WHAT IS IT? An incredibly efficient, European-made
tire-changing tool that takes the work, pinched tubes and
rim dings out of changing flats or mounting new tires.
WHAT’S IT COST? $574.95 (TMT4), $329.95 (TMT3).
Price varies with euro-versus-dollar exchange rate.
CONTACT? www.tiremountingtool.com or e-mail at
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with the Kauritmoto TMT3 and TMT4 tire-changing
(1) Differences. The more expensive TMT4 has the
ability to change tires as small as 10 inches and as large as
21 inches, while the TMT3 only handles 18-, 19- and 21-inch
tires. The TMT4 has more features and thus weighs more
than its lighter and smaller brother, the TMT3. The TMT4
is the perfect tire-changing tool for a bike shop, while the
TMT3 is better suited to the local racer. The price difference and the high price tag, justified by the quality of the
design, mean that you need to change a lot of tires to get
your money back. Equally confounding is that there is
no American distributor for the Kauritmoto tire-changing
tools. Instead, you have to order from Kauritmoto’s website and pay the shipping from Europe. They accept bank
wires and Paypal.
( 2) Learning curve. The MXA wrecking crew always
has one test rider who is a whiz at changing tires at the
track. Using little more than two tire irons and a Bead
Buddy, he changes tires in minutes with nary a pinched
tube in sight. In order to test the TMT3 and TMT4, we
forced him to only change tires with the Kauritmoto
tire-changing stands. At first he complained that he could
change tires faster his way than with the fancy Kauritmoto
tool. But, after the first five tires, he began to get the hang
of how best to utilize the TMT3’s and TMT4’s unique
features. By the sixth tire, he was sold on how efficient
the tool was. Surprisingly, he preferred the less-expensive
TMT3 over the bells and whistles of the TMT4. It was
lighter, folded up smaller and was a breeze to set up.
Kauritmoto has easy-to-follow YouTube videos on their
website to shorten the learning curve.
( 3) Technique. The TMT3 and TMT4 have two incredible features. First, the arch-shaped pusher bar is foot-ped-al-operated. It can be used to break the bead, hold the
bead in place when prying the tire on and has a reverse
feature that allows the foot pedal to push an old tire off the
rim from below (once the top bead is broken). Second, the
ratcheting bead pusher is a tube-saver. Instead of using
tire irons to pry the tire onto the rim, Kauritmoto uses a
gear-driven bead pusher. One end sets against the tire’s
bead, while the operator pumps a handle that propels the
bead pusher with a ratchet drive. Instead of prying the
bead on, the bead pusher pushes it on. Unfortunately, the
bead pusher is an $88 option.
( 4) Tire size. When changing tires the old-fashion way,
we never thought much about rim size. We threw the wheel
on a bucket or the tailgate and went at it. The TMT4’s tire
holding ring can be adjusted to fit everything from Pee-Wee
tires to Supermoto wheels to 21-inch front tires. The TMT3
only accepts normal-size dirt bike rims (no Minis).
( 5) Quality. The TMT3 and TMT4 are super strong and
obviously made by craftsmen who care about the life span
of their products.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? The high price and having to
order from Europe are major hindrances.
The inherent problem with building the Rolls-
Royce of tire-changing tools is that it is priced
out of the market for people with Volkswagens.
KAURITMOTO TMT3& 4 TIRE-CHANGING TOOLS
MXA TEAM TESTED