I've been warming up to the idea of taking my mountain bike on a tour. I've been looking at the Utah Cliffs route, and someday the Great Western Divide.
One of the first decisions is how to carry gear. I've pulled a Bob trailer on a road tour and decided I much prefer panniers. So I'm strongly leaning that way for my mountain bike setup. I have an older Rockhopper hardtail with a Marzocchi Bomber front fork. I just discovered the Tubus Swing front rack, which seems excellent since the pannier weight is isolated from the wheel. (See review here.) There are no eyelets for racks in back, so I'd have to go with Old Man Mountain, or maybe a Tubus Logo with adaptors?
ANYWAY, I built up the Rockhopper from a frame, and didn't spend a whole lot on the wheels. I'm thinking I'll want something solid if I load it up for a tour, especially since I weigh 200 lbs. and tend to load up. I've also had spoke-breaking problems in the past and want to avoid that.
Any suggestions for strong wheels, hubs, and spokes?