Just t clarify, you said all the spokes had the same angles.....do you mean the angles at the head of the spoke? If so you didn't get the outer spoke bend .The lengths of the spokes are the same and I did not have to drill out holes to get them in. The apple all fit nicely in the holes. I did end up using all 18 of the original “thinner” outer spokes and they went in without a push and did not have near the bow the news ones had. They also straighten up after a couple turns of the nipple. I believe the chrome coating on the new spokes was the issue. The original shine up but do not have as thick a coating on them . Also, all spokes had the same angles. This was just a totally different experience thank the front wheel which I laced and tried in an hour. Thanks for you feedback especially since you are certified at working on them.