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Old 07-31-10, 10:05 PM   #1
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Schwalbe Marathon Plus 26x1.75 vs. 26x1.35 inertia?

Has anyone switched from Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires of one width to another? I'm currently running 26x1.75 tires on my commuterized mountain bike. My rims should fit the 26x1.35 tire width. How much less inertia would these tires have in terms of accelerating off the line? There are quite a few stop lights on my route and getting the tires moving again each time a little bit easier would be nice.
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Old 08-01-10, 07:57 PM   #2
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You will take 5 oz. off each wheel, (Marathon Plus 26x1.75 965 gm., Marathon Plus 26x1.35 825 gm.) but there may be better choices if you want to reduce tire weight. You can keep the larger cross section tires which will make things a little easier in commuting typical city streets, while getting weight down. Marathon Supreme HS 382 26x1.6 440 gm., Marathon Racer HS 366 26x1.5 390 gm (folding, 450 non-folding). There are others.
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Well the whole goal is to preserve the puncture resistance of the tire which is why I want to stay with the Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires.
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Old 08-02-10, 03:57 AM   #4
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Everything is a trade-off. You have to decide what your trade-offs are between performance, comfort and protection.
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I tried some discountish tires, Michelin TWCs, and they were just not suitable at all for my roads, they ripped to shreds fast, so I went Schwalbe. I am finding both big apples and marathon supremes to be bombproof, w/ respect to both debris and potholes. Love these tires. If I were you I would look hard at some other schwalbes even if they cost more than the marathon pluses they might still work just as well, flatwise, and save you some starting line inertia.
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The tires I use are out of production Conti Top Touring 2000 26x1.75. They have an advertised weight of 690 gm. Not terribly high performance, but they roll nicely and I like them. I donít get flats with them.

I just got some 26x2Ē Schwalbe Marathon Extreme for my dirt bike. I have only ridden them up and down the street so far. I was going to take them into the woods, but it rained and I wimped out.
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I have these. Haven't had them long, but so far so good. People claim they're bombproof, and they do roll quite well. Mine are the 1.5 version. I replaced some worn out, more aggressive treaded tires that were approx. 2s, and these are noticeably quicker and nimbler, even though they are not light for their size.
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I tried some discountish tires, Michelin TWCs, and they were just not suitable at all for my roads, they ripped to shreds fast, so I went Schwalbe. I am finding both big apples and marathon supremes to be bombproof, w/ respect to both debris and potholes. Love these tires. If I were you I would look hard at some other schwalbes even if they cost more than the marathon pluses they might still work just as well, flatwise, and save you some starting line inertia.
Try new Michelin City tire, as far as I can tell, they supersede TWC tires. And the City is an excellent tire, moderately heavy at about 600g for 35-559 size, excellent grip, rolls easily, spins up ok, puncture protection is top notch. I rode over a few whole glass bottles by accident, and the tires just crushed them to pieces, glass was flying everywhere, but the tires did not puncture. Very few nicks and cuts in thread, so I'd say it is as resistant as it gets. So far I'm very satisfied with them, even more then Marathon Plus - also rode those, but found them simply too heavy for my taste. Anyone that needs a fast, comfortable, grippy, very puncture resistant tire for urban commuting in size of 26x1.4 (and it's a tire that can be pumped up to 87 PSI) - my recommendation goes out to Michelin City tires, here: http://www.michelinbicycletire.com/m...vent=city.view
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Has anyone switched from Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires of one width to another? I'm currently running 26x1.75 tires on my commuterized mountain bike. My rims should fit the 26x1.35 tire width. How much less inertia would these tires have in terms of accelerating off the line? There are quite a few stop lights on my route and getting the tires moving again each time a little bit easier would be nice.
You'll notice the difference. As others have said, you could go lighter ( a LOT lighter) but personally I sympathise with your desire to stick with the Marathon Pluses. I'm close to 5000 miles on a pair, touring and commutiing, without a single puncture. I'll put up with the weight penalty for that level of performance.
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