Danny MacAskill smashes wheels to prove point

Santa Cruz's Reserve carbon hoops take a beating but keep on spinning

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Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels

The Reserve wheels are available in 27.5 and 29er with DT Swiss 350 or Industry Nine Torch hubs.

Back in June, Santa Cruz first went public with its new Reserve wheel line. At the time the high zoot carbon hoops were only available as an upgrade when buying a Santa Cruz bike. Now, Reserve wheels can be bought separately for any boost-compatible 27.5 or 29er bike.

Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels

Beads are thicker than many competitor offerings. Also the width-to-height ration of 1.5:1 is said to strike the optimal ride quality. Taller ratios tend to ride harshly and transmit trail shock.

To celebrate, Santa Cruz dropped this “smashing” video with Danny MacAskill, where he does his best to bust one of the new rims.

The Reserve wheels, which are designed, tested, and prototyped in California, will be available in 27mm and 30mm widths for 27.5 wheels, and 25mm, 27mm, and 30mm for 29ers.

Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels

External nipples make for easier building and service, and the wheels are reinforced at the spoke holes.

All wheels are 28-spoke with three-cross lacing. Hub choices are DT Swiss 350 ($1599) or Industry Nine Torch ($1799), and the wheels come with a lifetime warranty.

Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels

Danny MacAskill doing his best to bust the rims.

Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels

Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels

To learn more about the Santa Cruz Reserve wheel line, check out Mtbr’s initial impressions and visit www.santacruzbicycles.com.

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.

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