I'm in the process of upgrading my commuter/tourer/beater and need some advice on which rims to choose. The current rims are 32h Salsa Delgado X built around my hubs by the LBS. The front rim has developed a hugely annoying flat spot which I'm convinced was the result of a poor build because I've read good reviews of this rim. The spoke tension was fairly low (don't remember exactly how low) before the flat spot happened and I realized they needed to be tightened, and the spokes/nipples/eyelets made a whole bunch of noise when new.
Anyway, I'm leaning towards the Mavic A719 or the Velocity Dyad. Cost is my last concern, and quality and durability are my first concerns. I'd rather buy French (Mavic) or Aussie (Velocity) than Taiwanese (Salsa), but that's only if all else is equal. I only weigh 140 lbs (63.5 kg) or so, but I often carry a bunch of weight on my rear rack. This bike gets ridden hard, like off curbs and light off-road sometimes, but not abused. Rim brakes, 35c or so tires, and probably 36h rims.
I'd very much appreciate anyone's recommendations or comments. Thanks!