While Sram and Shimano are the biggest players in the cycling components industry, E*Thirteen has continued to step up their game over the last couple of years introducing new innovative products with race proven performance. E*Thirteen is a small, rider-owned company with a a focus on improving rider experience through thoughtfully engineered components. E*Thirteen is most known for their chain retention systems and while remaining an industry leader in chainguides, E*Thirteen now offers a full lineup of wheels, tires, cranksets, bottom brackets, chainrings, cassettes, and dropper posts. Be sure to check out our full E*Thirteen collection. Here we are going to be riding the E*Thirteen TRS+ cranks, the same cranksets ridden by Neko Mulally, Aaron Gwin, and Mick Hannah on their trail bikes!
E*Thirteen provides a 5 year warranty after the original purchase that guarantees their cranks free from any defects in materials or workmanship. They also offer a 1 year warranty on all of the bearings used in any of their products.
The 170mm length TRS+ cranks here are paired with a 34 tooth E*Thirteen Quick Connect Guidering M. The Quick Connect system is a very simple, lightweight, and minimalistic approach to a direct mount chainring. In the back, the 34 tooth chainring drives an E*Thirteen TRS Race 9-46 tooth 11 speed cassette with a 511% gear range. That's massive!
After riding the E*Thirteen TRS+ cranks for 8 months or so, it is time to sit down and see how they performed.
E*Thirteen's Quick Connect direct mount chainring system is a simple and clean way for attaching the chainring to the crank arm. It's nice that each of E*Thirteen's cranks share the same Quick Connect design. We put a real beating on the E*Thirteen TRS+ cranks and they are still asking for more abuse. The only complaint we have with the TRS+ aluminum cranks is that it was a little tough getting the non-drive side crank arm off the spindle. Grease is your friend.