First Look: e*thirteen's 2013 TRS+ Line 4

Welcome to Les Gets, France, the home of this year's big e*thirteen TRS+ product launch! Todd Bischoff fills us in on the details. Get stoked. - Photos and Videos by Chris Seager

Is there a better guide to Les Gets than Fabien Barel? Not if you want to go down some massively fun secret tracks completely out of control. Fab's guidance ensured we could put the new e*thirteen bits to good use.

What's new? First up are the 2013 TRS+ Cranks. They are forged from Exalite Aluminum and come in at a competitive 700 grams.

The TRS+ Cranks are incredibly versatile. Shown here as a dual ring set up, they can also accommodate a larger third ring by removing the black tabs under the cranks bolts.

The cranks use e*thirteen's trademark P3 Connect polygon 3 lobe connection spindle interface. There are no splines to deform and feature 100% contact between the spindle and crank arm.

The limited edition Steve Peat chain guide certainly looks stunning, even if you won't be going as quick the man himself ;)

Keeping your chain on in style. Nice one Peaty.

If you want one, place your order ASAP. Only 350 are being made.

To compliment the new TRS+ Cranks, here's a look at the new guides.

The tougher version of the two TRS+ dual guides has a direct mount bash guard and weighs just 149 grams. Both are designed around a 2x10 drivetrain.

Weighing a mere 96 grams, the other guide has the option of adding a Turbocharger Bashring. Garlic not included.

The new TRS+ wheels took over two years to develop and weigh 1700 grams for the set. Bigger hubs mean less force on spokes, so the wheels should stay true for a longer period of time. They're tubeless compatible, come in 26” and 29”, and there are rumors of 650b...

Home mechanics will love how easy the hubs are to service. The wheels use e*thirteen’s own spokes, but if needed they can be replaced with any other triple butted spoke variety.

Fabien was sporting a new 2013 Mondraker Foxy XR that's certainly worth a look. A zero length Renthal stem and 49” wheelbase make it very unique. This bike knows how to go fast.

Fabian puts his e*thirteen equipped rig to good use, showing us two different lines - lay it over or manual through the puddle. Fabien will always have style.

Shhhh... you didn't see this here. e*thirteen is developing a brand new dropper seatpost. It's still in early development, but features 125mm of travel via a bar-mounted cable release lever. From our talks with the e*thirteen crew, it's clear that no product is released until it’s completely ready and as simple as possible to install. These guys take their time.

Big thanks to the guys at e*thirteen and Fabien Barel for a great weekend!

e*thirteen invited us to Les Gets, France for an up close look at their brand new line of TRS+ products. From wheels to cranks, 2x10 guides, and what may or may not be a new dropper post, e*thirteen has a lot to offer in the coming year.

All products in the TRS+[Trail Security] line are designed to fill the expanding Enduro and All-Mountain categories. They're light enough to use on XC specific bikes, but our time at Les Gets proved they're engineered to take some pretty extreme punishment on bigger bikes. Watch for more on these exciting new products in the future.
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  • iceman2058

    7/7/2012 3:11 AM

    In general, the stuff looks great. But why would anybody start developing a new dropper post today, and not have the cable attached to the lower portion?

  • 'size

    7/7/2012 7:44 AM

    exactly - and i'm looking at you too, thomson.

  • Seraph

    7/7/2012 8:54 AM

    From the mouth of a Hive employee: "If you want to attach the cable on the lower half of the post you have to invert the cartridge, which would decrease overall longevity and make the post wear out faster."

  • Adam_Schaeffer

    7/7/2012 10:27 AM

    I'm interpreting that as, "We had the design in the works before the market started moving away from cable at the head and we didn't want to have to start from scratch."

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