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Old 07-11-07, 03:30 PM
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What Schwalbe Tire to get

I am considering replacing my current tires (Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase) with one of the Schwable marathon tires; however, as I have been looking for them they all seem to be in the 34 C width or greater. I am not sure that I can fit a tire that big onto my bike. Right now I have the 25 c with and it does not leave much room for additional space. So, does anyone know if they make these tires in a narrower space for the 700 CC wheeels?
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Marathon Plus comes in 32, 28 and 25.. and feel like you towing a freaking truck.
http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...il.asp?p=SCMAR

Be prepared to use some dish soap and tire irons to mount. Bullet proof so far in 1000 miles of riding through glass, goatheads, rain, sleet, potholes and soon to be extreme heat.
Gotta keep em pumped up though or they really feel super draggy.
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Marathon Plus comes in 32, 28 and 25.. and feel like you towing a freaking truck.
http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...il.asp?p=SCMAR

Be prepared to use some dish soap and tire irons to mount. Bullet proof so far in 1000 miles of riding through glass, goatheads, rain, sleet, potholes and soon to be extreme heat.
Gotta keep em pumped up though or they really feel super draggy.
I'll agree that they're a bit of a drag, but I had no problem mounting mine on Mavic CXP33 rims.
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Yes, both the plus and the plain marathon go down to 25mm.

As for marathon vs. plus:
How badly do you not want to get punctures? How prepared are you to sacrifice weight, speed, ease of getting tire on and off rim if ever you need to and dollars??

Marathon Plus vs Marathon
+ Extreme puncture resistance instead of just "excellent". (No tire is puncture proof though)
- cost more
- heavier
- slower
- PITA to get on and off rim
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Here's a thread I started with my review of the Marathon Plus, with the comments of others.
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I'm a fan of Schwalbe tires, but they have left a gap between their race tires and their touring tires.

I bought one Marathon Plus (mailorder). It weighed at LEAST twice what the, supposedly heavy, Big Apple did in the same size - despite what their weight figures might claim. So heavy that it's just collecting dust in my garage until I get motivated to try to sell it.

I personally want to see a Marathon Supreme in a 28. That would be ideal.
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I agree. If the Marathon Supreme had been available when I got my Marathon Plusses, I might have made a different choice.

Again, here's a thread with lots of comments about the Marathon Plus. Even after nearly a year of heavy commuting, my Marathon Plusses still appear nearly new. They are tough tires.
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Thanks for the replies.

Does the marathon come in a 25 C size as well as the Plus?
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i just pulled a marathon plus off my girlfirends bike. since she has fneders it does not get inspected much; welll i finally inspected it and it was FRIGHTENING.

here in philly we have bad roads and lots of glass from idiots throwing bottles around. this is hard on tires. well the matathon plus had like 6 LARGE slashes (where you can easily see the blue stuff underneath) in the the casing. there were also numerous (like 10+) smaller punctures; some with the glass still imbedded in them.

what is my point? no flats... those tires are incredible. a slice that would defeat a normal tire just hits the blue stuff on these. now granted the outer tread does feel kind of soft possibly allowing for easy slicing...

that said i personally don't use them because they are to damn heavy

but on her bike, where a flat is just something i don't want to risk, they are great! i don't mind changing the occasional flat but if you don't ever want to stick one of these on the back of your bike.
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I pulled a box staple out of my Marathon Plusses once. It was really jammed in there and I needed to use the pliers on my Leatherman to pull it out... No flat, though. I've got about 800 miles on mine, and no flats.
The other incedent was an unintentional skid. Bungee came off my rack at 25mph downhill and wrapped around my cassette, locking up the back wheel. I laid about 75 feet of skid before stopping, But there's barely even a worn spot on the tire.

I really like my Plusses, and I'm going to get 700x25's for my road bike that I'm restoring. Every group ride I go on, there's at least 2 people in the first 10 miles fixing a flat. I don't wanna be that guy. I'm much happier being the guy who stops to help.
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