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Silca Tire Levers Premio are optimized for carbon to save your pricey rims

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Depending on your rim and tire combination, tire levers are sometimes a necessary evil. Sure, with the right technique and strong thumbs, you can get many (most?) tires off the rim without resorting to tools, but there are certainly combinations that require mechanical intervention. And with the uptick in road tubeless for pricey carbon rims, it’s important to have the right tool for the job.

Silca Tire Levers Premio are optimized for carbon to save your pricey rims Silca Tire Levers Premio are optimized for carbon to save your pricey rims

In what’s become essentially standard practice for the company, Silca seems to have created that perfect tool for the job. In the works for more than a year, their new tire lever is specifically designed to protect your carbon (or aluminum, magnesium, etc.) rim from any damage as you use the sidewall for leverage.

Metal core tire levers are hardly a new concept – though they’ve never quite worked as promised. We used to sell a certain steel core tire lever at the shop, but the steel didn’t extend to the tip of the lever because it would be too thick, and inevitably the tip would break off after a number of uses. Silca says that the metal core levers over the years have also been less stiff and heavier than their ideal lever would be.

Silca Tire Levers Premio are optimized for carbon to save your pricey rims

The Tire Levers Premio on the other hand use a two piece construction with a forged aluminum lever that extends all the way to the tip, paired with a semi-rigid nylon pad on the bottom of the lever where it will contact the rim. The lever is also shaped so that the “Flex-Core Zone allows the nylon pad to conform to the curvature of the rim during use for maximum distribution of load.”

Silca Tire Levers Premio are optimized for carbon to save your pricey rims Silca Tire Levers Premio are optimized for carbon to save your pricey rims

The result is a lever that is thinner, stronger, stiffer, narrower, and lighter than metal core levers of the past. Measuring 105 x 25 x 7mm and weighing in at 36g for two tire levers and the neoprene sleeve, the levers also include a built in spoke hook wing for holding them in place. And while on the expensive side, $18 for a likely indestructible tire lever set that might save a very expensive rim seems like it could be a wise investment.

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comrad
comrad
5 years ago

Psh, if you are using Silca tools, you surely should be using high TPI cotton tires that are easy to remove without a lever

Rod Diaz
Rod Diaz
5 years ago
Reply to  comrad

Comrad – for whatever is worth, they are pushing hard on the tubeless angle. Their long tubeless valves have worked ok for me.

I’m unlikely to buy these levers until my decade-old Pedros die.

Jon Wetzel
Jon Wetzel
5 years ago

When your Pedros tire levers finally break you can just get a new pair for free. #lifetimewarranty

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
5 years ago

Silly, pedros levers exist and they will outlast cockroaches

Marty
Marty
5 years ago

Silca really do love providing solutions to problems that never existed.

uraqt
uraqt
5 years ago

Nope there is a problem, most levers the tip is too thick or the lever snaps. Not saying Silca solved the issues but at least they recognized that there is an issue and possible can up with something better.

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