Setting up my usual road bike for mid-distance fast light touring. Modern carbon Wilier Thor, pretty stiff overall, was running American Classic 28 spoke 3x rear, 24 radial front, stiff rims. Haven't been very happy with them - lack of compliance.
Put on old 32 3x box section 14g straight front wheel. Much better, bike sticks to road better, smoother ride, no difference in steady state riding. Can tell this is a heavier wheel on acceleration, climbing, and in quick handling. Bombproof wheel pretty much. More than I likely need.
Considering building up something like 105 - ultegra - DA - who cares hubs (ebay or sale), 3x, lighter box section, 23 mm tires (since the silly thing won't take 25 mm!). I'm out of touch with what rims and spokes are running well, looking for suggestions.
170 lbs, 20 lb bike, 20 load, mountain riding.
Suggestions for spokes & rims?