E*thirteen TRS Plus cassette first ride review

Massive range in a more affordable 11-speed package

Component maker e*thirteen rolled out the wide range TRS Race cassette last year. As gears continue to grow, e*thirteen is introducing a new version of the TRS Plus cassette with the same massive range as the Race version in a more affordable package.

This new 11-speed cassette boasts an impressive range that makes it a contender with SRAM’s 12-speed Eagle drivetrains, but at a more reasonable price-point.  

E*thirteen TRS+ highlights

  • 11-speed
  • 339g weight
  • $249 MSRP
  • Available now

How it stacks up

The e*thirteen TRS Plus cassette brings the range of the TRS Race cassette to a more affordable level
The e*thirteen TRS Plus cassette brings the range of the TRS Race cassette to a more affordable level

E*thirteen still holds the high ground in the current range wars, with an impressive 511 percent range for the 11-speed TRS Plus and Race cassettes. The tooth count for these cassettes is 9-10-12-14-17-20-24-28-33-39-46t.

The company is hoping that the combination of range, weight and price will lure customers from SRAM and Shimano.

  • e*thirteen TRS Plus and Race cassettes: 511%
  • SRAM 1x12 Eagle: 500%
  • OneUp Shark 10-50 11-speed cassette upgrade: 500%
  • Wolf Tooth 49t GC cog for SRAM and Shimano 11-speed cassettes: 445%
  • SRAM 1x11 drivetrains: 420%
  • Shimano 11-46t XT cassette: 418%

We measured the actual weight for the TRS Race cassette with lockring at 300g. The actual weight for the new TRS+ cassette is 339g. This puts it at 13g lighter than SRAM’s top-end 12-speed XX1 Eagle cassette and 106g lighter than Shimano’s 11-speed XT 11-46t cassette.

It’s more affordable than SRAM’s top XX1 and XO1 Eagle cassettes, but more expensive than a GX Eagle unit. Though the switch to 12-speed also requires a new shifter and rear derailleur, which makes the TRS Plus cassette look more appealing.

Shimano’s wide-range 11-speed SLX and XT cassettes undercut the TRS Plus cogset significantly, albeit with less total range. 

Early impressions

The TRS Plus cassette has a 9-46t range
The TRS Plus cassette has a 9-46t range

Installation and removal of e*thirteen’s cassettes requires a few more steps than SRAM or Shimano cassettes. To install the TRS+ cassette, the three largest cogs are placed on the driver body and the lock ring is then threaded onto the freehub to hold it in place. Then, with the help of a chain whip, the eight-cog cluster locks onto the larger cogs through a series of locking slots.

(Detailed installation and removal instructions can be found on e*thirteen’s website.)

In terms of shift performance, the TRS Plus cassette is consistent, but not quite on par with SRAM or Shimano’s offerings. Shift action to a larger cog is a bit slower. When moving the chain into a smaller cog the action doesn’t feel as refined as Shimano in most, but not all gears.

The shift from the TRS Plus’ 39 to 46-tooth cog and back is a smoother transition than the larger, somewhat clunky, jump between Shimano’s 37 to 46-tooth cogs.

The gap between gears on e*thirteen’s wide-range cassettes does seem more thoughtful than Shimano’s 11-46t cassette. How much this matters may be dependent on your local terrain.

Time will tell how the TRS Plus holds up to long-term testing.

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