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Industry Nine's Torch Series hubs offer less drag, amazing anodized color quality, and the lightness and quick engagement of a superior hub. The weight is approximately 150 grams lighter than the previous generation. The moment you see these hubs in person, it's easy to tell why i9 is known to make one of the best-looking hubs on the market. The 120 point, 3° engagement, 6 (2x3 alternating) pawl engagement makes for less drag and quicker engagement than most mountain bikers are used to. This quick engagement is ideal for cross country races, sprinting out of tight turns, and steep mountain climbs where a pause in your cadence can equal a loss of balance, a foot down dab and maybe a topple over! Large diameter flanges are angled to lower spoke stress, improve wheel stiffness, and braking torque transfer. The Torch utilizes a contact seal packed with marine grease just outside of the bearings to keep grime out of the cartridge bearing. This makes for less maintenance and serves to extend the life of the bearings.
Industry Nine components are manufactured in the USA, start to finish. Everything. Through the layers of CNC machine processes, even if parts are separately machined and scrutinized by quality control. Hubs are individually polished and/or anodized, and laser-etched in-house. The production warehouse shelves are constantly moving with outgoing orders and incoming fresh parts from the machine shop. Industry Nine has all of the technology they need to create their in-house project. For example, there's a wire EDM Machine, which cuts hardened steel by using an electrical current. The wire EDM machine maximizes the strength and accuracy used to cut teeth and pawls. Industry Nine really goes the whole nine yards with their components. If you don't believe it, here's a video to help:
Featuring all the advantages of the Torch freehub, designed around a traditional flanged hub
Angled flanges for lower spoke stress and large diameter disc flange improves wheel stiffness and brake torque transfer
6-pawl, 120-point 3 degree engagement cassette mechanism with oversized axles
6-bolt/44mm-BCD International Standard disc mounting dimensions
2 bearing front: endcaps available for QR, 9mm thru-bolt, and 20x110mm thru-axle sold separately
4 bearing rear: endcaps available for 10x135mm, 12x135mm and 12x157mm sold separately