e.thirteen acquires Heim 3-Guide design and IP portfolio

Mar 19, 2008
by Luc 'Acadian' Albert  
News Source: ethirteen components
e.thirteen components is proud to announce the acquisition of Montara Design’s Heim product line and supporting IP portfolio. The addition of the Heim offerings helps to diversify the already strong e.thirteen product line.Dave Weagle, president of e.thirteen had this to say, “We’re thrilled to bring the 3-Guide and Jon’s other designs into the e.thirteen family. We’ve long recognized the quality and performance of the Heim product, and its unique position in the marketplace. The timing to bring a more Cross Country and All-Mountain lightweight product into our line is perfect, and we’re excited to develop new designs that fall within the scope of the Heim patent portfolio. We are dedicated and able to carry on Heim’s tradition of quality, USA based manufacturing, and customer service. The fit is just perfect for us, we couldn’t be more excited!”

Jon Heim, founder of Montara MTB and designer of the 3-Guide added, “I could not be more stoked than to be working with Dave Weagle and the legendary e.thirteen components! They are well known innovators and fellow bike geeks. This is a true win-win situation – it frees me up to work on other projects and go in some new directions, and expands e.thirteen’s product line. They will be able to put a real sales and marketing effort behind the products, something I’ve never been able to do. It also gives them the intellectual property to expand their product lines.”

New designs incorporating e.thirteen’s Heim patent are planned to be released in the coming weeks. A sneak peek of the upcoming first offering, the lightweight 99 gram 3RS (3 Ring Security) is being released today.

About ethirteen components
e.thirteen components is a small, rider-owned and operated company that strongly supports dozens of grassroots races, series, contests and other riding events all over the world every year. Founded in 2001, e.thirteen’s innovative, functional, simple and lightweight chain retention systems have made them a world leader in this category, and the choice of top pro and amateur riders and mechanics alike. They support a worldwide distribution network and take great pride in offering devoted customer service.


  • 9 2
 Pretty standard? how many chain guides are there for bikes with 3 rings in the front? Exactly, Nice love E 13
  • 7 0
 KISS keep it simple stupid nice guide
  • 4 1
 e13 was already big. And now they are going to be huge. They have simply the best products on the market. And like sammo said, KISS, is the best market-quote every companie should think about. 20-100.
  • 4 0
 Not really seeing the point of a three ring guide, if you properly adjust your derailer, there is really no need for the extra weight of a guide
  • 4 0
 one could argue it tucks your chain up a little higher... but i agree, other than that, it's not really necessary for XC, is it?
  • 0 0
 What about the All Mountain folk out there who want a triple ring setup w/ a bashguard and a chainguide? Because this wasn't an option when I was building my bike, I opted for a 38-28 setup w/ a DRS but this this system someone could setup a 44-36-22 with a Blackspire XC God and a 3-Guide and have the best of both worlds.

As for noise and whatnot, there are lots of was of reducing the noise, heck just look at Sam Hill's bike for examples of noise dampening mechanically wizardy.
  • 0 0
 I frankenstein'd together a Heim guide with an MRP roller, several years ago, on my Intense UZZI DH. With a 2-ring set-up on XTR cranks, and an MRP outer bash ring, the set-up worked perfectly
  • 0 1
 more than weight, i think that the possible noise and complication of a guide for a triple is unnecessary. i agree with skatejunkie.
  • 0 1
 I used one of these for awhile on my Nomad. It worked great but I switched to a 2 ring setup so I could have a bash guard. It wasn't noisy either due to the material used.
  • 0 0
 they had so much stuff that came out this year
  • 6 8
 hmmm..... looks pretty standard to me.
  • 5 7
 tru dat

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