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Industry Nine UL250c wheels get wider rims, new spokes for gravel & CX

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Just a few weeks ago, Industry Nine’s carbon mountain bike rims got completely revised. Now they’re switching gears into gravel & cross. In an effort to modernize their gravel and CX wheels for wider tires or better tire profile, the new UL250c wheels feature an updated rim profile that is wider, and still very light weight.

Industry Nine UL250c wheels get wider rims & steel or System spokes for gravel & CX

Unlike the new mountain rims which are now manufactured by We Are One Composites, the UL250c rim is still manufactured by I9’s long time carbon rim partner, Reynolds Cycling. The revised rim now features a 25mm internal width which is optimized for 33-55mm wide tires. Available in 700c only, the rims have a claimed weight of just 350g each with 24h.

Industry Nine UL250c wheels get wider rims & steel or System spokes for gravel & CX

UL250c TRA

Meant for all conditions and all terrains, the UL250c TRA is the burlier of the two wheels and features Industry Nine’s System aluminum spokes. This is said to offer increased stiffness over steel spokes, and of course it gives you the option of customizing the look with their AnoLab. Offered with CenterLock hubs only, their Torch Road hubs offer 60 points of engagement, and the wheels have a 1350g claimed weight.

Industry Nine UL250c wheels get wider rims & steel or System spokes for gravel & CX

UL250c CX

For the lightest build, the UL250c CX wheelset uses the same rim, but with Sapim CX-Ray bladed steel straight pull spokes and standard nipples. Supposedly the lightest gravel option available from I9, these wheels have a 1320g claimed weight with Torch Road hubs. Note that the CX wheels are available in either CenterLock or 6 bolt configurations.

Industry Nine UL250c wheels get wider rims & steel or System spokes for gravel & CX

Both wheelsets are available in most standard axle configurations for road, gravel, and CX, and each can be ordered with HG11, Campy, SRAM XDR, or even a steel HG11 freehub. Pricing for both wheelsets starts at $2,250 with additional options for steel or ceramic bearings and color options.

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Joe Lee
Joe Lee
2 years ago

Any reason you couldn’t use them as ultralight MTB XC wheelsets?

carbonfodder
carbonfodder
2 years ago
Reply to  Joe Lee

I don’t know if I9 actually supports their use as MTB wheels, but i have been using a set of the last gen UL235CX wheels as my “go light” wheels on my hardtail for 3 years… full disclosure, I am 135lbs and like climbing, lots. In other words, I am a full up XC weeny, not an enduro/freerider/hucker, so i might not be the best use case reference if you are big or aggressive.

Greg
Greg
2 years ago
Reply to  Joe Lee

No boost, for one. And if i9 front hubs are like most other companies’ road disc hubs, they may be limited to 12mm thru axles (or QR, of course).

carbonfodder
carbonfodder
2 years ago
Reply to  Greg

I9 does make 15mm adapters (caps) for the front hub (something like $9 iiirc). You are correct on the old school 100/142 spacing though (magically identical between my cross bike and my hardtail, which was actually a selling feature when I bought the cross bike… multiple 100/142 29er wheelsets that can do duty on the cross bike and the MTB)

Industry Nine
Industry Nine
2 years ago
Reply to  Joe Lee

The previous comments are correct, you would be limited to 15×100/12×142 non-boost spacing if you tried to run these on an XC bike. For an XC version, we’d steer you towards the UL280 wheelset with the Hydra hubs. You’d get the higher engagement hubs (690 POE vs 60 POE), proper specs and a wheelset that is optimized more for mountain riding. The UL280 mountain wheels weigh 1450g, so about 130g heavier than the aforementioned UL250 CX gravel wheels. Hope that helps!

K-Pop is dangerous to your health
K-Pop is dangerous to your health
2 years ago
Reply to  Industry Nine

I’d love to see Hydra across the entire range of your wheels and hubs. So much better than Torch.

AirTai
AirTai
2 years ago

Me too! Would love to see Hydra hubs with XD-R driver for my gravel bike. 12×100 and 12×142. Pretty please i9, maybe even with system spokes sprinkled on top~

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