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Motion Pro Tyre lever/spanner

I've heard mixed reports of these tyre levers - anyone got any first hand experience

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motion pro........A1

Hi,
I have a set ov them, have not been RTW but have used them while on the road. I have a (24) and a (27) and find them great for getting the wheels off the bike. As a tyre lever they work great, lightweight and strong and multi functioning, what more could one ask from a tyre lever
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I've had mine for a couple of years now. I just have one- for my rear wheel axle nut. It's strong, light and very good as both a wrench and a tire tool. I recommend them.

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Thanks for the replies, I had heard they were easily bent or broken but this may not have been the real thing.
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I prefer the forged steel DRC version. I can live with the little bit of extra weight for "last forever" strength.
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I prefer the forged steel DRC version. I can live with the little bit of extra weight for "last forever" strength.
I have to agree...

Aluminium for a tyre lever makes very little sense to me. The end of it will be sharp and ragged before you know it after some road side tyre wrestling.
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Tyre levers

Aluminium they're not, aluminium alloy they are!

Anorak time : (T6 temper 7075 has an ultimate tensile strength of 74 - 78,000 psi (510 - 538 MPa) and yield strength of at least 63 - 69,000 psi (434-476 MPa). It has failure elongation of 5-8%.)

When I got then they seemed so light I wasn't sure about them but after fitting a few tyres, one of which was a real b******d, I'm a complete convert.
The smaller one (with the wrench for the rim lock/valve nut) has a little lip on the spoon end which works amazingly well!
You have to try them to understand I suppose.
I have a few motion pro tools now and they're all pretty good.
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Aluminium they're not, aluminium alloy they are!

Anorak time : (T6 temper 7075 has an ultimate tensile strength of 74 - 78,000 psi (510 - 538 MPa) and yield strength of at least 63 - 69,000 psi (434-476 MPa). It has failure elongation of 5-8%.)

When I got then they seemed so light I wasn't sure about them but after fitting a few tyres, one of which was a real b******d, I'm a complete convert.
The smaller one (with the wrench for the rim lock/valve nut) has a little lip on the spoon end which works amazingly well!
You have to try them to understand I suppose.
I have a few motion pro tools now and they're all pretty good.
Hope this helps.
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How does that compare to a good tool steel though ??? I've got a MTB frame made of 7075.. It's covered in scratches. I reckon I could carve my name in it with my finger nail

As you say, (and your science is far better than mine), they're probably tougher than most the alloy rims out there but I'd be worried using them on some old chromed steel rims like on the XT's
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Each to their own!

Hey guys, just my experience!
Don't take my word for it! Feel free to have a go with them and then make an informed comment.
There are a few variations of the 7075 alloy though, I have mountainbike tools that, well, don't exactly live up to their claims but I can say that I definitely can't scratch these levers with my fingernail, unless you're secretly from Krypton?
I'm at the HU meet in Bristol and I'll gladly bring them along for folks to have a try or find the zenoverland stand and ask for Gabe.
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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.

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I have to agree...

Aluminium for a tyre lever makes very little sense to me. The end of it will be sharp and ragged before you know it after some road side tyre wrestling.
Just doesn't happen. I've changed a lot of tires with this lever and it remains smooth surfaced and strong.

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