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Crank Bros Speed Lever(7 posts)

Crank Bros Speed LeverHotNCold
Sep 27, 2001 9:01 AM
Do these things really work? They seem like a great idea, but the plastic looks so flimsy. I'm particularly interested in how good they work re-installing a tire, because mine are a real tight fit.
re: Crank Bros Speed LeverCarlT
Sep 27, 2001 9:47 AM
They work great for removing AND installing tires. One useful tip is be sure to moisten the business end of the lever when doing an install (a little spit works fine), and be careful not to pinch the tube as you work your way around. Probably the single best cycling gadget I've found.
Very handy, butRich Clark
Sep 27, 2001 9:57 AM
I haven't thrown away my tire irons. The Speed Lever works well with my current combinations of wheels and tires, but was ineffective on my son's MTB with road slicks (a fairly narrow tire on a fairly wide rim; quite tight).

Beware of the pinchElefantino
Sep 27, 2001 10:05 AM
As previously posted, pinching tubes is one risk with newbies to the Speed Lever. The temptation is just to rip it full bore because it's so easy, and that's when you can pop a tube. Spit on the end is good advice (hadn't though of that). Also, go slowly at first, spit or not.
It does work really well, though. Saves a lot of thumb-rolling work when re-mounting your tire.
re: Crank Bros Speed Lever9WorCP
Sep 27, 2001 10:40 AM
Works great on my MTB(highly recommend) but hit and miss on the road tires. I can get the Conti tires off w/ effort, but the tight bead on the Michelins was too much work. I thought I was going to break the thing. It'll depend on your tire and rim combo but for $8 it's worth a shot.
re: Crank Bros Speed LeverZyzbot
Sep 27, 2001 12:13 PM
I have used one for over a year. WORKS GREAT!
re: sorrySteveS
Sep 27, 2001 3:26 PM
I think the Speed Lever is a sorry product. Mine broke on the first or second use and it wasn't that difficult a tire problem. If you want a really good tool that will last years, then get a Var lever. I think the name has changed but Rivendell sells them. A few weeks ago, my riding partner's newest/best whatever tire tool failed on the road but my ancient Var lever removed and installed a tough new Continental pretty easily.