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Schwalbe Marathon steel wire coming apart

Old 03-26-20, 03:01 PM
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Schwalbe Marathon steel wire coming apart

I took the rear wheel off my folding bike, to change a spoke. I hadn't noticed anything ususual with the tire. No leaks, and the bike was riding fine. As I unseated the relatively new tire from the rim using Park tool's blue plastic levers (which is also how it was installed), I noticed that the steel wire was loose inside. Is this sort of failure typically covered by warranty? The bike shop I bought the tires from is temporarily closed.
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Schwalbe Marathon Performance Line GreenGuard (44-355, 18x1.65) with about 100 miles on it. Never inflated in excess of 65 psi.
ALEX rims AL-DV15






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Old 03-26-20, 03:07 PM
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I would definitely pursue a warranty claim.
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Old 03-26-20, 07:01 PM
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I've noticed a few times when I inserted the lever into a tight angle, it would rub some of the rubber off the edges. Now, after inserting the lever but before running it around to extract the tire, I will try to massage the tire just like how I do it when putting it on, so that there's some slack to prevent excess force from the lever to cause material removal.
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Old 03-26-20, 07:19 PM
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Manufacturing flaw. Even with tires I've removed/replaced many times to fix flats I've never seen the wire or folding bead exposed, let alone come loose. Especially with plastic levers. Contact Schwalbe.
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Old 03-27-20, 05:25 AM
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The tires are around $12 here. I think the cost to ship a replacement will be more than the profit of the tire. It's probably more cost effective to give you a voucher or refund.
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