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Park Tool TL-1 Tire Lever

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1 review about Park Tool TL-1 Tire Lever

Works as Designed But Is More Difficult to Use

  • Oct 27, 2004
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Pros: Well-built with an excellent warranty.

Cons: Tougher to leverage a tire off the rim.

The Bottom Line: Recommended for those users who are tired of broken tire levers and don't want to pay for replacements.

This review is based on six months of use with this product. I will try to share with you my thoughts on various aspects about this product.

Probably one of the few tire levers you will come across that is not black in color. Its medium blue color sets it apart from the other fix-it parts that I have in my CamelBak which makes it easy to find. The materials used don't look like flimsy plastic.

Similar in design and usage as other tire levers I had used by Specialized and others. This lever has a straight body but curves to lift the tire off the rim on one end while the other end easily clips onto your spokes to stay in place.

Actual Usage-
This tire lever seems to have somewhat a leverage problem when lifting the tire off the rim. I feel that I need about twice the force necessary to lift the tire vs. competitive tire levers I have used in the past. The additional force almost makes you think that the lever will break before the tire comes off but it doesn't. Luckily, the design of the head does not pinch the tube in any way. These tire levers are light and compact enough to bring with you on the road or trail and easily fit in your jersey pocket. Even though Park packages this product with three levers, I seem to use no more than two in order to take a tire off. That includes road and mountain bike tires.

As I mentioned above, the tire lever has a curved head to lift the tire off the rim while the other end is hooked to hold the lever in place attached to your wheel spoke. One additional feature is that the three levers all clip onto each other to make carrying them more compact and trouble-free. This is not unique to Park, most all of the competitive tire levers are similarly designed.

According to my digital Pelouze scale, the three levers came in at 82 grams. A bit heavier than their advertised weight of approximately 70 grams.

Materials Used-
Glass impregnated nylon so these levers should last a long time.

Most all Park products come with a lifetime warranty if it fails to work and these tire levers are covered under this warranty.

If you are looking for a well-built set of tire levers with a lifetime warranty, Park is your only answer. Just be prepared to use additional force to leverage the tire off the rim. Other than that, I would recommend purchasing these tire levers. Based on the warranty, these would be the last ones you would need to purchase. Happy riding and thanks for reading my review.


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