly qualified mechanic on staff, and you can be sure of their expertise. Hang out at the wooden bar while they work on your bike and maybe pick up a few tips. Additionally, these guys are renowned for their custom projects, such as this electronic Air 9 Carbon.  


Pro Bike Supply is connected online, with a great blog, filled with real-world info on weights and tech. Their facebook page features new products and special projects. On Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings, they encourage you to join them for group MTB rides on the local trails - call for more info!


 The Pro Bike Supply Demo Fleet currently features:


Jet 9- large

Air 9 Carbon CYA - medium

Jet 9 RDO - coming soon in a size large or medium 

(call and tell them which one you want to try!)



 Map and contact info here.




Coupon code is good for 10% off retail in the Niner store, until Feb 10, while supplies last.