e*thirteen's New 29er DH Wheelset and Tires - Eurobike 2017

Sep 1, 2017
by Mike Kazimer  
Eurobike 2017

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We might not have seen a wholesale switch to 29ers on the World Cup DH circuit this year, but I'd be willing to bet that there will be even more pros on big wheelers by the time next season rolls around. Apparently e*thirteen think so too – they have a 29” version of their LG1 Race wheelset on the way. The hookless carbon rims have a 30mm internal width, and are laced to e*thirteen's LG1 Race hub. That hub has been designed around a 7-speed, 9-21 tooth cassette, with the hub flanges pushed out as much as possible in order to increase the wheel's stiffness – there's no wasted space between the largest cassette cog and the spokes.


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The LG1 Race hub was designed around a 9-21 tooth cassette.
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The super grippy LG1 tires will now be available in a dual ply casing.

To go along with those 29” wheel, e*thirteen have DH casing LG1 tires on the way, with a claimed weight of 1131 grams. There's also a 27.5” version as well that's said to weigh in at 1080 grams.



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The TRS Race SL carbon cranks.

In addition to the new wheels and tires, e*thirteen were showing off their TRS Race SL crankset. Constructed from compression molded carbon fiber, the cranks are claimed to weigh only 418 grams for the 175mm version – that's an impressive figure, especially since they're designed to be able to withstand the rigors of all-mountain riding or enduro racing. Spacers can be used to fine tune the chainring position, a handy feature that allows the same chainring to work well with Boost and non-Boost drivetrains.


69 Comments

  • + 46
 I always find the nomenclature of e13 a bit hard to follow.

First this LG, TRS thing is hard to understand, then you need to pay attention if it has a + or a R for Race behind it ...

Just sayin'... a bit hard to follow.
  • + 20
 LG is DH, TR is trail/XC. It's not very hard to follow at all. The "r" suffix is the higher end version, the "+" means it's nicer than any version without a suffix. Not as bad as SRAM with NX, GX, X1, X01, XX1, GX Eagle, X01 Eagle, XX1 Eagle...
  • + 3
 @seraph: sram is mostly sequential though, you only have remember the difference between NX and GX, the rest are mostly logical.
  • + 5
 LG1=DH/gravity
TRS=trail/enduro

Good/better/best/bestest = base/plus(+)/race(r)/race sl
  • + 4
 @seraph: is this why Emily Batty is not riding XXX components from Bontrager?
  • + 1
 I think there is some care of imagination involved in those names.
  • + 30
 Gwin on a 29er next year. Other teams switching to 32ers in 2019 to keep up.
  • + 4
 Jokes aside, 32" is just on the very edge of being so big that geometry and consequently - handling gets fkd. But I wouldn't be surprised if someone made a 30.5" er for XC.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: some complex physics involved i'm sure but excited to see how far it could be pushed. Reviews of the Trek Stache make an interesting read.
  • + 1
 @tremeer023: you can even read my review of Stache Wink it's a really cool bike (unlike Fatbikes for regular riding), a very practical one for areas where winter and spring mud makes some trails barely rideable. However 275+ is just as good. With plus it's more about tyre width and volume than diameter. Contact patch for grip and staying on top of mud crap, "softmess" for roll over. I can only assume that the difference can be noticed only between 26+ and 29+
  • + 25
 Here comes the 29er Tues
  • + 2
 I hope so.
  • + 47
 I'd rather just see gwin keep winning on 650b to be honest.
  • + 0
 I wish. But I think they literally dgaf about making one.
  • + 4
 please NO... the rest of the field wouldn't stand a chance. JUST KIDDING... I would love to see how fast he could go on big wheels, it would be insane.
  • + 22
 @Jackson900: I'd rather go back to watching all of them racing on modified beach cruisers with a coaster brake. f*ck progression.
  • + 7
 @Dustfarter: it could be called the "F**KING BADASS CLASS"
  • + 1
 @Jackson900: he does not need a 29er to win .... i'm confident that if he's having more fun on the 27.5 he will stay on them
  • - 2
 I wouldn't be surprised since they will have time to test. You don't see the broken Enve wheels highly publicized that Minnaar seems to be destroying with his speed. Gwin already destroys tires, what's going to happen when he goes 29er? This year's world cup was super entertaining, but weather and mechanics made for the big swings. Hope for Gwin's sake these are strong.
  • + 2
 I would really like to see it where 29er is offered on xl frames and maybe an option on large because i am very much under the impression it is a matter of fit. minaar is a giant so 29 works for him. brosnan is tiny so i dont expect him to excel on 29
  • + 0
 Gwin will go to 29ers, if only to persuade a major manufacturer to make him longer chainstays
  • + 1
 @hamncheez: Canfield makes a long travel 29er with 414 CS... there is no hope...
  • + 2
 @adrennan: Exactly. Same as Jack Moir and Gee. They are big guys hence can muscle 29ers around more.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: damn that's a tight rear end.
  • + 1
 @Jackson900: maybe just keep winning no matter the wheel size
  • + 1
 @fartymarty: until you landed a jump and slammed on the brakes every time
  • + 0
 I don't know if that's ever gonna happen. YT was already on the edge about making a 29er when they did the Jeffsy, 29ers are not really in the company's genes
  • + 2
 @rewob: oh the downvotes
  • + 2
 @bikeis4life: yes but Jeffsy 29 got really good reviews while Jeffsy 275 gets "meh - another trail bike"
  • + 3
 @bikeis4life: The Jeffsy 29 is their best selling bike
  • + 2
 @hamncheez: I'm pretty sure it isn't, the Capra is. The 27.5 Jeffsy may not have the same impact as the 29er, but it's my pick of the two bikes.
  • + 2
 @jewpowered: I'm always surprised my more mild comments are usually hiveminded down to negatives here. It seems to you have to be extremely negative with memes to please the keyboard enduroers
  • + 2
 @RedBurn: gwin hsd stated he prefers his jeffsy..moto like feel
  • + 2
 29 front, 275 rear
  • + 1
 @jrocksdh: illegal under UCI rules
  • + 11
 Another example of making a better brace angle without a frigging new standard. E13 is a pretty innovative brand, I just hope their quality control has better consistency.
  • + 2
 Yes. Spec did that with DT when Sam Hill was on the team. Now I wish someone made a 6-7speed wide range cassette in 11 speed spacing to make a narrower freehub. My worry is, Shimano may throw a big beige jobby into the fan and make a new wider FH body for 12 speed
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I can totally see shimano do that
  • + 6
 This is all going to be far more interesting if we catch glimpses of Gwin on these wheels through the off season on his trail bike first... I just can't see YT not willing to build a Tues in a 29er format for Gwin just to see what he thinks of it. You arguably have the greatest test pilot when it comes to his f*cking Rain Man abiltiy to notice the most subtle issues with any part on a bike or even the bike itself for that matter.


I could easily see Gwin running two bikes with different wheel sizes next year. Why not right?
  • + 6
 Gwin has said in lots of interviews that he prefers to find one more general set up and stick with that for the year only making small changes when he needs to. So I highly doubt he would go swapping wheel size between different races.
  • + 5
 He rides the 29 Jeffsy already and used to race and Enduro 29 for Spesh at races like Sea Otter. It won't really be a big adjustment for him.
  • + 2
 @haallinson: a general set up for that particular bike. So if he has two bikes he can still have a set up for each.

Its not just as simple as a wheel size change. The bike in a whole is a different pony with its own attitude compared to a 27.5

For instance what was it? Like 3 years ago they were in South Africa and the track was very tame and didn't he run a over forked Enduro? Imagine if he had a big wheel bike then shit son he might have gone fast enough to travel in time.
  • + 3
 "To go along with those 29” wheel, e*thirteen have a DH casing version of their LG1 tires, with a claimed weight of 1131 grams. There's also a 27.5” version as well that's said to weigh in at 1080 grams."

That sounds absurdly light for a 29" DH casing tire doesn't it?
  • + 3
 That's what a double down DHR2 would run, more or less.
  • + 7
 They need a faster rear tire to go along with the TRS...
  • + 2
 Rumor is that it is coming soon.
  • + 1
 @DubC: I really hope so, because then I have my dream bike setup, from what I already own, at the cost of a freehub, cassette, and tires
  • + 4
 Why 9-21? wouldn't it be better to have the extra chain wrap of say... 11-25? Less likely to hop a tooth while pedaling through chop, more efficient, more durable.
  • + 2
 It can be run with smaller chainring so less chance smashing it. I would still go with 11-25 on the price alone but I'm not Gwin... Smile The durability is not much in consideration for the sponsored riders. I guess they put a new one for the race run and ride it until the next one...
  • + 1
 Gwin has never "hopped a tooth" and the 9t does not wear out first.
  • + 2
 I'm more curious where DH is going with tires. You have all the AM/Enduro stuff going wider rims with "WT" type tires yet looking at current DH bike offering like the v10 as an example it still specs with a 28mm internal width rim no reserve 30 option and maxxis doesn't even offer any DH casing tires in a WT option. Seems DH is getting left a bit behind in recent tire/rim developments.
  • + 1
 I want to see metric chains!
The chainlinks will be shorter. Now, the distance between two chainpins is 0.5 inch, which is 12.7 mm. If we shorten this distance to 10 mm, than we can introduce more tooth, which results to less polygon effect = more efficiency. In the diameter of a 9 tooth normal chainring this would be a big improvement.
The chain width should not change.
  • + 3
 Back in the 70's Shimano had a Dura Ace 10 group for track racing that used 10mm pitch chains. Look it up! It's crazy how small a 48t front ring looks in person with that pitch chain.
  • + 1
 about ethirteen 11 speed cassettes. The only thing i don't like about the 11 speed cassette is that it requires globs of grease to attach the cassette pieces. This extra grease attracts a tremendous amount of dirt in a vital area that needs to be as clean as possible.
  • + 3
 Don't misalign their tire/rim graphics, or you will look silly.
  • + 1
 Wouldn't you want some weight near the bottom bracket on dh to offset the ratio of sprung to unsprung weight and lower center of gravity?
  • + 1
 GWIN can do whatever the F he wants he could probably shed a recumbent if needed!
  • + 1
 "e*thirteen have a DH casing version of their LG1 tires"

Since when did they have LG1 tires?
  • + 1
 Since Eurobike.
  • + 2
 Are those cranks 418g with or without the chain ring?
  • + 1
 Without.
  • + 1
 @Brightside: wow, thats pretty light
  • + 1
 Rf sl g4 is 430 w/32..170.
So a 32t is about 30g...
  • + 1
 The LG1 tire will be a good follow-up when my MAXXIS DHF 29x2.5 3CMaxxgrip DH Casing will be worn-out.
  • + 1
 Will the wheel explode if you use this hub on a 275?
  • + 1
 Love to try those wheels .
  • + 1
 Was hoping to see a new rear tire from them...
  • + 1
 large flanges are gone?
  • + 1
 Love wheels.

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