Review: e*thirteen's New TRS & LG1 Tires - A Fun, Fast-Rolling Tire Combo

Jul 10, 2019
by Mike Levy  
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Have you ever noticed how most of us seem to have a favorite tire brand or model and pretty much everything else is somehow completely unrideable? If you're a Minion guy, you're probably just a Minion guy, and there are plenty out there who would happily give up their significant other before they hand have over their Magic Marys.

There's a lot to choose from these days, though, including two new tires from e*thirteen. Their catalog has expanded with the new A/T tire (the sticky, $71.95 MoPo rubber compound version is tested here), and the fast-rolling LG1 S/S EN Race semi-slick tire that goes for $69.95 USD. You can get both in way too many configurations to list, including different casings, different sizes, and three different kinds of rubber recipes.


TRS A/T Race MoPo
• Intended use: trail / enduro
• All-terrain design
• MoPo rubber compound
• Protective Apex sidewall inserts
• Aramid layer bead to bead
• Folding bead
• Weight: 1015-grams
• MSRP: $71.95 USD
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LG1 S/S EN Race
• Intended use: trail / enduro
• Fast-rolling semi-slick design
• Protective Apex sidewall inserts
• Aramid layer bead to bead
• Folding bead
• Weight: 1050-grams
• MSRP: $69.95 USD
• More info: www.bythehive.com
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Combining a sticky and aggressive front tire with a semi-slick on the rear can make for a fast-rolling combo that still provides the bite when you need it, but it's not exactly a new idea. And as fun as that set-up can be, it usually doesn't work all that well unless conditions are idiot-proof.

e*thirteen is of the opinion that their semi-slick can still be an all-rounder, though; ''Speed doesn’t always have to come at the cost of traction,'' which sounds a lot like an invite to see how true that actually is.


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The A/T takes its name from its all-terrain intentions.


Construction

TRS A/T Race MoPo - First things first, e*thirteen seems to love acronyms and there are plenty decipher with these tires. For the 1015-gram TRS A/T MoPo that I ran up front, the TRS is a reference to their lighter weight casing that retains some cut protection and is intended for trail riding, and the A/T bit is short for all-terrain.

The compound is e*thirteen's MoPo rubber that's said to sport ''Ultra high-tack, slow-rebound tread with a harder base for better treadwear and faster rolling.'' The full name is 'Motion Potion,' and it apparently comes from Thailand's underground moped drag racing scene. If you have ten minutes to spare, you're going to want to YouTube that one - it's way more interesting than bike tires.

The A/T is also built around a casing with a higher volume and rounder profile to it than what e*thirteen used previously, a change that should provide less of an on/off feel. Shorter side knobs make the tire look rounder as well, and a load of sipes everywhere let them conform to the ground.
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A new casing gives the A/T a rounder profile than its predecessors.

Don't worry, we're not moving on without playing the 'What does it look like' game. This time around, I see some Maxxis DHR II in there with the wide, paddle-like braking lugs that alternate with longer, tightly spaced lugs. They're ramped on both, and while the sipes are different, they're all in the same orientation, too.

The side lugs are L-shaped all the way around on the A/T, whereas they alternate between that and rectangular on the DHR II. You might have also noticed those strange-looking sipes molded into the side of every cornering lug; those are said to let the lugs flex like an accordion (pictured at right) and better conform to the ground. They look neat and drop a few grams, too.
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Spot the accordion-inspired knobs?


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Do you want to go fast? e*thirteen's new semi-slick is all about speed, but they're also claiming that it's quite versatile.


LG1 S/S EN Race - This tire's construction is burlier than the A/T, with the LG1 EN being a reference to its ''race-ready enduro casing with excellent cornering support and cut protection.''

The S/S is short for semi-slick, of course, but it's still much more substantial than some of the barely-there file treads that can be scary. Instead, a row of four small, siped knobs spans the tire's crown to provide braking bite, and you'll notice the rows use an alternating design that leads into the cornering knobs. The idea is to make that transition feel as natural as possible.

The Race compound means that it gets a soft, slow rebounding rubber on the sides and a faster rolling, slower wearing rubber in the middle. There's no MoPo to be found here, though, as the center knobs are too small to work well with that soft of a compound. Total weight for the 29'' x 2.4'' size with the LG1 EN designation is 1050-grams.
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The semi-slick gets its own accordion side knobs, too.



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Performance

If we're talking about intentions, I'd put the TRS A/T and LG1 S/S combo in the burly trail bike category. Sure, both are a few hundred grams outside of that relatively light, high-volume segment that makes sense on a sporty trail bike, but they're also much more robust and reliable.


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The A/T gets a new casing with a rounder cross-section.


The summer sun has baked many of my local trails to a hard, pavement-like crisp which, conveniently enough, is ideal for a tire like the LG1 S/S. As you'd expect, rolling speed is next-level when going from a standard tire to a semi-slick. This is most notable on jump lines and flow trails, and that's exactly where I found myself going faster while pedaling less. More speed with less effort, but big frickin' deal - it's semi-slick on a flow trail, so it better do that.

Braking traction is... pretty decent, actually. That initial stab needs to be a touch gentler so as not to crack the tire loose (unless that's what you're trying to do), but there's a good amount of anchor there when you need it. In the dry (but not too dusty) and on a hardpacked surface or rock slab, I'd go so far as to say that there's enough braking bite for most rider's needs. It does do relatively well in low-traction conditions, too, be it wet or cat litter-dry, but you'll need a deft touch on the ol' rear stopper-lever if you're riding at the limit. The Kryptonite with the S/S is sticky mud that fills in the gaps between its low center knobs, effectively taking it from a semi-slick to an all-slick. No surprises there, though; that's not what it was made for.
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Wet and muddy conditions aren't a problem unless it's sticky.

Cornering grip is impressive, as it would be with meaty lugs on the shoulders, and I can't say that I noticed any strange transition from upright to leaned over, either.

With fast-rolling tires like this semi-slick, I always ask myself if I'd take the time to swap it out for a more aggressive option if I knew it was going to rain a bunch. e*thirteen has come the closest to getting me to answer that with a 'no,' and the only reason I'd trade it for something meatier would be for climbing traction rather than more braking bite. Even then, it's really only shiny roots that give it real trouble; wet (not sticky) dirt and rocks aren't a problem. Depending on how you like to ride, that might not be a dealbreaker for you.

On the front of the bike, the A/T proved itself as a durable, all-around option that didn't disappoint regardless of conditions. It's also a big improvement on the TRS Race that I spent time on last season, no doubt due to the rounder casing that's always been my preference and the tacky, slow-rebounding rubber.

The soft rubber doesn't give you superpowers everywhere, but get it on a surface where you can take advantage of the grip and it'll do its thing. This was most obvious on Squamish's steep rock faces that often require minimal entry speed and maximum brake modulation. That's exactly where the A/T felt like chewing gum sticking to hot pavement and, strangely enough, sometimes made a sound that kinda matches that description.


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The tacky MoPo compound feels like sticky gum on warm pavement.


I ran the A/T between 17 and 20 psi without feeling any unwarranted casing or knob deflection, and without the old TRS tire's pronounced shoulders and relatively flat top, it delivers more speed and a neutral feel that's easier to live with.

Onto the less-good things. The LG1 semi-slick's center knobs are low to begin with, but they managed to get even shorter a bit too quickly for my liking. The tire pictured here had less than fifteen (admittedly long-ish, skid-filled) rides on it when I took these photos, so it's wearing quickly. It has been reliable, however, with not a single flat to report. I don't have enough time on the MoPo-equipped A/T to comment on its reliability, but things are looking good so far given the softness of it.

My only other issue is the weight. Okay, so neither of these 1000-ish-gram tires are all that heavy relative to their intentions, and I'd even say they're bang-on weight-wise for burly 29er trail bike rubber, but I can't help myself from wanting lighter versions for a sportier bike. Not instead of these, mind you, but additionally.


Pros

+ Fast and fun
+ Sturdy, reliable casings
+ A/T is a great all 'rounder
Cons

- Semi-slick rolls fast but wears faster
- No lighter weight option


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesWhile I probably wouldn't recommend the semi-slick if you put in huge miles or spend more time in the mud than the dust, combining it with the A/T on the front of the bike proved to be a surprisingly versatile and reliable setup. Mike Levy








142 Comments

  • + 99
 I think a lot of us stick to one brand because their tire casing/compound/weight/sizing/etc is the limit of what we care to memorize. Need to study those catalogs like a grad student to figure out what you want. There's an absurd amount of options, all with different names and acronyms. EXO, EXO+, DD, DH, Maxxgrip, Maxterra, MaxSpeed, SS, in every available combination you can think of - and that's just Maxxis. Once you figure one out and like it, most of us will probably sick with that brand.
  • + 67
 Or you could just pick the tire with the most different badges on the sidewall.
  • - 5
flag duzzi (Jul 10, 2019 at 8:49) (Below Threshold)
 In this case the choice is easy: 1 Kg and change per tire is completely outside my horizon of interest.
  • + 21
 This! And with the price of tires who wants to risk buying a new choice that you don't get along with.
  • + 15
 Back in the days Maxxis didn't have this detailed compound and casing faq on their website and this was the sole reason I went with an other brand. 3C maxterra dd exo I was like f*** it im buying Schwalbe.
  • + 10
 +1000. Last time I needed tires I was like "hmm, what's up with these new Kendas?" Stopped cold by a wall of acronyms. Back to good ol' 3c/Exo for me!
  • + 5
 C'mon it's really not that difficult. Understanding equivalent compounds/strengths and sizes between manufacturers is a mess.
  • + 50
 Bontrager. two lines XR (trail/xc) and SE (Enduro). tread #s 1 through 5 that correspond with aggressiveness.

That's it.
  • + 1
 @kieran: yep. #1 reason here
  • + 34
 I have a masters degree in Maxxis and a junior high dropout understanding of Schwalbe.
  • + 14
 This is why I love WTB tires plus they are great tires
light/heavy casings
high grip/fast rolling compounds
simple!
  • + 2
 @mm732: I'm right there with you.
  • + 1
 I'm not sure it's that difficult. It's all pretty well explained on each manufacturer website. My general rule of thumb for durability is weight. Thicker tires are heavier and thinner ones are not.
  • + 6
 “Thy might stray from the flock but thy shall come running back to Rouge ODI Grips and Maxxis Minnion tires” - Luke 3:20

My experience when switching to “better” products. Some products just set the benchmark and standard.
  • + 2
 @iantmcg: You're on point.
  • + 2
 @rawrr: I miss the old days of Maxxis when it was normal, Exxpro and Super Tacky, or no grip, no grip and I'll take six.
  • + 2
 I like having options. I ride XC, Trail, and DH (and road). All in a variety of conditions. Tires are not OSFA.
  • + 3
 @PocoBoho: you can keep your Rouge grips
  • + 0
 lesson here for tire companies
  • + 0
 @rawrr: they weren't much better with pacestar, trailstar, vertstar, snakeskin and supergravity.
Better but no WTB, high grip and fast rolling compounds then tough and light casings.
  • + 0
 @mm732: While I don't totally love my SE4's, I went with them because of the ease of knowing what I was buying. Another company like this is WTB. Have a set in the basement to try next, I like trying new tires.
  • + 49
 If anybody is interested in custom semi-slick tires for a very reasonable price, I am ready to provide a steady supply, lovingly crafted from the best quality DHFs and DHRs.
  • + 2
 I used to order stuff like that but insides of side knobs were worn out too.
  • + 34
 I think half the reason I buy WTB tires is because they make it easy. You want tough or light? High grip or fast rolling?
  • + 4
 Yeahhhh they make tires that ride well and the casings/compounds are easy to understand, but is it really worth it when you destroy your thumbs and forearms (and maybe a tire lever or 2) to get it on the rim, and then it doesn't inflate after you've pulled the valve core to hit it with the compressor, and liberally applied dish soap to the bead?

And this is while using WTB rims, too. Abhorrent.
  • + 3
 @mnorris122: Well, guess I can’t really speak to that. Maybe I’ve gotten lucky but haven’t had much of a problem mounting them to either Stan’s rims or I9’s. Just one lever. Did need an air compressor one time, but 5/6 times I’ve done it with just a floor pump, dry.

Tough casing is definitely a bit harder to get on, but it’s also the only tire I’ve yet used that I haven’t punctured or burped.
  • + 8
 WTB tires are MTB's best kept secret. They grip amazingly well and are tough as nails, even with the Light casing. Big downside is the heavier than average weight. But if weight isn't an issue, WTBs should be on the short list of tires.
  • + 4
 @Almazing: However the "light" casing is not light at all. At least on the latest ones. Small weight difference between both versions, they should be named "heavy" and "heavier".
  • + 3
 @DavidGuerra: I only use Tough casings because it's only a little heavier than the 'Light'. Extra slash protection is great. Weight weenies need not apply.
  • + 2
 @Almazing: I was put off from them being single ply casings with double ply weights. And that's the "light" versions, the "though" are as heavy as wire-beaded DH tires.
  • + 3
 @DavidGuerra: I mean they're not like THAT bad. The Vigilante 29x2.5 is 1251g in the tough/high grip casing.
The Assegai 29x2.5 is 1305g in Double Down casing.
The Aggressor 29x2.5 is 1,185g in Double Down casing.

If it's the type of tire you're looking for then they're a competitive option.

Edit: Randy managed to pedal his way to a win in the Trans-Provence with em.
  • + 1
 @BamaBiscuits: I weighed the 29x2.6 Trail Boss at 1160 gr. in light and 1382 gr. in tough, a 2.4 Trail Boss light at 1218 gr. and a 2.6 Vigilante tough at 1382 gr. I think I figured at the time I'd be better with an Aggressor DD for the rear over the "light" Trail Bosses, while the Vigilante's weight is pretty monstruous, as is the tough Trail Boss. The fact that the 2.4 Trail Boss was heavier than the 2.6 threw me off a bit. I may have thought that the 2.4 was too heavy and the 2.6 too weak. And they were still the "light" versions, which by itself decreased my expectations for their durability. I'm currently running EXO tires, a 1000 gr. DHF 2.5 and a 970 gr. DHR 2.6, which seem to be enough for the current enduro cup tracks. Also to win on them...
  • + 4
 @Almazing: went from maxxis dhr/dhf combo to a set of WTB judges front and rear high grip tough casing for pretty much half the price. Dont think I'll be swapping back anytime soon
  • + 1
 @BamaBiscuits: Lucky. Hilarious that they'll inflate with a track pump on other rims, but not their own, not once have I not had to use a compressor...half the reason I bought WTB rims is that they're supposed to be easy AF to inflate with their tires, which I've loved for a long time (but I also discovered strong, light, and not crazy expensive rims along the way...love my ASYM 35s). Just sucks when my absolute favourite tire (Ranger +) is now being run tubes-under-tubeless because it doesn't f*cking inflate (this is the first tire that's full-on not inflated so far, but f*ck it's making me wanna try something else.)

Also try a Convict up front...somehow better than a Minion.
  • + 20
 Butcher/slaughter
  • + 6
 Yes... see that combo a lot and it works!
  • + 3
 100% this ^
  • + 10
 Butcher/Slaughter GRID is cheaper and lighter. If Specialized is reading please make a 2.6 Slaughter!
  • + 7
 @bsavery: man if specialized is reading I hope they at least make a 2.6 butcher. Their current 2.6 is actually a 2.4
  • + 1
 @dtrotter: Depends on your rims. On roval traverse mine are like 2.45 Which I am happy with widthwise if they were labelled accurately.
  • + 1
 @bsavery: 2.6 Butcher GRID is 960g in 27.5 so exactly the same weight as these E13 TRS. Specialized 2.6 measure 2.4....If these E13 measure the same as the previous gen e13 tires then they are the same width as Butcher 2.6

As for price, TRS+ are the same price (full retail) with the softer compounds being $10 more.
  • + 4
 Don't know about slaughter (yet) , but butcher/purgatory 2.6 has worked just fine. I have no reason to change
  • + 3
 @bsavery: but the GRID casing is pretty weak compared to the e13 casing so it makes sense they'd be lighter
  • + 2
 Tried the slaughter in two widths. I found there to be no decrease in drag to make up for the loss of traction. In the dry, rocky, root, dusty. The Morsa is a superior unit for the rear. For the front, Eliminator.
  • + 1
 @JohanG: This. There is basically no difference in rolling speed between a semi slick and a fast medium knob tire like the Purgatory or Aggressor. Might as well take the one with more traction.
  • + 0
 Nah this is just another fake minion.
  • + 1
 @bsavery: yeah, haha, that’s what I said. It’s a 2.4. Mine is on 30mm internal rims also. The “depends on your rim” come back is the biggest cop out. It’s not a 2.6, period. And they know it. It’s narrower than the old 2.5
  • + 1
 @thenotoriousmic: you mean butcher
  • + 1
 @dtrotter: I've got a 2.6 Butcher on a 35mm ID rim (a WeAreOne rim) and it measures just a hair under 2.6"
  • + 8
 I'm a Minion guy & a LG1 SS guy, running them on a SB150. I have ~280 miles on the LG1 SS and here's my $0.02 to add on here. I've ran it here in the SLC/PC area while trail conditions are still tacky or hardpack, but will be swapping to an Aggressor shortly.

Its pretty damn worn after that time, which is a bit of a bummer to see. I'll take a photo and throw it in here when I have a sec. I've also previously run the Minion SS and feel like the LG1 SS is a bit more squared off of a tire, but I like it more. The actual width is pretty generous feeling for a 2.35," pretty close to the limit of what I can run in the rear of the SB150. It definitely does feel fast rolling and carries speed nicely. The side lugs are pretty meaty and have plenty of traction when cornering. As expected braking isn't great on anything loose & dusty or on wet roots (less common here in Utah though). Rips on slickrock in the desert though!

I'd run it again, but its near the end of its life anyway and looking for something with a bit more bite going into the dustier part of the year.
  • + 1
 Aggressor is good. A little squirmy though. Falls well short of minion.
  • + 2
 Try a Tomahawk or Griffin - I have the griffin dd rear and will never use anything else now, if only the made a 2.5wt exo+ version.
I had a dd aggressor before and feel the griffin has it beat in every department, fast rolling, better braking, equal if not better traction and better cornering grip
  • + 1
 @ctd07: interesting. Might have to give that a shot. Don't see or hear about Griffin's very often, wouldn't be opposed to trying it out though.
  • + 1
 I am running the older LG1 up front and the SS EN in the rear, great combo, working well on the Granite and roots in the northeast.
  • + 1
 @ctd07: Completely agree with your thoughts on the Maxxis Griffin. In Australia, where it’s almost always hardpack or dusty & loose they work so well and are really underrated. I’ve tried them in 26 and 29 as a rear tyre and always liked them for grip with fast rolling resistance.
  • + 9
 MoPo: "Originally formulated to accommodate underground moped drag racing in Thailand", uh...yeah, that sounds like the kind of riding I do.
  • + 4
 There may be a race venue for E-bikes YET!
  • + 8
 Is this a down country tire? Because that's all I ride is down country. All mtn, freeride, and enduro is dead.
  • + 7
 Also their website is a disaster I was trying to find out what the 27.5 versions weigh and just gave up.
  • + 2
 That's no joke...
  • + 7
 I got an email from them today to coincide with the announcement & tried to navigate the site too.

Ironically, there is a VERY useful image they included in the email that is NOWHERE in this article or the website that lets you know exactly what each tire style does.

@Mike Levy any chance you could update this article to include that email? It said each casings purpose, had a pic of the differences. It was a perfect cheat sheet.
  • + 18
 You guys are right - current site is outdated and not reflective of current offerings. We have a fully new site dropping in 3...2...1...really really soon. Bare with us. @reverend27 drop us a DM with your email and we will send along the info on weights.
  • + 2
 @ethirteen-components: Referring to the useful diagrams bizutch mentioned:

Are the "high-tack side knobs" of the Race compound different from the "ultra high-tack compound" of the MoPo? i.e. do you have a total of three or four compounds? If four, please don't use the same colour for two of them!
  • + 2
 @ethirteen-components: could you send the email segments from today to PB so they could update this article?

Also, the email said "all tires in stock except some skinwalls". Immediately clicked on the LG1 Enduro 27.5 MoPo and "Out of Stock" popped up. Wink
  • + 2
 @bizutch: Thank you, though I also received the email. Still looking for clarification re: 3 vs. 4 compounds.
  • + 7
 Perfect, been looking to replace my DHF with another DHF...
  • + 3
 If you are considering this LG1 SS you owe it to yourself to try the newest Schwalbe Rock Razor.

It's the first time I've ran a semi-slick (usually run the Hans Dampf 2 or the Aggressor 2.5) but gosh dang this tire is fast pedaling. It's really noticeable! And I did some absolutely brutal, loose, steep climbs and it just walked up them like the tires I usually run. I noticed some slip right before the side knobs engaged but it wasn't a downside at all, kind of fun really.

I run a 115 gram Pepi's liner in all my rear tires because even the 1100 gram tires roll quite a bit on me, so the 740 gram Rock Razor was much appreciated.

I'm an absolute tire killer too but it's held up well in my, admittedly only a couple of rides.

Check it out.

Running the MSC Gripper up front (works great on rock, slippery when you hit loose dirt, rolls about DHF 2.5 3c-ish) but I still prefer the 2.6 Eliminator as a nice compromise for front end traction vs. rolling resistance (requires a Pepi's to not roll also).
  • + 2
 Am running a HD2 front and RR rear and absolutely love it. Concur the RR has far more grip than you'd expect but it can get you up almost anything if you keep the power smooth. And once you go down it carries so much speed and is seriously fun.
  • + 6
 The front tire looks like it would be a good rear tire in my book.
  • + 2
 Agreed and it is commonly used as a rear tire... It isn't front specific but it looks like he combined it with the semi-slick for testing purposes.
  • + 2
 Bit of a bummer Daniel Sapp didn't review the semi slick since I'd love a comparison in grip between this and the Bontrager XR3. I know weight/protection is way different, but once the SE3 gets updated it'd be a more even comparison.
  • + 1
 Has anyone compared widths between the 29" and 27.5 tires? I have a set of the old A/Ts in 29, and a SS in 27.5, and the 29" tires appear much wider. Is this true for the new tires? The 29" A/T's I have also have a noticeably higher volume than my 27.5 SS.
  • + 1
 Bahahaha took my brand new LG1 S/S EN Race for it's maiden voyage today after seeing next to no reviews :S

Loved it, easy to set drifting and easy to get grip back - super quick rolling. Rode in dusty loose over hardpack conditions and couldn't fault it.
  • + 4
 I love my TRS+ still. It is much lighter and super squared off on my 30mm rim. Dialed.
  • + 2
 @dtrotter: I was really happy when they made the 2.6 because I was looking for a nice 2.4 Smile
Whats frustrating to me though is that the eliminator is a great rear tire, but the "2.6" is wider than a butcher 2.6.
  • + 1
 Exactly, real 2.6s don't work very well. The Eliminator 2.6, actually about 2.42" is just right for a front tire.
  • + 1
 My YT Jeffsy came with the E13 tires. At first, with tubes, they were *very* slow rolling. Removing the tubes helped immensely, but were still slow rollers. However, overtime they got better. Riding in the Texas Hill country, they handled the rock well. I rode them over the fall/winter and noted they had good traction in the wet and over wet rock; shed mud well. I changed them out when one got punctured with Maxxis DHF EXO. I was surprised at the loss of traction in the wet with the Maxxis, but like the faster rolling speed. May go back to E13 for winter.
  • + 0
 My last bike came with Minions and they rode nice. When they wore out I went back to my go to, Conti Trail Kings and instantly remembered why I love them so much. They feel like they roll faster and grip better. I even skimped and bought the cheap non chili rubber and they still ride great, I hope they last longer too that black chilli stuff evaporated pretty quick.
  • + 1
 speaking of tires... going to a bike park for a week and need some heavier tires to stand up to my abuse. Is there a big difference between the Maxxis double down casings and Specialized Black Diamond casings?
  • + 1
 I have measured the thickness of the cercasses of several tires once. A 2.3 DD Aggressor had a pretty uniform 2.5mm (at the top), a 2.6 Trail Boss Light was mostly 2.5mm but thinned out at a few random spots to a minimum of 1.9mm, and a 2.4 Trail Boss Light had 3.1-3.3mm. I also measured the Black Diamond versions but they are the same, only the sidewalls are thicker. So yes, the smaller WTB's have thicker carcasses and should be correspondingly more resistant. The 2.6 can still hold up fine unless you have the misfortune of hitting one of the thinner parts against something sharp, as they are not completely uniform. Based on this I would put the Maxxis DD between the 2.4 and 2.6 WTBs in terms of resistance.
  • + 1
 @DavidGuerra: You can't only go by thickness. For instance the newest Schwalbe snakeskin is paper thin but resists tears like it has a thicker sidewall. Technology matters too.
  • + 2
 @SunsPSD: Yes, it's not just a matter of rubber. I think the WTB's simply have a lot of it, hence the weight. They might not be as strong as they are heavy.
  • + 3
 Might actually be interested if they could get them closer to 900 grams. 1000+ grams suuuuuucks to pedal around all day.
  • + 2
 Closer to 900 in 29” wouldn’t make them as puncture resistant though. Depends on what you’re after I guess. Maxxis 2.5 EXO DHF are about the same weight in 29”.

For the SS you can get it in a TRS casing too that brings it closer to 900.
  • + 4
 I find any tire under 1000g has too much casing roll and is just not suited for more aggressive riding. Makes you a stronger rider pedaling some meat around too.
  • - 2
 and no one is going to notice 100g. Sorry but it’s true.
  • + 3
 Try the Kenda Hellkat ATC's, they are Exo strong at least but lighter. They also grip brilliantly and roll well. A miracle tire.
  • + 1
 I’ve loved running the e13 tires on my new bike but damn I wish the center lug compound would last longer,lasted like a few weeks til I had no lugs in the middleFrown
  • + 1
 Interested the front a/t. E13s website is horrendous, doesn’t list tire width or weight. Wtf. This review didn’t post its width either. ??
  • + 2
 I just realized i put my DHF and SS on backwards. Doh!....to lazy to fix it.
  • + 1
 That rear tire looks like it could be warrantied. Doesn't look good in that one picture at all unless that tire is 2 years old.
  • + 1
 Nice butcher/slaughter combo there. After running a slaughter, I decided I do like a bit more chunk on the back end than the slaughter offers.
  • + 3
 Of course that front tire is good. It's a damn Minion
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 It looks like they blended a Minion DHF and a DHR2 and added a bit more.
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 DHF front and Minion SS rear... It’d be interesting to see this combo in comparison with the rest.
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 Farmer John's nephew or Mud Dawg for me , 26" of course.
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 good write up but Lacking a measurement or objective idea of the actual width. How wide are these tires?
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 2.4. The last E13 tires I had said 2.35 but measured just under a Maxxis 2.5, so these should be similar to Maxxis 2.5.
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 Why do we rarely (if ever) see EWS rider's using semi slick rears?
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 Βecause the stages they race are often pretty steep and semi-slicks are kinda useless there. On really steep tracks speed is not a problem, as gravity is on your side. You need braking traction to control it though, and this is where SS's fail. Esp. during a weekend-long race where you're tired and doing your best to go fast without crashing the last thing you need is reduced braking traction.

Not a racer here, but this has been my experience from riding on a semi slick rear for a few months. They are huge fun on certain trails (bikepark-ish flow) but quite limiting everywhere else.
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 Looks like a solid combo. I'd love to see a head-to-head of a bunch of fast-rolling options for rear tires.
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 TRS looks nearly identical to a DHR ii... someone was saying the same factory that makes maxxis makes these...
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 Magic Mary and Minion SS for me. I dont mind mixing brands.
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 Only reviewing 29er tires now?
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 At least put basics like... maybe tire Size, in the quick specs box?
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 Looking forward to the day when a tire company releases a tire in only 29 size. Just to get a rise out of the "27.5 for life!" crowd. Hit me on my pager bro! ;-)
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 29er master race!
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 @ckcost: who says I'm some wheel size fan boi? I was referring to only 29er tire specs being published.

Revive dropper fanboi
Intense fanboi
Chris King fanboi
Di2 fanboi
Mrp Ribbon fanboi
Soon to be Trickstuff brakes fanboi

Nope just wanting tire weights for 27.5 because that's what I'm riding at the moment.
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 @reverend27: All in good fun. This is the peanut gallery section of a website for bicycles, right? Or are we trying to nail a landing on Mars?
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 @ckcost: np. anyway they are over 200 grams more then my Magic Mary Rock razor combo.
Hard to justify switching until I see some real world comparisons.
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 I've had maybe 6 E13 tires over the past 2 years and I have the two that are in this review. Not a single one runs straight. They ALL have carcass problems from the factory. All my WTB and Maxxis tires run perfectly true, these are a disaster in the Quality Control department. They are very good tires performance wise, though.
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 The TRS in this review just launched today so you have the second generation verison...

I've been on these for a while too and so have my friends (who got them with YT bikes) and all ours run straight as an arrow. Sucks you got some duds though. I've herd of maxxis tires having that issue too. Do a forum search and you'll see it affects them from time to time.
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 Sounds like bad luck with your e13s and good luck with your maxxis. I'm the opposite... I've had at least 3 minions with a big wobble in the casing and seen two on friends bikes. I've had a few e13 tires and haven't had an issue with it.
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 the LG1 S/S EN Race I fitted this week is suuuuuuper straight, no casing wobble at all.
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 Top of my downcountry tire list.
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 why does the ss weigh more than the front ?
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 Casing. It’s the LG1 EN in rear (similar to Maxxis DD) and TRS in the front (similar to EXO). The SS come in TRS single ply too if you want something lighter. Check out the Vital press release for all this stuff.
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 Maxxis rekon Exo, 3C and tubeless ready are a decent purchase
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 cool minions
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 Bontrager team issue for the win!
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 And maxxis
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 Me likes teravail
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 DHF/DHR
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 Hmmmm....those tires look strikingly familiar Cough cough dhr2....cough minion ss....cough
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 Looks like a Butcher
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 *cough* minion dhf *cough*
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