e*thirteen TRS Plus Dropper Post
It's official – you can add e*thirteen to the rapidly growing list of companies who have a new dropper post on the way. The TRS Plus is cable actuated, and has fully mechanical internals – there's no hydraulic fluid, or even an air spring for that matter. Instead, the post relies on a coil spring to return it to full extension when the actuation lever that sits under the handlebar is pushed. There are four possible positions; in addition to being fully extended or fully dropped by 150mm, the post can be stopped at 75mm or 110mm of extension.
e*thirteen TRS Race Cassette
The display model had a surprisingly light action – I'd expected the design to take a solid push on the lever to activate, but instead it felt like it required the same amount of effort it takes to shift a derailleur. In other words, not much, which could come in handy for those moments when getting the seat out of the way as quick as possible is the top priority. Of course, this was a pre-production model – once we get our hands on the final version we'll see how it behaves after a steady diet of rain and mud.
The stealth routed TRS Plus will be available in 30.9mm and 31.6mm diameters, with a claimed weight of 590 grams. It's expected to be available by January 2017, at which time it will be priced at a very competitive $279 USD.
The dropper post wasn't the only new item e*thirteen had on display – they were also showing off the Race version of their TRS extended range cassette that offers a whopping 511% gear range thanks to its 9-46 tooth spread. The 11-speed cassette weighs 280 grams, and now has a bushing that rests against the XD driver body to help eliminate the chances of it creaking under load. The shape of the largest cogs has also been revised slightly over the original TRS Plus cassette to increase stiffness and ensure that shifts are crisp and clean every single time. MSRP: $349 USD. The original 9-44 tooth TRS Plus cassette will still be available, with a newly lowered price of $279.