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New year, new wheels
The SPD-sandalled Santa gave me a set of Phil hubs for Saturnalia, and now I am preparing for a nice winter wheelbuilding project. I am debating among a few different rim options and want your opinions and hard-won wisdom.
The hubs are 32h, high flange SLR rear, low flange front. They are fixed gear, or the rear one is, anyway.
I am looking for a traditional-looking rim, or at least not a deep aero, and no funny colors. Silver. Braking surface required.
My goal is to build a set of strong, lightweight wheels suitable for urban conditions, sometimes with <20 pounds of cargo or so, and the occasional fire trail. Thus the rims will need to accomodate a 32 or 35mm tyre.
The rims I am considering so far are Velocity Dyad, Salsa Delgado, and Sun CR-18.
Since I am unaccustomed to working with such high-end parts, I have to admit feels silly to lace a pair of phancy Phils to reasonably-priced rims such as the CR-18s or Delgados. The Dyads fit the bill but look a little high-tech for my tastes (at least on screen). I like the Suns but if I'm going with that price point, the Delgados are about 50g lighter the pair...
I should note: I am not a cx-ist, but I thought y'all would have some wisdom to offer regarding the kind of wheel I am after. I cross posted to the FG forum and mechanics too.
So what do you think? Is it dumb to lace up Phil hubs to lower-shelf rims? Am I forgetting any good rim options? Any experience with the listed rims?
Your input is most appreciated.