I'm currently using a Salsa 2 (Formula) hub laced to a DT Swiss X470 on my Vaya. The bike is flawless and feels solid under almost any conditions I put it under. The one thing I've been considering is upgrading the wheelset. This would allow me to keep the DT Swiss wheels for daily commuting, but when I go into weekend mode, I could put on a better quality set of tires/wheels for 100+ mile rides. I've replaced the Apex crankset on her for a Force crankset and intend to leave the X9 on the rear until it is non-serviceable.
With that said, I'm feeling like I've gotten into some murky water with what I need.
I'm a 220 lb. rider, so I know I've already been limited to 28/32+ combinations. All my mileage is on Texas roads with the option to jump off onto dirt/gravel roads about 10 percent of the time. So the wheel obviously has to be bulletproof; I still want it to be a better quality wheel than the Formula/X470 combo it currently runs.
I could go through UC and have a set of White Industry hubs laced to Mavic A-719 for around $1k; option 2 would be to go with something like the Williams System 30 (28/32) wheelset for around $570. I'm not familiar with the hub used by Williams and how it compares with the WI M16 hub. Any info on this?
My Vaya is my baby and I like her versatility. I don't own a road bike so I've got a set of Conti 4000s that I inherited which I'm going to try on her even. I love the fact that I can put the front and rear racks on her and she's ready to tour, I can take the racks, panniers and fenders off and she's pretty close to a quality gravel grinder.