Santa Cruz Bicycles has a history of proving how strong and durable carbon fiber is. Five years ago, they release a video which definitively debunked every skeptics fear about the long-term durability of carbon fiber frames. When it came time to introduce their new carbon Reserve wheelset, they took the same approach. This is where the legendary Danny MacAskill comes into the picture. Santa Cruz gave Danny a pair of reserve wheels and told him to destroy them anyway he could. After multiple failed attempts to destroy the wheels riding down stairs with zero tire pressure and casing huge caps to 90-degree corners, he finally destroyed the rear rim by riding down over 100 stairs with no tire on the rim whatsoever. This video showed that anything you could possibly experience on the trail would never hurt this wheelset.
To say the least, the Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon wheels are the strongest on the market. Features such as the thickness of the rim bead, asymmetrical spoke profile, and external spoke hole reinforcements make the wheels nearly indestructible. I only say nearly because apparently riding down 100 stairs with no tire can do the trick, but these conditions would never arise while riding a trail for obvious reasons. The Reserve wheels are built around I9 Torch hubs which provide superb performance and durability creating a perfect overall package.
Vital MTB - " These are the best wheels on the market for their intended use, and we're giving them five stars." - Jeff Brines
Enduro-MTB.com - " The carbon wheels are well defined, accelerate nicely and don’t feel harsh in turns!" - Christopher Bayer
Asymetrical spoke pattern improves spoke balance and spoke bracing
Thick rim bead offers incredible resistance to impacts on the trails
Reinforced spoke holes provide increased strength and durability
Lifetime warranty: No gimmicks, not limited. If you break this wheel, you’ll get another one for free, no questions asked.
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