Being a bigger guy I was a little bit worried about riding a wheelset with just 28 spokes. Back when I was hucking and jumping more I rode 36-spoked wheels religiously. As materials have gotten better and build quality has improved; and 36-hole wheels disappeared, I felt more comfortable on 32-spoke wheels. The thought of riding aggressively on a 28-spoke wheelset kind of made me chuckle a little bit. I figured that after a month or so my shiny new wheels would go from round and true to oval and sloppy. For the first couple of weeks I rode extra hard in an effort to be able to send pictures of a broken wheel back to Industry Nine; something that I was regularly able to do when testing pre-production products for other brands in my youth. My disappointment in not causing a failure turned to joy. I couldn’t believe I had a solid 28-spoke wheelset that was holding up to the abuse of my winter weight.
After four months of consistent abuse, the wheels are rolling true and I have not tensioned the spokes once. The finish on the wheels still look like new, other than a few scrapes from picking the same bad lines through rock gardens time and time again.
The Enduro S 1/1 wheelset is not as stiff as a more expensive carbon wheelset, but that is something that I like about aluminum wheels. I would put these wheels on par with any high end aluminum rim when comparing ride quality and stiffness. They hold up fine, keep me on line nicely and dampen impacts and vibrations without feeling squirmish.
With the Industry Nine Enduro S 1/1 costing a fraction of the price of carbon wheels, they are a sturdy choice for riders who want Industry Nine quality with out paying a premium for it. The build quality and the ride quality of the Enduro S 1/1 is true to the Industry Nine name. For those riders who have already shelled out big money for a carbon wheelset and they are looking for a winter wheelset or a back up set of wheels, they will not be disappointed with the Enduro S 1/1. I wouldn’t be surprised if those riders switched to these wheels full-time. Conversely, these wheels could be a great introduction to the brand for riders who’ve never wanted to spend the premium on I9 wheels but could now be persuaded after a pleasant experience on their more affordable wheels.
I am most definitely impressed with the quality of Industry Nine Enduro S 1/1 wheelset. As a serial berm slasher with a 200+ pound weight rating, I honestly didn’t think I’d be walking away from this review with such a smile. I am now curious to know if the Trail version of these wheels would hold up to the same amount of abuse…Either way, if you’re looking to get onto a set of Industry Nine wheels without having to pay Industry Nine prices, these are an excellent option.
Weight: 1770 grams
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