I was hoping to get away with a new 36 spoke wheel (like a Mavic 719 with an XT hub), but I spoke briefly with Peter White, and he first recommended a 48h Phil Wood hub wheel. I choked up when I heard the price, and he said I could save $100 by going to the White Industries 40h hub. He didn't think a 36 spoke wheel was a good choice considering the # of spokes I've already busted. Then again, he said he was never impressed with Cannondale's wheel building. (Current wheel is the stock Mavic 519 with a Coda hub)
I'm a big guy, 6'4" and 230, and then add on 40lbs of gear and you've got 270 pounds on my T2000. Love everything about the bike except the number of spokes I've busted (every summer).
What do I lose going from the Phil Wood to the White Industries (besides 8 spokes )? Do you agree the XT/Mavic 719 probably isn't the right choice
Thanks for sharing the wisdom!