Inventor Tomo Ichikawa, who last popped up here with his adjustable height headset spacers, is back with his new brand Clever Standard. Focusing (for now) on tire lever based tools, his first is a nifty combination of lever and quick link remover.
The levers are made of a strong injection molded ABS material and interlock to create a plier-like device. Slotted fork ends grab between the links while leaving room for the outer plates to slide past. Squeeze it and the quick link is compressed, letting it be removed and reused. Video below…
The levers are designed by Tomo in Japan, then machined in Japan of a super hard Swiss engineering plastic. Weight is just 60g per pair, measuring in at 130x20x20 millimeters when stacked together. The design and product are patented/patent pending. Future versions will be offered with integrated quick link storage and “one extra feature for fun”.
They also work great as tire levers, using the connection slot as the spoke catch. It’s here that we should mention most (all, probably) quick link manufacturers state that their quick links are one-time use items, but we’ve all reused them time and again with no issues. Your results may vary and do so at your own risk.
The set is $18 for one, with packages of five sets for $50, and is available for pre-order to ship on December 7, 2016, through their online store.