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    Where are the Schwalbe Marathons?

    I'm trying to locate some Schwalbe Marathons (700 x 35) for my Cannondale T2000. The only places I can find them are in the UK. Does anyone know a dealer in the US that has them in stock? Should I (can I) go to a 700 x 32?
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    try sheldon brown at harris cyclery
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    I got mine at Wright Brother Cycleworks in Seattle 206-633-5132 - I have 3 sets now

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    Quote Originally Posted by tg1896
    I'm trying to locate some Schwalbe Marathons (700 x 35) for my Cannondale T2000. The only places I can find them are in the UK. Does anyone know a dealer in the US that has them in stock? Should I (can I) go to a 700 x 32?
    I bought mine (actually Marathon Plus in 32 and a folder in 30) from Wallingford Bicycle Parts, along with my Brooks saddles and a great set of Gilles Berthould fenders.

    http://www.wallbike.com/tires.html

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    I originally got one to replace the front tire on my commuter bike. I liked them so much I just bought two to replace my Conti's on my touring bike. I've never been pleased with the Continentals, so I'll let you know if the Schalbe's work out.

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    Mind you the $36.00+s/h is a pricey tire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ken cummings
    Mind you the $36.00+s/h is a pricey tire.
    Here's a great way to save some money on some great Schwalbe tires! http://bicycletouring101.com/ It will take a bit of effort on your part but it'll be worth it!

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    You know... I found them through Bicycletouring101..... I paid full price. $90 for a set..... was I supposed to get a deal?

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    I think they are well worth the price - that why I have three sets. I think I paid $88 per set for the Marathon Pluses. I have not switch over to them for my main tour bike because I have a 1000 miles on a set of the German made Top Tours and not a single flat - knock on wood. In the next week though I am building a new set of wheels Mavic 217T's with Hugi German 40 hole hubs - took me a long time to find the hubs and the spacers for a 135 hub. They will have Marathon 700x32 on them.

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    I got mine at the local bike shop, Urbane cyclist in Toronto. Been riding Schwalbes for several years now, and the 700 C marathon slicks for the past year. Just bought a pair for my 26" tourer. I have blown the hell out of one tire, probably riding over a rock, not really sure how it happened. But I have forgiven the brand since everyone here seemed to shocked such a thing could happen, as was I.
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    I have 1300 miles on my Marathon XP's and have had only one flat, and that was on the Schrader stem so it was a rim problem not tire problem.

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    Thanks for the help and opinions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by subigo
    I second the Schwalbe direct approach. Their fast and cheap shipping makes up for the difference in the retail price.

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    Contributors get a discounted price

    I just saw your post now. I've been swamped for a bit so my apologies for a long delayed response.

    People who contribute articles to the Bicycle Touring 101 web site are eligible for a discount from Schwalbe in exchange for their help. The details are fully documented on the site.

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    I just got done on another short Tandem tour 500 miles loaded - not a flat and at it include 200 miles on gravel - Scwalbe Marathon Pluses - awesome tire. I am in the process of ordering my 4th set!!! In addition my wife now has the slicks on her commuter bike. I just keep the tire pressures where they are supposed to be.

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    Further Empirically Based Kudos For Marathon XR's

    Regarding Marathon XR's - not Marathon Plus.

    On the recently concluded ACA North Star tour, four of eleven participants had Marathon XR's. After 4X3000 miles, there was collectively only one flat. My rear tire, after a total of 4000 loaded miles, is beginning to show wear, but is still servicable maybe for another 2000 miles or so.

    Earlier this year, Performance had XR's in 35mm in both wire and kevlar beads for about $30. These were snapped up within weeks. I suppose that Performace bought old models from Schwalbe (the wire beads) as a one off.

    After spending more time online than I would care to admit, I have fouond these tires only at Wallbike and at Schwalbe itself. The price of these tires is over the top, but based on my experience each is worth two of any other brand. In addition, the XR's reliability is such that on my next a tour I will consider not taking a spare tire - saving weight and valuable space in my panniers. Obviously, you can't pack every spare part that might break and for me the probability of a tire failure is now so low that a spare tire ranks with a spare cassette or spare chain as something that doesn't need to be brought along.

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    Schwalbe's North American office is about a mile from where I live. Give them a call and see if there's a shop in your area that carries the Marathon Plus. When I bought my 2007 Trek 520 a couple of weeks ago I had them put on the Marathon Plus and I have to agree with other postgers, they're a great tire.

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    Nashbar: http://tinyurl.com/kkyjv

    700X35 Reg $34.95 now $21.95
    16X1.5 Reg $34.95 now $21.95

    A few days ago they had 26", but it looks like they sold out. I'm waiting for my 700 to be delivered.
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    Unfortunately Schwalbe uses the moniker "Marathon" to denote different tires. Marathon Plus (which is commonly available) is supposedly targeted at commuting and the Marthon XR is targeted at touring. Ask Schwalbe why they would position two tires for two markets whose requirements can't be all that different. Anyway, the longest lasting tire that tourers are crazy about is the Marathon XR. I'm sure that the Marthon Plus tire is a very good tire, but if you want the tire that takes a licking and goes on ticking it is the XR available only from Wallingford and Schwalbe direct.

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