Originally Posted by Jeff Wills
I agree- less dish makes for a stronger wheel. I've rebuilt Shimano "road" hubs with longer axles and a 5mm spacer to make them 135mm OLD. This has worked fine on 105 and Sora hubs- I don't doubt it would work on anything except the later Dura-Ace hubs. The resulting wheel, built with 36 double-butted spokes, is bombproof.
Spacing out a road hub won't do diddle for the dish, the flanges are still the same distance apart. In fact, you'll have a weaker wheel as you have a longer axle without the benefit of the bearing being spread further apart.
This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in a wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day, or any other day.