The tyre lever isn't the sort of thing anyone really
cares much about until one fails in your hands and
boy can that be frustrating. Some combinations of tyre and rim make
removal with your thumbs possible, but sometimes the fit is so
tight there's no choice but to use a tyre lever. Tubeless setups
can be particularly stubborn.
Silca, that maker of the finest tools and accessories, has
developed a tyre lever that is optimised for carbon rims and
tubeless wheels. It's advisable to steer clear of metal tyre levers
when removing a tyre from a carbon rim, and you need to be
particularly careful with a tubeless tyre to ensure you don't
damage the bead which is critical to forming an airtight seal.
The new Levers Premio are made from high-strength forged
aluminium with a semi-rigid Nylon Pad on the rim side of the lever
only. That means you get the strength of a metal tyre lever and the
protection from a plastic tyre lever, but Silca says this design is
stiffer and lighter than other metal core levers on the market.
It has also allowed Silca to produce a very thin and narrow tyre
lever, making accessing the tyre bead easier. Furthermore, a
Flex-Core one allows the Nylon Pad to bend a tiny degree to conform
to the curvature of the rim. The tyre levers are 105mm x 25mm x 7mm
and they have a handy spoke wing,
We're fans of the Silca tools and accessories, with their focus
on high-quality design and precision engineering. These tyre levers
look like a genuine improvement on the humble tyre lever and we
can't wait to get some in to try them out.
Update: These have now arrived!
Order online here