I have relaced a few wheels now and never had a problem with any of them, even those little pain in the ass wheels on the mini bikes. However, when I got done with my new Excel rear wheel and spokes last night, something didn't look right. The offset is right and everything is as true as I can expect, but look at those spokes. They all have a slight bend in them. Is this normal? I would think not, but I cannot for the life of me see what could be wrong. That slight bend in the spokes has got to weaken it and possibly add some mushyness. This is a stock xr650r hub, with Excel rim and spokes and spline drive nipples. I thought maybe I laced to the worng holes, but when I looked at it this morning it doesn't seem to be the case. BTW, I do a lot of work in the dark.