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Reserve 27 29in i9 Boost Wheelset
Designed to entice you into the carbon wheel market with added peace of mind and unbelievable strength, the Santa Cruz Reserve 27 29in i9 Boost Wheelset is reinforced against the critical failure points of traditional carbon rims, meaning you'll be able to thrash the living crap out of these wheels without worry. In fact, Santa Cruz designed these carbon wheels to be the strongest on the market, going so far as to redesign the impact testing protocol used on traditional carbon rims in the development and engineering of their Reserve Wheelset.
Instead of replicating the pothole-like impact test used on traditional carbon wheels, Santa Cruz developed their very own testing procedure that simulates one-sided impacts that normally occur when a rider lands on a square, protruding rock after getting airborne. As they began testing leading manufacturer's carbon wheels, it became readily apparent that most carbon wheels not only broke along the expected bead, but they also failed along the spoke nipple interface, due to the drastic increase in spoke tension as the wheel flexed upon impact.
To mitigate these breakage issues, Santa Cruz beefed up the rim bead, increasing the thickness by one millimeter along each side for improved resiliency when you're thrashing the living hell out of these wheels. The engineers at Santa Cruz then fortified the spoke holes with square-shaped reinforcements you can visibly see, which protect the spoke nipples from suddenly pulling through due to harsh impact. Although Santa Cruz isn't the first company to reinforce a carbon wheel's critical failure points, they're one of the first to offer a lifetime warranty, so long as you actually break them out on the trail.
It's worth noting this particular Reserve 27 Wheelset is laced to Industry Nine Torch Hubs with near-instantaneous 3-degree engagement for getting up and over trail impediments with ease. This particular Reserve 27 Wheel sits at 27-millimeters across internally, maintaining an optimal tire profile when you're running rubber in the range of 2 to 2.5 inches. J-bend spokes and mechanical lock nipples make for easier replacement, should you break a spoke or nipple when you're traveling with your bike. Please note, they're available in Boost axle spacing only.
- Designed to be the strongest carbon wheels on the market
- Meticulous carbon lay-up optimizes strength and stiffness
- Reinforced spoke holes prevent pulling through upon impact
- Thicker beads provide reinforcement from heavy blows
- 27mm rim width optimally supports 2.0 to 2.5-inch tires
- Industry Nine Torch Boost Hubs with rapid 3-degree engagement
- J-bend spokes and mechanical lock nipples for easy replacement
- Santa Cruz backs the rims with an impressive lifetime warranty
- Item #SNZ00G2
What do you think about this product?
November 2, 2018
There are few components that have an instant impact on your bike's performance and well-made carbon wheels are on the top of that list. You will lower your rolling weight, increase lateral stiffness and bump your engagement to only three degrees! The Reserve rim construction is arguably one of the best out there and I can personally attest to the decrease in pinch flats I've suffered. If you do manage to damage your wheels, Santa Cruz is backing you with the fastest replacement turnaround in the industry. Do yourself a favor and make your bike better.
October 13, 2018
Time to upgrade!
Investing in a carbon wheelset is one of the best upgrades that can be made on a bike. Reduce the rotational weight and get quicker engagement with this rad build from Santa Cruz. These have been tested harder than other wheels and are backed by a lifetime warranty. While they are not the lightest on the market, they will be able to handle some of the biggest hits. Put these on my Juliana Joplin with a Minion DHF front tire and Aggressor rear. I did notice that the bike felt like it got up to speed quicker, due to the weight drop and the near instant engagement of the i9 hub. Another area that I significantly noticed an improvement over the stock alloy wheels was when pushing the bike into corners. The stiff layup of the carbon allowed me to really push into the corner without feeling the wheel flex underneath. The performance was excellent. Paired with a great price tag, these wheels are definitely worth looking at next time you want to take your riding to the next level
July 5, 2018
Love the warranty
A very nice hand-built wheelset at a competitive price. A little heavier than some other options it’s size, but the extra weight should translate to extra durability. The lifetime warranty is the best in the business.
April 25, 2018
The best in the biz!!
These rims live up to the hype. They're really light and ride surprisingly well. They're rigid but still have a little flex when you want it. Plus the lifetime warranty is hard to pass up, especially from a company like Santa Cruz. You really can't go wrong here.
D Trent Childs