The Hive and e*thirteen joined forces a few years ago now and since then we’ve seen a bunch of cool products trickle out but none highlight the collaboration more than the wheelsets. Hive’s Chub Hub was the first product that really put them on the map and the new e*thirteen wheelsets all feature the crazy oversized hub. The defining features of the hub are the oversized carbon shells that are bonded to giant flanges. The flanges decrease peak spoke stress under pedalling loads by a staggering 70%! Reducing peak spoke stress means your wheels wind up less and accelerate faster. The hubs also feature a 6 degree pawl engagement (60 point) for faster power transfer.
All photos Caleb Smith/Spoke
So I finally got these guys set up and out on the trail. On Sunday I took them out for a massive ride taking in some of Wellingtons most demanding trails. It all kicked off with a run down Deliverance (easily Wellington’s most demanding trail) followed by a spin to the top of Makara Peak and then down North Face back up and then a mission down Wellingtons finest, Ridgeline. Ridgeline eats wheels for breakfast. Right off the stiffness of the TRS+ wheels was evident as I headed into the minefield that is the Deliverance’s rock garden. They continued on for the rest of the day rolling fast and stayed true after some pretty heavy hits… I’m not a huge fan of loud freehubs and the rear hub is slightly noisy but I guess that just encourages you to spend more time pedaling…
genuinely interested to hear the results of a long term test on these
Any idea when there will be some initial feedback?
Any good? You broke em? I am looking at getting a pair for my racing stallion beast of an XC bike.
Absolutely amazing wheel set. If i wasn’t already on Easton Haven Carbons i would have brought them from the distributor… super stiff, light, lo key, they stay round and are fast…
Cool, Just need to wait for some to roll into the country… Oh and my fractured patella to fix itself.