I found a deal that I could not pass up through Performance for a front wheel, an Open Pro, laced with double butted spokes to the new 7900 Dura-Ace hub front wheel for $59 (with Dura-ace Skewer).
Now I am trying to decide if I should keep it for cross and if so, what rear should I pair it with. I currently have Ultegra 10 speeds hubs on CXP 23 rims. Are the Dura-Ace better for cross, or are they lighter and less durable? If I am having a matching rear built, should I go with Ultegra or is the step up for Dura-Ace worth the price difference?
I am looking for a second set of wheels in part to make tire swapping a little easier. My cross bike is also my rain road bike and even for cross, I find myself switching tires a fair amount. Another set of wheels is something I have thought about for a little while.
Money is an issue and I am a 180 pound rider who favors durability and ride over weight, but would still like to save some weight wherever possible.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts!