As a follow up of the answers given to my question at Rear Wheel Cassette Hub and Speed Set Compatibility Question ,I was trying to determine the rear end fork spacing of my bike which is a Giant Escape 2, 2013 (10 speed cassette Shimano tiagra with possibly changed speed set from original) to replace its stolen rear wheel. My manual measurements end up with a value of 135mm and I do the measurement from the insides of the fork. When I apply manual pressure to the forks I can bring it down to 130mm. Almost all the wheels with 10 speed shimano cassette I see have 130mm hub spacings. My questions are:
1- Is it more likely that my forks were distorted over use or during theft? Does anyone have a Giant Escape 2 2013 and would know their own spacing?
2- Would it damage the forks if I tried to force them on a 130mm spaced hub? Or would spacers be advised along side with a 130mm spaced hub.
ps: I did the magnet test from here Frame Spacing and it does not stick so the frame is not steel. Online specs says it is aluminium.