The market is flooded with carbon wheels - but Ben Morrison found some that he thinks tick every box.
Words: Ben Morrison | Photos: Nick Waygood
It’s quite possible that the TRSr SL wheels from e*thirteen might get overlooked for all the wrong reasons. Simply, there are so many carbon wheel options available right now, all being driven forward with a boot load of marketing hype coming out of every spoke hole. When creating the TRSr SL wheel set e*thirteen didn’t set out to revolutionise the world or create new game changing standards; they set out to build a great set of carbon wheels using tried and true standards that have worked for many years now.
The TRSr SL front wheel is available in all the more recent rim sizes and hub spacings and the same can also be said for the rear wheel; this also applies to the free hub – giving you the option for SRAM XD or SRAM/Shimano 11-speed cassettes (and you can certainly bet that the new Shimano free hub will be offered soon too). Just pausing for a quick moment - while on the subject of the free hub – the TRSr SL uses three double-toothed pawls that engage with the 60 teeth in the hub shell to create a quick six degrees between engagement points. Nothing crazy new in this system - but it works great! It’s also solid and sounds really sweet coasting into a large jump or smashing though a gnarly rock garden.
A closer look
Coming off these lovely crafted yet understated basic black 7075 alloy hubs are 28 J-bend spokes front and rear laced up in a three-cross pattern. No proprietary spoke wrench and no need to remove the tyre in order to true the wheel, just 28 spokes laced a normal way that you can buy at any bike shop. Now, if that doesn’t make you smile, e*thirteen supplying a few spares with each wheel will surely make that grin happen!
However, e*thirteen didn’t stop there while creating the TRSr SL wheels. When it comes to the rim they included hookless rims measuring 2.5mm thick on the lip and a shallow rim bed to help install all the most stubborn tyres out there. You’re new TRSr SL wheels also come already setup tubeless with some white rim tape and some very high flowing tubeless vales – Woo! Again, while all of these features appear to not be anything out of the ordinary – the way e*thirteen have combined them so well together is what counts, it helps inflate a tyre with ease, even when a tubeless pump was not available.
The wheels weigh in at 1650g total for this Boost spaced 27.5” wheel set. The 29er wheels weigh 1733g.
Other features of this understated wheel set are a 28mm internal rim diameter (e*thirteen say this is optimised for tyres from 2.3-2.4 but we had no issues using 2.5 Maxxis Minions) which is listed on a small sticker found on the side of each rim. The sticker also lists the spoke count, maximum tyre pressure and wheels ERD if you ever need it.