Park Tool’s TL-4.2 has a hole so you can hang them upRussell Burton / Immediate Media
• Price (three): £3.49 / $3.97 / AU$4.84
So good… Park Tool’s plastic TL-4.2s have a wide tip with a precise edge that makes it easy to initially lift the tyre off the rim.
The broad lever body means there’s no noticeable flex while working tight beads off the rim, and the double-sided spoke hook is easy to clip on. There’s even a hole in each lever so you can hang them up for easy access.
No good… The angled tip can cut into the bead slightly, making sliding the lever around the rim more difficult.
A smaller cross section than the Pedro’s levers means the Park Tool levers can’t cope with as tight a bead.
Specialized’s EMT Pro MTB clip together using magnetsRussell Burton / Immediate Media
• Price (pair): £9 / $12
So good… The metal shank under the plastic coating of these futuristic-looking levers gives them a solid feel and means they should take some abuse. It’s easy to slip the wide tip under tyre beads and lever them off the rim.
The spoke hook is easy to engage too. Unusually, the EMTs clip together using magnets — and have integrated bottle openers!
No good… The shape of the handle means the spoke hook digs into your palm. Because the plastic tip isn’t as slippery as that of the Pedro’s lever, it’s harder to slide around the rim.
They’re the heaviest and priciest levers here too.