How many spokes....?
I'm thinking about building myself a new wheel set. I use a disk brake front and calliper brake on the rear and I'm very happy with this set-up. Looking at the few high-end disk wheel sets coming onto the market like the specialized ROVAL RAPIDE CLX 40 they seem to still use fewer spokes at the front (24) than at the back (28). This seems odd to me as the disk brake is obviously far more powerful than anyone's legs. Unless the higher spoke count at the back is purely for stiffness (and thus efficiency when pedalling) or for fatigue life, given that the rear wheel is always driven whereas the front wheel is only occasionally braked?
Thoughts on spoke count for front disk wheel? I've half a mind to say sod it and go 32 front and rear - only a difference of 53g, but more drag. Anyone have experience with this?