These things have the finesse of a sledge hammer, - but they will accomplish any tire change handed them. Those 20s or 21s with the wire bead that needed your oversize screw driver (and always puncture your tube in the process) are easily done with these brutes, - and spare the tube in the process. Overkill works for me every time. Could be a snug fit in your saddle bag.
After breaking 2 plastic tire irons on an impossibly tight schwalbe tire, finally cutting the tire off (was going to change well worn tire and tube anyway) this product will be a lifesaver for ordinary flats.
These levers are truly bombproof!
They are the only ones that I can use when swapping tires on my Pugsley Large Marge rims. Not what you want for your carbon fiber race wheels, but for the heavy duty stuff, these are excellent.
Bought a set of these 3 yers ago. I use Gaterskin and toughskin tires only. ai use a plastic tool to open the tire off the rim and the metal one to remove it rest the way.
I did have to cut 1 12 inch off the end to fit in my saddle bag.
YOU won't be sorry with these!!!
I bought a set of two of these because I didn't realize how big they were. I have gatorskin brand tires and I have broken the cheap plastic levers trying to get my tires back on. Since I ended up with 2 sets I gave one set as a thank you gift to a colleague who often helps me with bike maintenance and he is really excited to use them.
Great product as you never have to worry about slicing your hands on tire beads! Long levers make it super easy to spin off a tire in no time!
99% of the time you don't need these. When you have a REALLY stubborn tire they pay for themselves. If you have ever used UST downhill tires you know my pain.