iNine Factory Tour
By: Matt Williams
By now you’ve probably heard of Industry
Nine. The Asheville, NC wheelmaker has made a name for itself thanks to their
incredibly fast 3-degree engagement. The innovations in iNine wheels go beyond
the driver mechanism though. Industry Nine uses proprietary straight-pull
aluminum spokes that eliminate the traditional weak points of a j-bend spoke
and add incredible stiffness to boot. You can also get them in a virtually
infinite array of custom color combinations.
iNine employees ride a lot and the demanding trails in the Pisgah National Forest are the ideal test ground for these unique and inventive wheel designs. Fewer
than 15 employees are involved in production from start to finish; in many ways
iNine has more in common with a custom frame builder than with a traditional
MTBRacenews recently toured iNine’s factory
in Asheville to learn more about what goes into making these unique, high-end
wheels. Scroll through the photos to see how an iNine wheel is born.