Reserve 25 650b DT Swiss Wheelset
Santa Cruz has seen a lot of success with their Reserve line of carbon mountain bike wheels, and for good reasons. Their rims are strong yet lightweight, offer just the right balance of stiffness vs. compliance, and are backed by a lifetime warranty that inspires confidence when you're riding rugged terrain day in and day out. Now, Santa Cruz has expanded their range to the world of gravel riding and racing with the Reserve 25 650b DT Swiss Wheelset, providing drop bar enthusiasts with the same legendary performance and durability.
Looking to the notoriously-rough Spring Classics for inspiration, Santa Cruz paid special attention to ride tuning and layup with these wheels, settling on a rim profile inspired by traditional box-section aluminum rims that provides extra comfort when you're tackling 80-mile gravel races full of washboard-laden roads and embedded rocks. The strength of the rim means only 24 spokes are needed per wheel, and the spokes are offset to balance bracing angles and spoke tension on both sides of the rim. The wheels are built with Sapim CX-Ray bladed spokes for additional compliance (as well as a bit of aero gain), and are laced to DT Swiss's venerable 350 hubs for bombproof reliability.
The 25mm internal width works well for tires ranging from 40 to 55mm wide, or about 2.1-inches. The hookless bead improves impact strength and allows for an easy and secure tubeless setup. The wheels are available only in 12 x 100mm front and 12 x 142mm rear axle configurations, and come in both Shimano HG and SRAM XDR freehub options. As an added bonus, the complete wheelset weights just 1,362 grams, making them competitive with many high-end road wheels—even though they are much stronger.
- 650b carbon wheels for gravel riding and racing
- Optimized for ride feel and compliance on rough roads
- Carbon layup is both strong and lightweight
- 25mm internal width fits tires ranging from 40mm to 2.1-inches
- Bladed spokes improve compliance and aerodynamics
- Laced to snappy and reliable DT Swiss 350 hubs
- Lifetime warranty on the rim lets you ride with confidence
- Available in Shimano HG or SRAM XDR freehub configurations