Jon Jwrote a review of Santa Cruz Bicycles Reserve 30 I9 Boost Wheelset - 29in on March 23, 2018
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.