Reserve 25|GR Gravel Wheels reviewed

Lightweight yet bombproof carbon hoops for the roads less traveled

Reserve 25|GR gravel wheelset
(Image credit: Anne-Marije Rook)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Reserve 25|GR is an impressively light wheelset that strikes the perfect balance of durability and weight. Mile after mile, these wheels are an absolute bombproof workhorse made for those who ride on the gnarlier end of the gravel spectrum.

Reasons to buy
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    Durable, bombproof construction

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    No rider weight limit

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    Lifetime warranty and no-fault crash replacement promise

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Reasons to avoid
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    No aerodynamic benefits

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Reserve may not be the first brand name that comes to mind when you’re shopping for new hoops, but with the trajectory they’re on, that will all change quite soon. 

Born from the mountain bike world, Reserve was founded by the Santa Cruz bike brand in 2014. Basically, what Roval is to Specialized, Reserve is to Santa Cruz: a wheel company within a bike company that eventually grows to stand on its own two feet. 

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.