The market is flooded with carbon wheels - but Ben Morrison found some that he thinks tick every box.
If the loud free hub and all of these normal and easy-to-use features don’t get you excited and thinking about a set of TRSr SL wheels, then perhaps this will... e*thirteen are offering what is perhaps one of the best lifetime warranties on wheels currently going around.
Rims on complete e*thirteen wheels
Under 1 year old: When a rim failure occurs, the original purchaser will be sent a complete new wheel and call tag to return the wheel with the failed rim to e*thirteen or its appropriate distributor.
Over 1 year old: When a rim failure occurs, the original purchaser will be sent a replacement rim and call tag to return the failed rim to e*thirteen or its distributor. The cost of the rebuild is the responsibility of the rider.
e*thirteen carbon rims built on non-e*thirteen hubs:
When a rim failure occurs, the original purchaser will be sent a replacement rim and call tag to return the failed rim to e*thirteen or its appropriate distributor. The cost of the wheel rebuild is the responsibility of the rider.
What e*thirteen have done is create a wheel set without any new standards or any crazy manufacturing processes; in fact, they have done the opposite and the result is a practically bombproof set of wheels with an outstanding warranty that you might not ever even need to use. It’s all this normalness in a hectic proprietary world that mean the TRSr SL are one of our favourite carbon wheel sets on the market right now.
It can be said that in today’s world there is an enormous number of brands all skinning the same cat 10 different ways (poor cat!). What is really refreshing is to have a brand that simply gets you onside right from the moment you open the first box. As we stated earlier and upon opening the box, you will find all kinds of spare parts including some grease for the free hub in the rear wheels box ! TICK TICK TICK !
Already in a good mood from our first impressions, we stayed on a high as we started to install with some already-used Maxxis tyres. The shallow rim bed helps with this making things a breeze installing used and new tyres alike. Match this with the large volume valves we mentioned earlier and the sound of a tyre popping into place is music to the ears. Something that should be of note, we managed to inflate tyres using a normal track pump not a special high-volume pump.
It might not be a big thing for many of you out there but we have to say that the TRSr SL does have that same loud buzz that you hear coming from Aaron Gwin’s bike when you are watching the World Cup rounds and for us – it sure is music. It’s also a sign of the fast engagement, or pick up, that these wheels have. This fast engagement really helps you transfer power into moving forward when going up tight technical climbs. It also helps you power out of a turn or grab that extra bit of speed and acceleration before hitting a jump.