e*thirteen joins the dropper seatpost game

New dropper seatpost, wide range cassette and chainguide

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.

e*thirteen is venturing into the dropper seatpost game. The TRS+ dropper breaks from the trend towards seatposts with infinite travel within their range, by offering the user two intermediate positions between fully extended and dropped. The TRS+ seatpost can be dropped to 75mm, 110mm and all the way down to 150mm.

TRS+ Dropper

The TRS+ seatpost drops by 75, 110 and 150mm
The TRS+ seatpost drops by 75, 110 and 150mm

“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.

The TRS+ dropper's 75, 110 and 150mm of drop
The TRS+ dropper's 75, 110 and 150mm of drop

It will be offered in 31.6 and 30.9mm diameters. The TRT+ dropper will retail for US$279 and be available in December.

The e*thirteen TRS+ dropper remote looks well thought out
The e*thirteen TRS+ dropper remote looks well thought out

TRS Race Cassette

e*thirteen's TRS Race cassette offers a 9-46t range in an 11-speed cassette
e*thirteen's TRS Race cassette offers a 9-46t range in an 11-speed 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 cog size was tweaked from the 9-44t TRS+ cassette to keep the jumps relatively even across the wider range
The cog size was tweaked from the 9-44t TRS+ cassette to keep the jumps relatively even 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.

It takes a lot of aluminum to make a cassette...
It takes a lot of aluminum to make a cassette...

TRS Race Upper Chainguide

The TRS Race Upper Guide is slimmed down for 2017
The TRS Race Upper Guide is slimmed down for 2017

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 Guide swings open for easy access
The TRS Race Upper Guide swings open for easy access

The TRS Race Upper Chainguide will retail for US$99 when it becomes available in January.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
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