My 09' Tricross Sport came with an Alex ACE-19 rim/Specialized hub wheelset which I would like to leave equipped with the stock 700x32 tires and 11-34 cassette for offroad for rides with more or steeper hill sections.
For recreational road rides, though, I want to use a 12-25 cassette as I hate wide ratios on the road and I want to keep some 700x28-32 road slicks on the bike.
Changing tires and the cassette is becoming annoying chore and I'm willing to pay for the convenience of having those road tires & 12-25 cassette.
I could just put some Open Pros or other road rims on the bike but I want the rim's width to be as close to the Alex ACE-19's as possible, that width being 22.5mm.
Suggestions? The budget will be set at $300.
I see a Specialized Pave wheelset on ebay right now. Is their rim external width 22.5? Are they worth $300 as take-offs or $400+ as off-the-shelf?
I've seen others recommend the Salsa Delgado Cross 22.5-width rim but I see them on Bikeman.com bult into wheelsets with a 135mm hub whereas I believe my bike has a 130mm hub.
One other idea is to collect some Delgado Cross rims and build them 32 3x with some Shimano hubs. Problem- either I pay someone to bulid them or they become my first build. Either way, it means weeks of waiting. Probably wouldn't have them together until late January.
Other suggestions for built wheels would be great.