Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tire
The Schwalbe Marathon tires incorporate light- reflecting sidewalls for better visibility and also utilizes a Silica compound for easy rolling and a longer life span.
- SmartGuard is a highly elastic, India rubber that is 5mm thick
- Level 7 Smart Guard: 5mm thick layer of flexible, special India rubber offers durable protection
- Flat-Less: Most effective protection belt for bicycle tires.
- E-bike ready
- Perfomance Line
One bike is my heavy touring rig ('full on' touring that I also commute to work with) which I had been using GatorSkins with good success (puncture and durability) but they are getting very pricey... very pricey. So I investigated some alternatives.
Tried the Serfas tires because the price was seemingly too good to be true, and the product descriptions was 'spot on' for heavy touring. What a mistake !!!!! I never got so many flats on any make of tire in my life. I would have days I would get 3 flats in one day. Pure garbage. Threw themn in the trash in frustration.. even my unused ones. It was liek every commute to work was a flat tire day.
Tried the Schwalbe Marathons and cannot be more pleased. I have since used these many thousands (yes thousands) of miles now and I have never (unheard of) gotten a flat. Many of my tours also take me out to 'no-mans land' off the beaten path... rocky roads, etc. Still no flats. These tires exceed all expectations and exceed GatorSkins. I have also recenly put a set on my tandem (removing the GatorSkins). They are also durable. I get about 4000+ miles out of a set. The fronts can go longer, but the rears the tread has worn down too far at that point due to the weight the rear of the tour bike takes.
The only negatives I might point out are;
These are a bear (I mean a real bear) to put on when 1st new. The rim bead is extreemly tight around the rim (but this could be a fnction of my rims).
Weight; These are no lightweight tires. But that is to be expected with this type of durability and load carrying capability.
Highly recommend these tires.
Hope this helps
PROS: Bullet Proof, Durable
CONS: Difficult To Install, Heavy
BEST USES: commuting, Tandem Bikes, Loaded touring
PROS: No Flats, Durable
CONS: Difficult To Install, Heavy
BEST USES: Cross, Gravel, Touring, Road Biking
I also love the very bright reflective sidewalls - they are a great night time safety feature.
7 months ago
How did the tube not get skewered.
The Kevlar belt deflected the wire sideways. I pulled out the wire and road home. Decided to purchase a replacement tire after 300 more miles of riding on the skewered Marathon.
Great tire for commuters;
Never late for work because of a puncture.
Never late home because of a puncture.
8 months ago
1 year ago
9 months ago
PROS: Attractive Design, Easy To Install, Durable
BEST USES: Upgrade, Commutingcity, Casual Riding
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