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Topeak Shuttle Levers 1.2

8
£7.99

VERDICT:

8
10
A great bet for wrangling tough-ish tyres, in a nice package
Fine-tipped to get under tight beads
Long, broad lever for the tight bits
Click together for storage
Schrader release indentation
Price – £2 more than Lezyne equivalent
Weight: 
50g

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These Topeak Shuttle Levers 1.2 are a simple, effective answer to a universal problem – getting tyres on and off rims with minimal fuss. While they aren't for super-tough jobs, the design means they will do most tyres on most rims.

A good tyre lever is a trusted friend, one you can rely on to get you out of a pinch and who removes the beads of sweat often associated with tight-fitting tyres...

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The Shuttle 1.2 levers have been around for over a decade, remaining unchanged in design over that time as tyre trends have come and gone. Made of 'high strength matrix polymer and engineering grade reinforced plastic', they certainly feel stiff in the hand and up for a proper wrestle with a recalcitrant tyre bead.

Clipping together into a neat set, they pop easily into a saddlebag or hang on a toolboard. The larger black lever is a good 15cm long, so not a contender for a small saddlebag – but that huge leverage spread across the broad, rounded hand-end is very welcome when things need to get 'persuasive'.

The tips of both levers are finely pointed, with a nice curvature perfect for getting between a tight-fitting bead and rim. It's important to pick the bead up as soon as possible, to prevent gouging the rim tape which can lead to wearing holes in tubes or letting air out of tubeless setups. The Shuttle levers do this perfectly.

The shorter yellow lever has a spoke holder, allowing it to stay in place while you work at the second point with the black one. It also includes an indentation in the back for releasing the pressure out of a Schrader valve before a tube repair.

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At £8 the set is less than half the money of the top-spec carbon-rim-friendly Silca Tyre Lever Premio Set, but £2 more than the five-star and now six-quid-for-two Lezyne Power Lever XL. Incidentally the length of the black lever exactly matches the Lezyne XL offering – the Goldilocks of pocketable leverage, perhaps?

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The lack of a steel core means these aren't the lever for mega-tight mountain bike tyres, but for most road and gravel setups they should do the trick.

Overall, Topeak does a great job in the long-handled plastic lever stakes, and for £8 with a two-year warranty, the venerable Shuttle 1.2 levers are a good bet.

Verdict

A great bet for wrangling tough-ish tyres, in a nice package

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Topeak Shuttle Levers 1.2

Size tested: 15x2.6x1.65cm

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?

They are for people wanting to manage moderately tough tyres.

Topeak says: 'Made from high strength matrix polymer and engineering grade reinforced plastic. Rigid, strong and durable.'

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

Topeak's UK distributor, Extra, lists:

Smooth, thin tip for quick insertion and tube protection

Ergonomic shape

Nested design for compact storage

15x2.6x1.65cm

50g

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Well made, with a solid feel.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

They get pretty tight tyres off with minimal force.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

The tips look barely worn after decent use.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
8/10

50g is OK; they have a good heft to them.

Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
10/10

The comfort of the rounded handles is excellent.

Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

Cheaper than the luxury options but more than the budget. A great mid-range performer.

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

They work really well to get tyres moving. Don't feel like the rim tape is at risk.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The tips. Nicely shaped, no digging needed.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing, really.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

They're very good. Really only a markdown on price, being a couple of quid more than the competition – although at the commonly found £6 they are a cracking deal.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 47  Height: 183cm  Weight: 77kg

I usually ride: Sonder Camino Gravelaxe  My best bike is: Nah bro that's it

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, general fitness riding, mtb, G-R-A-V-E-L

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