all-new Industry Nine Hydra hubs are available

Hydra: The New Phase of Industry Nine

After nearly three years of development, Industry Nine has launched their latest hub, the Hydra. With an incredible 690 points of engagement, reduced drag and increased bearing life, the Hydra represents the next phase of Industry Nine’s already industry leading hubs.

-- 690 points of engagement, or .52° between each engagement

-- Increased durability and bearing life

-- Lower Drag

-- 11 Anodized Color options

6-Phase Engagement and New Driver-Ring

While the shell design remains the same as the Torch hub, nearly every internal in the Hydra is a complete redesign. The Torch used a 6-pawl system and a 60-tooth driver-ring to give riders 120 points of engagement. The Hydra uses the same 6-pawl system, but is upgraded with a 115-tooth drive-ring and innovative 6 phase engagement system, providing an impressive 690 points of engagement.

A 6-phase system, as the name suggests, means that the pawls engage in 6 different phases. In other words, a different pawl is active with the driver-ring for each 52° rotation of the freehub. This design uses the inherent flex of the axle to create contact between a second, third, or even forth pawl.

The end result is an incredibly quick engagement system, providing a durable and low-maintenance platform for wherever your riding takes you.

Decreased Rolling Resistance, Increased Bearing Life

A lot of focus on the new Hydra has been the 690 points of engagement, but Industry Nine has also made significant improvements to both the rolling resistance and the bearing life on their new flagship model. One of the less obvious advantages of the 6-phase system and the finer 115 tooth driver-ring is that the rolling resistance has also decreased in comparison to the Torch.

Bearing life is also improved with the axle’s ability to flex slightly under load. Industry Nine explains that the “Hydra offers consistent, reliable engagement without overloaded bearings, axles or hub shells.”

Cost

Retail at $650USD (only $75 more than the Torch)

Weight

The weights are as follows

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CL Front: 135g

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CL rear: 269g

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6 bolt front: 166g

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6 bolt rear: 300g

Examples of Wheel Builds with Hydra

Hand-built EN932 asymmetric rim profile carbon fiber mtb 29er wheels

29ER-RECON PRO-wheelset
EN932-38mm wide-25mm deep

USD: 578+

Hand-built AM930 asymmetric rim profile carbon fiber mtb 29er wheels

29ER-RECON PRO-wheelset
AM930-36mm wide-25mm deep

USD: 558+

Hand-built AM928 asymmetric rim profile carbon fiber mtb 29er wheels

29ER-RECON-wheelset
AM928/EN928-34mm wide-28mm deep

USD: 308+

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Joe 2019/05/26

What would be the cost of a 46 or 55mm wide wheel built with Hydra Hubs? The application would be Gravel. Joe


LightBicycle 2019/05/27

Hi Joe, Do you mean RR46C02 and RR56C02 wide road 700C wheelset? For Industry Nine Hydra, it is only mtb hubs now. They do not have road disc hubs. For road disc, it is Industry Nine Torch hubs. Does it work for you? Thanks, Lightbicycle


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Johan 2019/05/07

Hello, Are you not offering i9 hubs outside the US? Thanks johan


LightBicycle 2019/05/07

Hi Johan, Yes, we do offer Industry Nine hubs to other countries besides the US and Canada. Both the Torch and Hydra hubs are available. What hubs do you like to have? Built with which rim? Let me know what configurations you have in mind and I will quote accordingly to you. The wheelset built with I9 hubs might take a little longer than DT hubs. Do you have a specific time requirement? road wheelset or mtb bike wheels? Thanks, Lightbicycle


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