The whole world may have gone disc brake crazy, but there are still many of us that prefer good old rim brakes. Our rim brake wheels are specifically designed to help work in conjunction with rim brakes.
If you are a road cyclist with rim brakes, your number one aim will more than likely be speed. Going fast is after all what road biking is all about. One of the best ways to help you go fast is to build an incredibly light set of wheels.
One of the easiest ways to reduce weight on a set of wheels is to lower the spoke count. When you lower the spoke count, you will be removing material that has a mass. The more you remove of these spokes, the lighter your wheels will be.
It is pretty apparent when you see it written out like that, isn’t it?
There is an issue though, and that is you still need the wheels to be able to support weight and to transfer your power. You need to find a balancing point between lightweight and strength. You have to design your rims, hubs correctly, and spokes to work together to balance these ideals.
That is why our road bike wheels tend to feature 20 spokes on the front and 24 spokes on the rear. We use more spokes on the rear as the wheel has to be able to cope with the torque you are providing. We don’t want the rear wheel flexing when you stamp on your pedals.