e*thirteen TRS Race Carbon 29er wheels review
We’ve been hammering e*thirteen’s TRS Race Carbon 29er all-rounder wheels for a long while now and they’ve proved an impressively durable and versatile performance upgrade. They’re certainly not cheap, but it’s a lot less than you might expect to pay for a pair of carbon wheels from an aspirational brand like e*thirteen.
The carbon rims are ‘only’ 27mm wide (internal) but they’ve got no hook to crimp the tyre inwards, so they effectively shape and support like a hooked 30mm rim. The unique two-piece e*thirteen tubeless valves are a sheer joy to fit — they screw together internally for a guaranteed secure seal, rather than making you fight with leaking external collars like every other valve out there.
The rim build and triple-butted spokes mean they’ve never felt jarring or stuttered over rocky terrain
The smoothly curved pre-taped rim profile has inflated and sealed easily, and instantly, with every tyre brand we’ve tried and held firm even when we’ve been ripping them sideways at low pressures. And it’s not just the rims that are carbon — the central drums of the massive hubs are too, keeping them usefully light despite their size and stiffness.
The big hub flanges mean shorter, wider angled spokes for precise and surefooted cornering and tracking feel. An ultra-quick six-degree pick-up gives instantaneous power transfer through the fat hubs and short spokes that makes the wheels pop and accelerate as if they’re much lighter than their 1,800g (820g front, 980g rear) weight.
The rim build and triple-butted spokes mean they’ve never felt jarring or stuttered over rocky terrain like some super-stiff wheels can. We’ve never had to touch the spoke tension or use any of the spare spokes supplied, and the rims themselves are still structurally rock solid despite a lot of cosmetic scuffs and scratches that show just how hard we’ve been riding them.
The impressive structural performance of the e*thirteens is no surprise, but the great news is that their previously poor mechanical reliability has been massively improved with new lipped V-seals and a grease, rather than oil, lubed freehub. That means the bearings are still spinning sweetly even though other cosmetic bolts on the bike have rusted badly.
They have a no-questions-asked one-year bearing guarantee and a five-year materials and workmanship warranty if you do manage to find worse conditions than us. There are also 650b and 29er versions in either QR and 15x100mm and 12×135/142mm convertible or 110mm and 148mm Boost fit.