I've a choice of four front hubs for a wheel build:
Used Campagnolo Record low flange - rough but rebuildable - 36-hole
Used "Schwinn Approved" high flange - smooth still - 36 hole
Used no-name low flange - sealed bearings - 32 hole
New no-name - sealed bearings - 32 hole
Since these are "Clydesdale wheels" and since I want absolute durability, how important are those extra four spokes on the front wheel? It would seem that since much less weight rides on the front, 32 should suffice?
I weigh 260, ride on rough pavement (95%) and occasionally dirt roads (5%). This bike won't be heavily loaded with panniers (especially in the front) until I weigh 50# less.
What say you? (And a Merry Christmas to all youse guys!)