e*thirteen LG1+ Pedals And More - Eurobike 2011

Sep 2, 2011 at 20:00
Sep 2, 2011
by Alasdair MacLennan  
 
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e*thirteen have been busy behind the scenes. We caught up with them in Friedrichshafen for the 2011 Eurobike show and what follows are a few of their treats which were on display. To briefly explain their ranges, XCX is cross country, TRS is all mountain and LG1 is for downhillers.




Brand new, hot from the mould and looking very slick (as well as quite painful should you slip one) are these LG1+ and LG1R pedals. Featuring an aluminium spine through the center, this is then sandwiched with impact resistant plastic plates that also hold the pedal pins. The platform is large, the pins are frankly brutal (think scary), and the plastic plate's nice concave surface leave this pedal with the potential for some serious grip. There is a neat feature on the outside end of the pedal which enables a rider to fine tune the rotational friction of the pedal and thus the speed it spins at. Rotating on IGUS bearings which are self lubricating, the real test will be in the sealing. They feel smooth in your hand, the shape seems pretty dialed and the utilization of the plastic plates is fairly unique while enabling riders to replace a damaged portion of the pedal easily - potentially when a number of pins are ripped from the body.

• LG1+ features CroMoly axle and pins (468g)
• LG1R features titanium axle and pins (380g)
• 4mm & 7mm pins are both included in the pack.
• IGUS bearings


The LG1 crank has been out for a while now, but sees plenty of attention for 2012 from the e*thirteen engineers to reduce the weight and increase performance. We’ve had the 2011 model on test for a while now and have been impressed. These changes look promising, but what are they? First of all is the switch from Ti-Ni coated steel axle to Ti-Ni coated 7050 aluminium. What does this mean? A weight saving of approximately 80g on the 30mm oversized axle which is impressive.



The second option is the LG1R, which is a new addition to the range, and sees the LG1+ worked harder under the machining tools to remove any material deemed unnecessary. A full downhill crank, this LG1R comes in at another 60g lighter. The bottom bracket now includes angular contact bearings and a better sealing system that helps prevent ingress of water from both the inside and out - although it’s worth noting that we haven’t experienced any issues with our original setup.

• LG1+ 820g including BB
• LG1R 760g including BB
• 165-175mm lengths (no 175mm for LG1R)



Big news in many ways is the introduction of wheelsets to the e*thirteen product range. Everyone seems to be in on the game at Eurobike this year and with the Chub hubs already under the Hive brands it made sense to go those couple of steps further and incorporate some extra parts to create wheels. The LG1 wheelsets are probably of most interest to readers, but the TRS all mountain wheels were also pretty sick. Starting with the hubs, the bodies are formed from large diameter aluminium flanges bonded to a carbon central section using an ‘aerospace product’. (That’ll be a super strong glue to you and I.) And although they may look weighty, the reality is that they are not. The engagements are positive and have a six degree engagement while the bearings spin smooth and fast with minimum resistance.



There is more to a wheelset than just the hubs and in the rim department e*thirteen haven’t shirked away from the challenge of producing their own hoop. The whole range are manufactured from a dedicated scandium extrusion which is welded and machined with eyelets, then brazed in place. In the case of the LG1+ arrangement the rim width is 30mm external and 26.5 internal. At just 540g for such a large rim scandium seems like a promising medium to bridge the gap between high end aluminium and carbon. How this will balance out in the real world remains to be seen, but e*thirteen certainly promise much. The deep section should help reduce the incidence of flat spots while the wide bead edge should help guard against irritating and unwanted pinch flats.

• LG1+ Front wheel 980g
• Available in both 15mm and 20mm thanks to simple swappable endcaps
• LG1+ Rear wheel 1070g
• Available in both 150x12 and the new 157x12 fitments


Visit the e*thirteen website to see the entire range.

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91 Comments

  • + 86
 wow e.13 is stepping it up!
  • + 7
 AL flanges glued to a carbon central section. That sounds pretty new.
  • + 3
 Nuke Proof did it about 20 years ago (the original Nuke Proof)
an there was a company called Hershey that had a hub with a clear plastic middle section so you could see the axle!
  • + 7
 Think he is being sarcastic...
  • + 3
 i reckon there ugly as
  • + 7
 where the hell did 157 rear spacing come from????
  • + 3
 It will be like the 142 which expands 135
157 will be a new standard on big dh rigs Razz
  • + 1
 At first I thought ethirteen making pedals would be a fail, but theyre actually completely oppostie of that in my opinion
  • + 3
 holy cow! those pedals look awesome!
  • + 5
 Those pedals will rape, pillage and destroy any part of the human body that interacts with it! Those pins are ridiculous, give it 3 or 4 rides and they'll be bent, flattened, ripped out... Its an easy solution to place oversized spikes on a platform and then claim to have re-invented the pedal. It would be more impressive if they could yield better grip with normal sized pins in a different layout.
  • + 1
 over 8 months, with pins from 5mm to 11mm long in my pedals, bent two, shared two in half, but my god do they grip will, slipped a pedal once in that time.
  • + 14
 I 3 e.thirteen. I can't wait till this is available. If they went full on with stems, bars, seatposts/ clamps, I'd totally build a full bike with it. Titties!!
  • + 2
 I always tell the guys at The Hive that cockpit should be the next area they work on for E.13.
  • + 6
 e Thirteen's street rep after reading this post...thru da rooooooof. those parts look sweet
  • + 2
 There really isn't a honestly good pair of pedals out there that won't take a bite out of your shins. These pedals are simply amazing. when paired with five tens they have the most amazing grip of any pedal out there. Im quite sure they will be a big hit. That's not some cheap ass plastic coating on there, it's the same polymers that are used in the bashgaurds. they take a lickin and keep on tickin.
  • + 5
 Death To All Shins!!!! But seriously, these pedals plus 5 10s look too grippy to be true...
  • + 4
 Plastic pedals with medal studs, hopefully turns out better than the jc pc.
  • + 1
 im excited to see some of my favorite companies step up and make awesome parts for their valued consumers. but with all this new technology comes a hefty price. and i can guarentee these new parts are very nice. and expensive as fuck. hope the larger companies remember to help the people out who arent loaded with dough, by producing new parts that don't break the bank.
  • + 2
 Wasnt E-thirteen supposed to have released these like 2 years ago? I know I've seen pictures of the pedals long before this article...
  • + 2
 E.13 was recently bought by The Hive, so all products that were in limbo got put on hold while the transition was made.
  • + 2
 I wonder if rubber peddles would work with pinned bottom shoes would turn out. No shin butter. Lol sorry just making things up.
  • + 2
 They'd be flexy as, get peppered with stud holes, and you'd probably rip through the rubber on big hits too... plus the inconvenience of wearing studded shoes, where the pins would wear out really quickly... wouldn't work.
  • + 6
 I wonder if asphalt wheels with an inflated roads would work . . . Big Grin
  • + 3
 My shins hurt just looking at the pins on those plastic pedals Eek
  • + 1
 Same here !!
  • + 3
 157x12? f*ck of with these retarded new 'standards'
  • + 2
 seems like a crafty way to keep us constantly updating our gear
  • + 1
 Blame Trek, not E.13.
  • + 1
 Many other companies use that spacing as well, it'll be the standard eventually. Then 2 seasons later it'll be outdated again.
  • + 1
 seriously wtf!!! 7mm!!! they are bringing out a new standard for 7mm wider axles, I would love to see a justification for that!
  • + 3
 157 is to 150 as 142 is to 135. Same hubs, different end caps that allow the wheel to settle into a slot in the dropout, allowing for easier wheel installation and removal. As an owner of a bike that uses this system I would say it is justifiable, as it makes working on the bike easier.
  • + 1
 Can't wait to see some of these products in the shop and see them for real. So much nice stuff, crank and pedals look sick as hell.
  • + 1
 Pedals will be available around December, the wheels should be available in a few weeks.
  • + 2
 thught those pedals had a sweet polish job at first glance Smile
  • + 1
 they are the number 1 in chainguide! next is the crankset,now with pedals and wheelsets...haha
  • + 2
 should start savin my lunch money
  • + 1
 The LG1 cranks have to be the nicest looking DH crankset on the market in my opinion, and an impressive weight too!
  • + 2
 Those cranks? Hulk Like it, Hulk want it. Hulk want it bad.
  • + 2
 I suspect expense. Still great looking gear though.
  • + 3
 me gusta
  • + 2
 Those hubs are mahoosively big
  • + 2
 spin control how far can u take a pedal
  • + 2
 Pfff, those pedals are not -5mm thick so.... Razz
  • + 3
 shin scraper 3000
  • + 2
 If u slip a pedal on one of those ur dead!
  • + 2
 Outstanding!
  • + 1
 This is AWESOME! If I could, I would run everything e13 on my bike
  • + 1
 Exquisite. I have wanted to eat them.
  • + 1
 They look like my hope big un hubs kinda
  • + 1
 loving the pedals, thank god the nurses knows me by first name
  • + 1
 spin control ... good idea
  • + 1
 Shin Eating Machine if you fail
  • + 1
 nice pedals and new wheels cool design...........
  • + 1
 I love the rim's but what is up with the massive hub?
  • + 2
 The idea of the massive flanges on the hubs is to be able to utilize much shorter spokes. When you accelerate, think of the hub twisting ever so slightly before the rim catches up. With shorter spokes, it is much stiffer, and the energy transfer is supposed to be more instantaneous. Does it work? Sorry, never tried them yet, but it sounds intriguing.
  • + 1
 That and rather than 90% drive side power and 10% brake side power with a traditional hub, these hubs spread out the power with 55% drive side and 45% brake side (I believe those were the numbers)
  • + 1
 Wait what? Please explain.
  • + 1
 in laymans terms, bigger flanges = stiffer wheel
  • + 1
 Got that part, it was MCsession7's comment that is murky.
  • + 1
 Bigger flanges = shorter spokes = stiffer wheel.
  • + 1
 The chain only powers one side, in turn 90% of the pedaling power goes to the drive side of the hub and 10% goes to the brake side on a traditional hub, with these hubs the power is spread out more evenly between the both sides of the hub due to the bigger flanges.
  • + 1
 They are called "OVERSIZED HUBS" - just like handlebars!
  • + 0
 Only problem with oversized hubs is the increase in sprung weight. It might be worth it for the stiffer wheel though.
  • + 2
 As noted in the article, they are bigger but not heavier.
  • + 1
 Not heavier than what? Instead of reducing weight they went larger. Really I don't have any problem with that. I'd love to have those wheels. The weight is probably worth it.
  • + 3
 What he's saying is that they're not heavy compared to other wheels on the market for the same intended use.
  • + 1
 @taletotell

Tubes (in this case center part of the hubs) with larger diameter have a thinner wall, so they will be not (at least not noticeable) heavier than tubes with smaller diameter but with thicker walls!
  • + 1
 cool. So why aren't all hubs larger?
  • + 2
 Because they aren't.
  • + 1
 It's cool that they finally got a rear hub sorted out, if you're going to buy enourmous chub hubs at least you can get a set now (Unless you had a SS setup)
  • + 1
 @taletotell: because no one else thought of it first. Also, it's just a theory so it's up to the rider to decide if it's better or not. There are other companies that have normal sized hub bodies with large flanges, which work on the same general principle.
  • + 1
 I'd say it's a bit more than a theory. It's proven that shorter spokes = a stiffer wheel. I mean even thinking about it just a little bit and it makes sense.
  • + 1
 They arent the first to do it, the specialized hubs that came on my 2008 p.1 have huge flanges... They didnt catch on because people think they're ugly...
  • + 1
 Specialized definitely wasn't the first to do it either. Ever heard of Seismic hubs? Look 'em up. Big Grin
  • + 1
 It occurs to me that this makes for more rotational weight, though I'm sure it is minimal since it is still so close to the center of the wheel..
  • + 2
 You keep going back to assuming that they are heavier. If that were the case, then you would be correct. And also correct that rotational weight has more to do with the weight closer to the rim (or the rim/tire itself). But back to the weight: the Chub QR front hub is 160g vs. 166g for a King QR front hub. So no, it will not make for more rotational weight.
  • + 1
 The same amount of weight further out = more rotational weight. NOT MORE WEIGHT. Read buddy read. Take a yoyo and spin it around at the end of the string and then smack someone with it. Then half the length of the string and do it again., The poor fool you are smacking will tell you it hurts more wiht the string full length. The weight is the same but the further out you put it the harder it is to change its direction. That is why even a light 29er wheel will never handle as well as a 26.
I'm sure the difference with hubs won't be noticeable to a human being. I'm just wondering why oversize hubs aren't the industry standard like oversize bars.
  • + 1
 Well if you want to get really picky, the extra rotational weight is offset by the fact you need shorter spokes...
  • + 1
 My shins cringed in pain.
  • + 1
 they all look soo sick Smile
  • + 1
 pedals look sick but deadly
  • + 1
 All company's are stepping it uP!!!! Nice pedals!! Ouch for the shins!!!
  • + 1
 E thirteen seem to be very creative when it comes to product names...
  • + 1
 what, LG1 everything isn't creative? find me another company that thought of that.
  • + 1
 Sounds like a cell phone to me.
  • + 0
 W O W !
  • - 1
 Those pins so high wont make holes in your tennis shoes??
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