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Review: White Industries XMR hubs


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Tester: Eric McKeegan
Prices: Rear — Silver $332, Black $337, Colors $352; Front — Silver $169, Black $174, Colors $189

Nice rims need nice hubs. White Industries has some nice, new hubs in these XMRs. Designed to handle any standard out there for road, mountain and cyclocross bikes, including options for Boost spacing and the rarely seen 12 mm front thru-axle.

The cassette body is titanium in SRAM XD, Shimano or Campy patterns, with either 24 or 48 point engagement options. I tested the Shimano 48 point option.

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These are good looking hubs, and are claimed to be the lightest six-bolt hubs White Industries has ever manufactured. The fit and finish are top-notch, and the bearings spin incredibly smoothly. The cassette body was very quiet for a high-engagement hub, which is a huge plus in my book. Compared to other U.S. manufacturers these hubs are competitive in terms of price and performance.

Color options are silver, black, blue, gold, red, pink and purple; plenty of options to match or clash with the rest of the bits on your bike. There are few high-end Boost hub options on the market right now, so take a look here if you need some Boost bling for a new Boost bike.

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White Industries also makes CLD hubs which are almost identical, save for center lock disc mounts replacing the ISO six-bolt standard.

More info: White Industries hubs

We also tested the WTB carbon rims pictured here on the complete wheels. Read the review.

 

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Industry Nine releases center-lock Torch hubs


Industry Nine has announced the Torch Classic Mountain Center Lock hubs.

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Front hubs range from 130-135 grams while rear hubs weigh between 260-265 grams, depending on specifications such as hub spacing, endcap selection and freehub spec. Riders can choose from Industry Nine’s palette of eleven anodized color options to make any mood or match any ride.

Every Torch Classic hub is manufactured in Asheville, North Carolina by Industry Nine with design, machining, finishing and assembly achieved entirely on-premises. Torch Classic Mountain Center Lock will be available in Boost and traditional mountain configurations.

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Specs:

Torch Classic Mountain Center Lock front hub
28 or 32 hole drillings available
130g – depending on axle/bearing spec
15×100 or QR100 endcap options
Color options: Black, Red, Silver, Blue, Gold, Orange, Pink, Purple, Turquoise, Green and Lime
MSRP $190

Torch Boost Classic Mountain Center Lock front hub
28 or 32 hole drillings available
135g – depending on axle/bearing spec
15×110 Boost axle spacing
Color options: Black, Red, Silver, Blue, Gold, Orange, Pink, Purple, Turquoise, Green and Lime
MSRP $190

Torch Classic Mountain Center Lock rear hub
28 or 32 hole drillings available
260g – depending on axle/bearing spec
Shimano HG or SRAM XD1 freehub – 3 degree/120 POE/6 pawl mechanism
12×142 or QR135 endcap options
Color options: Black, Red, Silver, Blue, Gold, Orange, Pink, Purple, Turquoise, Green and Lime
MSRP $385

Torch Boost Classic Mountain Center Lock rear hub
28 or 32 hole drillings available
265g – depending on axle/bearing spec
Shimano HG or SRAM XD1 freehub – 3 degree/120 POE/6 pawl mechanism
12×148 Boost axle spacing
Color options: Black, Red, Silver, Blue, Gold, Orange, Pink, Purple, Turquoise, Green and Lime
MSRP $385

 

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