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Introducing the Cobra Tire Lever

According to the manufacturer, the Cobra Tire Tool is based on equipment used in the commercial and automotive tire industries.

Check out www.cobratiretool.com.

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15 Comments

  1. dynaryderDecember 1, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Never had a tire I couldn’t get off with my trusty pair of Pedro’s yellow levers. Now,mounting them has occasionally been an adventure. From the third video on their site,it works just like a regular lever for mounting. They say the shape helps push the tube in,but I’d need to actually play with one to see for myself.

  2. LarsDecember 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I learned from the cool kids how to change tires without tools.
    Starting from the valve, push the bead into the rim. Stand with the rim between your feet holding it down so you can draw the tire into the rim. Pull the tire up from both sides of the stem and when the tire is slack up top pull it over the rim with your massive strength. You may have to drawn the tire up a few times to get it loose.

    Or buy a Cobra Tire Lever. It will look good under your Lycra.

  3. Urban JeffDecember 1, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I too subscribe to the machismo tire removal philosophy, but I’m also man enough to admit that I’ve met my match on several occasions. I’m interested in the Cobra, even if I wouldn’t use it every time I change a tire.

  4. HannahDecember 1, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Last spring I purchased a Cobra Tire Tool after I witnessed a friend of mine use the tool to work on a flat tire. Like me, she is in her late 30′s and in pretty good shape. Both of us have had to work on bike tires at one time or another and I am very familiar with the standard tire levers but, this new tool (Cobra Tire Tool) made the whole process very quick and easy. I was so impressed that I soon purchased one for myself. In fact, I am happy to see this posted tonight, this will make a great, inexpensive Christmas gift for a few of my fellow roadies!

    Sincerely,
    Hannah

  5. waxiDecember 2, 2011 at 12:36 am

    If you ride tubular tires you wont need silly little things like these!

  6. ἈντισθένηςDecember 2, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Wow ‘Hanna’, in marketing much?

  7. HannahDecember 2, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Marketing? It does sound like a sales pitch doesn’t it!!!
    Sorry :)

  8. JoeDecember 2, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Uncannily.

  9. MattDecember 2, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Kind of like the difference between a standard wine key and one of those old, simple cork screws with no lever action.
    Or, according to Mr macho, prying a cork out with your bare hands…
    Anyway, I can see how this new style of lever can save precious minutes in a tight commute — and really, even if you’re not in a hurry, why not? I wouldn’t hesitate to use one if it were hanging around.
    Would I buy it? I don’t know. Maybe if I had delicate hands…

  10. SteveDecember 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Crank Bros has been making a lever that works very similar for years. No one buys/uses them because it tears the crap out of your tire bead. Learn how to change a tire properly and you’ll never be stranded dependent on these gimmicky tools. Hannah, no roadie would be caught dead with one of these.

  11. RaiynDecember 3, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Holy Backlash Batman!

  12. HannahDecember 3, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    What’s all the hate about Steve?

    The tool works for my friend, I am sure it will work for me.
    Her tire bead was not damaged and the tire came off in less than a half of a rotation. I didn’t take 2 or more levers like it normally does. Granted, we may not have Popeye arms like you. We may not even have your experience, what we do have is confidence in a tool that required minimal effort and it worked for us!

    In my limited experience with tools, I have found that if you don’t know how to use them, you’re more likely to tear something up. Did you read the instructions before using the Crank Bros. tool?

    Just askin’……

  13. RaiynDecember 4, 2011 at 2:46 am

    “Hannah” seems to have a little too much invested here.

    Frankly I’ve gotta say I really don’t like shills or people trying to promote a product post under multiple or false handles to try and spin the reaction in their favor. I’ve seen it happen too many times and it never works.

    Now “Hannah” has probably read this before, (largely because this thing keeps popping up on ‘sites I frequent) but I find it fascinating how often the supposed point “it’s so easy a girl can do it” (or words to that effect coming from a “female”) comes into play in the marketing of this product and the comments of it’s “supporters”.

    It’s sad really to resort to such seemingly sexist tactics especially given that Team Estrogen (hint: it’s a bunch of female type riders or “girls”) has posted instructions on how to change a tire without levers.
    http://www.teamestrogen.com/content/asa_levers

    I’ve said it before, it’s an interesting design. Is it the almighty lever to end all levers? No. Is there a market for it? Yes, it’s just too bad Billy Mays is dead because the current marketing tactic sucks. Of course Anthony Sullivan is still out there, but stay away from Vince the “Sham Wow Guy”.

    Now Jim, I know you’re going to read this, try a more humble approach. That guy pushing the FIKS reflective strips got me to buy in even though I’ve done a very similar thing myself.

  14. SteveDecember 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Hannah, no hate, just don’t like to see people waste their money on junk. I’ve bought junk in the past, I try to steer clear of it now.

    It doesn’t take two levers or Popeye arms to change a tire, sounds like you’re just doing it wrong. YouTube is your friend, study up.

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