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tyre levers

Hello ,

Has anybody used these in the real world -

https://eastbound.shop/product/motor...xIAD6DRr499fM0

Are they any good ?
Do you rate them ?
Is there anything better on the market ?

After 10 punctures on the road , its time to source some better levers

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These Motion Pro bead breaker / tyre levers seem to be good as well. Personally I found the breaking of the bead the hardest thing to do.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Motion-Pr...MAAOSwLatefKdz
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These are what I've been using for many years :

https://www.dirtbikexpress.co.uk/wor...SABEgLDPfD_BwE


Never had any problem with them and they seem indestructible - certainly strong enough to take revenge abuse on when the tyre won't come off / go back on.
Only downside is they're heavy but I'd rather have that than a lightweight one that breaks when you need it most.
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Hello ,

Has anybody used these in the real world -

https://eastbound.shop/product/motor...xIAD6DRr499fM0

Are they any good ?
Do you rate them ?
Is there anything better on the market ?

After 10 punctures on the road , its time to source some better levers

Cheers
Brock
I'm sure they're excellent.

From personal experience a better tyre changing technique and good quality tyres/ tubes are also imperative.

I go out of my way, where possible, to let a gomeria/ tyre wallah fix my punctures. I genuinely don't enjoy doing it myself.
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I like the Dutch levers. Clever idea and probably real light weight. The best point is nr. 2: Manufactured in the Netherlands, no Chinese mass production!


@Jay - If you have a centre stand it's quite easy to break the bead. Once the wheel is off the bike place flat it next to the centre stand, lean the bike to the other side, push the wheel under the main stand and jerk the bike towards you, so the centre stand is pressing on the tyre near the rim. That even does the job with tubeless tyres which are much harder to get off the rim.....
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Welcome to HU ktmbrock!

Those levers do look good, well worth a try I think. Might have to order a set to test myself.

For more on tyre changing techniques, because as Chris refers to, better technique is the most important part, you can watch my acclaimed complete Tire Changing Video for FREE! until the end of the week! See https://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/the-hubb-pub/stream-free-hus-achievable-dream-100837-2
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Yes, I've used the eastbound levers and despite being aluminium they are stronger than they look. Maybe not quite as much of a "persuader" tool as 18" tyre irons but as a carrying tool, with a bit of patience and technique and bead lube pretty good.
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Yes, I've used the eastbound levers and despite being aluminium they are stronger than they look. Maybe not quite as much of a "persuader" tool as 18" tyre irons but as a carrying tool, with a bit of patience and technique and bead lube pretty good.

Good to hear you liked them!

FWIW - IMHO if anyone needs 18" levers for a motorcycle tire they're doing it wrong! I use 6" - 10" max levers. 6" is fine on "soft" tires, and 10" on the nasty super stiff ones.

As you say, "patience and technique and bead lube" is what's needed.
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