Been slowly building up a Surly LHT and now deciding on tires. I need one that will handle roads as well as the occassional off-roads. Plan to ride China down to Singapore. The Marathon Cross is one I'm considering, and is on sale for only US$30 a piece.
Has anyone used this? I notice many use the other versions of the Marathons. Would appreciate your kind comments.
Thorn Nomad S+S, Trek 520 - 2007 (out on loan), and a crap Repco MTB
I used the Marathon Cross for a few months while training for my ride, my initial impressions were good, nice grip on and off road, but after recieving at least ten punctures, and a subsequent thumb tack test, I was not convinced of the puncture protection these tyres provide, and subsequently, the life of the tyre.
I now use the Continental Travel Contact, a much superior tyre, similar tread, MUCH better puncture protection (none so far) and they roll better. I will be riding this tyre from England to Oz later this year.
There was a thread here about Schwalbe tires & reliability not too long ago. http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php...athon+schwalbe
A few people had experienced problems, but most had not. Since I gather you're riding a folding bike, I'll mention that I just completed a tour in Laos & Thailand on my Bike Friday with Schwalbe Marathon 20" x 1.5 (40-406) tires with Kevlar. I had no problems whatsoever and continue to use the tires for my daily commute, part of which is on an unpaved trail. I very much like the ride I get with these tires. I don't know how the "Marathon Cross" tires compare with the "Marathon" tires I've got. Schwalbe really needs to come up with some additional names for their various tires.
I have used the Marathon cross on my LHT for awhile. I realized I wanted a little smaller tire 35mm) for touring so I switched to the XR's. I am using a studded tire up front and a Cross in the back right now for winter riding. There is a little more slipping around with the back but not much. It's a good solid tire from my experience.