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Old 06-23-09, 07:54 PM
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Any spoke up to 2.0 thickness will have no problem fitting through the Ultegra hub. However, cramming 2.0 spokes through hubs with holes meant for 1.8 or 1.7 spokes would create stress points at both the spoke and hole.
I'd imagine that if a wheel has 31 butted spokes, adding a straight gauge spoke would affect the long term durability of that one spoke and probably a few nearby spokes.
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