Bomb-proof 26inches Wheels
I have an old Cannondale aluminum mountain bike that I have decided to convert into a Commuter and Tourer. It is a bike I bought new in 1994 and it has been well taken care of. I have decided to replace the wheels, and I am thinking bomb-proof, as I weigh a solid 230 pounds.
I am thinking of wheels with 36 spokes, as compared to my present 32-spoked wheels. The rear hub om my present wheel is Shimano Deore LX Parallax, while I think the front hub is a Cannondale generic.
I called up a wheel building outfit, and the gentleman I talked to gave me the following suggestions with attendant pricing;
1) XT Front Hub ($51)
2) XT Rear Hub ($33)
3) Straight Gauge Spokes and Brass Nipples ($30)
4) Labor ($40)
5)2 Mavic 719 Rims at 460grams/Rim ($140)
6) Shipping ($30)
My questions are;
a) Are the parts listed going to give me absolutely bomb-proof wheels that are superb for a clysdale?
b) Is $324 reasonable as to total pricing?
c) Should I think about machine-built wheels from Performance, Nashbar, Supergo or any other web-based retailer?
d) Am I about to throw money away trying for custom-built wheels, or are they worth their weight in gold? I do not have any experience as a Tourer, but I do ride long distances (100 miles or more) on weekends.
Thanks for your anticipated response.