this was my post from last summer:
last month my lbs EPBC hooked me up with what looks to be THE clyde wheel for my commuter...after all the headaches and endless spoke replacements and wheel work i've endured the past year with my heavy and once beer-bellied frame, the puzzle has finally been solved....
Mavic a719 36H rim
DT Swiss 2.0 spokes
Shimano Deore XT Hub
All black (matching the front stock front Trek 7.2fx wheel, which is still holding up nice)
Trued and re-tensioned twice by my LBS, since the install, and after endless daily hammerfests, rough-riding over the potholed, crappy WV backroads while always pushing to beat my personal best times to shorten my commute back'n'forth to work...and after several hundred miles, and with a 95-100psi Conti Gator hardshell slapped on, is not even flinching...it's like the dang wheel is laughing at me, saying "Is that all you got, big boy?"
Life is good
Thank you, to everyone who responded back then...the Mavic rim was definitely the right place to start
and... Thanks, Bryan!