I want new wheels and I don’t want to pay a premium for features that have little value to me. I know that a lot of the high end wheels are expensive because the are super light with features that are attractive to racers. However, I am not in that category. I am about 190 lbs and I ride about 100 mi per week for exercise and pleasure plus occasional short trips (light load)....no racing. I just want a good quality reliable wheel set that will perform well for many trouble free miles.
After browsing thru past threads on wheel sets, I have not found the right info to address my question. I suspect the right wheel for me would also be desirable for someone doing light touring or extensive commuting. Low weight is nice but reliability is more important. I don’t think that price alone is a good indicator. Just because a set of wheels cost a lot does not mean they are right for me if that price was driven by features that do not fit my riding requirements.
If you were looking for a set of wheels (under $500) with reasonably low weight plus good performance and reliability while avoiding wheels targeted at racers or weight fanatics, what would be your top 3 wheels sets to focus on?