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    different spoke butting on custom wheel build

    hi, i would be ordering a custom wheelset and the spokes has a butting of 2-1.7-2 (DB14)...

    then i wanted the 2 spokes beside the valve to have different color from the rest but it only comes in straight 2.0...

    would there be an effect if i do this? say, imbalance of flexibility or something?
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    I think that's a bad idea. (Straight gauge spokes in general are a bad idea, actually.) What about just different colored nipples?

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    why straight spokes are bad? please enlighten me...
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    They are too stiff and don't flex at the middle section, like butted spokes do, so all the stress ends up at the elbow and threaded section, where spokes break. Also: In lightweight rims, they don't stretch enough at the spike tension allowed by the rim, to maintain tension through the rolling cycle under load, making nipples loosen over time, or even break due to cyclic loading.

    I'm sure you can get working wheels with them, but for a custom build, I'd get the best built wheels I could.

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    i see! thanks for this info...

    btw, i managed to amend my order and get all the spokes butted...
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