Im looking for help on building a set of MTN wheels for a off-road bike tour.
Here are the details
Bike Hard tail
Brakes disc (avid)
Drivetain 9 speed
Rider weight 200lbs + rear rack and panniers, so somewhere around +/- 250lbs with bike, rider and gear.
OK, here are the questions:
1. Is this a suitable wheel set? http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/120...-Lite-Rims.htm Or should I go with 36 spokes?
2. Can you buy machine built wheels and have a descent wheel builder tweak them and get the same as hand built? If not, how big of a difference?
3. Is there a better rim for this application?
I know this is a lot to digest, but I just looking for solid opinions and any real world knowledge.