Exclusive Content:

Industry Nine iRiX Headsets Debut: Details, Install, and Actual Weights!

Support us! Bikerumor may earn a small commission from affiliate links in this article. Learn More

The new Industry Nine iRiX headset takes its CNC expertise and pairs it with Enduro bearings to create a lightweight option you can customize in any combination of 11 colors, three styles, and two top cap heights.

Inside, though, are details that make it even more adjustable and fully serviceable, giving you a very functional way to upgrade your road, gravel, or mountain bike.

Available in EC (External Cup), ZS (Zero Stack), and IS (Integrated), you can choose from any of the 11 anodization colors Industry Nine offers. Mix and match the lower cup, upper cup, top cover, and stem cap in any combination you want.

industry nine iRiX headset upper cup height comparison

Top caps are available in 5mm and 15mm heights, and Industry Nine offers color-matched headset spacers (sold separately) in 2.5/5/10/20mm heights too. It’s worth noting that the 5mm and 15mm top cap measurements are for the IS headset. The EC and ZS will be slightly taller due to the external cups adding height (ZS use bearings that drop into the frame, adding no height to the design).

industry nine headset actual weights

They’re lightweight too, saving up to 28 g of a typical stock headset. Compared to the 89g IS headset that came on my Niner RKT, the 5mm top cap combo weighed in at just 61 g (28g savings), and the 15mm top cap combo was 68 g (21g savings).

industry nine iRiX headset lower bearing and crown race seal closeup

A few other features set its headsets apart. The crown race has a replaceable double-lip silicone seal …

industry nine iRiX headset lower bearing and crown race seal closeup

… that creates a barrier against grit and grime getting into the bearing and frame. Bearings are stainless steel, made by Enduro, and come with a lifetime warranty.

industry nine iRiX headset upper cup spacer insertion details

Inside the top cover is another replaceable silicone seal, which sits just above a groove that the split compression ring snaps into. The silver spacer shown sitting in there is one of two included 0.2mm spacers, to be used to adjust the top cover clearance on the frame.

industry nine iRiX headset upper cup spacer insertion details

To install them, snap the compression ring out, then start sliding the spacers in through the notch until you’re able to snap them fully into the groove.

industry nine iRiX headset upper cup spacer insertion details

Then snap the compression ring back into place. A double-lip outer seal helps keep crud from getting inside here too.

industry nine iRiX headset upper cup spacer comparisonLeft: No spacers underneath the top cover. Right: One spacer provided just enough clearance to prevent frame rubbing.

While I loved the slammed spacer look, any slight out-of-tolerance issues or overly thick paint or clearcoat can cause the top cap to rub during steering rotation. The IS spacers let you lift it ever-so-slightly to provide enough clearance to prevent it from rubbing your frame.

industry nine iRiX headset installed on a mountain bikeShould I have a spacer under my top cap? Please, definitely let me know in the comments.

Installed, the iRiX headset looks stellar, with the indented stem cap keeping things low profile.

industry nine iRiX headset installed on a mountain bike

It’s not just the bearings that have a lifetime warranty, the entire headset is guaranteed against defects for life.

MSRP from $160-190 for single-color headsets. Add $15 for multicolor combos.

IndustryNine.com

Latest

Newsletter

Don't miss

69 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, these new iRiX headsets from Industry Nine sound like the perfect upgrade for my bike! Cant wait to try them out and feel the difference in weight!

  2. Wow, these new iRiX headsets from Industry Nine sound like a game-changer! Cant wait to try them out and see if they live up to the hype.

    • I couldnt agree more! Who needs all those overpriced, flashy headsets when you can get a reliable one at an affordable price? Forget about emptying your pockets just to show off. Keep it simple and smart!

  3. Wow, these iRiX headsets seem like the perfect accessory for my bike! Cant wait to try them out and feel like a pro cyclist!

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but using headsets while biking sounds like a recipe for disaster. Safety should always come first, my friend. Stay focused on the road and enjoy the ride without any distractions.

  4. I hate to burst your bubble, but those iRiX headsets are nothing but a marketing gimmick. Stick to good old-fashioned bike rides and enjoy the real world instead of being sucked into another virtual reality.

  5. Wow, these new iRiX headsets sound like the ultimate game-changer for bike enthusiasts! Cant wait to get my hands on one and hit the trails!

    • I tried those iRiX headsets, and honestly, they didnt live up to the hype. Overpriced and not as durable as they claim. Save your money and invest in something better for your bike.

    • While duct tape might seem like a quick fix, it hardly compares to the immersive experience of a proper headset. Its like comparing a tricycle to a motorcycle. Dont settle for low tech when you can embrace the future. #UpgradeYourExperience

  6. Wow, these new iRiX headsets from Industry Nine look so sleek! Cant wait to try them out and see if theyre worth the hype.

    • Duct tape may suffice for some, but investing in quality headsets offers superior sound quality, comfort, and durability. Dont settle for subpar experiences when you can elevate your audio game. Its worth the investment, my friend.

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but the iRiX headsets are overhyped. I tried them and honestly, the weight difference is negligible. Dont waste your time, stick to the classics.

    • I tried the Industry Nine iRiX headsets and they were a massive disappointment. Overhyped and overpriced. Stick with a reliable brand and save your money.

  7. Oh please, get with the times! Fancy headsets offer immersive experiences and superior sound quality. Dont be stuck in the past with your outdated mentality. Embrace innovation and upgrade your gaming experience.

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but looks wont improve your biking skills. Instead of focusing on aesthetics, invest in gear that enhances performance. Save your excitement for the things that actually matter on the trails.

    • I tried those iRiX headsets and honestly, they were nothing special. Overhyped and overpriced. Save your money and stick to the tried and true options out there.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here