I'm a heavy rider planning to tour. Total weight:
me = 240
bike with racks etc = 45
equipment = 65
Total weight = 350 pounds
Wheel choices (all 26 inch wheels for my current mountain bike or a Surly LHT)
(a) 36 hole front and back, probably XT hubs
(b) 40 or 48 hole rear with 135mm spacing, Phil Wood hubs seem to be only option and are expensive for 135mm spacing in rear dropout
(c) spread MTB frame dropout from 135mm to 145mm so tandem wheels (36, 40, 48 hubs options) can be used, cheaper option than Phil Wood, and probably stronger since rear wheel dishless
Mostly road touring, but some off-road touring may be expected.
I would like feedback from those of you who have actually toured with roughly 350 pounds (or more) of total weight. What wheels have you used with NO rim or spoke problems -- something like (a), (b), or (c) above?