I ride a 2011 Giant Defy 1. The stock wheelsets are pretty garbage when it comes to hills, and even light touring. I destroyed the rear wheel with a 300mi ride with 40lbs of cargo.
I mainly do light touring expeditions, but also enjoy fast century rides. I cant afford multiple wheelsets, so i need one that can do it all.
So the options ive given myself for a new setup is the a719 or cxp33 with a deore xt hub.
I know the a719 is known as the "bombproof" investment, but im concerned about the larger width of the rim and the fact that it takes 28c+ tires. It would definitely be a tighter fit for my bike. The cxp33 is made the same (Maxtal, SUP, UB Control) making it an amazing rim, holding a comfortable 23c-28c tire, but is not intended for touring. There is also no concern about its fit.
Its been suggested that a 25c on the a719 would work, but problems like potholes could easily put a banger on the rim with such a small tire. I don't know if im comfortable with that. Opinions??
Given these factors, and the intention of never doing any heavy touring (nothing over 40lbs), would a cxp33 36h rear wheel be a wise decision?
Are there any other options that would suffice?