e*thirteen TRS Race Tire - Review

May 9, 2016
by Mike Kazimer  
e13 TRS Race


e*thirteen are best known for their chainguides and wheels, but they recently decided to branch out and add a line of tires into the mix. We first spotted prototypes of the new rubber last fall at the Finale Ligure round of the Enduro World Series, where e*thirteen were working to finalize the tread pattern before beginning production. The wait is over, and the TRS tires are now available, which means it's a good time to dive into the details and find out how they perform out on the trail.
TRS Race Tire Details

• 27.5" or 29" options
• Folding bead, reinforced sidewalls
• Triple rubber compound
• Weight: 920 grams (actual, 27.5")
• MSRP: $69.95 USD
www.bythehive.com / @ethirteen-components

The TRS tires are available with either a Race or Plus rubber compound. I tested the Race compound, which uses a 72a durometer for the base, 40a durometer for the side knobs, and 42a in the center. Those are some seriously low numbers, similar to what you'd expect to find on a grippy full-on DH tire. The Plus compound is designed to be longer lasting, and uses 50a durometer on the sides and 61a in the center. The tires are produced for e*thirteen by one of the largest tire manufacturers in the world, a company that knows a thing or two about rubber compounds.

The tread pattern itself isn't radically different from other options on the market, and it wouldn't be that much of a stretch to say that it resembles what would happen if you combined Schwalbe's Magic Mary with a Bontrager SE5. Both of those tires are excellent sources for inspiration - after all, there are only so many designs that actually work, and trying to get too wild can result in a tread pattern that looks like it was designed on MS Paint by a 4-year-old.

The TRS's tall side knobs have an angled base that's designed to provide support during hard cornering, and to lessen the likelihood that a knob will catch and tear off. The horizontal sipes on each knob are intended to allow the side knobs to deform in a more predictable manner - imagine the difference between crumpling up a piece of paper or folding it into a fan.

Reinforced sidewalls are in place to ward off punctures, and thicker rubber is used on the outer edges of the tire to help prevent pinch flats. Wider rims are becoming more and more common, and e*thirteen designed the TRS's casing specifically to work best with rims that have an internal width of between 24 and 31 millimeters. They will fit on both smaller and wider rims, but for the ideal fit and tread profile it's best to stick close to those numbers.

E13 TRS carbon race wheels review
The sidewall pattern conveniently lines up with the one printed on e*thirteen's TRS Race carbon wheels.

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The base of each side knob is angled to help prevent them from collapsing during hard cornering.
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A mix of vertical, horizontal and diagonal sipes help keep the tire contouring to the ground.

On the Trail

I'm constantly searching for a tire that can provide at least some semblance of traction on wet roots, since those slippery suckers are a regular feature on many of my local trails. After spending the last few months on the TRS Race tires, they've won me over with the outstanding level of grip they provide, even on mixed terrain, where slimy roots and rocks are interspersed between sections of wet earth. I found myself taking positively stupid lines into off-camber roots in order to find the limits of that sticky rubber compound, and more often than not managed to make it through unscathed.

Feel like riding steep rock rolls in the pouring rain? Go for it. A positive outcome still isn't 100% guaranteed, but the TRS Race tires' grippy rubber and aggressive tread pattern certainly helps to reduce the pucker factor. Compared to the Maxxis Shorty, I found the TRS Race to be more predictable on harder packed surfaces, likely due to the slightly shorter center tread pattern. This helps make the TRS Race less of a specialist, and more of a tire that you could run year round, especially if your preferred trails are steep and loose.

The generous width (the tires measured almost exactly 2.4”) and the tall side knobs provides a nice solid platform to push into during hard cornering, and even when running pressures in the low 20s there was plenty of sidewall support. When the trails do dry up the TRS tires continue to deliver, although there's so much traction on tap that I'd be inclined to put on a faster rolling rear tire, something that was easier to break loose while the front kept on gripping through the turns.

If there's any downside to the TRS Race tires it's that the softer rubber will wear out faster than a harder compound, but that's a tradeoff I'm willing to accept for the stellar performance on slippery trails. The wear that has occurred so far is evenly distributed, and all of the side knobs are intact, without any major tearing or cracking at their bases.



Pinkbike's Take

bigquotese*thirteen's TRS Race tires offer some of the best all-round wet weather performance on the market, with an ultra-sticky rubber compound and a tread design that manages to find grip in areas where other tires struggle. - Mike Kazimer



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132 Comments

  • + 143
 The tire/rim graphic matchup may be the greatest innovation since dropper posts!
  • + 43
 But is it metric?
  • + 62
 Too bad Mavic did it three years ago.
  • + 76
 ... Untill someone puts one on a hurry, and its slightly mis aligned. Then it will be the worst thing in the world for ppl with OCD.
  • + 16
 @Trudeez: Scott did it ~16 years ago in G Zero FX
  • + 6
 Party trick.
  • + 5
 @Mojo348: Just don't bother with getting the tyre aligned. Just put it on, remove the label from the rim and re-align it. You'll need a good stock of stickers from e*thirteen to keep going like this though. I don't have OCD though I'm happy I won't have to bother with this. Everything on my bike is so mismatched that an aligned rim-tyre combo would look out of place. That said, my left and right hand pedal match, but that's it Smile .
  • + 7
 @Trudeez: But that's just it, they didn't! All they did was repeat the pattern on both, whereas e13 have actually used both halves to complete the pattern. Praise be to e13!
  • + 3
 The real issue with the new e13 tyre range is that they haven't got a semi....
;-))))
  • + 2
 @vroomvroompartystarter: yup, you need a pump that pump KPa not PSI
  • + 56
 No 26" option?
  • + 67
 26? What are you? A caveman?

jk... I'm bummed as well... All my rides are 26 including the frame I purchased 2 months ago.. /cry
  • + 25
 I feel your pain. All my mountain bikes are 26.
  • + 20
 Why do you need the most fancy tire when you don't need the most fancy wheel size? Just get a maxxis/schwalbe/bontrager/onza/whatever
  • + 11
 @SleepingAwake: Zactly - I have a box fresh 26" Magic Mary waiting for my front wheel...
  • + 14
 Watching the hottest TV series at the moment I realized the author came up with the best possible quote regarding the 26" a long time ago:

What is dead may never die!
  • + 1
 Lots of good 26" tire choices out there man... more options than 650b or 29er.
  • - 6
flag AndRiEL (May 10, 2016 at 6:11) (Below Threshold)
 So f..k this Continental copypaste tyre Smile
  • + 6
 As others said below, the Rock'r 2 is basically the same tire and comes in a 26... despite being fewer complete bikes available, we are kind of in the golden age of good 26" tires and rims; there are a ton of awesome options out there right now.
  • + 5
 @patrick2cents: thanks for the tip! Needed new tires and the Rock'r 2s will be here on Thursday.
  • + 0
 @betsie:
Train as a dentist , then your quivver will be full of lots of varied shiny bikes,the downside is you'll need to lose some skill lol
  • + 1
 Same here! All my bikes are 26', including some E-thirteen wheels. 650b may be the new fashion but these people in the bike industry are really disgraceful on disregarding most of the biking community. How can I trust an industry that overnight made their prime products worth hundreds/thousands obsolete and literally shat on all their previous customers?
  • + 0
 @pigman65: My dentist lives 2 doors away. He doesn't have any bikes though. Smile
I have 1 or 2 bikes. 25 is just so cheap now.
  • + 0
 @pigman65: The dentist salary range is $75,314 - $233,673 in the USA. Bottom end definitely does not cut it IMO. Average is $123k, which is pretty decent, if you are done paying off your school loans that is.
  • + 1
 you average dentist does not have time to ride bikes.. maybe some spandex lycra road cycling..
  • + 3
 @Ricardo-Sa: bullshit!!! My dentist only works 3 days a week and is still living large. You just have to get good at screwing the insurance companies.
  • + 1
 @unrooted: Yes, the time off is spent in the shrink or locked in a basement having nightmares from looking a rotten teeth hehehe
  • + 1
 @headshot: I've wanted to try magic Mary's for years. Finally got on some this year and used them in varying conditions. I had the most difficulty with dry and wet+roots. I was not impressed. I've mostly used Maxxis minions DHF tires since the beginning and have ventured a few times to other tires like the schwalbe magic mary. But I always go back to the Maxxis minions.
  • + 1
 @mooseman414: Try Continental Der Baron Projekt 2.4". Grip like a Magic Mary (but the knobs stay on for more than ten days), roll like a Minion DHF and last better than you can expect from such a grippy tyre.
  • + 1
 @amrskipro: projects... best tyre out there if it's not wet. Black chili rules all other compounds hands down.
  • + 31
 No 32" option?
  • + 12
 I realize 99% of you will probably take this comment with a grain of salt...I have ridden a fair share of tire combos in different conditions and this is without a doubt, hands down the best tire I have ever ridden in both wet and dry conditions. I am absolutely amazed with the traction and durability. The E13 crew absolutely nailed it with this tire. I would recommend running the TRS+ in the back and the TRSr in the front since they are so grippy. They also don't wear nearly as fast as you would think for how soft they are. I am running these on a 30mm easton rim and the size is perfect as well.
  • + 3
 Interesting! How do they roll compared to Minions?
  • + 2
 I'm as inquisitive as @WAKIdesigns.. Id be prepared to buy a new High Roller for the rear, but would accept change
  • + 2
 @littlejoker Please, share with what other combos do you compare it?
  • + 1
 I've been running them (R in front and + in back) for a month in SoCal and they have been stellar. They seem to roll just about as well as the 2.3 DHF/DHR combo they replaced and have seemed to grip and brake a bit better. Granted, they setup much wider so I'm sure that plays into it. As far as wear, I usually get a start getting little tears on a DHR side nobs within a few rides and they start to look chewed within a month but the tsr+ is still looking pretty solid. On installation, the front setup easily as advertised but I really had to struggle to get the rear tire to seat on the rim as it didn't want to seal over the dents. It's also losing about 5 PSI per day. Conversely, I never had a DHR have this issue.
  • + 3
 Once I got the "semi slick on the back" drug, it's hard for me to stop taking it. Butcher+Slaughter roll noticeably better than 2X DHF 2.5, but if you say that those E13s are worth trying then well I'll go for them as my next set of tyres. Are sidewalls at least a bit meaty and did you tear any knobbs out (that's to compare to Schwalbes which are worthless in dry)
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: To qualify my answer, I've never tried the Butcher+Slaughter combo, but I have the DHF/SS combo - which is obviously faster rolling than TRS back and front. I've also never used the TRS on pedally XC type trails - only the typical SoCal (steep) canyon climbs which are immediately followed by a fast descent. In this application I think they pedal great. Pedalling around the street in front of my house they have much less drag than the MM (which I have front and rear on my dh rig) for whatever thats worth.
  • + 12
 Right now I ride a bontrager G5. Even though it is amazingly grippy, it is insanely heavy at 1350g. For me, a tire in the 900-1100g range like this or schwalbe's super gravity feels like a perfect balance between weight and side wall stiffness.
  • + 3
 Try the S5. It is basically the lighter weight version of the G5. I also ride on a G5 and so far have not found anything I like better.
  • + 2
 @NolanFJ60: the g5 and g4 are sweet tires for sure.
  • + 4
 @ibishreddin The minion dhr2 works great in the San Diego stuff, not sure about weight though.
  • + 11
 WTB Vigilante best front tire period
  • + 2
 @thook: Heard that it does. Definately on the short list for next tire.
  • + 14
 While I was waiting for Maxxis to bring Double Down minions to Europe I went ahead and tried a Michelin Rock'r front with a Grip'r rear. I am no longer waiting for Maxxis or any other tyre for that matter. These Michelins are on another level compared to just about every tyre on the market right now and I've tried a lot.
  • + 3
 I run Butcher and Slaughter in GRID casing and I'm more than happy with them. I waited forever for Minion 2.5 in Exo and Minion SS in double down, so I went for Spesh. Not as grippy but lighter and better rolling.
  • + 2
 @NolanFJ60: isn't it the SE5?
  • + 4
 @Boardlife69: I'm running the rockr2 front and rear. excellent grip and casing durability.
  • + 1
 @speedy38racer: They are pretty damn good...only thing is I wish they would have stuck with the 'Team Issue' which was between the Light and Tough ones they make now. It was the happy medium.
  • + 1
 @dchill: My bad. That is correct.
  • + 1
 @thook: I enjoy the dhr2 on the front
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: unfortunately for us in South Africa spaz sa won't bring in anY of these in 26er tyres. ....was very keen on a set.
  • + 16
 Looks like a worn out Minion.
  • + 9
 Continental der Baron projekt is my new favorite tire I think!
  • + 1
 Love mine, how do the 2 compare?
  • + 1
 @TallTomT: no idea! I've never tried the e13's! What I can say about the conti's though is that they grip very well in intermediate to sloppy conditions. They roll alot easier than than you would think, they're light for such a burly sidewall. And they sealed up and aired up very tubeless. I have yet to find a fault. And I'm using them on my one and only dh bike!
  • + 5
 Did you see Gwin's last pot on Instagram ???where he tells that he used the same E13 wheelset for Lourdes & Cairns the wheels are still like new !!! --> WTF !!! Even Graham Agassiz didn't believe it in the comments Big Grin

Now that E13 tires are on now, I m asking myself if gwin is gonna ride them too !
  • + 8
 He's sponsored by onza for tyres although I'm pretty sure he ran maxxis with the logos can't blacked out in lordes
  • + 6
 Is it really all that uncommon for a carbon wheel set to last two races? I know thee WC riders can be brutal on wheels but are other guys who ride them just shattering rims every race?
  • + 4
 "The tread pattern itself isn't radically different from other options on the market, and it wouldn't be that much of a stretch to say that it resembles what would happen if you combined Schwalbe's Magic Mary with a Bontrager SE5. "

^^^This is as close as one gets in a tire review to saying, "looks like a Session"
  • + 4
 Picked some up at Fanatik today and replaced my Maxxis High Roller IIs. Worlds more confidence!!! Rolls faster too, and brakes better too! I even went Race up front and Plus in the back for better wear over summer. I rode it on hardpack, gravel, tons of loam, slick off camber root and granite, and very steep to flat trails today and my initial impression is where has this tire been my whole life?!?!! It aired up tubeless with a floor pump, it's casing was super stable and it transitions so much better than the HRIIs. Mind blown! And I paid less money for them than Maxxis or Schwalbe Smile
  • + 7
 I have a tire fetish. Now I want this tire, even though I don't need it.
  • + 3
 . Ironically, I'm running these tires and they feel great. Magic Mary....Snakeskin Trailstar...Front Bontrager.......SE5 Team Issue.......Rear
  • + 6
 At least this has not bearings that will fall apart or proprietary locking interfaces that will come loose over time.
  • + 3
 Truth. My buddy found out the hard way you should never buy used e*thirteen cranks, because they probably have a worn arm interface that won't ever tighten again.
  • + 3
 I have been running the TRS+ front and rear for about a month and they are insanely good. Most of my rides are in very loose, dry, rocky conditions and these things have held up great. Running them on the last generation e13 TRS+ rims with a 24mm internal width and the tire profile is perfect. They are very true to size.
  • + 6
 Like the comparison with the Shorty
  • + 2
 While the comparisons to Magic Mary / SE5 / Shorty are helpful, there is little said RE: rolling resistance. Yes, a mention of having a less grippy tire on the rear, but is it simply a matter of using the dual compound version there?
  • + 1
 Casing width, weight, traction, price -- all on par with Maxxis. Only difference is that Maxxis has been around for a long time and has a stellar reputation, while E13 started "making" tires this year and has a poor reputation as a company. I think i'll stick with Maxxis until the price on these E13's drops by about 25-30%.
  • + 1
 See Mike Kazimer's comment elsewhere in these comments: these are made by CST, just like Maxxis.
  • + 5
 @ccollord Here is why these are better based on all of the things you said...

Casing Width- Maxxis tires don't ever measure out to what they say on the label...therefore claiming that their 2.4 weighs 890 grams is a lie...because it's really a 2.25 or 2.3 tire. The E13's actually measure out to the full width and have a very accurate tire weight.

Traction- I have ridden every casing from Maxxis of comparable tires and these grip wayyyyyy better and they don't wear out nearly as fast no do the side knobs tear off.

Price- The price is actually extremely fair for a top level tire these days. I would much rather shell out money to a company like E13 who doesn't have to worry about corporate tie downs like limiting options to making rad tires. These guys wanted to make the perfect tire for what they thought the industry was missing and they did it without holding back. The price shouldn't drop just because it says E13 on it, it's already a great value considering it out preforms tires that are much more expensive.

Just because a company has been around for a long time doesn't mean they know what they are doing or they are great (not saying Maxxis is either of those). But look at a company like Mongoose who has been making bikes forever. Big name doesn't always mean good.
  • - 1
 @littlejoker: groghunter's response makes yours even better. Really think that CST set E13 up with a better compound than Maxxis uses? And good luck getting a warranty out of E13...better yet, good luck even getting a response.
  • + 1
 @groghunter: not all CST tires are created equal though. I got a pair of CST BFT (Big Fat Tire) at sea otter few years ago for my DH thinking I was getting minions like for next to nothing, and the rear one came undone in Whistler bottom on A line on a gforce turn, cracking my Derby carbon rim as it started rolling bare... pretty sure it was right (lower) pressure and the tire's fault (heard a big pop then bare rim roll... never again.
They manufacture for Maxxis but they must pick the new guys to build theirs as the tire bead was not that tight a fit. expensive repair...
  • + 6
 No 24" option?
  • + 1
 @mikekazimer : what internal rim width did you try the tyre with? Was it only the 27mm of the TRS wheelset?

I'm currently looking for a super grippy front tyre like a Magic Mary 2.35 (835g Snake Skin or 1100g Super Gravity) and I assume I could have more support and protection at lower pressures with the Super Gravity but 1100g starts getting unnecessarily heavy for my do it all bike.
The TRSr seems adequate in terms of grip, weight, protection and support, but is that last part still true with a 22mm rim? I've heard the rim width helps with support but I've never tried anything considered "wide".

If anyone has suggestions...
  • + 2
 Super gravity has same problem as Snake skin. It looses teeth and that is fkng annoying to worry after every slide if you have a hole in your tyre. Not to mention it wears out on the rear like good old Minions in Slow Reezay. My buddy went to Gran Canaria with a fresh Rock Razor SG and was after a new tyre on day 3. Semi slick got almost full slick in a week in dry conditions. You don't get that with Maxxterra.
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: You mean Maxxweara. And yes, they wear extremly fast. The GumX compound on my Grip'r still looks brand new after a few days whereas my 3C Maxxweara DHR2 looked done after two days. And I don't lock up my wheels.
  • + 1
 @Boardlife69: FYI, Dual Compound is the next step harder from Maxxtera. Since I can't just get single compound 60a anymore(they didn't bring it over from 26",) that's what I'm running on my next rear tire.
  • + 1
 Thanks for the suggestions.

@WAKIdesigns so you say the Magic Mary is too weak even on the front?
Currently on original mt king 2.4 Protection, even on the back I can hardly see knob wear after 18 months but the sidewall structure has become visible.
That's why I'd like to try something grippier/less durable for a change, and MM costs 38€ vs Maxxterra starting at 50€ (if you also happen to know where to find cheaper I'm interested)
  • + 1
 @Uuno: in my and my friends experience Schwalbes are more than fine on front but they have serious durability issues on the rear.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: ok thanks!
  • + 1
 Got to say it, I'd buy one if they made it in a 26.

Replaceable parts that have a shorter life like tires should be made to accommodate older bikes since there's still demand for those parts. I know companies won't do it if it's not expected to be profitable but I can't see how the cost of making a 26" tire would be more than the profit considering all the R&D has already gone into the 27.5 & 29 version.

This is one item I would put my money where my mouth is. If they make a 26" version, I will buy two for my TR450.
  • + 4
 I'm disgusted of all the bike manufacturers that stops supporting 26" standard.
  • + 4
 The flip side would be that you can still be stoked on the companies the do still support...
  • + 4
 If only the tire could clearly state the company that made them
  • + 9
 Well the four largest tire manufacturers are Bridgestone, Michelin, Goodyear and Continental. Since they are intentionally not saying, it is probably a company that is already making bime tires under their own name. Actually Lego is the largest tire manufacturer making like twice as many tires for their toys as Bridgestone according to Wikipedia.
  • + 21
 I want Lego tires.
  • + 10
 @Rubberelli: It'll be CST who own the Maxxis brand. They make tyres for almost everyone.
  • + 3
 @DaMilkyBarKid:
@Rubberelli

You want big tire manufacturers who do bicycle and automotive?

Cheng Shin Rubber Ind. Co. Ltd. (Cheng Shin Tire)

Kenda Rubber Industrial Company


Leading manufacturer of bicycle tires in the world?

Vittoria Tires - 7 million clinchers and approx 900,000 tubs/open tubs a year
  • + 5
 @slumgullion: Lego my EXO
  • + 5
 Considering they look almost identical to Michelin Rock'r2 that would be my bet. The sips, the patern on the side of the side knobs and the flancs and strong similarities on the patern itself.
  • + 3
 @Balgaroth: I was thinking the same thing as I read the "made by..." statement in the article... my bet is Michelin makes these out of basically the same mold as the rock'r 2.
  • + 5
 @patrick2cents: except Michelin has better compounds. I don't think e13 can afford to hire scientists. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe it's time to start drinking.
  • + 0
 @hampsteadbandit: Cheng Shin, isn't that just the company that brands their bicycle tyres as Maxxis? I was actually thinking of a company that currently doesn't do (proper mountainbike) tires (that I know of). So that could be Vittoria, Bridgestone or Goodyear. Maybe Nokian who still has the knowledge but is currently not in the bicycle market. I don't see how you're going to compete with a company that already have their own complete line produced in house. Though apparently it is being done as @Rubberelli points out. Obviously e*thirteen can afford to make their stuff slightly more expensive. Still, my guess would be Nokian.

Lego needs to up their game regarding tyres for two-wheelers (not including the Segway). I always felt the tyre profile was too square for proper cornering. And when you tilted, grip was gone. I never got how come these action figures just kept smiling. Though I noticed some of these more recent figures got a bit mad indeed.
  • + 1
 @DaMilkyBarKid: and if you remember the early maxxis exo protection tires from around 2010 the e13 sidewalls will look awfully familiar.
  • + 1
 @vinay: Cheng Shin does more than just Maxxis. They sell tires under another house brand, CST: www.csttires.com/int/bike/mountain-bike-tire & they make these for On-One: www.on-one.co.uk/i/q/TYOOSM26X225/on-one-smorgasbord-26x225-tyre as a couple examples.

Almost every tire company does quite a bit of production for other brands, as there's only a few companies making tires. As for the E*thirteen tires, I have no idea whos making these.
  • + 3
 @DaMilkyBarKid got it right.
  • + 1
 @mikekazimer: Amazing they want to keep that a secret, it takes these from a maybe to a "definitely want to try" for me. I literally would have ordered these tires if this review & your comment had been posted last Tuesday.
  • + 4
 I am officially bored.
  • + 3
 Where is 26" ?? This is discrimination!! 26" Not Dead!!!
  • + 4
 no 36" option ?
  • + 2
 It's like you knew my current tires were worn out and I was looking for something different
  • + 2
 I'm going to have to take a blade to my Michelin Rocker2, I like that centre pattern
  • + 2
 wow. I can't lie. I love how the tire and rim graphic matches.
  • + 1
 I hope their tyres are better than their bottom brackets, mine lasted 4 months, shyte.
  • + 6
 If you are running a Crankset with 30mm axle then it is not a problem of the BB. It's the case with that oversized axle making bearing use so small balls. I have no clue why industry hasn't learned the lesson from Isis where axle was stronger and harder to twist but bearings were crap.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: you are dead on.
  • + 2
 @ReformedRoadie: I still bought Hope Cranks... Couldn't resist Razz Hopefully they will either go down to 24mm axle ooor we'll have BB92+ BB shells. Those bearings will weigh aaaa lot Big Grin

Has anyone here twisted a 24mm axle?
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: curious why roller bears were never utilized, aside from my Dura-ace octalink BB.
Just talking about the Hope crank post-ride last night. Seems like an overly complicated design, but what do I know.
  • + 2
 @ReformedRoadie: I just wanted EU made cranks. It wasn't that hard to install them. If they suck I'll just go for latest SLX. The first SLX were probably the beat cranks ever made considering proce/weight/durability and I'd toss good looks into that as a subjective bit.
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: All very well but the hope version I have on another bike has lasted longer and has been put through more harsh conditions. I have now fitted hope bearings to the E13 cranks so we will see. Also I can buy the hope bearings £20 cheaper..
  • + 1
 According to the compunds they sound just like the maxxis 3C compunds of maxx grip and maxx terra.
  • + 1
 Is there really no where else to buy these tires besides directly through e*thirteen's web shop?
  • + 2
 Art's Cyclery has them. Free shipping too.
  • + 3
 @PolishTea Universal Cycles (Portland OR) has both 27.5 and 29 in stock...ready to ship. TRS+ are $57...TRSr are $70
  • + 2
 A tyre that grips on wet roots? Impressive.
  • + 1
 They look alot like michelin, i wonder if that's the company they discreetly mentioned
  • + 1
 How annoying it will be if someone doesn't line up the tire correctly and the writing will be in the wrong place
  • + 2
 The price is competitive
  • + 2
 Need 26" option
  • + 1
 pretty much an exact replica of a dhrII
  • + 1
 They are brilliant
  • + 1
 70$ for a tire?
  • + 2
 Yea. It costs more per tire to re-skin my bike (unless I find a good deal online) than it does my car. Come to think of it, all maintenance for both has been just about equal, but I only have enough money for one, so I drive a beater.
  • + 1
 @slimjim4: I'd like to know where you get these tires for your car because it's a minimum of $800 to replace tires on my vehicle.
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 @littlejoker: well maybe going to the wrong place, or having fancy car tires... tirerack and local install ~80-110 make for some cheap car tires. I usually get them for 80-120 and that for older BMW, newer BMW, and Acura. Yeah, bike tires are outrageous vs what goes inside a car tire (that handles 40-60,000 miles)
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 Great article/writing.

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