Just a few short years ago, there were not that many dropper post contenders on the market - and just a few short years before that, your seatpost clamp was your only ticket to more fun on the descents. Fast forward to today, and there are more than 20 viable options for those looking to drop their seats at the push of a button. Or lever, as the case may be. e*thirteen is one of the latest companies to join in the fun with their TRS+ dropper post, first unveiled at last year’s Eurobike and now available for sale. But rather than go down the me-too road with another airsprung, hydraulic cartridge offering, e*thirteen took a different approach. We’ve tested it to see how it performs.
e*thirteen TRS+ Dropper Post Highlights
• Fully mechanical design
• 4 set positions (150-125-75-0 / 125-95-65-0)
• Cable adjustment at lever
• Stealth cable routing only
• Interface style: railed
• SKF low-friction, dual-lip seal
• 1x or 2x compatible lever options
• Grip tape pre-installed on shifter-style lever
• Shop serviceable
• Weight: 575 grams (31.6, 150mm, verified)
• MSRP: $279 USD
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Despite the irrefutable benefits of riding 1x set-up, many riders are still reluctant given their higher prices and limited gear range. Fortunately, E*thirteen’s new TRS Race 9–46t cassette tackles both issues and looks set to bring 1x to the masses. Weighing in at just 309 g, the cassette’s price tag comes in at the middle of the market at 369 € and has a gear range of 511 % – a figure that was previously only really found on double or triple chainrings. The TRS Race cassette can be mounted on any XD freehub body, and is also compatible with SRAM and Shimano derailleurs. It’s also a two-piece cassette, allowing you to sensibly replace only what’s worn or broken as and when needed.