The range of bike gear on the market grows by the day. As well as a whole bunch of new wheels and rims, the stuff that goes on the rim also has a new trend to its name. In addition to the traditional combination of inner tube and outer tyre, the tubeless phenomenon has moved from mountain biking into the mainstream. The system consists, just like a car tyre, of only an outer tyre on the rim. Obviously this new technology requires a new set of tools—and the new tyre lever by Snek fills the gap in this new market.
Snek is a Kickstarter-project for tubeless tyres. The crucial difference between tubeless tyres and inner tubes is that the valve is screwed into the rim and has to be sealed against dirt, water, and (duh) air. But when you get a flat, or need to change the tyre you will most likely have to remove the valve core in order to pour sealant in, set up the tubeless system, and then replace the valve core. You need a tool for this, which is usually a pair of needle-nosed pliers. Trouble is, this often results in bent, or destroyed, valve cores. The Snek therefore is a tyre lever with a built-in valve core remover.
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The inventors of this, seemingly, simple device clearly have experience with a number of different types of tyre lever. The Snek is made of metal, to guarantee solidity. However, metal tyre levers don’t go too well with (expensive) carbon fibre rims—damage would be inevitable with metal-only levers. That’s why Snek has a layer of plastic moulded over the metal to protect your valuable rims.
When you’re busy in your workshop, nothing beats a cool beer after the job’s done. Snek have also thought of that. After (limited) research, this Kickstarter concluded that no one actually uses the hooky thing on a lot of tyre levers to jam the lever behind a spoke. So they replaced the hook with … a bottle-opener!
Interested in this handy tool? You can order one through this Kickstarter page.