i9 Torch hubs worth it over Hope pro 4
I have em and love em. Came on my Hightower so bought some more with my second wheelset so it was easier to swap. No issues at all so far. Have been used and abused over winter with no bearing issues at all.
They’re VERY noisy !
Unsure they’re any better or worse than Hope – think they’re lighter if that matters and make a much more noticeable buzzzzzzzPosted 3 months agowhitestoneMember
I’ve I9 hubs on the fat bike and Hope hubs on my hardtail. I’ve done 1200km on the fat bike but it was second hand and the previous owner had probably done twice that – have had to fully rebuild the front hub.
So far I’ve done 10,000km on the Hope hubs (Pro 2 Evo) and not had to touch them.Posted 3 months agoojomMember
Weirdly this last weekend I was thinking hubs for a new build. I echo onionroute above with Shimano .
Only hub brand not to fail me and I only realised this recently. I’ll be dynamo (hum) up front and probably 105 out back. Reckon that will do me at least 2 years in all weather with little maintenance .
<span style=”font-size: 0.8rem;”> As for the OP, go for Hope. Back up is there, if you need it .</span>Posted 3 months agokiksyMember
I have i9 torch.
I prefer the sound to the Hopes.
Had to replace the outer bearing in the rear after about 7 months, which was a bit disappointing.
However the bearings can be replaced tool free using the axle, which I liked.
Other than that they’ve done around 18 months with no other maintaining and around 2500 miles in all conditions.Posted 2 months agoDaffySubscriber
Having had both – unless you’re planning a low weight wheelset and want to use the proprietary straight pull aluminium spokes (rainbow for the win) – no.
The i9s are no better sealed, nor better built than the Hopes. The anodising is nicer and lasts longer, but as they use cartridge bearings, I really cant see what you’re paying for there’s nothing unique or even that special about them.
Chris Kings are heavier than both but last forever, have nice anodising, better engagement (in feel, not speed) and a better sound. Both I9 and Hope are easier to convert between standards than CK, but only due to cost.Posted 2 months agosam_underhillSubscriber
2 sets if i9 hubs here. Both been very reliable, I had to replace a couple of bearings in the rear after 2 years, so no worse than other hubs I’ve used (Hope, AM Classic etc).
I really like the near instant engagement of the freehub. On tricky climbs it’s really advantageous.Posted 2 months agoflangeSubscriber
I’ve had 2 sets of i9’s and reliability has been terrible on both. Frequent bearing changes, a free hub body that likes to fall off when you take the back wheel out and non-existent support from the importer means I actively avoid them. Shame as they do look pretty and I like the sound.
persoanlly I’ll go hope every time.Posted 2 months agosofaboy73Member
Echo the above underwhelmed experiences of i9 hubs. Had one set and had to replace bearings more regularly than any hopes I’ve had. Pro’s – look nicer, lighter, engage quicker, sound nicer. Cons – more expensive and less reliable (ime). Not a hope fan boy, but for price, durability and general fit & forget I don’t think they can be beaten on hubsPosted 2 months ago
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