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 review the E*Thirteen TRSr Carbon wheelset, the same enduro wheelset ridden by Neko Mulally, Aaron Gwin, and the YT Mob!
Wheel Size: 27.5" tested here. 27.5" and 29" available
Hubs: Carbon Shell, machined aluminum flanges
Carbon Rims: 28 hole carbon fiber rim profile designed for and Enduro racing, 31mm internal width hook-less profile
Front Axle Configuration: Boost 15x110mm tested here. 20mm,15mm, and Boost 15x110mm available
Rear Axle Configuration: 12x148 Boost tested here. 12x135, 12x142 and 12x148 Boost available
Spokes/Nipples: The Hive Triple-butted custom/Black alloy X 28
Weight: 650b wheelset: 1800g, 29" wheelset: 1890g
These are the same wheels you will find pro riders Neko Mulally, Mick Hannah, and Aaron Gwin all riding on their trail bikes. All of those riders each have quite the resume and speaks volumes to the quality of products E*Thirteen makes.
E*Thirteen provides a 5 year warranty after the original purchase that guarantees the wheels free from any defects in materials or workmanship. They also offer a 1 year warranty on all of the bearings found inside of the hub. For a wheelset you definitely have to shell out some money for, this is a great warranty to have in your back pocket in case there is a problem.
These E*Thirteen TRSr carbon wheels were mounted and ridden on a 2017 YT Jeffsy 27.5 in Brevard, North Carolina. The trails in western North Carolina can be anything from fast and flowing in the Dupont State Forest to rough, rugged, and technical in Pisgah National Forest. This is the perfect place to push a set of wheels to the limit and see how they will hold up to some of the most demanding trails. After riding these wheels for a couple of months now, here are our thoughts.
When you purchase your own E*Thirteen wheels, this is what you will get!
TRSr front/rear wheel, tubeless tape, tubeless valve, spoke x3, nipple x3, nipple washer x3, 12x142, 12x148 Boost, QR endcap plugs (142 wheels only)
E*Thirteen has come up with a real contender in the growing market of carbon mountain bike wheels. With brands like Industry Nine, Raceface, Enve, and Derby all making some very nice carbon wheels of their own, E*Thirteen has stepped up and delivered. The hardest thing we have found with carbon mountain bike wheels is that they are either way too stiff, or they are not strong enough or durable enough to make it through the roughest sections of trail. The middle ground can be hard to find but E*Thirteen has done just that. The TRS Race carbon wheels are compliant enough that your front wheel stays planted to the trail but also durable enough to stand up to some hard direct impacts. We would highly recommend these wheels for your next aggressive trail or enduro bike.