After 10 months and 5k miles, my Marathons experienced the first major flat
These are 26x1.75 HS368, converted to Tubeless. No flats since the conversion about 3k ago (several small punctures before conversion). I guess I had been bragging too much about how good the tubeless has been…..
Last Friday am the rear tire went over something real nasty (it was dark & I didn’t see it) which took a chunk out of it.
Choreography was thus:
(jump off bike & walk last mile to work)…..
The pic on the right is of the rear tire at the blowout. That’s the yellow Kevlar belt showing through. A chunk of the tire is actually missing. The Stan’s sealant tried hard to plug the hole, but no go. The damage inside is real bad – it’s clear a major section of a belt is messed up. I had no idea the tire had so little rubber left on top of the Kevlar belt. Looks like maybe only 0.5 mm or so.
I put a nice thick patch on the inside, put in a tube, and rotated the tires to make do for now.
The other pic is for comparison, it was the front, and also has 5k miles. Still has some tread left. I think it’s still good for another few thousand.
The damaged tire needs replacement soon. These have been real good to me, so I’m trying to decide what to replace them with. I was thinking maybe get a Marathon XR HS359, their uber-tough “expedition” tire, for the rear, and another standard Marathon for the front. Since the rear has more weight & stress, I figured maybe this mix would help even out the wear rates.
I’d love a set of light fast Marathon Racers or Supremes, but sure like the looong wear of the standard ‘thons. 10 months is by far the record for how long I’ve been able to go with one set of tires.