I'm looking to upgrade the stock wheels on my 2012 Cannondale CAADX 6. Aside from being very heavy, the stock Maddux/Formula combo has proven to be far from durable. The wheels need to be regularly re-trued.
Rider weight is 165 lbs. I ride a lot of smooth and bumpy hardpack and also use the bike for light mountain duty.
Rims: Velocity A23 or Kinlin XC-279 or H PLUS SON ARCHETYPE RIM (Very similar to my HED C2 Belgiums that I like very much) -- all are 23mm wide
Hubs: Rotaz Chin Haur or possibly Ultegra
Spokes: Sapim Laser, 32 front, 32 rear, both wheels laced 3x
Nipples: Sapim Brass
Is 32/32 overkill for what I'm doing? Based on the stock wheels (which are 32/32), it doesn't seem like the case and I'd rather have a bit of insurance at a slight weight penalty.
Total build cost would be about $400 all said and done.
My tire of choice is the 700x35c Sammy Slick that I run at 30 psi front / 40 psi rear.