How many of you use either Shimano XT or XTR 36 hole hubs integrated into your touring wheels? How much weight are your wheels typically carrying? Do they flex a lot under load?
I'm thinking of building this wheel set for a 'light' touring bike that I am designing. Opinions?
-Velocity "Chukker" rim
-Shimano XT front and rear hubs, 36 hole
-DT brass nipples
-Wheelsmith DB14 spokes
Is a wheel set like this durable enough to carry a 200 lb male hauling around ~40 lbs of gear for many, many, many years?