Tacx Tyre levers (set of 3)  £2.99

8/10

Well designed, modestly priced tyre levers

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by Shaun Audane   April 29, 2009  

Tacx tyre levers

Available in a choice of red, blue or black, the secret to these Tacx levers is good, ergonomic design. There's no gimmicks, and no clever marketing: just reliable and inexpensive performance. Supplied in sets of three, their banana profile might raise eyebrows but is surprisingly effective compared with traditional models and makes short work of stubborn rubber.

Measuring 13x2cms, their stout, curvaceous profile fits comfortably in the palm while a pronounced lip burrows easily beneath the tyre bead, allowing it to be eased from the tightest of rims. Using my benchmark and notoriously difficult XC tyre /downhill rim combination, I only required two levers and while it took plenty of force they lifted the bead without fuss - this combination has snapped a resin coated steel set clean in two.

It took a record seven and twelve seconds respectively to remove a 26X1.5 and a 700X20. The sculpted design means they lock neatly together Lego fashion, ending the days of finding stray levers at the bottom of a pannier or seat pack.

While you wouldn’t pray to the God of blowouts for more aggressive flints and thorns, I could use these all day in the comfort of the workshop and depend upon them for speedy roadside repair.

Verdict

Well designed, modestly priced tyre levers

road.cc test report

Make and model: Tacx Tyre levers (set of 3)

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

A set of three tyre tyre levers designed for removing any wired on tyre. They are extremely proficient regardless of the tyre/rim combination.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Reinforced plastic with an ergonomic banana shape, fitting very naturally in the hand and offering surprising degrees of leverage with nominal flex.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Unlikely to break under normal conditions, or indeed, moderate abuse.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

They passed my XC tyre/downhill rim test with flying colours-enough said.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

Look unusual but very, very comfortable-even after continuous use.

Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Great product at a no-nonsense price.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

No tyre in my fleet thwarted these- effortless roadside removal only equalled by Speed Lever types.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Ergonomic, tactile shape.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Unreservedly

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 35  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

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