I road race bikes and run a small shop. I always change my own tires along with customers tires. I use these spoons on every job. They provide great leverage while having an ergonomic shape that doesnt hurt your hands. The only thing that it could inmprove on is the friction... These spoons have no rubber/plastic coating to prevent scratches on the rims. Other than that, they are great.
The leverage and shape of these tools make changing stiffer tires easier (or possible). I am ordering two more and loaning out two. As with the first two, I will introduce the concave side to the belt sander to remove the wrinkle finish.
took the route to save money and change my own tires. Tried those small flat 8 inch irons and could never get enough leverage to get the tire on the rim. Bought these and had it on in a second. The bend really helps also.
I just bought one of these and a pair of 11.5 flat spoons after scratching my rims trying to get by with a big screwdriver. The pictures don't do this tool justice, much sturdier, wider, and heavier than the flat spoons, and will do anything the flat ones will do plus an optional curved end may come in handy. Should have bought two or three of these instead of the flat spoons, I'll be adding another in my next order!
THE 16" MOTION PRO TIRE IRONS ARE THE BEST I'VE EVER USED. THESE WERE PURCHASED JUST SO I HAVE A SET IN MY SHOP AS WELL AS IN THE TRAILER AT THE TRACK. I'VE BEEN USING THE MOTION PRO 16" TIRE IRONS FOR AT LEAST 25 YEARS.
I have three now and my friends wish I owned more, they borrow them all to often. The length gives you good leverage for the tough tires. Makes installing ice racing tires a much easier task. Due to the curved tips, you don't have to have a deep bite. Its easy to catch the outer edge of the rim or the tire bead and not the tube. I have yet to pinch a tube during a tire change. A must have tool for your tool box on race day. A great tool. Just like I tell my friends, "Buy a couple for yourself." You won't regret it.
Only thing to be careful about is scratching rims. Be sure to use rim guards with this tool. It is not chrome or aluminum coated. It has good lips for garbing the beads and good curves for working around tire and rim.
I needed this iron for breaking the bead and it was also helpful for getting the second bead across the wheel when taking the tire off. The 11 inch irons are better for putting the new tire on, but you need this 16 incher for when you need more leverage.