Stumped on wheel choices
In the market for a new bike. I'm fairly heavy (200 lbs with my bag), and wheel durability is a big deal for me--no more broken spokes if I can help it. I prefer CX bikes, and I'm open to just about any make and model under $1,800 or so.
However, I'm having trouble judging the durability of the wheels of various models. My LBS mechanic informed me I need to ensure any bike I bought had 32+ spoke wheels. There are many good CX bikes that fit that criteria (C'dale, Specialized Tricross Sport, Kona Jake, Fuji Cross Comp, K2 Enemy, etc.). There are also many equally good CX bikes that do NOT have 32+ spoke wheels (Trek XO1, Lemond Poprad, Specialized Tricross Comp, etc.).
-Are the wheels in the second group generally less durable than the wheels in the first group?
-Many makes have 32+ spoke wheels on their cheaper "Sport" models but fewer spokes on their "Comp" or "Pro" models (Specialized, Scott, Fuji). In those cases, am I really better off with the cheaper model if durable wheels are my highest priority?
Some of this seems a little counter-intuitive to me so I'm asking for a little help. Thanks for any advice you have.