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Old 08-07-14, 02:19 AM   #1
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Schwalbe Marathon Plus on Flamingo: 1st impressions

I might be paying a high price for durability (fewer flat tires) - not just the retail price ($CAD46.30 at JV Bikes in Vancouver and CAD68 at Caps New West), but also in comfort and quiet.

Compared to original tires it feels like I am driving a tank now. Plus while the sound and sensation of crossing sidewalk separators used to be blips now they are BLIPS.
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Have your tried the Marathons (not Marathon Plus)? You would give a bit of protection but they are not as sluggish.
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I might be paying a high price for durability (fewer flat tires) - not just the retail price ($CAD46.30 at JV Bikes in Vancouver and CAD68 at Caps New West), but also in comfort and quiet.

Compared to original tires it feels like I am driving a tank now. Plus while the sound and sensation of crossing sidewalk separators used to be blips now they are BLIPS.
i feel bad for you, phallusman. it seems you pull a boehner at every turn.
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Old 08-07-14, 07:13 PM   #5
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Not sure how big the diff is between Marathons and Marathons+, but I never had any complaints with my Marathons. When I changed to B. Kevlars they only felt slightly faster with no change in the comfort levels.
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i feel bad for you, phallusman. it seems you pull a boehner at every turn.
Truly, he is snake-bit...
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I have the Marathon plus tyres on my Brompton and I have no such issues. I find they have low rolling resistance for the protection they offer and there is only a minor difference to the normal Marathons. Yes they are heavier but then I never specced my Brompton to be lightweight as it is not a performance bike and I roll it when folded.
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Even regular Marathons ride dead.
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