E*Thirteen TRS+ cassette goes big with updated 46 tooth option

The smart guys and gals from E*Thirteen have had a busy year of development and expanding their product range to suit the ever growing demands of consumers.

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The new E*Thirteen TRS+ cassette boasts a 9-46T spread with a 511% range.

 

Their latest edition is an updated version of the popular 11-speed TRS+ 9-44T to allow it to join the ranks with its bigger brother the TRSr 9-46T cassette by adopting the same range. It now also boasts a 9-46T with a 511% range, but what makes it really stand out is that it’s a lot more cost effective. Given the political back alley punch-ups and yo-yo Rand, this is great news because why should you have to sacrifice such range because someone in parliament opened their mouth?

 

Add to this the ability to replace only the worn section of the cassette when the inevitable time comes will have your wallet silently clapping. Depending on your riding style, if you are a hard gear crunching dynamo who eats up the flat sections at 56km/h, you would probably need to replace the lower steel (9-28T) section first. If you are the rider that likes to casually spin up the climbs in the easy gears, it’s likely the last 3 aluminum gears will be the first to be replaced. Either way, you only need to replace that section and not a whole new cassette.

 

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The top and bottom sections of the cassette can be replaced independently as they wear.

 

You also don’t need to change your existing 11-speed drivetrain (wallet still clapping in background). The lower pricing is possible thanks to reworked machining of the cassette which takes less time to produce. A smidgen heavier than the TRSr, the TRS+ still weighs only 339g which makes it lighter than its nearest competitors by a fair bit and still having more range.

 

A cheaper and lighter alternative must have a compromise? Well, not necessarily it seems as the performance enhancements also need to be factored. In this case, bigger is not really better and the advantages of a compact drivetrain are actually, well, big.

 

A shorter chain would save weight and a shorter derailleur would allow for more rock clearance and other pesky obstacles that seem to run amok around the trails.

 

The 9T also allows for smaller front chainrings which would improve the ground clearance, given the current trend of bikes getting longer, lower and slacker, this is worth considering.

 


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While every generation of cassettes improves and lessons are learnt, E*Thirteen have also opted for the same bushing system as used by the TRSr to avoid any possible creaking.

 

While sometimes things happen and maybe the ugly creak appears, there is an efficient warranty system behind it all, thankfully, to keep your pedals turning. Best of all, the cassette is guaranteed to be free from defects in materials or workmanship for 5 years after original purchase.

 




12 Comments

Mongoose!, Aug 30 2017 02:28

jump in gears just too big.

wonder if it still going to cost more than a complete GX Eagle upgrade kit...

Hilton., Aug 30 2017 03:06

Yeah, I have always thought the same thing. The jumps in gears are only just acceptable on Sram 10-42 11 and eagle 10-50 12 speed cassettes. But with 9-46 in 11 speed, the cassette tooth jumps are massive. Great if you're just doing trail riding / #enduro, but not so great for racing intensively, especially marathon.

FCH, Aug 30 2017 07:00

jump on suntour is way better than the shimano or e13

BigD, Aug 31 2017 08:11

jump on suntour is way better than the shimano or e13

Suntour dont have anything for Sram XD hubs, e13 are the only after market cassette compatible

jonami, Aug 31 2017 07:51

You mean SunRace, not Suntour.

 

 

jump on suntour is way better than the shimano or e13

cadenceblur, Sep 01 2017 10:29

jump on suntour is way better than the shimano or e13

the jump is 8 on the Sunrace, how is this better?

TomS, Sep 01 2017 12:46

I have been riding with this cassette since June and the only noticeable jump in gears is between 20 and 24. In all the other gears there are no clear over or under spin.

 

Had the Sunrace cassette as well and I felt more than one jump between gears. To me this is the better option.

 

My 2 cents.

cadenceblur, Sep 01 2017 04:08

I have been riding with this cassette since June and the only noticeable jump in gears is between 20 and 24. In all the other gears there are no clear over or under spin.

 

Had the Sunrace cassette as well and I felt more than one jump between gears. To me this is the better option.

 

My 2 cents.

also on the e thirteen and thus far its been brilliant

FCH, Sep 01 2017 07:01

Sunrace

 

11-13-15-18-21- -24-28-32-36-40-46 

   2  2   3   3   3   4   4   4  4  6

Ethirteen

9-10-12-14-17-20-24-28-33-39-46

  1   2   2   3   3   4    4   5   6   7

 

 

 

the jump is 8 on the Sunrace, how is this better?

cadenceblur, Sep 02 2017 06:06

Referring to the 50 cassette

FCH, Sep 02 2017 07:22

My response was to ". But with 9-46 in 11 speed, the cassette tooth jumps are massive"

Referring to the 50 cassette

Eugeneg, Sep 04 2017 02:17

Did they sort out the excessive wear on your chain?  I bought my 9 - 46 in June and is on my 3rd chain in winter season max 400 km per chain.  Seem that the small 9 tooth gear is not working.