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    Marathon XR 700x35 wire bead Available on Amazon!

    Got two of em, only four left. This increases my stockpile of assorted XR flavors to 6, keeping me from having to step down to the Evolution line for 2-3 more years!

    http://www.amazon.com/Schwalbe-Marat...6297728&sr=8-1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclesafe View Post
    Got two of em, only four left. This increases my stockpile of assorted XR flavors to 6, keeping me from having to step down to the Evolution line for 2-3 more years!
    :/ i just got my marathon evolutions.

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    I just put a fresh 35mm/700c XR on the front of my LHT. I've got a another new one and a partially worn one in reserve. Luckily they wear like iron for me so I'm good for a while. I'll probably move to Supremes when I am done the XRs unless Schwalbe sees the light and resurrects the XR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vik View Post
    I just put a fresh 35mm/700c XR on the front of my LHT. I've got a another new one and a partially worn one in reserve. Luckily they wear like iron for me so I'm good for a while. I'll probably move to Supremes when I am done the XRs unless Schwalbe sees the light and resurrects the XR.
    The Dureme has 8-10% more tread, so ought to wear a little better than the Supreme. Both have better sidewalls, where on the XR I always got failure before the tread. Also, both have better performance in wet; the XR could be slippery at times.

    When I spoke with the Schwalbe Vancouver "tech person" last year, he didn't even bother to talk up the Evolution line. He defaulted to just blaming Germany. Want puncture resistance and durability? Get the Plus. Want low weight? Get the Evolution line. Want everything? Buy twice as many Evolution line tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclesafe View Post
    The Dureme has 8-10% more tread, so ought to wear a little better than the Supreme. Both have better sidewalls, where on the XR I always got failure before the tread. Also, both have better performance in wet; the XR could be slippery at times.

    When I spoke with the Schwalbe Vancouver "tech person" last year, he didn't even bother to talk up the Evolution line. He defaulted to just blaming Germany. Want puncture resistance and durability? Get the Plus. Want low weight? Get the Evolution line. Want everything? Buy twice as many Evolution line tires.
    I've never had slippage problems or failures on my XRs - heck I've never had a flat. My concern isn't for extreme durability/service life as a priority. I want a fast rolling touring tire with reasonable robustness. By the time I wear out my XRs completely Schwalbe will probably be onto something else.

    I won't even allow Marathon Pluses into my garage...
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    For me, the Marathon Plus is the go-to for city street commuting, where broken glass is an issue and where having a flat could get one docked or even fired. Also, to avoid a sweat one might not be hammering: the weight of the tire is less a factor when not accelerating so much.

    I use the 28-622 Marathon Plus for my unloaded rides up and down Pacific Coast Highway here in San DIego County. Lots of thorns on the roads which momentarily sideline many cyclists. Not me! I save my XR's for touring....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclesafe View Post
    For me, the Marathon Plus is the go-to for city street commuting, where broken glass is an issue and where having a flat could get one docked or even fired. Also, to avoid a sweat one might not be hammering: the weight of the tire is less a factor when not accelerating so much.

    I use the 28-622 Marathon Plus for my unloaded rides up and down Pacific Coast Highway here in San DIego County. Lots of thorns on the roads which momentarily sideline many cyclists. Not me! I save my XR's for touring....
    I'm not worried about the weight of the M+s so much as the stiffness of the tire which results in a lot of rolling resistance. Having said that if you ride over broken glass and thorns regularly you may well be better off with the M+s, but where I ride I can ride tires with thin rubber and no flat protection all year and have no flats.
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