Like the newly released Reserve 28 wheels
that we reviewed last month, the 30|SL wheels that Reserve announced today keep their straightforward naming nomenclature with the internal width of the rim determining the model name.
Compared to the previous generation 30|30, Reserve says that the 30|SL is lighter and offers more vertical compliance for a more comfortable ride. The rim's profile is now wider and the overall height is lower at 19mm compared to the 22mm of the 30|30 which Reserve says "increases strength and lateral rigidity while delivering improved vertical compliance for enhanced traction." They also say that the new rim shape eases tubeless tire installation and improves bead retention at lower pressures.
Reserve 30|SL Wheel Details
• Designed for: trail riding
• 29" only
• Carbon rims, 30mm internal width
• 28 spokes
• Hub options: DT Swiss 350, I9 Hydra 29, Microspline or XD, 6B or MS
• Weight: 1750 Grams with i9 Hydra hubs, valves and tape
• Lifetime warranty w/ no weight limit
• MSRP: $1,599 - $1,899 USD
You'll find 28 spokes on the Reserve 30|SL wheelset and you can choose from six-bolt or centerlock rotors, and Microspline or XD drivers. They feature an asymmetrical design flipped front to rear for increased strength. Recommended tire dimensions are 2.2-2.5".
As we saw with the Reserve 28 wheels, there's no Santa Cruz branding on these wheels, likely in an attempt to get more wheels on bikes that aren't Santa Cruz. There is a lifetime guarantee on the wheels with no rider weight limit.
The Reserve 30|SL wheelset weighs just under 1750 grams with i9 Hydra hubs, valves and tape and retails for $1,899 USD. With DT Swiss 350 hubs, the wheels weigh in at 1770g and retail for $1,599 USD. If you get a rim on its own, that weighs 440 grams and will put you back $599 USD.
The rim profile is now wider and lower at 19mm compared to the 22mm of the previous generation which Reserve says "increases strength and lateral rigidity while delivering improved vertical compliance for enhanced traction."
There is a lifetime guarantee on the wheels with no rider weight limit.
This is where you correct me.
If you break a we are one rim, they send you just rim, unbuilt and you're on your own to build it or get laced back up. I know (personal experience) when doing a warranty with Enve, you send it back, and they send it back built-up wheel for free, no shipping with the same hub. about 2 weeks. But you don't have to take it to a shop or watch ours of youtube lacing videos
SC reserve wheels, They send you a new one out asap (being they have some in stock) with a new hub and then you send the old one back. That's what I've heard. Still hard to believe they send out a brand new or slightly used hub but you still don't have to build the wheel back up.
As somebody who used to go through a rim or two a season, it is well worth it to me.
Definitely gotta go with the full wheelset though. If you build up a custom wheelset, they'll only send you the rim.
They took 2 months to get a new RIM to him which he then needed to build up again. The reason was "we don't have any in stock in Europe". He was very pissed of as you can imagine..
So this warranty stuff only works out if they carry spares, which they apparently don't in Europe right now.
Look way better without paint (personal opinion)
Made by Canadians in a Canadian facility with great environmental controls and good wages.
I own three sets of WAO rims now and couldn’t be happier. I also have more faith in them for quality and warranty (if ever needed).
I’m a big Enve fan for my road and gravel rims but stick to the USA made rims.
Not sure how quickly they get rims out, but they are very good and in my logic, something that is flexible is less likely to crack when compared to something that is stiff all other factors being equal.
Just built up a set of zipps and the ride quality is top notch.
@thenotoriousmic then again, I believe everything I read on the internet, so my opinions change drastically moment to moment, ESPECIALLY when reading PB comments section.
… and I’ve been called far worse than an ‘easily manipulated idiot’
But no, I would rather go with Atomik carbon. It’s a carbon fiber version of spanks vibrocore.
That said, my Reserves are 3+ years old and when I bought a new wheelset earlier this year for a different bike, I went with WR1 Unions with 1/1 hubs. This new Reserve rim is aiming at the same target, but still think I'd go WR1 for value on the bike for which I bought the wheels.
But I am with you on the reinforced spoke holes, and slightly larger spoke holes as far as I can see on the Reserves. That is definitely a strong point.
We Are One are quality product with decent service and lots of annoying people pumping them up online to the point where it seems like astroturfing and can’t possibly be real.
I am talking about the design of the rim and it's ability to disperse energy from am impact. This has a lot to do with the rim profile and layup, and symmetry is said to help, by ensuring the load is shared equally over the rim, and not more to one side than the other. This is exactly why NOBL has introduced sinewave profiles, to mitigate the comprise/trade off of going asymmetric. And again, probably why WAO to a symmetric rim with very modest asymmetric drilling.
DT Swiss 1700’s?
Mtb-newd praised the wheelset
Torsional stiffness is what matters not vertical stiffness!
But with regards to environmental factor. If i build one 500$ carbon rim Up that last me 1.5 years, but i had to buy 5 150$ aluminum rims to get through that period of time then i will have to work more creating More enviromental harm. Id also have to order more spokes, nipples, rimtape, and rims Which all have shipping and manufacturing ecological cost.
That is an pretty accurate representation of My rim use, so i have a hard time seeing a ecological advantage to Aluminum. Maybe i'll try some dt 511's one of these days and see if that can last.
Also my stack of cracked carbon rims may be repurposed as noise makers, art, to mount tires to help new tires take shape and look for Damage to Used tires, or as a backup rim Incase i have such severe rim Damage i need a backup. So you see there is more to being ecologically conscious or recycling than meets the eye
And that's retail, I can build them myself cheaper...
Built for $600...