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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15 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!!!

  4. I think – after riding the 13 sp S-Ride drivetrain – it is a very good alternative to SRAM and Shimano because there are some advantages i.e. cassette fits to Shimano standard freehub only a 12 sp. Hain is needed. A great solution for all the people who don‘t need that XD or Microspline stuff.
    So I think all these bawlers should test the components first before leaving an unobjective comment. And this is also be true for bikerumor.
    And in addition the price you mentioned is not correct. It sounds more like an rough idea to confuse the readers of bikerumor. I really know totally different number, but only for the European market.

    • @Bewer We reported on this 1×13 from its first industry-only showing in Taipei, so we still haven’t had a chance to ride it. The prices listed are those provided by S-Ride. Please let us know the € retail price the setup cost for you to compare.

      • @Cory: The msrp actually is not fixed at the moment. I‘m in contact with S-Ride to finalize the product and to discuss the market price for Europe. I think it is a challenge to place a new product like this. There are so many Shimano and SRAM driven brains who are extremely negative without any knowledge about the product. I keep you informed about the final European msrp.
        In addition to that: pulleys have been reworked, because of some reasons and the shifter has been optimized in terms of the shifting distance. With this two changes It will be a really alternative to Shimano and SRAM for all those bikers who have a wheelset with Shimano standard freehub.

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