Reserve Launches Road Wheel Line

Reserve wheels will be available on select Cervelo bikes and available aftermarket in 2021

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Reserve wheels were developed in partnership with Cervelo.

Reserve wheels were developed in partnership with Cervelo.

A few years ago, Santa Cruz Bicycles launched its own wheel brand, Reserve. These wheels have garnered praise for their ride quality, outstanding durability, and category-leading warranty. Now, the mountain bike brand is turning its sights on the tarmac with a line of wheels developed in partnership with Cervelo.

While Santa Cruz has its roots firmly on the dirt, Cervelo has a storied history on the road and both are owned by the Dutch conglomerate Pon Holdings. The new line-up includes three road wheels and one designed for gravel. Reserve wheels will be available on select Cervelo bikes and available aftermarket in 2021

Let’s dive into the new Reserve road line.


Reserve 65

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The Reserve 65 is the deep-dish, wind-cheating weapon of the line. The Reserve 65 is designed as a rear-only wheel to be paired with the Reserve 50 at the helm. According to Reserve, this 65mm deep wheel is most aero when used in conjunction with a 25mm-wide tire. Want a bit more comfort? Add a 28mm tubeless tire.

  • Depth: 65mm
  • Internal width: 21mm
  • Spoke count: 24
  • Tubeless-ready
  • Claimed weight: 520g (rim) / 1,673g (Reserve 50/65 wheelset with DT 240 hubs)
  • Price: $2,400

Reserve 50

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The Reserve 50 is your all-around aero wheelset designed to perform in everything from crits to centuries.

  • Depth: 50mm
  • Internal width: 21mm
  • Spoke count: 24
  • Tubeless-ready
  • Claimed weight: 490g (rim) / 1,638g (Reserve 50 wheelset with DT 240 hubs)
  • Price: $2,400

Reserve 35

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The shallowest wheelset in the new road line, the Reserve 35 is designed to be lightweight and deliver predictable all-around handling.

  • Depth: 35mm
  • Internal width: 21mm
  • Spoke count: 24mm
  • Tubeless-ready
  • Claimed weight: 395g (rim) / 1,440g (Reserve 35 wheelset with DT 240 hubs)
  • Price: $2,400

Reserve 32

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The Reserve 32 is intended to be a gravel race wheelset that balances ride quality with aero gains.

  • Depth: 32mm
  • Internal width 24mm
  • Spoke count: 24
  • Tubeless-ready
  • Claimed weight: 410g (rim) / 1,515g (Reserve 32 wheelset with DT 240 hubs)
  • Price: $2,400

Reserve Wheel Warranty

Reserve has you covered if you crack a carbon rim while riding.

Reserve has you covered if you crack a carbon rim while riding.

Reserve has carried its industry-leading warranty from the dirt to the road. Reserve wheels are backed by a lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defect and any damage that occurs during the course of normal use. Simply put, if you break a wheel while riding, the company will send you a new one within 24 hours. If you do something outside the boundaries of normal use that results in a wheel failure, like backing over it with your car, Reserve will send you a low-cost crash replacement ASAP.

Learn more at www.reservewheels.com.


About the author: Josh Patterson

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998, and has been writing about mountain biking and cyclocross since 2006. He was also at the forefront of the gravel cycling movement, and is a multi-time finisher of Dirty Kanza. These days, Josh spends most of this time riding the rocky trails and exploring the lonely gravel roads around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.



Comments:

  • m2b3665 says:

    I recently got a set of the new Santa Cruz Reserve 50 road clincher/tubeless ready wheelset that came on a new Cervelo.  My preferred setup is to run them as clinchers but I’m finding it extremely difficult to unseat the bead from the rim once the tire is installed, making on the road flat tire fixes impossible.   The only way I’ve been able to unseat the bead is to use a set of channel lock pliers, which invariably damages the tire.  I’ve tried several different clincher tire brands with similar results.  I’ve reached out to Reserve Wheels and this was their response:

    “The Reserve 50 road wheels are tough to unseat the bead from the rim. I have reached out to our engineering team and they recommend using different rim tape but you’ve already tried that. Unfortunately, I do not have any more recommendations to help or make the unseating process easier on your rims at the moment.”

    Is there a simple solution to unseat difficult tire/rim combinations while out on the road?

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