Hardcore cross-country fans may have noticed that the Santa Cruz-FSA team was on a new set of carbon-rimmed wheels at the first 2021 UCI World Cup round in Albstadt, Germany. The new carbon rims include a lot of the same specs as the original Reserve offering, with lower overall weight to improve climbing performance and asymmetrical spoke holes for a well-balanced build.
The XC-focused rims are slightly narrower with a 29mm internal width measurement, fitting best with 2.2-2.5″ tires. Like most modern XC bikes, these wheels are 29er-specific, weighing just 1,367 grams with 28 DT Comp Race spokes laced two-cross, a set of DT Swiss 180 hubs, valves, and tubeless tape installed. Other hub options, including DT Swiss 240 or 350 with Microspline or XD drivers will adjust the weight somewhat. Bare rims tip the scale at 385g each.
Reserve says the lower rim profile offers lateral stiffness with increased vertical compliance, characteristics everyone can appreciate on the trail. There is no max rider weight for these carbon circles, and they have the same lifetime warranty that comes with the brand’s burlier gravity wheels.
Reserve XC wheels will be available in July at a starting price of $1,599.