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Thrash, bash, and smash without worry.
Begging you to hit intimidating drops, rail corners with precision, and hold your line across formidable rock gardens, the 29in Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Industry Nine Boost Wheelset takes a serious beating without flinching when you're thrashing it to death on the nastiest terrain you can find. In fact, Santa Cruz designed their Reserve Wheels to be the strongest carbon hoops on the market by extensively fortifying the critical failure points, so you can ride without worrying about breaking your rims after bottoming out on a rock or taking a harsh landing in the bike park.
Instead of replicating the pothole-like impact test used on traditional carbon hoops, Santa Cruz developed their very own testing protocol that simulates one-sided impacts that normally occur when a rider lands on a square, protruding rock after getting airborne. As they began testing the leading manufacturer's carbon wheels, it became readily apparent that most carbon wheels not only broke along the bead, as expected, but they also failed along the spoke nipple interface due to the drastic increase in spoke tension as the wheel flexed upon impact.
To prevent these breakage issues, Santa Cruz beefed up the rim bead, increasing its thickness by one millimeter along each side for improved resiliency when you're thrashing the living hell out of these wheels. The design 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. Santa Cruz isn't the first company to reinforce a carbon wheel's high-stress areas, but it is one of the first to offer a lifetime warranty. This warranty applies as long as you actually break them while riding and not due to transport failure—driving into your garage with the bike mounted to your roof rack (traditionally known as Just Riding Along) isn't covered.
It's worth noting this particular Reserve Wheelset is laced to I9 Torch Hubs for lightning-quick engagement of three degrees. This allows you to get up and over trail impediments standing in your way, as the hub practically engages without delay when you're transferring pedaling motion into forward locomotion. Another benefit to these upgraded hubs are the buzz saw-like sound, which gives you audible satisfaction while alerting other trail users of your presence. It's finished with J-bend spokes and mechanical lock nipples for easier replacement should you break a spoke or nipple when you're traveling with your bike.
- Stout carbon wheels for ripping over abusive trails
- 30mm internal width supports 2.3 to 2.6in tires
- Meticulous carbon layup for impeccable strength-to-weight
- Reinforced spoke holes prevent ripping through the rims
- Extra-thick beads withstand direct blows from rocks
- I9 Torch hubs offer lightning-quick 3° engagement
- Optional Torque Caps for select RockShox Forks
- Santa Cruz backs up rims with lifetime warranty
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Santa Cruz have officially thrown their hat into the ring and become a top contender in the highly competitive carbon wheel category. These wheels tick all of the appropriate boxes including a beefy internal width, tubeless compatibility, and the amazing I9 hubs to go with. The biggest complaint that I used to hear about carbon and enduro and trail wheels was reliability and the lifetime warranty solves that problem. I run some pretty low pressures and never felt worried about a failure.
See me rolling!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I was finally able to get my new Reserve 30s out on the dirt on a recent trip to Gooseberry Mesa. I've had carbon wheels from all our major brands, Enve, Reynolds, and Mercury, and Santa Cruz knew that if you come at the king, you best no miss. While heavier, these wheels are much more compliant than my M60s, but that was a common characteristic of the M60s. Santa Cruz knew who to trust when specing Industry 9 and DT Swiss hubs for their wheels. They do add their own grease to the drive ring of the I9 hubs, so they are quieter out of the box than a normal I9 set, but that buzz only gets louder with each ride. Tubeless setup was a snap with the same tires I've run on the Mercury X1 wheels who needed an extra blast with a compressor to seat the tires. Weight is on par with similar priced wheelsets, but if you're counting every gram there are higher priced offerings.Santa Cruz has set the bar pretty high for a wheel that has a lifetime warranty, bomber hub options, and great rim profiles.