Really well put together with quality bearings and proper sealing.
Price: front £599, rear £699.
The foundation of E13’s new TRSr race wheelset is a 425g carbon rim with a 27mm internal width and a hookless profile. It comes pre-fitted with tubeless tape and valves, and I didn’t have any issue getting them up and running tubeless — the tyres seated first time with a reassuring snap. I could also remove the tyres by hand without using a lever, which is handy with expensive carbon rims.
The high-volume tubeless valves use a two-piece system that works with deep rims and allows really good flow of air for sealing. I’ve also noticed they haven’t clogged with sealant inside the tyre, something that is quite common with other valves.
E13 offers TRSr wheels in both 27.5 and 29in wheel size diameters with 12/142mm axle spacing as well as 110/148mm Boost. The wheels are laced using 28 quad-butted spokes and E13’s large-flange Race hubs. These feature carbon centre sections, to save weight, and run on fully sealed angular contact bearings. Swappable end caps allow you to switch between most axle types.
You order the rear hub with a Shimano or SRAM XD driver body. Both feature six degrees of engagement, but out of the box ours was a little sticky. E13 says it’s due to the sealing, and it seems to work because, unlike the bottom bracket tested elsewhere, I haven’t been able to detect any play or roughness in either hub. That’s a big improvement from our previous experience of E13 hubs.
At just under 1,700g the TRSr wheelset isn’t the lightest on the market, but it’s really well put together with quality bearings and proper sealing for UK conditions. It’s also great value for a carbon wheelset of this quality.