Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

Schwalbe Marathon pluses compound change?

Notices
Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

Schwalbe Marathon pluses compound change?

Old 04-02-18, 04:00 PM
  #1  
Jonahhobbes
Gutter Bunny
Thread Starter
 
Jonahhobbes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 954
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 16 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Schwalbe Marathon pluses compound change?

I've been running marathon pluses for years at least 10. I recently replaced both and noticed that they were a lot easier to mount. Anyone who runs them knows they are a bastard to mount and there is a technique using string that works a treat if you don't have the grip of superman. Didn't need superman grip or string just a tire lever with these new ones.

I've also noticed they are much more puncture prone. Normally I would get a couple every 6000km to 8000km or so. With new tires it had to be something pretty special to get through. Tough glass angled or something metal like a 1/8 drill bit. Normally you had to be close to seeing blue before regularly getting punctures.

I now have had 1 up front and 3 on the rear, I doubt I've even done 700km. It's my usual commute, usual amount of **** on the roads. The compound just doesn't seem as robust. Have they changed it to make the tires quicker?

If so Schwalbe change it back please. I don't choose those tires to win races I chose them to get me to and from work in ****ty weather on ****ty streets.

Last edited by Jonahhobbes; 04-02-18 at 05:09 PM.
Jonahhobbes is offline  
Old 04-02-18, 10:42 PM
  #2  
Jonahhobbes
Gutter Bunny
Thread Starter
 
Jonahhobbes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 954
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 16 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The tire was "overhauled" back in 2016 according to a company you tube vid. This would tally with when I noticed the decline in puncture resistance. I've emailed the company and will post a response.
Jonahhobbes is offline  
Old 04-03-18, 07:10 AM
  #3  
scoatw
Senior Member
 
scoatw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: central ohio
Posts: 1,534

Bikes: 96 gary fisher 'utopia' : 99 Softride 'Norwester'(for sale), 1972 Raleigh Twenty. Surly 1x1 converted to 1x8, 96 Turner Burner

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I omit the part using the straps when using this technique. Works great. People will be amazed at your new skill.

Last edited by scoatw; 04-03-18 at 07:19 AM.
scoatw is offline  
Old 04-03-18, 09:59 AM
  #4  
GamblerGORD53
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Elevation 666m Edmonton Canada
Posts: 1,501

Bikes: 2013 Custom SA5w / Rohloff Tourster

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 713 Post(s)
Liked 41 Times in 37 Posts
I think the problem is increased % of recycled rubber. I have a new 584 x 35 mm one that's done 1,200 miles so far. Seems fine to me. I've only had 2 metal flats in over 47,000 tire miles I think. My 2014 tour bike tires have over 7,000 miles, no problem.
GamblerGORD53 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Phamilton
Commuting
97
03-06-19 12:28 PM
seanspotatobiz
Bicycle Mechanics
4
07-11-18 07:23 PM
kmcrawford111
Commuting
18
08-29-11 11:24 PM
billyymc
Commuting
20
04-16-10 07:21 AM
iforgotmename
Commuting
12
01-24-10 03:18 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.