Re: Strong Drive rim
just for reference, in case you haven't seen one, here's a steel Worksman rim paired up with an alloy Weinmann rim.
the Worksman takes 11g. spokes and the Weinmann takes 12g.
i've had 26x2.3 tires on both rims, and they fit fine, even on the skinnier Weinmann.
(i ordered the rims unchromed so i could make them pretty, but they normally come chromed steel. you can get alloy ones too, but i dunno what color they come in. silver, i think.)