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Just wondering your thoughts on tyre balance. Have a new set of mitas eo7 s to fit on 09 650 , am 230 km from our local dealer in Dalby ( very good fellas ) and need to change now, reading some people seem to fit and not balance. Ride mainly rough sealed roads but 20 k of gravel in and out each time . Don't have much experience so your thoughts would be welcome ,
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A static balance is good enough, its a bit fiddly, for the front you need to remove both calipers ,the wheel will fall to the heaviest part. If it doesn't favour a particular spot, it's good.
The rear you need to take the chain off as well.
You can buy balance weights easily.
 

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Ride-on tire sealant and balancer....I'm sold on the stuff.
 

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I change my own tires and have balancing equipment. Bought that to prove that balancing makes a difference. Or not.

I have run tires for years without balancing. Had one tire that had a vibration. Turned out to be a bad tire, was out of round. Reseating it would not fix that. Neither would balancing. I have thrown weights off the tires and did not feel any difference. I have balanced tires that were run a while after mounting without balancing. Balancing did not change ANYTHING.

My personal view is that a tire that is built well will not benefit from balancing. If it feels like it vibrates, it is probably a bad tire ( which I would not want to "fix" with balancing attempts). As for using beads or whatever Snake Oil you are pouring into the tire for balancing, well, if it didn't have any issues without balancing what do these "beads" actually do? After doing a few tires with these things inside them, I don't recommend them at all. What a mess!

Yes I do check the balance on tires MOST of the time since I bought the equipment a few years back. Mainly to see if they are very far out. Which might indicate a problem tire.
 
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ride-on or balance beads. Beads are a little cheaper, and can be reused.
Ride on seals most leaks that can occur, and they make claims of increased mileage for tires as well. Greywolf fully endorses the stuff as well.....that has to say something about it. :wink2:
 

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FWIW whenever I,ve had tyres fitted, they always come back with different weights on different places on the rims-I have only had Radial tyres on road bikes.
I would expect that in a rougher environment-say dirt roads and potholes- with lower speeds,that a few grams of weight to balance a wheel isnt going to be noticed, however at 100mph on a 180 section rear tyre it might!
I completely agree that balancing wont cure a bad tyre, but I suspect balancing is done for good reason on road based bikes (weights are fitted to spoked wheels on road bikes too) It would be interesting to check the balance of a naked wheel before the tyre is fitted...
I wouldnt bother balancing a wheel with knobbies however- as soon a a knob or two are ripped off the wheels technically imbalanced already!
 
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