I have a 2009 Trek 2.1 with stock wheels. Listed as Bontrager SSR (43cm: Alloy hubs w/650c Alex rim) on the Trek website. I wanted to upgrade wheels for $300-$450. The bike way I ride here is pretty smooth with some decent bumps where the bridges are. The two charity rides I did were smoother than expected as well but did have a few short stretches that were bumpy. I weigh 160 lbs and am still a beginner but am starting to ride more aggressively.
Right now I'm trying to decide between two wheelsets. Open Pro/Ultegra Hub build that everyone says is a great first wheel set and extremely durable. I like hearing that because I'm paranoid about denting a rim and having to frequently true. Price varies on these wheels across websites. $409 on BWW with Ultegra hubs, brass nipples, and DT Comp 2.0/1.8 spokes.
I also like the Vuelta Corsa Lites. $279 on Nashbar and about 400 grams lighter than the Open Pro build. 20 spoke front and 24 spoke rear compared to 32 spoke for the Open Pros. The Open Pro weight rating is a lot higher than the 160 lbs I weigh and may be overkill for me. The Vuelta's do have alloy nipples tho and are just listed as "Vuelta hubs"
I guess really what I'm asking is if the Open Pro style wheelsets are overkill for a 160 lb rider. I've read very few reviews on the Vuelta Corsa Lites but the ones I have read were very good. Also I am not heart set on either set. Thanks in advance for any replies.