So the 20" Kenda's on my Dahon are looking a little worse for wear, and a goat's head thorn got through and gave me a slow leak this week, so maybe it's time to replace the tires. My daily commute is just under 8 miles on paved roads. Small shards of glass are generally all I have to deal with, but I guess there are a few Goats Head thorn vines somewhere along my commute, since I picked out two from my tires this week (and one got through enough to make a slow leak.)
I grew up on 700x20 slicks at 120PSI, and my Dahon has a sprung Brooks Flier saddle, so I guess I'm not too concerned with a tire giving me the utmost in comfort and shock absorption, and I have no problems with a treadless tire, so I've been looking at Schwalbe Marathon Racers and Kojaks. I'm trying to figure out the difference.
The Marathon Racers are described as:
while the Kojaks are described as:
That is to say, their attributes are shown to be identical, but really, how true can that be?
I see the Kojaks are narrower (1.5 vs. 1.35 inches) and lighter by about 75 grams each, so I ask you all about your real-world opinions about these two tires.
Should both be faster and more puncture resistant than the stock Kendas? Are the Kojacks significantly faster than the Marathon Racers? More fragile? A significantly rougher ride?
Thanks for the insight, folks.