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    Wookie Fred chewybrian's Avatar
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    Soma, you just made the list.

    My Soma "steel core" tire lever that snaps, sending sharp chunks of plastic into the tube--FAIL!

    "Who could make such a product?", I wondered. I went to Soma's website, and it all started to make sense--dang hippies!
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    I have a set of Soma steel core tire levers, and they work great. Maybe you just have bad karma!
    "You can't change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future"

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    I use steel levers from Intense. Not steel core coated in weak-sauce plastic. All steel contruction.

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    Wookie Fred chewybrian's Avatar
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    Yes, I'm sure I deserved it for something I did in the past. Re-changing the tire in the intense heat, without benefit of a tire lever, was no fun, though. Steel is real; I'm going that way on the next one.

    Maybe it's time for a good multi-tool, anyway (recommendations?). At least the issue came up on a commute, not PBP!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chewybrian View Post
    Yes, I'm sure I deserved it for something I did in the past. Re-changing the tire in the intense heat, without benefit of a tire lever, was no fun, though. Steel is real; I'm going that way on the next one.

    Maybe it's time for a good multi-tool, anyway (recommendations?). At least the issue came up on a commute, not PBP!
    Most tire levers are plastic for a simple reason, wrecking a $2 plastic tire lever, , levering a section out of a $150 rim because the tire lever is made of a steel that's harder then the alloy of the rim,

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    I had some Park Tool plastic levers that had a steel core. They failed. The all plastic ones work much better.
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    Some sort of pithy irrelevant one-liner should go here.

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    My guess from purely an engineering standpoint is by adding a steel shank, in fact will weaken the lever by increasing the load at the end point of the shank. By having a stiffer "spine" all of the lateral force is applied to one spot. To compensate for this the shank would need to run the entire length of the lever. I have not changed enough tires to know from experience.

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    I need to pick up a new set of tire levers... mine are OLD ones that my dad bought me when I was a kid... my LBS got some nice ones recently I'm going to pick up... I watched (and helped) him with a trek tricycle... used a tire from a lawn mower tractor type of deal... not enough leverage with this alu lever so he clamped onto it with some vice grips... the biggest ones he had... it managed to get the tire off and the lever lived to be used another day...
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    I'm a fan of the Crank Brothers Quick Lever for removing tires. And since you asked about multitools, the Topeak Alien II is pretty good.

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