We needed a tyre and mousse changer and when it came to looking for one of these off-the shelf there was really only the one name to consider – Rabaconda.
There are other, cheaper, options but the Rabaconda is the one you see most often in the professional paddock. Why? Probably because it’s such a great simple design, that’s easy to put together and packs away in its own neat bag (making it real easy to transport). It also works seamlessly. Top to bottom it’s the go-to mousse changer.
We like the quality, we like the adjustability (so you can adjust the supports to match the wheel size you’re working with) and the bead breaker is a never-fail itemThe Rabaconda arrived well packed although we suspect we were missing half the instruction booklet. It didn’t matter because it is such a simple intuitive design you don’t need to be a genius to assemble it.
Of course we’re not yet practiced well enough to crack the three-minute mark on mouse changing. We can tell you, fitting a GoldenTyre GT216AA front complete with new GT 120/80-21 mousse was still a major effort – jeez that mousse is so damn big. But fitting the new MEFO MFC16 130/80-18 rear with its matched mousse was a proverbial breeze. Without the Rabaconda both would have been a far tougher proposition, and that GoldenTyre would have probably been a complete fail.
In all, great designed kit, well made and indispensible to our workshop.
The Rabaconda 5-piece tyre lever set comes in at €75 or £64.99 from the same supplier