Long term Review: Crank Brothers Speedier Tyre Lever

 

Use period: 2016 – 2018

Pros

  • Durable.
  • Easy to remove as long as you do it the right way, which is not how it’s shown in the press videos.
  • last longer than many cheap thin flexy alternatives, Weldtite for example.
  • the put on part works with light xc tyres, but not with sticky thicker tyres.
  • Because it’s plastic it does not scratch the rim.
  • the ”remove” part of the lever works great for installing, just keep the tube away from getting pinched.
  • makes install and removal of all tyres easier, including Suomi wire bead tyres.

Cons:

  • no matter how I hold it the tip and the rest body flexes.
  • I got 2 of these, one of them was bit tight to get on the rim but was ok after few times of use.
  • I ended up using just the ”removes” instead of the ” install” part of the lever when I was finishing off putting the tyre on.  ( I used Maxxis High roller 2 tyres)
  • Does not fit average and big hands

 

Super easy the lady said, The method this woman use does not work with Maxxis High Roller 2 on Bontrager Duster wheels, one of the issues is that the tyres are so tight, unlike the bike magazine have shown in their video

https://vimeo.com/44559641

The best method to take off the tyre with these Tyre levers:

Removing this way does not work on some tyre, rim combos:

Even when I lubed the tyre with soap, and used the put on part of the lever but it I still struggled with the Maxxis High Roller, This is unavoidable because of the tightness of the tyre, of course you have to get the tyre bead into the channel in them middle of the rim for easier removal, but still it was harder on the Bontrager rim, but on the Hope rim it was easier.

So I did this instead:

When taking off my Maxxis High Roller 2 tyres off my Bontrager duster wheels, I used one lever with a spoke hook to hold the tyre in place, and taken the ”remove” part of the lever under the tyre bead and lifted it, step by step  did the same thing over and over to the tyre loosened, it worked quite well. But dragging/pushing/pulling the lever just does not work.

After long term use:

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A groove can be seen & a small piece has snapped off.

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and scratches.

Verdict:

One of the best plastic tyre levers, that’s for sure.

Durable, strong enough, decent price, definitely worth a buy.

in my opinion this is a better option than Park Tool metal lever, which has plastic cover, but the tips are not covered, so they will scratch the rim, these won’t, also the speedier lever is strong enough, you don’t need the park tool lever.

I have used Weldtite and Zefal lever before, the Zefal levers were way too thin and broke, Weldtite levers flex too much.

Product page: https://www.crankbrothers.com/tools_speedierlever

Other reviews: https://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Tools-Tool-Kits,77/Crank-Brothers/Speedier-Lever,18691#product-reviews

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