Carbon Wheels

Most of our wheels have three spoke count options. There are more factors to take into account aside from just a rider’s weight, but as a general rule of thumb:

  • 20/24 spoke count (front/rear) if bicycle weight is under 180 pounds (81.6 kg)
  • 24/28 spoke count (front/rear) if bicycle weight is under 240 pounds (108.8 kg)
  • 28/32 spoke count (front/rear) if bicycle weight is above 225 pounds (102 kg)

The carbon wheels with rim brake rims will come with a set of our Onyx Brake pads. These bake pads were designed in conjunction with our carbon rims and so they are the brake pads we recommend the most. We like people to use them so we make them pretty affordable as well at only $25 for a set of 4 pads.

However, we know there are situations where you need carbon brake pads right away and can not wait until a set of the Onyx brake pads ships to you. Don’t worry, we are procrastinators too! If you need to use other brake pads on the carbon rims you can use the following.

  • Swissstop Black Prince (our favorite substitute!)
  • Zipp Tangente Platinum
  • Enve Brake Pads (standard, not for their textured)
  • Shimano Carbon Brake Pads
  • Kool Stop Carbon (although these will wear out very fast)
  • Reynolds Cryo Blue (although these will wear out very fast)

The following brake pads are prohibited on our carbon rims

  • Swissstop Yellow King – This can have very high heat levels and leave a lot of yellow residue all over the textured brake track
  • Any cork brake pad – Our rims are designed for a synthetic rubber material, not a cork pad
  • Any generic, no-name brake pad. We have found with testing that this can leave behind rim damaging residue under prolonged braking.

You got your new carbon wheels and you want to make sure they last as long as possible. So do we!

The good news is that carbon rims can be relatively maintenance free and should last longer than alloy rims! With an alloy rim when you are braking you can slightly wear off pieces of the aluminum. Over the course of years of use, this can make it where the rim becomes concave and thinner on the brake track. Because carbon rims do not shed any material under braking conditions, the rims will last longer.

Note that you will want to change out your brake pads once they get to the indicator level. Completely worn out brakes will alloy the metal shoes of the brake caliper to contact the carbon rim, and this will be extremely bad for rim longevity!

For cleaning the carbon rims, simply use rubbing alcohol and a rag. Keeping the brake track clean and making sure the brake pads are free of any debris will ensure maximum longevity of the rims.