I've recently learned how to build wheels, and would like to build some nice strong ones that'll support my weight. Currently, I'm 289lb (down from 303 three weeks ago), 6'2" tall.
I've recently started riding much more than I used to, and I'm braking spokes, bending rims, and it seems as if I'm even wearing out rear hubs. Listen to my hub in this video - it only makes noise when coasting, or backpeddling when the wheel is in a certain position. You'll notice the noise goes away at 26 seconds when I turn the wheel 1/4 turn or so.
The bike and current wheels are stock 2007 Specialized Rockhopper Disc.
Anyways, I've been eying the WTB Laserdisc Freeride or Downhill wheels, due to their strength...but I want to match them to some strong hubs that aren't going to cost an arm and a leg. Can you guys (or gals) make any recommendations? I'll probably be going with 32 or 36 spoke. Obviously, these are going to be heavy wheels - but I don't care...I just don't want the wheel failing on me 10+ miles into a ride.