A tidy all-in-one solution to tyre and chain wrestling, but rather pricey
Jun 2 2018
Tools - portable
Quality tyre lever that'll take on any tyre
Being able to undo split links in an emergency could be a godsend
Can only buy via Amazon US
Pretty pricey for a set of tyre levers
You want a neat, take-anywhere solution to split links
Granite Design's Clever is a tyre lever with a difference - namely that it doubles up as a chain split link plier when the two levers are interlocked. Clever stuff indeed. It's a really useful touch to a high performing and durable set of levers, but they're a fair bit more expensive than the garden variety.
When it comes to the tyre levering functions of the Clever, it's nice to see that it's been, ahem, inspired by the classic shape of the Pedro's Tyre Lever. That's entirely a good thing as it's a totally solid design that can wrestle pretty much any tyre off any rim. Despite the extra bits needed to make the link plier work, you can still hook the lever behind a spoke as needed too and they nest together when not in use.
When it comes to the split-link function, it's not exactly like using a proper tool, but once you get the knack, it's easy enough to separate links, with it even working on the tight, single-use items found on SRAM's 12spd drivetrains. I'm not sure how much heavy use you'd want to give it, but it'll certainly do the job for once-in-a-blue-moon trailside repairs.
However, with that said, once you've paid $13 plus around $5 shipping in import taxes - buying via Amazon in the US is the only way you'll get hold of these or any other Granite Design items in the UK - then it's pretty expensive.
Of course, if you're out in the wilds and desperately wrestling with a split link based issue without them, you'll probably be willing to swap your eye teeth for a convenient solution to the problem at hand, so there is that. Certainly, if you plan to head out on long trips in the back of beyond, then it's probably a good investment to have in the toolkit.
Jon was previously the editor here at off.road.cc. Whether it's big days out on the gravel bike or hurtling down technical singletracks, if it's got two wheels and can be ridden on dirt, then he's into it. He's previously been technical editor at BikeRadar.com, editor at What Mountain Bike Magazine and also web editor at Singletrackworld.co.uk. Yes, he's been around the houses.