The Marathon Racers I ordered came today, and not too thrilled with them. Don't know if I just got a couple bad examples, or that quality control has suffered in Malaysia.
The first one was rather difficult to mount and was more than 'just a bit' out of round. Not talking about a slight side warble, but a lump in the circumference. The reflective stripe was also very uneven. The second went on easier(same rims), but was more egg shaped than round and had funky stripes as well. Was particularly careful when mounting, checking multiple times that the tire was centered. Deflated again after mounting and rechecking centering while adding air incrementally. Tire pressure was 5# shy of indicated max. The rims are stamped as 406.
Finally gave up, and will see what the retailer says tomorrow. I then found that what I thought was a pair of Big Apples on the shelf were actually Marathon Plus' with little wear. As they were 1.75s, I put them on the Go instead of the 1.95 Kendas. Folding got easier, so still looking to put 1.50s on it(for weight reasons as well). The Plus' mounted fairly easy and were much rounder than the Racers. Also noticed that there was no mention of country of origin listed on the Plus', so maybe pre Malaysia?
So, has Schwalbe started the long slide to mediocrity, or could these actually be knockoffs? A bit *** shy with the Schwalbes now, so what would be a decent alternative to the Marathons without breaking the bank?
Any enlightenment greatly appreciated.