Reserve Carbon Rim V2 29in
Lacing up your dream wheelset just got easier with Santa Cruz's Reserve Carbon 29in V2 Rims. They provide unbeatable strength, stiffness and unflappable power when you want to conquer the trails, and now that you can snag the rim on its own, you can pair it up to whatever hub best suits your fancy. They come ready to lace up with your spokes of choice, and feature a 30mm internal width capable of tackling rough and rowdy trails, while hosting lofty tires for a huge variety of disciplines, from every day trail rides, to sanity-questioning lift laps. Santa Cruz employs its meticulous carbon layups to the Reserve, so you can count on ride after ride of support, backed with a lifetime warranty to offer peace of mind to even the most aggressive riders on the trail.
By now, we're guessing you've seen MacAskill trying his best to demolish the Reserve Carbon Wheels, including a number of absolutely savage drops to flat, as well as riding down steep stairs without a tire on, just to showcase the stunning resiliency these carbon rims exhibit. Santa Cruz is calling these Reserve 29in Rims the strongest on the market, seeing they've gone so far as to redesign the impact testing protocol used, just to make sure each Reserve Carbon Rim is up to their impeccable strength standards.
Instead of replicating the pothole-like impact test used on traditional carbon wheels, Santa Cruz developed their very own testing procedure that simulates one-sided impacts that normally occur when a rider lands on a square, protruding rock after getting airborne. As they began testing leading manufacturer's carbon wheels, it became readily apparent that most carbon wheels not only broke along the expected bead, but they also failed along the spoke nipple interface, due to the drastic increase in spoke tension as the wheel flexed upon impact.
To mitigate these breakage issues, Santa Cruz beefed up the rim bead, increasing the thickness by one millimeter along each side for improved resiliency when you're thrashing the living hell out of these wheels. The 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. Although Santa Cruz isn't the first company to reinforce a carbon wheel's critical failure points, they're one of the first to offer a lifetime warranty, so long as you actually break them out on the trail.
Santa Cruz recommends running tires from 2.3 to 2.6 inches for the 30-millimeter version of the Reserve Carbon 29in Rim. They're made to easily set-up for tubeless use, but will work if you need to make it back to the trail head in a pinch with a spare tube.
- Unflappably stiff carbon rims for lacing up your dream wheelset
- Single rim only for building up your own wheelset
- 29in carbon rim, available in 30mm width for trail and enduro riding
- Meticulous carbon lay-up optimizes strength and stiffness
- Reinforced spoke holes prevent pulling through upon impact
- Thicker beads provide reinforcement from heavy blows
- Backed by Santa Cruz's lifetime warranty