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by Shane Stokes
October 12, 2017
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Makers of premium bicycle tire inflation, maintenance and performance accessories, Silca, have announced new premium tire levers designed for use with carbon rims. Yes, a news story about a tire lever.
Silca states that modern carbon rims and tubeless setups have only added to the challenge of removing and installing tires. Adding further to the challenge is that carbon rims require non-metal levers to avoid rim damage, something that typically isn’t up to the task, or is too thick to fit under tight tubeless tires.
Sold as a pair (US$18), the Tire Levers Premio are made of two distinct components. The 105mm long lever itself is of a forged aluminium construction. It’s claimed to be sufficiently stiff and strong, especially when compared to steel-core tyre levers that often suffer from being flexible without enough strength at the core.
Sitting at the rim-side of the lever is a semi-rigid Nylon Pad designed to prevent any rim damage. This pad hides a ‘Flex-Core Zone’ that’s designed to conform (flex) to the curvature of a rim at the point of maximum load.
Silca claim its levers to be 25-30% narrower than other competing designs, stating them to be ideal for tight tires and tubeless-setups where access is often tricky. The levers come with a neoprene sleeve and are claimed to weigh 36g for the pair.
Visit Silca.cc for more information.