S-Ride may not be a name you're familiar with and, to be honest, neither were we, but we stumbled across their booth in Taipei and surprisingly found a fully functioning 13-speed mountain bike drivetrain.
We can only find their products on Ali Express and our lack of Chinese and their lack of English didn't help to clear many things up, but there was a working version to try out. It had an action that could best be described as robust with the gears clunking into place after a bit of persuasion, but we were assured that on the trail it would work better than on the stand.
S-Ride's groupset boasts an 11-52 range on the cassette that should provide more than enough gears for pretty much anyone. The 52 tooth big ring means you get an easier gear than on SRAM Eagle's 50 and even Shimano XTR's 51. This isn't the first 13-speed drivetrain we've seen, though; Rotor debuted their own attempt at Eurobike last year
that had a 10-52 range, but it is yet to hit the market as a fully finished product. With both SRAM and Shimano currently sitting at 12-speed, this is the biggest drivetrain going in the market today.
S-Ride produces the cassette, derailleur, and shifter, but the model on the stand was running with a 12-speed KMC chain and a Prowheel chainring and crank. As the cassette has an 11 tooth cog as its smallest gear, it will be compatible with Shimano freehub bodies, not SRAM XD.
Most of S-Ride's components are on the budget end of the spectrum, and this drivetrain doesn't have all the bells and whistles of Rotor's hydraulic effort, so we think this could end up being quite a cheap way to get a huge range on your bike. Final prices are still to be decided but, for comparison's sake, their 11-50 12-speed upgrade kit comes in at around $300 USD.