In two weeks I'll attend a 5 hour (2.5hr on 2 days) wheel building class. The lesson is based on a 3-cross pattern. The wheel will be used on my cyclocross commuter and reliability is more important than reduced weight.
1. What hub, spoke, and rim combination do experienced wheel builders recommend?
2. Would a front or rear hub be better for a novice? I'm assuming 5 hours is needed to build one wheel.