If you're looking for a bomb-proof tire, the Marathon will definitely work and last a long time. That said, I found the ride on them a touch harsh. I have no experience on the Primo Comet.
My only other experience on 16" tires is with Greenspeed Scorchers. These ride nicer than the Marathons, but we'll see how well they hold up over time.
My understanding: the scorchers are both unusually comfy and unusually quick. To be quick and have low rolling resistance, you have to either be very hard, or very flexible. To be comfy, you have to be flexible. Thus the scorchers are flexible. How do you get to be flexible? Mostly by being thin. Which means the Scorchers should wear out very fast. I don't mind that in the least: they're $40 a tire. My strategy is: let 'em wear out once every two years, who cares. They're still the best tires in 349 IMHO.
Originally Posted by Lalato
im a bit confused here... i have a 16 x 1 3/8 can i use a 16 x 1 1/2? the scorchers seem like a pretty cool option...
called up a friend...i understand now...1 1/2 would be a thicker tire (bigger)...and ill have to measure my clerance from the fender...im thiniking theres not much space.
Last edited by echotraveler; 10-07-09 at 11:50 AM.
Why not go with Schwalbe HS368 Marathons. They ride better than the plus but are not quite as flat proof. They are Kevler belted so they are relatively flat resistant. They are also $10 cheaper a tire. http://www.everybicycletire.com/Shop...s-368-349.aspx
You need to decide what's most important to you - ride, speed, flats, price, etc. It's a trade-off.
Nice ride, fast = Greenspeed Scorchers, judging by message traffic.
Bombproof = Marathon Plus
Happy medium = Marathon
I'd very much like to know how Scorcher TR (kevlar) compare to Marathons for puncture resistance. I'd like the better ride of the Scorchers, but I have to ride through lots of debris on my commute.
Hope this helps!
many thnx guys!! i went whith the marathon plus, because i ride in city terraine with lots of glass bits, plus its around 100psi whish has less resistance than my current 45 psi tires.
i still want to try them scorchers, but thought they woudn't fit because ince my fenders are pretty close to the wheel already adding a 1.5 tire is a risk.
hope they get here fast!