I am a big fan of Schwalbe Marathon plus tires but they are horrible to get on and off of my rims. (After reading reviews of other tires and rims it seems this is not a unique problem.) After breaking several plastic tire irons and leaving scars from a screwdriver. I decided to try crank brother's lever. I have been totally impressed, they make it so much faster and simpler, like any good tool they make the job seem easy.
The Crank Bros. Speedier Lever changed a 45 min. tire changing , torture session into a no sweat (literally) 5 minute tire change. Thank you Crank Bros. for saving my sanity!
Prior to investing in this tool I would painstakingly massage the tires until I finally got it on the rim. I was doing this for tires sizes between 26x2.25 to 26x1.6. Once installed my hands would suffer from blisters and cuts to my cuticles. Otherwise when removing tires I would cutsscratch my hands when my screw-driver back fires from the force....
Then I decided to invest in some 26x1.125. There is no way I could of massage that size of tire. The Crank Bros Speedier Tire Lever made installation of these tires in less than 4mins. The device really makes the installationremoval process easy because you can grip it while pullingleveraging towards your body.
I highly recommend this tool.
I have an old 27 bicycle and the newer 1 tires are a challenge to install and remove. Over the years I have broke or bent levers beyond useful. This is the answer if you would rather have the lever do all the work (instead of you). Save your hands and invest in one of these tools.
I have used this lever at home when I am changing tires and works well at giving you a little more power at getting tight tires off the rim. It is too bulky to put in my bike bag on my bike,so I only use it at home.
These larger levers really allow you to lean into changing a flat. Less risk of finger damage as well. I found that with smaller levers, it was harder for me to really pull on the tire. Two of these levers are little bulkier to carry but well worth it in my opinion.