My next wheelset is in progress -- waiting for the new bike that will go with it. After talking to the folks at the shop, we're going with DT 350 centerlock hubs, DT Competition spokes and brass nipples (32h/3x), and H+ Son The Hydra rims.
NOTE: You mentioned the H+ Son Archetype rims - I believe those are NOT tubeless compatible. You probably want to consider their newer HYDRA rims. Shop has had good experiences with those rims (owner and one of the mechanics are riding them).
The DT Comp spokes are bombproof and reasonably-priced; the two Sapim spokes you mention are lighter and more expensive, but I question the choice given that (I believe I read this in one of your posts) you are not a skinny little guy. Brass nips are a solid choice.
I asked about the White Industries hubs, and the shop felt that they only add to cost and offer no gains in performance or reliability over the DT 350s. In fact, should the DT hubs require service, they are easier to deal with - and they are so common that almost any shop will be able to work on them.
I'm going 32h 3x because I value reliability in wheels -- when I think back to the times I've had to call my wife for a ride home, it's usually been due to a wheel failure. (broken spokes x2, broken hub shell x1, and I once had to miss a big race after discovering that my rim was cracking apart.)
Koyote thanks for your reply. I use 2 LBS shops here locally. One shop knows a lot about mt biking and is a mt. biker. When I stop briefly to talk to him yesterday this was his thoughts. He suggested I try and get a set of race wheels in the 1550 - 1650 grams total weight for the pair. He isn't a wheel builder as the other shop I go to a Mennonite shop(they have very few mt. bikers or gravel riders) the owner has been in business probably for over 30 - 35 years. The other shop sends all his clients there to get the wheels built because of his experience and probably because he only has a part time worker and has no time to build wheels. The mt. bike shop mentioned the DT 240 HUBS and even though they are expensive said the same thing your shop did about the DT 350 hubs being able to be service at any shop and easy to be serviced also. He suggested the H + Som Archetype and DT 440 rims but since he doesn't build the wheels and rims and was working on a bike as we were talking he wasn't looking anything up. I wish I knew the difference in weight and cost of the DT 240 and DT 350'S I know the 240's cost around $593 for the pair so that will make the wheel a more expensive start up cost. At my end no I am not a skinny guy. At 200 lbs I am not the light weight. That being said I have never really had any wheel problems. None so far in 1 1/2 years of gravel riding. On the roadie end I had a Bontrager X lite wheel crack 4-5 places around the nipple but think that was a wheel defect from them. I have since bought another used X lite rear wheel at a shop and have had no problems since with that wheel. Decisions/decisions. Thanks for the input and yes I will probably go with the DT 350's and the DT comp spokes. Now how many is another tough decision. When I first said something to the wheel builder he was going to build me a really heavy bombproof mt. bike set which I don't need. Thanks again for the input. Zman
If it was easy it wouldn't be a memory. You just hope you don't have all your memories in the same ride. been there dun that Zman