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Optimized for carbon rims, SILCA adds leverage with new ultra-premium levers

SILCA’s new Tire Levers Premio

Bike accessories and tools specialist SILCA has introduced ‘top of the line tyre levers optimized for carbon wheels & tubeless setups’. The company notes that modern carbon rims and tyres create a real challenge for traditional tyre levers, and the new wave of tubeless setups have taken the challenge to the next level. ‘Tyre fits are tighter, while carbon rims require non-metal levers to resist damage to the bead or brake surface during use.’

SILCA’s new ‘Tire Levers Premio’ pair a high strength forged aluminium lever with a semi-rigid nylon pad on the rim side of the lever only. This allows the overall lever to be thinner, yet stiffer and stronger than either full plastic or metal core designs. Even better, Tire Levers Premio utilize a designed-in Flex-Core Zone, which ‘allows the nylon pad to conform to the curvature of the rim during use for maximum distribution of load.’

Previous solutions to tight tyre fits and carbon rims can involve using a metal core inside of a plastic lever. However, SILCA points out that this solution has its own challenges, as the core of the lever is where you can add the least stiffness and strength. ‘This leaves metal core levers both less stiff and heavier than they need to be.’

Due to the high strength full-metal blade, Tire Levers Premio are claimed to be 25-30% narrower than other lever designs, ‘making them ideal for very tight tyres and tubeless setups where access to the tyre bead is very tight.’

Product details:

  • Forged alloy blade
  • Reinforced nylon rim shield with flex-core
  • Integrated spoke wing
  • 105mm x 25mm x 7mm
  • Priced at US$18.00

SILCA was founded in 1917 by Felice Sacchi outside of Milan, Italy. SILCA was the first company to put gauges on pumps, the first to produce a true ‘high-pressure’ frame pump and the first to work with revolutionary lightweight material plastic after the end of WWII, and later the first to bring CO2 to roadside inflation. Today SILCA is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, where it continues to ‘build iconic products that utilize the finest materials and craftsmanship available’.




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