My experience with the new Metzeler Roadtec 01 - and the China issue
Ok, so I just learned something disturbing after doing what I though was the necessary due diligence before getting my first replacement tire set to replace my Metzeler Z8's... I went online, and even found a video of the factory tour where the 01's are made, showing a factory in Germany... It never occurred to me that maybe that's just the rear and that the front might be made in China... UNTIL
I had them put on yesterday and the first red flag what my otherwise perfectly balanced prior set of tires and rim now had a problem... the front rim now required no less than 8 (yes 8) weights to counter the new tires lack of balance... As expected, the German made rear tire required 0.. none, zilch... The front, which is made ion China however 8. The ugly black weights caught my attention but what woke me up was the discussion in the other thread where a member pointed out the fronts ARE MADE IN CHINA.. I confirmed it on the side wall. And yes, the rears are still made in Germany.
Hope fully this thread will come up on future searches so members can be more informed before they spend their money.
As for me, I will be demanding that the dealer work with their Metzeler rep to pay and remove my front tire... I will find a suitable EU/USA made replacement.. I don't think there is any harm in mixing brands on the same bike, and the rear is a darn good tire by all accounts.
Pardon the quality of the photo's but the lighting was bad... you can see BOTH sides of the wheel and the weights here.
2016 K1600GTL - All Options
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