Last year a build up a budget touring bike for my girlfriend constructed of discounted parts, used bits, and spares I had kicking around. Overall she loves the bike. We have completed a few short tours on it and she finds it very comfortable.
When we built the bike we found a cheap set of Alex ace-18 36 spoke wheels laced to deore hubs. Knowing these aren't exactly heavy duty wheels, we planned to replace them at a later time.
This summer we plan on doing a 3 (isn) month long trip through the BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. I'm a bit concerned about the wheels. So far we have had no issues with them, but I don't exactly trust these cheap narrow rims.
What are your thoughts? She's far from a heavy weight and her gear load will be limited to two rear panniers.
20130310-IMG_3078 by jonathanreid85, on Flickr
20130517-IMG_3280 by jonathanreid85, on Flickr
If interested, full specs listed at the bottom of my "build" page