Park Tool TL-5 Heavy Duty Steel Tire Lever Set Tools

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Park Tool TL-5 Heavy Duty Steel Tire Lever Set Tools 

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Anyone who has dealt with a heavy, wire-bead DH or freeride tire knows how tough it can be to change it. The Park Tool TL-5 Heavy Duty Tire Lever Set (two levers) has what it takes to deal with this problem. Tight, stiff-bead tires that would snap plastic levers like twigs are no match for steel TL-5 Levers. Not only are they strong, but these heavy-duty tire levers are a full eight inches long for added leverage when you need it most.

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[Aug 04, 2009]
christopher12344321
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Good quality, lots of leverage, very sturdy, hooks onto bead very well.

Weakness:

Will put scuff marks into rims, and scrape the coating off of powdercoat rims due to the beadblasted surface.
Only 2 levers

I have broken all other plastic levers after a few uses, and decided to go with an all metal one. The first use to change it, I found that they can easilly pull both beads and tube off the rim in one shot, which is good for a quick tire change.

Warning: These WILL put light scuff marks in a rim without protection! I found that a good way to fix this is to get a rubberizing coating like plasi-dip, then dip claw half into the dip a good 4-6 times with a 2 hour wait between dips untill you have a fairly thick coating. Let it dry untill it doesnt have a trace of solvent smell. If your tires are tight enough to split this coating, dip it 2 times, then take some sort of cloth, but not fuzzy (almost like a bed sheet) and wrap it around once, then dip again.

Who should buy it: Those who want a very dependable tire lever and wont mind scuffing their rim, or doing a lil bit of DIY work.

Who shouldn't buy it: Those who are concerned about weight, dont want to do work to the lever / dont want to scuff their rims, and those who don't want to spend alot of money on a tire lever. Also not for those who buy big just in case.

I am overall quite satisfied with this product, but it isn't for everybody

3.5/5 ( rounded to 4 ) for value because it only contains 2 levers ( I don't count the rim scuffing problem as that is the nature of metal tire levers )

and a 5/5 because the tire levers are very solidly built, and can take anything off of a rim.

Similar Products Used:

Novara tire levers and cheapo wal-mart levers

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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