By now, you know that the carbon fiber used in rims from Revel, Evil, Chris King, and most recently FORGE+BOND is recyclable. And maybe you know that the first product being made from that recycled material is tire levers. What you probably don’t know is that a pair of those tire levers cost $50. When you consider they’re made in a U.S. factory built to churn out $2,500 wheelsets, that’s almost reasonable. But Travis Engel wanted to see how they stacked up against his go-to levers from Pedro’s, a pair of which only cost $5.50.
Brooklyn-based Affinity Cycles has something a little different for your tool pouch or saddle roll. These nifty carbon fiber levers were designed by our friend Aaron Panone of AARN, are made in Brooklyn, and retail for $25 for a pair.
-Designed for all tires and rims- carbon or alloy, tubed or tubeless
-Made in the USA (Brooklyn!)
-MSRP $25 /pair
-Available directly via affinitycycles.com.
After a successful Kickstarter run, Snēk Cycling’s Lifeboat tire lever is in stock at their website. These made in the USA levers are reinforced to ensure they won’t snap off when you’re in the middle of pulling a bead, have holes for valve core removal, and nest down to a small size, perfect for your tool pack. They’re in stock now for $25 for a pair at Snēk Cycling.
By now, I’m sure most of you have at least one bike with tubeless tires. Part of owning a tubeless setup is having the right tools to keep you rolling fret-free. Snēk Cycling’s newest product, the Lifeboat Tire Lever has a few added details to help maintain tubeless tires, as well as the tried and true functionality of a classic tire lever. See more at their Kickstarter.