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32 or 36 spoke hubs. Shimano Tiagra, 105 or Ultegra. If you want to spend the coin on something fancier and with sealed bearings White Industries or Chris King's with the steel freegub body uprgrade.
Laced 3 cross with just about any selection of high quality stainless spokes ranging from straight 14 gauge (2.0 mm) to 14/15 double butted spokes, or even triple butted 13/14/15. At 250lbs. and having built up a couple wheels for myself at this point, I'm favouring heavier spokes on the drive side than the non-drive side.
Any number of Velocity rims will provide reasonably life expectancy at 32 spoke count or greater. Deep V's are the most frequently referenced, but, synergy's, A23, etc. should also work fine. DT Swiss 585's are another option and one that I've just recently started using myself. I've got about 3,000km on them since April and so far so good. There are other rims out there that will work, but, the aforementioned are the most popular on this forum.
All the aforementioned is presuming that you're primarily looking for a "solid training wheel". Something that doesn't need to be flash, but, need to be consistantly reliable and ridable over a long period. If you want to spend more money, you are concerned with appearances, have a great appreciation for owning highly engineered systems or are motivated to ride more by having a blinging set of wheels, there are plenty of other options out there.
Above all else: The ultimate durability of your custom built wheels will not be determined as much by the component choice as by the quality and attention to detail exhibited during the build. Frequent stress releaving, the forming of outside spoke elbows to the flange and attention to even and moderately high spoke tensions will have more to do with your wheels success than what they are built from. Find an excellent "wheelsmith" in your area.
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