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Reserve Launches Its All-New 28|XC Wheels

Standing on its own, Reserve is launching a new cross country wheelset, the 28|XC. Targeted at XC racing types and enthusiasts, the 28 stands for the inner width of the rim, 28mm. The XC part should be obvious. Touting a wider and lower rim profile, along with Reserve's spoke reinforcement and an improved inner channel to hold the bead at lower pressures, the 28|XC wheels sound almost more like a trail wheel.


  • Designed for XC riding and racing
  • Inner Width: 28mm
  • Sizes Available: 29-inch only
  • Recommended Tire Dimensions: 2.2- to 2.5-inch
  • Spoke Count: 24
  • Wheelset Weight: 1367 grams with DT 180 hubs with valves and tape
  • Price Starts at $1,599 USD
  • Options: DT Swiss 180, 240 or 350 CL hubs, Microspline or XD
  • Available: July 2021

Reserve 28|XC Wheels


  • Step in internal rim bed to ease tubeless installation
  • Lower profile for added lateral stiffness with increased vertical compliance
  • Asymmetrical design (flipped front to rear)
  • 385 gram rim weight
  • DT Comp Race spokes

Being launched without the Santa Cruz branding, Reserve is standing now as its own brand. Despite the change-up in the nomenclature, the same lifetime warranty riders are accustomed to applies. Of note, despite this being a svelte, XC wheel, Reserve does not have a rider weight limit on this wheel, all are welcome to give them a rip. Anyone think Danny Mac will give these a go? Just saying...


Eagle-eye racer fans may have noted these wheels already. The 28|XC was raced this past weekend at the XCO in Albstadt by the Santa Cruz-FSA team, as well has being raced domestically by the new Santa Cruz htSQD. 


Learn more about Reserve wheels and their racing efforts at

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