I'm getting wheels for a bike I'm building for riding on dirt roads and rough pavement, minor XC riding, no jumps etc. Bike is based on an old, no suspension, steel MTB frame. I weigh 210 and the bike could occasionally carry a full load, but not often.
Cambria has 36 spoke, XT hub, Rhyno Lite, 3 cross 14/15 spoked wheels for $130 (pair). Price Point has 32 spoke, LX hub. same rims, 3 cross 14g spokes for $95. Would the extra spokes and butted spokes make a big difference?
Being pre-made wheels, I would plan on taking the wheels to a local wheel expert to check the spoke tension etc. Would it be best to do this before riding the wheels or after a few rides to loosen things up?