It wasn't long ago that the phrase carbon fiber tubular struck terror into the hearts of cyclists the world over. Thankfully, we've since moved out of those dark ages, and it's now possible get the supreme ride quality of tubulars with the aerodynamic and weight advantages of carbon hoops. And there's arguably no wheelset that so clearly illustrates how far we've come as the Industry Nine i35 Carbon Tubular Wheelset. Built with Reynolds' SLG series carbon tubular rims, with CTg braking technology to control heat buildup, they roll on American made Industry Nine Torch hubs. Yes they're fast, and of course they're durable the breathtaking good looks just stand as an affirmation that you made the right decision. The heart of the I series road wheels lies in the redesigned Torch road hub, and as always, the artfully machined hubset is built in North Carolina by people who ride hard. And while the exquisite anodized finish is eye catching, it's what's inside that really counts. Namely, the new Torch three pawl driver. It's the same driver used in the Torch mountain hubset, and like their mountain brethren, the I series road hub is rated to withstand 700 ftlbs of torque. In other words, unless you're powering your bike via a built diesel engine, there is zero chance of slippage under power as long as the hub is well maintained. Speaking of which, Industry Nine manufactures its own Teflon contact seals at the endcaps, which effectively seals the hub against the most tenacious mud in 'cross racing, and they run drag free, for logging those road miles. Unlike I9's mountain wheelsets, the I series wheelset makes use of Sapim's trusted CX Ray stainless steel spokes to maintain their perfect roundness. These forged, bladed spokes have a reputation as the planet's strongest, stiffest option for securing a hub to a rim, which will quell any fears of failure, no matter how many potholes you manage to ride through. Enhancing the strength is a 2:1 lacing pattern on the 24...