Use the rim you’ve got now. Buy a new hub and if you’re lucky, you won’t need new spokes.
Years ago, I needed new wheels and didn’t have a lot of money. The wheelbuilder told me not to fuss about rim choice too much and to put my money into the hubs. He then built me a pair of wheels with Shining brand rims (no I’ve never heard of them either, some generic Chinese rim) and Novatech hubs. They’ve been great wheels and it’s this experience which prompted my advice above.
Who can I hit up to assemble it ? I’d be happy to fork out the money for a good hub and keep the rim and spokes. Will a specialty builder need to do it or a bike store ? Will make some calls tomorrow but most are shut now
I’ve been using a Halo Aerowarrior rear wheel for a few months now it’s great value for money, considering it cost ~$100 delivered. Me+bike=105kg+
The cone nuts and outer axle nuts seem pretty decent, not as small and brittle as the ones that come with Origin8 hubs
Build it yourself. Sheldon Brown has comprehensive instructions. Wheel building is easy and very satisfying … once you master patience. The worst that can happen is you taking it to your lbs to finish it off but to be honest, building wheels is more scary than difficult.