I discovered a few days ago this strange system, never heard before. I'm worried about noise coming from wheels, someone has experience with these balancers.
I use beads also and have for 45,000 miles and like them. It would take me about 20 tire changes front and rear to break even if I bought Centramatics.I have read some people say they can hear the Balls rolling when first starting to move the bike...I use Dyna Beads...and do not hear anything at all
IMHOThey are just too expensive - wingstuff for ~$260 a set. Dyna Beads 5oz ~$13 - so the break even point is 20 tire changes. And that is if you use new beads each time. I have read where people reuse the beads.
So if you go through 2 sets of tires a year it's still 10 years to break even.
Some folks worry about breaking even; since when is comfort and peace of mind about breaking even. Everyone buys other accessories like seats and there's no "breaking even" consideration. It's funny how we rationalize buying any of the products designed to make us more comfortable, provide better performance or just better entertainment. For myself, the valve stem leaking with the beads is equal to the strange looks of the centramatics; I haven't purchased either yet, still deciding...keep providing your observations please!I thought real hard about the Dyna Beads before choosing the Centramatics. For me it came down to convenience and my own laziness. I installed them once and get to forget about them. The two things I didn't like about the Dyna Beads were the hassle of either reclaiming/reusing or adding new ones for each tire change. Also the reports I've read where you have to be careful they don't get stuck in the valve stem when checking tire pressure.
I've never used the Dyna Beads, so these might be non-issues in the real world. I've also have had the Centramatics less than a week on new tires, I'll have to see how they perform as the tires wear.
Just a peek into my selection process.