Component company e*thirteen is steadily branching out from chainguides into more component categories. New for 2017 is the addition of a dropper seatpost and a wide-range 11-speed cassette, designed to give SRAM’s 12-speed Eagle group a run for its money.
“We didn’t want our seatpost to get lost in the cloud of marginal reliability,” said a company spokesperson. To that end, the TRS+ dropper is fully mechanical with a coil negative spring.
It will be offered in 31.6 and 30.9mm diameters. The TRT+ dropper will retail for US$279 and be available in December.
TRS Race Cassette
Building on the success of the TRS+ cassette, with it’s impressive 9-44t range, e*thirteen has a new 11-speed cassette with a range that rivals SRAM Eagle in terms of overall range.
The new TRS Race cassette has a 511% range with teeth going from 9-48t. e*thirteen reworked the sprockets in between this wider spread to improve shift performance across the wider range.
The TRS+ cassette has a claimed weight of 280g. It will retail for US$349 when it becomes available in November.
TRS Race Upper Chainguide
The TRS Race Upper Chainguide has been updated for 2017 with a more compact slider and co-molded rubber to silence chainslap.
The slider is tool free and swings open to make it easier to clean or swap chainrings as needed.
The TRS Race Upper Chainguide will retail for US$99 when it becomes available in January.