I'm in the 230lb range, and I've broken just about everything I can on cheaper wheels. Today was the last straw. I'm already having to use a borrowed rear (borrowed from my old hybrid) because my rear hub broke, and today I noticed that my front rim had somehow gone totally out of dish. It still looked true spinning in the brakes, but relative to the fork (and the dishing tool once I was at the shop) the rim was a couple mm off to one side.
So I've decided to go for an upgrade, a real bullet-proof wheelset. I'm going hand-built by a local builder with an excellent reputation. Talking to him today, we were pretty much on exactly the same page all the way around.
My toughest call was on the hubs. The boutique hubs (White Industries, Chris King Swift/R45, etc) are just so...nice. They have style, they look cool, they have great internals, but they're expensive. But we ended up coming to a consensus that the classic Shimano hub is really the way to go for me. The cost, the proven reliability, serviceability, and finally the availability of black hubs in 105 level decided it. I just want long-lasting, no worries wheels, so it makes a lot of sense that the class cup-and-cone is a great way to go. And the cost is right when compared to boutique hubs.
So here's the build, what do you think? Probably overkill, but I'm tired of breaking things. Should still come out not much over 1800g, and the price is definitely right for an indestructible training set. And with the blacked-out look, they'll still look cool I think. Maybe I can get some decals or something to add some color.
Velocity A23 rims, black
Shimano 105 Hubs, black
DT Comp spokes, black, laced 32F/36R
Brass nipples, black