At the end of the 2013 outdoor cycling season in Iowa (for me at least), I found myself breaking several spokes in only a couple of hundred miles. Each time I had several other spokes loose and my wheel had fallen out of true. I had been running the factory Bontrager SSRs that came on my Trek 2.1. I’ve gotten about 2500 miles on these wheels, but I’m afraid these recent signs of wear indicate that I need a new set. My LBS recommended Fulcrum Racing 7s due to their strength, longevity, and price, but another LBS recommended something with J-bend spokes for durability and ease of maintenance/replacement. Anybody have any opinions about this decision? I’m young (limited income, high student loan payments) and need to keep the price down under $400, or lower. Hoping to get ahead on this so I can ask for assistance via my Christmas list! LOL! Thanks!