Count ’em, there’s 13 there. You’re excused for having no idea who Chinese drivetrain maker S-Ride is. But while the well-known drivetrain producers like Shimano, SRAM, and now Rotor are fighting to produce the latest & greatest premium 1x mountain bike groupset, S-Ride reworked their existing derailleur to handle a newly machined 13-speed cassette on a budget. They even do a 1×12 MTB drivetrain at a price that’s hard to believe…

S-Ride M700, budget 1×13 MTB drivetrain

S-Ride M700 1x13 budget Chinese single ring 13-speed mountain bike drivetrain

The M700 groupset may not look like the most refined complete setup, but it seems to deliver a solid spec while also making upgrading to another gear easy.

S-Ride M700 1x13 budget Chinese single ring 13-speed mountain bike drivetrain

While most 12 or 13 speed setups we’ve seen require a new freehub, the S-Ride M700 fits their new cassette on a standard 10/11-speed mountain bike hub with a HG body. That alone is reason enough to give this group a second look.

S-Ride M700 1x13 budget Chinese single ring 13-speed mountain bike drivetrain

S-Ride M700 1x13 budget Chinese single ring 13-speed mountain bike drivetrain

To do that S-Ride machines a large, hollowed-out upper gearing cluster out of a single block of alloy, that can cantilever over the spokes.

S-Ride M700 1x13 budget Chinese single ring 13-speed mountain bike drivetrain

The next three gear cluster of steel cogs gets pinned to an alloy carrier, then five more loose steel cogs. The final gearing breakdown: 11-13-15-17-19-21-24-28-32-40-46-52.

The S-Ride M700 1×13 setup is meant to play nicely with what you already have making it an easy upgrade. Use any 11-speed HG compatible hub, any 12-speed chain on the market (like Rotor’s 13s, cog spacing seems to be the same as 12s), and modern 12-speed-ready crankset & chainring already on the market.

S-Ride M700 1x13 budget Chinese single ring 13-speed mountain bike drivetrain

That 13-speed rear derailleur looks to share the same construction as S-Ride’s other derailleurs. Real concrete specs are thin, but it uses a mix of forged & cast alloy body parts with a machined alloy cage and aluminum pulley wheels without any narrow-wide tooth shaping. Geometry-wise it features a horizontal parallelogram and an offset upper pulley to maintain constant distance to the cogs across the wide-ranging cassette. It does not include a separate, adjustable external clutch mechanism, but refers to a ‘chain stabilizer’.

S-Ride M700 1x13 budget Chinese single ring 13-speed mountain bike drivetrain

We tossed the three 1×13 components on our scale, and they weighed in at 287g for the rear derailleur, 408g for the 11-52T cassette & 124g for the 13-speed trigger shifter.

How much will a 1×13 setup cost you?

S-Ride M700 1x13 budget Chinese single ring 13-speed mountain bike drivetrain

The only other single ring, 13-speed group you can buy now is Rotor’s. Still only offered for the road, the cheapest possible setup now will cost over $2000, and you’ll have to lace a new wheel. Surprisingly current 1×12 comes at a much lower price, from $250 for a three-piece NX Eagle setup to a surprisingly affordable $770 XTR 1×12 upgrade kit, assuming you can buy the right freehub bodies for your current rear wheel.

So, S-Ride’s new M700 1×13 components? They should set you back $780 including the 13-speed rear derailleur, 13-speed 11-52T cassette, and righthand 13-speed shifter.

What about 1×12?

S-Ride M700 1x13 budget Chinese single ring 13-speed mountain bike drivetrain

That does sound like a lot when you stack it up to current XTR or the super affordable NX Eagle, but remember both of those are still 12-speed. If you want affordable 1×12, S-Ride also makes a $288 M600 combo (rear derailleur+shifter+cassette) with an 11-52T cassette, a $225 M510 combo with an 11-50T, even some M600 combo with an 11-50T as low as $190.

S-Ride M700 1x13 budget Chinese single ring 13-speed mountain bike drivetrain

There’s even a 1×11 M520 derailleur with 11-46T or 11-50T cassettes made to work with Shimano 5800 shifters.

So how do you get ahold of any S-Ride drivetrain components to try them for yourself? S-Ride is currently working on developing European distribution. But for the time being they say that Aliexpress is a viable distribution channel. That sounds shady to us (and the 1×13 stuff isn’t there yet anyway.) Clearly S-Ride is still built more like an OEM supplier than a company working to deliver straight to consumers. Maybe the next mountain bike you pass at Walmart will be spec’ed with a wide-ranging 1×13 groupset?!

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11 COMMENTS

  1. That’s wonderful.Just shut up and get on your old 3×9 and start grinding. It’s great new levels are attained all the time. But I still can have just a good time on a hard tail 3, ring 26 as a 4500 dollar shiny ride
    I suppose I’m in the minority on this because I see a lot of trick bikes hanging over tail gates

    • Aren’t 1x systems for riders who don’t know how to properly use a front derailleur? I can’t imagine the friction on these cross-over angles. Chains like to go in a relatively straight line, don’t they?

  2. I want this. Not because I find it useful, but precisely because I find it not being such. They just need to splash it with coloured blingage. That is a massive block of aluminium on that cassette there. Make it in green for me. Please?

  3. Im still fan of 2×10 speed. Sorry but i just laugh when i heard 850$ transmission… WHAT??? For just a 100$, i pick a all new 2×10 transmission… marketing mambo jambo!!!

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