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MTB Mag fitted up e*thirteen's range expanding TRS+ cassette to see how it performed against the mass market offerings. With a massive 489% range and ability to benefit from not only a 9 tooth cog but also a 44 tooth one as well the TRS+ cassette is true performance component.

MTB-mag.com / July 2016

Overall/

In the grand scheme of things, if you're a consumer who wants a drivetrain with 1X simplicity with 2X range but don't want to splurge on Eagle, this is the next best thing. It's a snap to install and the durability has been excellent thus far. In the event that you wear out the top 3 aluminum gears, you can simply replace that block as opposed to having to buy an entire new, one piece $500 cassette. The same goes for the lower and middle blocks as well because they can also be swapped out independently.

The Bad

As far as all out shifting performance is concerned, having spent some time on Eagle, we felt it is ever so slightly more refined than the TRS Plus, but it is a complete proprietary drivetrain thus requiring a new shifter, chain, derailleur and chainring at minimum. Lastly, although we haven't tested it, we do see great value in the 10 speed TRS Plus option from E Thirteen. It could be a viable option for any riders out there looking to get another season or two out of a slightly antiquated 10 speed drivetrain.

 

All in all, two thumbs way up…we love seeing innovation deliver a better experience to the masses at an affordable price.

 

Read the full review and check out mtb-mag.com here

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