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Want a way to boost the range of your drivetrain without replacing the whole thing? Take a look at the new e*thirteen TRS Race cassette. Expanding on the range of the current TRS Plus, the new Race cassette kicks things up a notch with a new 9-46t range. That creates a cassette that is lighter, cheaper, and also offers a slightly wider range than SRAM’s new Eagle cassette.

Maybe best of all, it’s still compatible with all of the current 11 speed drivetrains…

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Using a similar assembly to the current TRS Plus cassette, the TRS Race varies slightly to make it even lighter. The largest three cogs are machined from one piece of aluminum and the final assembly fits onto a standard SRAM XD free hub body and is held in place with a lockring. The second chunk of gears is now machined from a solid piece of steel resulting in a more durable and lighter weight set of gears. This piece locks into the aluminum base with multiple locking tabs.

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We can’t deny the performance of the SRAM Eagle drivetrain, but the e*thirteen cassette makes a compelling case for keeping that 11 speed drivetrain. Since it is smaller, the cassette comes in a 276g – SRAM’s top of the line XX1 Eagle cassette measures 360g. It also requires less chain and a doesn’t need a bigger derailleur, something e*thirteen will save you up to a half pound. Comparing the gearing with a 30t ring and 27.5″ wheels, the Eagle cassette has a min/max range of 0.62/3.11 while the TRSR comes in at 0.68/3.46 which they say works out to a 511% range.

And then there’s the price. At $350 it isn’t exactly cheap, but it’s still $70 less than an XX1 Eagle cassette and will save you money since you don’t have to replace the whole drivetrain. e*thirteen will also offer the ability to replace just the aluminum section of the cassette for $109 which should prolong the life of the cassette. Available in November, the cassette will join the TRS Plus 9-44 11 speed and 9-42 10 speed cassettes at $279.

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Elsewhere on the bike, e*thirteen is working their magic on the world of seat posts. This seemed to be the eurobike of droppers with a number of brands showing new or revised droppers, and now e*thirteen can add their name to that list. Using a simple cable actuated spring, the post was designed with user serviceability and durability in mind.

Because of that, it uses a four position locking system at 0, 75, 110, and 150mm intervals. At the moment the posts will only be offered in 150mm and in 30.9 and 31.6mm sizes.

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The lever is a shifter style which will have a recessed window for grip tape inserts for production. Mounted with clamps or the Matchmaker, the lever allows you to adjust the clocking on the paddle for dialing in the ergonomics. Featuring a simple two bolt head, the post uses a 15mm offset.

Coming in at 590g for the lever, post, and cable and housing, the dropper will sell for $299 and ship around December.

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On the chain guide side, e*thirteen has a new TRS Race two bolt upper guide which offers lightweight chain guidance using just two bolts of the ISCG 05 platform. The $99 guide includes the new upper guide that makes its way across the line and uses a quick release design that pushes up from the bottom instead of the previous version with a locking clip. Chain guides have also been updated to offer more frame and tire clearance when used on Boost bikes.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. This is the post I personally have been waiting for. It’s a modern take on the incredibly reliably Gravity Dropper. No seals to fail. Easy to change bushings. No finicky hydraulic actuation. The locking collet allows the post to stay up, even if the cable breaks or has issues. 15mm setback is a great feature. Proper remote straight out of the box. Hopefully a cheap rebuild kit and no special tools required. My only gripe is that it weighs more than 130g more than the Gravity Dropper Turbo LP 31.6, but I can live with that for what I believe is the perfect post.

  2. I am pretty excited about e13’s new cassette. I have one of their 9-44 cassettes and it has done very well for me over about 1,200 miles of use. This one has more range and is even lighter–that is a great combination–I’ll certainly upgrade to it when the time comes.

  3. I can’t wait to get this cassette!!! I really don’t get why you’d by any but SRAM’s cheapest xD cassettes when this is cheaper than their higher and stuff, with replaceable parts and for 11sp, lighter than XX1

  4. im using the current 9-44, and has no plans of going eagle, cant wait for the 9-46!!!

    the eagle’s lower jockey is more closer to the ground when on 50T, making them prone to strikes & catches more mud. my mates are complaining.

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