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Measuring a mere 9.5X1.2cm, Lezyne’s Matrix tyre levers might interest those looking to complete a minimalist toolkit but are best suited to roadside emergencies and riders with smaller hands.
Supplied in packs of two, they’re made from Delrin 100- a resin composite chosen for its strength to weight properties, and they employ a nifty double ended hook that could save you precious seconds should you puncture during a race. Upgrade suggest this enables the lever to remain functional in the unlikely event of breakage but I’d be inclined to bin them given the tiny proportions.
Despite some reservations, they’ve made short work of all but the most stubborn tyre and rim combinations. They met their match pitted against a notorious XC tyre/DH rim combination-although I remain confident a third lever would’ve tipped the balance. Riders with long fingers may quickly become frustrated by their compact dimensions though.
I’ve come to love and loathe these levers in equal measure. They’re great for stashing in the seat pack and proved a godsend by the roadside but aren’t pleasant workshop companions and while not bad value, I would’ve been happy paying more for a pack of three.
Competent levers but better suited to riders with small hands.
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Make and model: Lezyne Matrix tyre lever (pr)
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?
Not aimed at a specific group, these are lightweight, minimalist levers designed to maximise space in a seatpack.
Tell us some more about the techincal aspects of the product?
Made from Delrin 100- a composite resin designed with a very good strength to weight ratio. They are double ended in order to remain functional in the unlikely event of breakage.
Surprisingly efficient on most tyre/rim combinations, although an XC tyre aboard a downhill rim got the better of them.
No tell-tale signs of weakening or fatigue throughout the test period.
7g shouldn't distress even the most weight wary.
Best suited to riders with small hands.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The Matrix are proficient enough, if fiddly to use and a third lever might make all the difference with some particularly stubborn tyres.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Low weight and rigidity
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Small profile gives the sense of form presiding over function.
Did you enjoy using the product? Not really
Would you consider buying the product? No
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Possibly if they were weight conscious and had small hands
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)