e*thirteen, Limar and Giant - Taipei Show 2015

Mar 19, 2015
by Mike Levy  
Taipei


e*thirteen's Prototype TRS+ Guide

It sometimes feels like e*thirteen has been in the chain guide game longer than there's been mountain bikes, and while that's obviously not the case, it's been neat to see their guides evolve over the many years that they've been producing them. The difference between the relatively clunky units from those early years that took a handful of tools, three people, a lot of beer and two large pizzas to install, to the prototype TRS+ pictured below is night and day.

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The TRS+ is completely redesigned.
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Flip the metal latch and the upper slider rotates open.


e*thirteen is getting close to releasing their revamped TRS+ and LG1+ chain guides that we showed you from the last Interbike tradeshow, and the latest versions have seen a clever update that will be carried over into production: a metal latch that can be unclipped to ease installation and removal. Undo the metal latch and the forward section of the upper slider pivots open (it stays closed at the rear) so you can install the the chain without needing to use a tool. The latch parts are captured so that won't go anywhere, and it looks much sturdier than the original prototype's plastic assembly.

Other notable features include longer ISCG mounting slots that add a few more degrees of adjustability, something e*thirteen said is nice given that so many frames out there sport tabs that are clocked too far in one direction, and noise and reliability have also been addressed with co-moulded Shore A rubber on the upper slider that should help keep things quiet. The guide's lower assembly, including a roller on the LG1+ model that's smaller and softer than the 2014 version, can also be removed if you don't think you need the protection, and all three sizes of the bolt-on taco guard (30, 34, 38 tooth protection) are included so you can get maximum ground clearance for whatever size 'ring you're running. The TRS+ pictured here will retail for $159.99 USD when it becomes available later in the year.

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The latching top slider should make installation much easier.
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A simple chain guide solution for those that don't need a full sized guide.


Those who don't need the protection of a full sized chain guide can use e*thirteen's new direct mount TRS+ that sports a revamped aluminum mounting arm that helps to bring the price down from $110 USD to $79 USD. It also gets the same co-moulded Shore A rubber on its slider to help keep noise to a minimum, as well as the metal latch to make installation a cinch. In other words, it's less expensive and easier to use.





Limar's new 949DR Helmet

A helmet company isn't a helmet company if they don't have some sort of enduro-style lid in their lineup, and Limar's new 949DR is maximum enduro.

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The 989DR won't be blending in with the plainer helmets out there.
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The large visor can be pushed up while on the go to make it easy to store your goggles when you don't need them.


As you'd expect, there's more coverage at the back of the head that extends lower down than what you'd see on a cross-country helmet, but it's the 949's visor that really sets it apart from the crowd. Word is that it was actually larger on early prototypes, but the visor on the production model pictured here is more reasonable. The blue fin bolted to the top of the helmet is actually a camera mount that lets the rider mount a POV camera facing in either direction, or even mount two cameras that face forward and back at the same time. While it's easy to make fun how many people use GoPros and then share the footage everywhere, the ability to mount opposite-facing cameras could make for some really cool split screen action.

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You can mount two POV cameras on the blue section, with each one facing the opposite way.
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Those exit vents looks pretty large, don't they?


The 949DR ticks all the usual boxes: the visor can be pushed up easily to make room for goggles, an adjustable band at the rear that can be set to four different heights, and a load of vents (twenty three in total) help to keep the air moving in and out of the shell. Limar will offer the $190 USD 949DR in two sizes, medium and large, with the former weighing 330 grams and the latter coming in 20 grams heavier. Colour choices include matte camo/blue/white, matte titanium/black, matte camo/black/red and the matte orange/blue shown here. Expect the helmets to be available within the next few months.




Giant's Carbon DH Machine

While there's not much to see at the Taipei show in the way of new downhill bikes, Giant is showing their Advanced Glory 27.5 0 that had people stopping in their tracks.

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  The Advanced Glory 27.5 0 looks race-ready straight out of the box.


The 27.5'' wheeled Advanced Glory 27.5 0 is a brand new model, and the frame is said to be 245 grams lighter than the standard aluminum version, with a claimed weight of 3,008 grams. Geometry between the aluminum and carbon frames is identical, though, with a 63° head angle and 439mm chainstay length. Giant's Maestro dual link suspension layout controls the 203mm of rear wheel travel, and some weight has been saved by the lower link pivot location also doing double duty as the lower shock mounting point, something that Giant has been doing for some time now.

The Advanced Glory 27.5 0 comes with a race-ready spec, including SRAM's new X01 DH 7-speed drivetrain, a coil-sprung RockShox BoXXer Team fork, Vivid R2C rear shock, and a set of DT Swiss EX 471 rims laced to DT's 240 hubs. MSRP is $8,500 USD.

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The frame's fork bumpers also serve as housing guides.
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The carbon front triangle is mated to an aluminum rear end.



52 Comments

  • + 50
 chain tension...CHAIN TENSION
  • + 2
 It's made on purpose to avoid kick-back.
  • - 10
flag mnorris122 (Mar 20, 2015 at 5:42) (Below Threshold)
 No, if that Giant actually gets ridden (which it won't) it'll get destroyed when the suspension gets compressed in a bigger cog
  • + 5
 Not with that small cassette
  • + 4
 Haven't you heard? Long, low and slack is all the rage nowadays.
  • - 10
flag freeride-forever (Mar 20, 2015 at 16:57) (Below Threshold)
 That's a derailleur for ya. Never ceases to fail. :/

Great bike otherwise minus the Walmarty lookin' fork on it. Stick a Dorado or a DVO on her & I'd pound her ass.
  • + 8
 You know that fork is a Rockshox Boxxer right?
  • + 38
 Yes! Now I can look like an idiot with my goggles on my forehead and my gopro on the top of my helmet! My Enduro Powers are getting stronger!
  • + 36
 Vatican has just announced that Enduro-sexuality, a cycling sect within Lumber sexual movement is a cardinal sin because it is way more gay than homosexuality and even bigger failure at trying to stick out than hipsterism. In his latedt letter to cyclists, ex pope Ratzenberger reminded that Jesus rode a Bamboo single speed fatbike with Shimano XT brakes. He said that it is our duty to follow the tyre marks of our lord, and ride on the sand beech as he rides on waters of the Dead sea
  • + 4
 True story, man
  • + 2
 WAKI you are terrible. but this was gold.
  • + 7
 Liam - that was one of the biggest compliments I have ever heard. I salute you and please keep on disliking me, I need it.
  • + 23
 I'll take the Limar helmet and that Macmahone bike please. If you need me I'll be Enduroing into a lake of fire.
  • + 6
 Don't forget your fan light and enduro sash
  • + 3
 And fanny pack!
  • + 13
 Dang that glory is a good lookin bike!!
  • + 70
 Would you say it's...... Glorious.
  • + 22
 It's a giant improvement from the old days
  • + 5
 They've advanced far past the old Glories
  • - 23
flag mobilechernobyl (Mar 19, 2015 at 22:16) (Below Threshold)
 I thought the new giant's were going to be shown on SUNDAY, and it would be a PIVOTal moment in the bike show, but alas, it seems their year-to-year changes are DWindling.
  • + 1
 Frame is not available until next year Frown
  • + 4
 What's that coming off the saddle? A rectal Knob wear feeler feedback gauge?
  • + 1
 I never EVER thought i'd like a Giant Glory... well shit.
  • + 7
 If anyone wants to see an advanced glory in person, stop by Trail Head Cyclery in San Jose, CA. We just got one in, it looks awesome!!
  • + 1
 best shop in the biz!
  • + 1
 hell yeah trail head is the best
  • + 8
 245g lighter than the Aluminium Version?!?!?
Ha ha ha, this is ridiculous........
  • + 10
 I actually think that that says a lot about how highly evolved and developed the previous one was, and how adept Giant are with aluminum.
  • + 3
 Same for gt and trek. But carbon sure does dampen out the vibrations.
  • + 3
 That enduro helmet looks like something from
Battle of the Planets.
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  • + 1
 That helmet is so ugly, I just kind of glanced at it and dismissed it the first time around. But after I read this, I had to go back and look. You are so right!
  • + 1
 Telling me something uses "Shore A rubber" doesn't actually give me any useful information. Shore A is a fairly wide measurement scale (missing the actual measurand)...that's like saying a bike uses "a top tube measured in inches." That's just something that bugs me, being a technical guy. Other than that, I'm really interested in that guide! I like how it the TRS+ comes with multiple bash guards - useful if you ever decide to change your gearing without having to buy a whole new guide (this happened to me a few months ago).
  • + 4
 New Wilson is at the show, let's see that please?
  • + 1
 I think 2015 teams come with coil and a charger damper so in effect if you put a charger damper in a 2014 race it makes them the same spec as 2015 team minus the black stations!
  • + 3
 High end Glory doesn't even come woth a Boxxer World Cup?
  • + 1
 looks like a wc to me?
  • + 7
 I actually think it's a Team (I think it was listed like that, when first introduced), but I don't think that's a bad fact, lots of people prefer the team over the worldcup and the bike is pretty light, so there no real loss in performance there!

I heard Danny Hart and Andrew Neethling preferred the Team version as well!
  • + 8
 Team all the way baby! coil >>>air every day of the week. ill just have a poo before i ride and lose the 300g haha
  • - 1
 Since when has the Team ran a coil? Thought Team was air.
  • + 1
 I think 2015 teams come with coil and a charger damper so in effect if you put a charger damper in a 2014 race it makes them the same spec as 2015 team minus the black stantions!
  • + 1
 So I really like that TRS+ but maybe I'm just cheap cause $160 for a chain guide/bash seems crazy. Anybody have a suggestion for a similar alternative?
  • + 2
 MRP Amg? Only been out for around 3 years, and it's $100.
  • + 2
 And if you want to spend $160, you can get a MRP CARBON AMg... woohoo, carbon
  • + 3
 Plus MRP actually offers a taco only option... Vital was showing e-thirteen claiming the new TRS+ guide is modular, but their taco only version was just the normal TRS with the upper slider & lower jockey wheel removed. which means it still has the big mounting bracket sticking up out of the top. F off ethirteen, I could (& did) do that years ago.
  • + 2
 Thanks guys I'll take a look at MRP.
  • + 2
 And MRP is in Colorado!
  • + 1
 I'm assuming the specd vivid coil (glory) is steel and not the composite type the wc team rides.
  • + 1
 With this NEW GLORY, i hope that de crack problem in the lower top tube would be finish.
  • + 1
 They have a craking problem? Never heard of this.
  • + 0
 Come on Giant...where is the fat bike?
  • + 0
 Way too much hype on the Glory... Ride real DH bike please.
  • + 1
 That's one fugly helmet

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