We are 2000 miles into tandem life on our used Bilenky and have found that it really works for us. Our bike has a set of 700c 48 spoke Hugi hubbed wheels that we would like to replace with something much lighter. We are a 290-300lb team. I tend to keep things a long time and for that reason ride Campy on my road bike and Kings on my mountain bike. I have priced a set of Phil wheels. I am not that excited about the King hubs for this application as it seems they use the same hub body as regular wheels with different axle spacing. I also have been looking at the Bontragers with the Swiss Hugis as they seem to be a bargain on E bay.
We will be riding mostly unloaded, and will have the old wheels if we want to load up, so I am curious about spoke counts. I am getting conflicting information telling me to go 40/40, 40/36, 36/36, 36/32. I will not say I am totally price insensitive so I am looking for a value for something that will be faster but durable as well. Any and all help is appreciated, thanks.