Reserve 30 29in Chris King Boost Wheelset
There are few things as disheartening as heading out to ride the Whole Enchilada, but calling it short because your wheel decided it preferred to taco. Taco-d rims, pulled spokes, and over all wheel mishaps are instant day enders, but Santa Cruz aims to mitigate issues with our hoops all together with its Reserve 30 29in hoops, which provide stiffness beyond your average wheel, and are cleanly laced up to Chris King hubs for stunning precision, and snappy engagement. Santa Cruz constructs its reserve hoops out of gram saving and stiffness enhancing carbon fiber that takes things to the next level and improves the ride in every conceivable trail situation.
Instead of replicating the pothole-like impact test used on traditional carbon hoops that are better suited for road wheels, Santa Cruz developed its very own testing protocol that simulates one-sided impacts that normally occur when a rider is traversing over trail obstacles at speed. As it 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 on 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's one of the first to offer a lifetime warranty. This warranty applies as long as you actually break them while riding and racing and not due to running over them with your car, into the garage, etc.
Of course, it's worth noting that this particular Reserve Wheelset is laced to the ever-impressive Chris King hubset for ultra-quick engagement of five-degrees. This allows you to get on the gas quickly with little lag time as you navigate technical trails with the hub engaging without delay, transferring pedaling motion into forward movement. It's also what gives the hubs its signature "angry bee" sound that is an audible reminder of the quality moving parts inside the beautifully machined hub shells. It's finished with J-bend spokes and external, mechanical locking nipples for easier replacement should you break a spoke while traveling with your bike.
- Charge hard with reliably stiff and snappy enduro and trail hoops
- Roll with 2.3 to 2.6in tires supported by 30mm internal width
- Meticulous carbon layup for impeccable strength-to-weight
- Reinforced spoke holes prevent ripping through the rims
- 4mm thick rim beads withstand direct blows from rocks
- Chris King hubs roll smoothly, engage quickly, and are durable
- Optional Torque Caps for select RockShox Forks
- Santa Cruz backs up rims with lifetime warranty