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    Beausage is Beautiful Fugazi Dave's Avatar
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    The best damned tire lever EVER



    Kool Stop Tire Bead Jack.

    I have been doing battle with a 19mm wire-bead Rubino since I got it about four months ago. I have probably pinched and killed a half-dozen tubes trying to mount the damned thing, and it's not like I'm bad at mounting tires. Plain truth is that it's a total b*tch of a tire to mount on a Mavic rim.

    Two weeks ago, I was in my favorite LBS and I said, "Hey Karl, any tips on mounting troublesome, narrow-ass wire-bead tires?" He whips out the Kool Stop lever. The idea gestates. A week later I phone to see how much they cost and pick one up two days after that.

    I get to the critical point of getting the last eight inches of bead over the edge of the rim and get out the new tire lever. The moment of truth....and it works perfectly. I will never even bother using another lever to mount tight-fit tires.

    Highly recommended.

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    You have tires for 4 months? damn your lucky.

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    What do you need a tire lever for? seriously?
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    19mm wire bead rubinos on mavics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dead Roman
    What do you need a tire lever for? seriously?
    Quote Originally Posted by jacobpriest
    19mm wire bead rubinos on mavics.
    Yes!

    Anyway... those levers are fantastic. I had a lot of trouble with my ****ty hoops that come stock on the fuji track, and that lever worked like a charm.

    Another highly recommended here.

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    Beausage is Beautiful Fugazi Dave's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jacobpriest
    You have tires for 4 months? damn your lucky.
    Front tire. I have to run a 19mm in front or else my tire doesn't clear the fork crown. Wider tires in back, no problems mounting there.

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    ha, i run the opposite: 18mm in the rear, 23mm in the front.

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    How the heck do you use that thing?
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    Beausage is Beautiful Fugazi Dave's Avatar
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    The hinged part hooks onto the tire bead. The other bit is put on the opposite edge of the rim. You pull the lever back and it pulls the bead up and over the edge of the rim.

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    Looks like a sex toy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fugazi Dave
    The hinged part hooks onto the tire bead. The other bit is put on the opposite edge of the rim. You pull the lever back and it pulls the bead up and over the edge of the rim.
    Can it be used for removing the tyre?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkercycles
    Real trackies wouldnt need this tool as they ride Tubies.
    Also, real trackies would be strong enough to bare hand remove clinchers!

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    What do "real trackies" have to do with this thread? Also that tool is for mounting difficult clinchers. it serves no purpose that I can see for removing them.

    Having taken the skin off both my thumbs and pinched 3 tubes in the process of mounting an old Raleigh tire onto my 3-speed, I would love to own this tool.

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    i wish i had that thing! i bought a rubino tech for the rear and had to walk back in the shop with my tail between my legs to get that thing on my rim.

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    ah the curse of the wire rubino/mavic combo. It's not impossible, but it is a total PITA. I've seen someone cry trying to mount them.
    Carries suspicious allegiance to Brooklyn Machine Works.

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    Thats quite clever. Mine just pile together like lego.

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    wow
    i use my hands, if not a set of metal lever I got from QBP like 5 years ago.

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    Ever tried Conti mtb tires on Ritchey rims? I've busted many a lever on that combo.
    Thanks for the info- I'll be getting one of these!

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    I don't like to run tires where I can't them off the rim with my fingers only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterThisNap
    ah the curse of the wire rubino/mavic combo. It's not impossible, but it is a total PITA. I've seen someone cry trying to mount them.
    This has been dealt with in another thread; I still think that it's mostly technique, and that the tool mentioned by the OP in this thread, although good for installing tyres, doesn't help much with their removal. Plastic levers (so as not to chew up the rims) and technique every time for me (YMMV)

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    This Crank Bros Speed Lever is looking like a good idea, too.

    http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/001005.php

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    I see the most people having trouble with tires when they are trying to flip that last 8" over the lip all at once. What you've got to do is start with the lever in the part of the tire that is already under the lip of the rim. Then sit on the wheel so that the lever is just below the hub, with the part of the tire that is sticking out above it. Grab the lever with both hands, and pull up while you sit up. It will slide the tire over the rim. Sitting on the wheel keeps it from going anywhere, and you are using massive leverage to get the work done. It works for me.

    Plastic levers help, so does some soapy water. I've changed DH tires this way for dudes who broke their tire levers trying to force it all at once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dead Roman
    What do you need a tire lever for? seriously?
    You obviously have never come across a tight tire/rim combo. I had such a tight combo once, it even snapped the Kool Stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heliumb
    This Crank Bros Speed Lever is looking like a good idea, too.

    http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/001005.php
    those suck. they're really flimsey. i mean, sweet idea. i really wanted it to work - just put it under the beat, extend to the hub, and spin it around. but nope. wind up fiddling with it and trying to get it to work longer than it would take just to pull it off with a normal lever and yr thumbs.
    the hipster myth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by queerpunk
    those suck. they're really flimsey. i mean, sweet idea. i really wanted it to work - just put it under the beat, extend to the hub, and spin it around. but nope. wind up fiddling with it and trying to get it to work longer than it would take just to pull it off with a normal lever and yr thumbs.
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    Aww. :/

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