Endless Shows Off Prototype Single Chainrings, Industry Nine Fat Bike Hubs Spotted
Known for her sturdy singlespeed cogs, Endless founder Shanna Powell was on hand at the Pisgah Brewing cyclocross race this weekend to tell us about her new single chainrings.
This one was spotted aboard a Trek fat bike (more on that coming soon) piloted by some of the Industry Nine folks. They’re being made In Asheville, NC, at Turnamics, which is I9′s sister machine shop.
They have a somewhat unique fat/skinny tooth profile, using tabs on every other ring rather than a completely thick ring. Detail pics and updated images and info on I9′s fat bike hubs below…
Powell says the launch helps expand her product line a bit beyond the Fibonacci Spacer Kit and single speed cogs (both of which we have on test). She’s starting with just a 32-tooth ring with a 104BCD, but it’ll be available in all her colors: Red, orange, gold, green, black, blue, purple, silver and pink.
The “wide” teeth have the same profile but add tabs on both sides to fill the space inside the chain link. This is in contrast to other wide/narrow rings where the thicker teeth carry their extra girth all the way down.
They’re machined from 7075 alloy, same as her cogs, and should weigh in at about 46g. Retail will be $120. Shooting to have them available by early November. The design is done, she’s just finalizing the finish procedure to ensure a good anodization.
INDUSTRY NINE FAT BIKE HUBS
We first saw the Industry Nine fat bike hubs at Interbike, but they wouldn’t let us photo the front hub because the design wasn’t final. At that time, they were still testing a few competing models. Now, the design’s done and they’re getting things ready to sell.
For the front, it’ll be offered in 9×135 QR, 15×135 thru axle and the new Salsa 15×142 that was introduced at Saddle Drive with their new carbon bike. No immediate plans to offer the 10×135 (15mm offset) front standard. Rear options are 10×170 QR and 12×177 TA.
Drillings are 32 hole only. Pricing is $590 for the set. They should be shipping in a couple weeks.
There’ll also be 10×190 QR and 12×197 thru axle options for the rear. Those will come in about 4-6 weeks.