I am a big fan of the MotionPro alloy tire levers. Light as a feather and strong as steel. And with wrench rings of various sizes on the one end, they are multi-purpose. Only needed them to fix a flat and change a tire on the way to Panama last year, but they worked great. I have used steel tire irons for my whole life, so was skeptical at first. But I am a believer in MotionPro now. The smooth alloy spoons are easy on your rims with no sharp edges to scratch rims or pinch tubes. And the little smooth nub on the very tip of the 12/13mm wrench allows you to catch the rim and get the last little bit of tire over the rim without pinching the tube. Brilliant!
I'm an old dog and MotionPro taught me a new trick. Codgers are loathe to change, so that says something right there.
The tire irons come with different size wrench rings on the opposite end of the tire iron from the business end. The round wrench ring ends also have the added side benefit of making the irons easier to torque on without digging into your palm. I bought the wrench with the 24mm ring for my rear axle nut and the one with 12mm on one side and 13mm on the other which works for the stem nuts and various other nuts on the bike. (Like me.)
The only problem with MotionPro that I see, is that once you use their tire levers, you will want to buy their brilliant chain breaking tool, and their fabulous all-in-one trail tool etc. etc. It's a slippery slope. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Last edited by John Downs; 26 Aug 2011 at 16:52.