e*thirteen TRSr wheels review£969.00

Wheels for the wealthy

BikeRadar score3/5

e*thirteen’s lightest enduro wheel is a super-tight and agile performer, but it’s crazily expensive.

The ‘race’ version of the TRS has more metal machined out of the advanced alloy rim extrusion to save weight. The short, tight spokes are anchored into super fat carbon-barrelled hubs, giving fantastic acceleration despite middling weight. Feedback is pin sharp as well, and they carve corners extremely well thanks to the tyre fattening wide/shallow rim profile.

The hubs on our recent test wheels are holding up better than previous versions too, and spare axle spacers, spokes and even an XD Driver Body are included. The soft splines of the conventional freehub gouge easily though, and the price is wallet wounding.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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