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Santa Cruz Reserve Wheels

Reserve 700c & 650b Gravel Wheels.

Show up at a gravel event, and you'd be forgiven for thinking you were transported back into the late 1980s. Gravel riding offers a bit of roll-your-own style, but these types of races and rides favor light weight over bump absorption, so most opt to leave the suspension at home. This resurgence of rigid bike riding has borne a variety of ways to reduce the chatter and impact of these less-than-smooth surfaces. Whether it's an undamped carbon leaf spring, a shortened version of a telescopic suspension fork, or simply stuffing the biggest tire possible into a bike frame, everyone's looking to take the edge off. That's what we set out to solve with the Reserve 700c and 650b rims.

Getting into the gravel on the new Reserve 650b wheels.

The 650b rim (which is the same as 27.5" if the alphanumeric soup has you a bit spun) profile looks more like our other Reserve offerings, largely because the needs of a 2.0" tire and a 2.3" tire aren't as dramatically different as those of a 30mm tire. It's still a fairly low-profile, 24-hole rim that's been tuned the same way as the 700c rim, and at 25mm wide, it'll work with tires from 40mm wide to about 53mm wide, or 2.1 inches.

In another first for us, the 700c rim has a bead hook that looks a bit like a UST rim, which provides some added burp-resistance when you’re running low pressures with narrow tires. The Reserve 700c is 22mm wide, and will play nicely with tires between 30 and 45mm.

Both wheelsets use Sapim CX Ray bladed spokes for a bit of extra compliance (and a tiny bit of aerodynamic gain!), and are available with DT Swiss’ venerable 350 hubs, or with Industry 9’s Torch Road hubs.

Key Features:

  • 700c x 22mm; 650b x 25mm
  • Built with Sapim CX-Ray bladed spokes
  • Optimized for ride feel and compliance on rough surfaces
  • Available with DT Swiss 350 or Industry 9 Torch Road hubs
  • 700c rim features a slight bead hook to reduce burping at low pressures
  • 650b rim is hookless
  • Lifetime warranty


 Reserve 22 700cReserve 25 650b

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Sapim CX-Ray

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Learn more about all the Santa Cruz Reserve wheels and lifetime warranty here

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