There’s no doubting Pedro’s levers are amongst the best I’ve come across, making short work of most tyre/rim combinations and very keenly priced to boot. However, they’re not as effective as telescopic designs on really tight beads and one of our test levers snapped clean in two while battling my expedition wheelset. Luckily, a lifetime, no quibble warrantee gives peace of mind.
I’m tempted to dismiss the lurid colour schemes as little more than clever marketing but objectively, these professional grade levers are easy to spot hiding in toolbox but our green test pair weren’t the easiest to find on a grass verge. Beefy reinforced plastic construction is designed with a chisel tip to lift even the tightest beads while the pronounced bodies prevent them slipping out at the crucial moment.
Lacking the outright performance of the “Speed Lever” telescopic breed, the Pedros' wider, ergonomic profile fits comfortably in the palms while still allowing considerable downward force to be applied and has successfully tackled most tyres ranging from 700X18 through to 20X1.95. The fateful moment came duelling with the XC tyre aboard my notoriously difficult expedition wheelset resulting in some profoundly agricultural language and an equally audible snap as the lever broke in two. That said, these are a particularly stubborn tyre/rim combination consuming several different brands and lever design over the years.
Summing up, I’d opt for a more garish colour-especially if you’re prone to losing levers by verge or in the back garden but otherwise there’s much to recommend them.
Great design and gentle on the wallet too.
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Make and model: Pedros Tyre Levers (pack of 2)
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?
Sold in packs of two, the Pedros are super sturdy workshop quality tyre levers suitable for all tyre/rim combinations and garish colour schemes mean they're easy to spot in a glance.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Reinforced plastic construction, 40g pair
To a very high standard.
It fought my expedition wheels and the wheels won!
Inspires confidence.(40g pr)
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Thee's no question of their tyre removing prowess, making short work of most tyre/rim cominations without pinching or otherwise damaging tyre, rim or tube. Colour schemes are an acquired taste but mean they're easily located in most contexts.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Rugged, yet clever, comfortable design-great value for money.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Lack the outright efficiency of the telescopic type on some extremely stubborn tyre/rim combinations.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
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,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)