I'm looking to build a fairly non-standard set of wheels for an old frame of mine that I feel would make a decent light/weekend touring bike. This rig may see a long weekend of riding and maybe a few local rides a couple times through the year. I was hoping to get some feedback on selecting some rims that won't break the wallet.
The frame is an early 90s Schwinn High Plains lugged steel mountain frame. The biggest issue I've had is the 7 speed, 126mm rear spacing. I've tried jamming a 130mm hub in the dropouts and while it fits, it isn't the best solution. I don't like the idea of cold setting the frame to increase the spacing so I have relented to keep the frame near original and remain 7 speed. The next issue - there are no relatively modern 126mm spaced, off the shelf wheelsets at a decent price so I will be building my own from a mix of ebay and new parts. I already have the hubs (older Shimano 600EX that I overhauled), now I need to pick some rims.
I've been looking at the 26" Sun Rhyno Lites. They are not pretty and not light but cheap, able to take abuse and handle a heavier load. I see many recommendations for the Velocity Aeroheats but those are pushing $50/rim. I have found the Rhyno Lites as cheap as $27 new. Are there any other 26" rims that I should consider, either used or new?
Thanks for any input!