When it comes to changing bike tires, having the right tools can make all the difference. Two market leaders in the world of bike tyre levers are the Tyre Monkey and the Park Tool TL 1.2. Let's compare these two tools.
WHICH ONE IS EASIER TO USE?
Both the Tyre Monkey and Park Tool TL 1.2 are easy to use. The Tyre Monkey has a foot scoop and clip to remove and install tires, while the Park Tool TL 1.2 has a more traditional lever shape with a scoop on one end and a hook on the other. I found that the Tyre Monkey was slightly easier to use, as its clip held onto the rim and allowed for a smoother glide when installing the tire.
WHICH IS MORE EFFECTIVE IN A WORKSHOP SETTING?
Both tools are effective in a workshop setting, but the Park Tool TL 1.2 is the clear winner when it comes to tight fitting tires. Its lever shape allows for more leverage and force to be applied when removing a tyre, and the hook on the end of the tool helps to keep the tire in place while it's being installed, however The Tyre Monkey is still a good option.
WHICH ONE IS MORE EFFECTIVE AT THE ROADSIDE?
Both tools are compact and easy to carry, making them good options for roadside tyre changes. However, the Park Tool TL 1.2 may be slightly easier to use in this situation, as it allows for more force to be applied when installing a tire. The Tyre Monkey's clip may also be more difficult to use with cold or gloved hands.
WHICH ON IS MORE COMPATIBLE WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF TYRES?
Both the Tyre Monkey and Park Tool TL 1.2 are compatible with most types of bike tires, including mountain bike and road bike tires. However, the Park Tool TL 1.2 may be a better option for larger tires, as its lever shape allows for more leverage and force to be applied.
HOW DO THEY COMPARE IN SIZE AND WEIGHT?
|Tool||Length (cm)||Height (cm)||Width (cm)||Weight (g)|
|Park Tool TL 1.2||11.4||1.6||0.9||45|
As we can see from the table above, the Park Tool TL 1.2 is larger and heavier than the Tyre Monkey. It is worth noting as well that you only need one Tyre monkey, whilst the Park Tool lever comes in a pack of 3.
WHICH TOOL IS THE OVERALL WINNER?
In conclusion, both the Tyre Monkey and Park Tool TL 1.2 are good options for changing bike tires, but the best tool for you will depend on your specific needs. If you're looking for a compact and easy-to-use tool for most tyres, the Tyre Monkey is a good option. If you frequently work with tight fitting tires or larger tires, the Park Tool TL 1.2 may be a better choice.