Can Danny MacAskill Break the New Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels? 10

If it ain't broke, break it! Danny MacAskill was the first rider to get a pair of Reserve wheels and did a lousy job of fulfilling that objective. He filmed the entire “Wee Day Out” video on one pair, and only needed to tension the rear wheel spokes a quarter turn throughout the entire shoot—no mean feat considering some tricks took over 200 attempts to get right. So we sent Danny back out there, this time to downtown Glasgow… and this time we insisted he found us the limit.

Learn more about the Reserve Carbon Wheels at: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Wheelsets,44/Santa-Cruz/Reserve-Carbon,18736#product-reviews/2751.

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10 comments
  • loganm2977

    10/4/2017 7:32 AM

    Okay, two of you ( you know who you are) make it very clear from your comments that you like to sound intelligent, but not enough to learn enough grammar to form a coherent thought.

    This is fun, this is awesome, this gives people confidence in these wheels and for very good reason. If all you want is hardcore science and seriousness, maybe mountain biking isn't the sport for you.

  • unskilled

    10/4/2017 7:38 AM

    I do enjoy Santa Cruz's "we beat the shit out of this to show it is strong" approach to marketing. They did the same thing with frames a few years back. I remember calling a guy at Boeing who's frame was not going to be warrantied. He was responsible for the carbon layup of the main wing section of whatever Boeing plane had it. He laughed in my face and told me that the bike industry is in the stone ages of carbon. I still LOL at us for how we talk about it.

  • Varaxis

    10/2/2017 10:05 AM

    I'm curious if Santa Cruz does lab tests with "oblique" hits, such as a impact that only hits one bead hook, at various angles. All the tests I've seen are fairly square hits.

  • hbelly13

    10/2/2017 9:49 AM

    So the main points are that Santa Cruz's new wheels will eventually break, but riding with a tire will make it take longer???

  • Redwoodrider

    10/2/2017 6:53 AM

    I've been on these rims for a bit and I'm super impressed, these rims are fuckn badass! what else would you expect from Santa Cruz, lifetime warranty

  • unskilled

    10/2/2017 4:30 AM

    All it proves is that Santa Cruz will now have to warranty every single rim.

  • Sesame Seed

    10/2/2017 2:26 AM

    I fail to grasp any logic behind any perception there's need for this - this everyday riding for illustration purposes to destroy a wheelset could also've been had by shutting down streets of Los Angeles.
    Backing over the bike w/ the Red Bull Shred Van. Really now -- taking away all control offered from all or part the bicycle proves what to consumers?

  • matt555matt

    10/2/2017 3:02 AM

    It proves how much the rim can withstand i fail to see how thats not obvious. It proves the type of beating a rim can take. Does your brain function normally?

  • Varaxis

    10/2/2017 7:03 AM

    Doesn't prove anything. It simply illustrates one case scenario. Science is needed for proving. A good experiment raises more questions than it answers, but gives enough info to form a hypothesis. The hypothesis that Danny came to is, how much more it'd take with a properly inflated tire.

  • Sesame Seed

    10/4/2017 10:21 AM

    The Rim is designed to have a tire installed - there's nothing to be heard in argument.

    Common Sense should not ever be lacking in the act of removing the Tire and riding on the rim: it will increase a potential for failure. If you'd needed to see this event unfold
    you are a fucking idiot.

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