Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Carmel, IN, United States
Wheel Weight Location
I see from the Multistrada Shop Manual that it recommends placing wheel weights for balancing near the beads on each side of the rim. I prefer to place weights along the centerline of the rim and that's what I do with my track bikes.
I can see two reasons why it might be preferable to place weights near the beads: 1) You can't really tell where the center of the rim is on the rear wheels from single-sidearm bikes, 2) You can't place weights at a location if there is a spoke there.
But the reason I'm leery of placing weights near the beads is that sometimes you might end up with uneven weights on each side of the rim. Not having ever balanced my wheels this way, is this a problem? I'm pretty sure that bit of unsymmetry won't make any difference, but I'm curious if others have comments on this issue and where they place their wheel weights.