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post #1 of 65 Old 09-06-2014, 04:20 AM Thread Starter
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Yet, Another Tire question

I just noticed on my new Kenda K-270 (front) that there's NO direction arrow??
( checked both sides )
Is this normal? Can it be mounted both ways?

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post #2 of 65 Old 09-06-2014, 09:17 AM
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EDIT: See Post # 8 below. An arrow is shown on the sidewall of a Kenda K270 tire; perhaps the manufacturer indicates directional rotation.

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I just noticed on my new Kenda K-270 (front) that there's NO direction arrow??
( checked both sides )
Is this normal? Can it be mounted both ways?
Yes; and . . . yes!

Look for a mark indicating the optimum placement of the valve stem, to facilitate balancing. Might be a little colored dot or something. Or maybe not. Makes little difference, IMHO, but . . . if the mark's there, why not use it.

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post #3 of 65 Old 09-06-2014, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks a bunch, I'm off to the shop!

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I just got some a few weeks ago and there was a very small directional arrow, but they are symmetrical so I don't think it matters.

Love them, btw. Good off road and on. Didn't have any of the wobble issues folks mention on road or it just doesn't bother me.

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post #5 of 65 Old 09-07-2014, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Kenda KL-270's

I just checked the balance on this K-270 front one. 1/2oz seems to be very close.
I didn't see any dot, or arrow, so I just put it on.
All I had for weights were stick-on's. They don't fit the rim, so I'm going to order some spoke types. I didn't know that there is a type of spoke weight, that has a set screw, and is reusable. Anybody out there use that type? Your thoughts on it?

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I use the spoke weights. They have a slot in the side that slips over the spoke and then have a friction fit when slid over the spoke nipple. I was having a new tire installed on a road trip and the guy in the shop gave me some extras from his scrap pile. They look like these and do not have/need set screws. http://www.jpcycles.com/product/200-...FWwQ7AodnBAA5Q

Google "spoke weights" and you will find a bunch.

I have worn out 10 or 12 sets of Kendas k270 tires and have not seen nor expected to see directional arrows. If you can't see any difference in the tread/knob pattern going either way around, it is non-directional, but I still look for arrows on the side. Usually tires that have some sort of arrow point looking pattern are one directional and will have an arrow on the side indicating the direction of rotation.

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I use the spoke weights. They have a slot in the side that slips over the spoke and then have a friction fit when slid over the spoke nipple. I was having a new tire installed on a road trip and the guy in the shop gave me some extras from his scrap pile. They look like these and do not have/need set screws. http://www.jpcycles.com/product/200-...FWwQ7AodnBAA5Q

Google "spoke weights" and you will find a bunch.

I have worn out 10 or 12 sets of Kendas k270 tires and have not seen nor expected to see directional arrows. If you can't see any difference in the tread/knob pattern going either way around, it is non-directional, but I still look for arrows on the side. Usually tires that have some sort of arrow point looking pattern are one directional and will have an arrow on the side indicating the direction of rotation.

I have seen the type you show in the link. The ones with the set screw are new to me.

Looks like they could be adjusted for fine tuning the balance?
Quote from last link: "For perfect balance on all types of wheels, the weights' unique design allows them to be stacked on a single spoke or positioned along a spoke's length. "

................... http://www.nomartirechanger.com/category_s/45.htm
................... http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=786255
................... http://www.sportrider.com/no-mar-reu...eel-weight-kit

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These are on both my front and rear k270s just so ya know I'm not nuts. Plan on flipping them eventually, but put them on this direction to begin with.

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These are on both my front and rear k270s just so ya know I'm not nuts. Plan on flipping them eventually, but put them on this direction to begin with.

Thanks Louis! I missed that little mark/arrow. I've been waiting for my spoke weights to come in, so I haven't installed the tire on the bike yet. I think I'll pull it apart to swap it.
Just means I'll get more practice changing a tire. Fine tuning my technique.

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post #10 of 65 Old 09-08-2014, 08:03 AM
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Interesting.

The arrow may indicate a recommended direction of rotation keyed by the tire carcass construction, in contrast to the tread design.

DISCLAIMER: Pure speculation on my part; no tangible verifiable evidence supporting the premise.
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