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Machine-built touring wheelset from QBP or other distrib?
Does anyone have a suggestion for a machine-built 700c touring wheelset available from a major distributor (like QBP)?
I've searched the forum but "touring" and "wheelset" seem to mostly lead to discussions of higher-end custom- and hand-built wheelsets.
I know some guys who run a small bike shop and they usually give me great deals on whatever they order for me (and the overnight shipping is free) but they're very busy and it helps to tell them exactly what I want (I usually just go in there with a list of QBP's inventory codes and they just plug the order in). The guys there are not big tourers so they didn't have a ready answer to this question.
I'm intrigued by the WE632 Premium 8-/9-/10-speed Shimano Sora/Mavic 36 Spoke Touring/Hybrid Wheelsets listed on the Harris cyclery page for $219.95 a pair, but that does not seem to be a regularly available item from QBP (the code WE632 which looks like a QBP catalog number doesn't actually call them up).
Does anyone know of any decent wheelsets along those lines (36 butted spokes, decent but not fancy hubs.) It doesn't need to be from QBP, but from some distributor that my LBS is likely able to order from.
While a super-nice hand built wheelset sounds good, I'm looking for something I can order at minimum cost but still use for light-medium touring and commuting. I'm getting reasonably adept at wheel truing, so if they're not perfect out of the box I can probably manage to get them into shape and keep an eye on them.