Industry Nine's wider and stronger Trail270 wheelset

Claimed ultra-durable trail hoops from North Carolina

Building on its efforts to make sturdy enduro wheelsets North Carolina based Industry Nine has just announced its latest alloy MTB wheels, the Trail270.

The Trail 270 is the brand's third generation of trail wheels, and as new hoops so often are, they are wider than their predecessor the Trail 245s. While they’re not super-wide measuring 27mm inside the bead, the Trail 270’s borrow the tapered bead sidewall from the brand's Enduro305 and Grade300, so they should be tough enough.

Built around the brand’s Torch Mountain System the hubs use swappable end camps allowing for snappy changes between quick release, 15mm, 9mm thru, BOOST 15x110 and 12x148. The Torch alloy hubs are laced up to the 270s with Industry Nine's machined 7075-T6 aluminium spokes, which thread directly into the hubs. Industry Nine says this eliminates the weakness at the spoke and hub interface, allowing for increased surface area and a stronger wheel system overall.

The Trail270's borrow the tapered bead sidewall provide from the Enduro305 and Grade300 rims
The Trail270's borrow the tapered bead sidewall provide from the Enduro305 and Grade300 rims

The hubs themselves rely on Industry Nine's proprietary pawl design, which features two sets of three pawls phased three degrees from each other to provide 120 points of contact and three degrees of engagement.

Available in 32- or 24-hole rims and 27.5 and 29er varieties, the Trail270's are designed for tyres between 2.2in and 2.5in. The wheels are made in Industry Nine’s North Carolina facility and carry a max rider weight of 210lbs/95kg max for the 24-hole and 230lbs/105kg  for the 32-hole rims. Claimed weights are:

  • 29er 24H — 1,560g
  • 29er 32H — 1,650g
  • 27.5in 24H — 1,480g
  • 27.5in 32H — 1,560g

The hubs and spokes can be fully customised through the brands Ano Lab program
The hubs and spokes can be fully customised through the brands Ano Lab program

As with all Industry Nine wheels, the hubs and spokes are available in 11 colours through its Ano Lab program and can be mixed and matched (although it will cost you).

The new Trail270 wheels are set to retail for $1225 for 24-hole, $1245 for 32-hole. International pricing and availability are to be confirmed.

Colin Levitch

Staff Writer, Australia
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Colin now resides in Sydney, Australia. Holding a media degree, Colin is focused on the adventure sport media world. Coming from a ski background, his former European pro father convinced him to try collegiate crit racing. Although his bright socks say full roadie, he enjoys the occasional mountain bike ride, too.
  • Discipline: Road, mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Tarmac mountain climbs into snow-covered hills
  • Current Bikes: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Trek Top Fuel 9
  • Dream Bike: Mosaic Cycles RT-1
  • Beer of Choice: New Belgium La Folie
  • Location: Sydney, Australia

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