Reserve Wheels

Santa Cruz Carbon Wheels

Reserve Carbon Wheels

Strongest Wheels on the Market

Whether it's a sunset lap with friends or a race run against the clock, a broken wheel ruins any ride. We set strength and impact resistance as our highest priority, but strength doesn't have to mean uncomfortably stiff. Our wheels are compliant enough to avoid that harsh "wooden" ride that gives some carbon rims a bad name offroad. We only make offroad bikes at Santa Cruz, so we have the privilege of being able to focus purely on the mountain bike experience. Everything from the thickness of rim beads to external spoke hole reinforcements comes purely from our experience of knowing what riders need at every level—from international racing to your local trails.

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Lifetime Warranty

Lifetime. No gimmicks. Not limited. If you do actually manage to break our rim while out riding, we'll replace it for free. And probably high five you in the process! If it gets run over by a truck we'll help you out with a low cost accidental 'crash replacement', because life's too short to argue. We know riding time's too precious to keep you waiting, so we'll do our best to sort you out fast.

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Built in Santa Cruz Using Sensible Parts

We never want to miss a ride, and when you travel to remote places, it's impossible to bring a backup for everything, or all the special tools for all the different parts. We've always taken great pains to use readily-available, standard parts on our bikes, and our rims are no different. J-bend spokes, mechanical-lock nipples (that you can access without taking the tire and rim strip off), and hubs from DT Swiss, Industry Nine, and Chris King make building good wheels easier for us, and maintaining the wheels or finding spares a lot easier for you. 

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The New Reserve 37

The widest range of choices.

Plus-curious, but not willing to commit to an ultra-wide rim that’ll square off the swathe of 2.6 tires popping out of molds around the world? The new Reserve 37’s width (37mm internal) is optimized for tires from 2.5 to 2.8 inches wide, and will still support a 3.0 nicely.

We tested a bunch of rim widths before committing to 37mm for our widest rim offering, and we feel it’s the best balance of support for wide-but-traditional tires (Maxxis’ 2.5 WT models, for instance), while also offering enough volume to let 2.8-3.0 tires solve the traction+volume=shred equation.

With more tire choices becoming available it’s a great time to have a rubber fetish. From the traditional widths and treads to the big meat of Plus size – and now the new Goldilock’s porridge of 2.6-inch tires that offer more volume and traction with less of the squirm of the widest ones – the Reserve 37 means you don’t need to swap out rims or wheels to try new things.

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Reserve 37 Reserve 37 and Reserve 25


Wheelsets are priced at £1599 with DT350 Hubs and £1899 with black I9 Torch hubs and carry the same lifetime warranty as our frames, and every one is built at our factory in California.

Put to the test at the 2018 World Cup opener in Lošinj, we’re now excited to offer Reserve rims laced to longtime Syndicate partner Chris King’s hubs. Wheelsets are priced at £2199 with satin black Chris King hubs.

When you purchase a set of Reserves, make sure to save the builder card—not only do you get to see who built your wheels, but the serial numbers are recorded there to make it easy to register your new wheels.

Available Aftermarket from Santa Cruz Retailers

You can now order Reserve wheels as an upgrade on X01 or XX1 Santa Cruz models or for any bike in your garage. With options spanning two wheel sizes, four rim widths, and three hub choices, a set of Reserves will match any modern mountain bike perfectly.

Reserve 30's laced to legendary Chris King hubs.

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Get the details on all of the Reserve models from the Reserve 700c to the wide Reserve 37 29-inch and everything in-between.

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