Reserve, the wheel company created by Santa Cruz Bikes in 2017, is now a stand-alone brand with wheels designed for mountain, gravel, and road. Its latest wheel is designed to cover a wide swath of the mountain bike market, being suitable for everything from down-country to all-mountain riding. The new Reserve 30 SL is a slimmed-down version of the Reserve 30 that sheds grams but promises the same durability and backs it up with a lifetime warranty.

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Reserve 30 SL Highlights
  • Designed for trail riding
  • 30mm internal width for 2.2-2.5" tires
  • Only available for 29-inch wheels
  • 28 spokes per wheel
  • Claimed weights: 1,750 grams w/Industry Nine Hydra hubs, 1,770g w/DT 350 hubs, 440g per rim
  • Pricing: $1,599 (DT Swiss 350 hubs) / $1,899 (Industry Nine Hydra hubs)
  • Available: August 2021
  • For more information visit: Reserve Wheels | Carbon Mountain Bike & Road Wheels
The latest Reserve Wheelset may not be revolutionary, but it's nice to see a wheelset suitable for aggressive trail riding that comes in under 1,800g. Especially when it doesn't have a rider weight limit. Over the past several years, we've seen carbon mountain bike rims become shallower, as more brands seek to improve vertical compliance. The 30 SL rims continue this trend, with a lower profile than the current Reserve 30 wheelset. The new rims shed 50 grams per rim over the non-SL version.
Like other wheels in the Reserve line, the 30 SL rims feature an asymmetric design to balance spoke tension and a stepped internal channel that makes it easier to seat tubeless tires with a floor pump.
The Reserve 30 SL wheelset will be available with DT Swiss 350 hubs as well as Industry Nine's fast-engaging Hydra hubs when they become available in August. If you don't like either of those options, you can buy the rims and lace them to the hubs of your choice.
Reserve Wheels Lifetime Warranty
Like all products in the Reserve lineup, the 30 SL is supported by the company's lifetime warranty. Reserve doesn't include pages of fine print in its warranty disclaimer. If you break a wheel while riding, Reserve will send you a new one within 24 hours. Learn more here: Lifetime Support