Figured I would jump into the deep end of the pool and build myself a wheelset for my year-round commuter cross bike. It will use a SON dynohub.
My problem is I am unfamiliar with all the various products out there, especially rims. I could use some suggestions on what components to look at.
I want to do this right with good components. I'm aiming for strength and reliability.
The bike is a Specialized Tricross (10-speed rear end) with disc brakes (Avid BB5). I weigh ~180 lbs and frequently carry 20+ lbs of groceries in a rear basket. I ride ~4-5k miles a year in all weather on some chipseal, so tires are ~35 mm 700c's. Unless there is a good reason to use prestas, I'm thinking I'd like to go with schrader valves.
Weight is not a big deal (the bike weighs 36 lbs), but I do like to ride fast.
I was thinking of some deepish rims, maybe 36-hole (?) to handle the weight on bumps at speed. I dunno. The rear hub is another thing I could use input on. I was looking at Shimano Dura-Ace or Phil Wood. I like the idea of a hub I can service and will last.
Any thoughts? What would you put together given those parameters?