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Which bike tyre should I go for please?

Old 02-08-11, 01:02 PM
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Which bike tyre should I go for please?

I have a Dawes Sonaran hybrid bike which I use for commuting and touring. My back tyre need replacing, and so far I have looked at two Tyre's which are:

Crosstown Hybrid Bike Tyre

Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tyre - Smart Guard

Schwalbe Marathon Plus Smartguard City Tyre

I have been told that these tyres are puncture resistant. Please can you advise me which is the best tyre to buy. I am a bit worried that it could make the bike heavy and bulky. Please can you advise me?
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I use the Schwalbe Marathon Plus on my commute bike and on a utility bike that I ride often. It is hard to compare them to other things since they wear so slowly, I don't change a lot of tires. Between the two bikes, I have 14,000 flat free miles. The rear wheel on the utility bike is pretty worn, and I ought to be replacing it soon - it has just under 9,000 miles on it - and has never had a flat.

The SMP is certainly heavier and bulkier than the michelin Pro 3 tires that I have on my 'fun' bike, but for a commute or tour application, I would certainly go for the Schwalbe Marathon Plus.
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I've been very happy (as have others) with Vittoria Randonneurs for your purposes, which are the same as mine. Can't go wrong with Schwalbe's either. For sommuting and touring, a little extra weight in the tire department is worth it for reliabilty and long wear if you ask me.
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There's a matter of perspective here.

I'm generally one of the people who refuses to consider the Schwalbe Marathon Plus because it's too heavy. Instead, I just bought Continental Grand Prix 4 Season tires for my commuting bike. These tires are nearly twice as expensive as the SMP's and probably only about one third as resistant to punctures. Making that trade-off, I gain a miniscule advantage in acceleration that makes no difference in my commute time but feels nice and keeps the commute fun for me. The bike I have these on is a 22-pound CX bike with drop bars.

My wife has a 30+ pound hybrid, and her priority is to never, ever have to change a flat tire by the side of the road. Her bike has Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires. They may not quite meet the "never, ever" criteria precisely, but they come as close as any inflatable tire on the market.

My reasons for not wanting to use Marathon Plus tires are precisely the same as my reasons for not wanting to ride a hybrid. If you're happy with your hybrid, I would expect you'd be happy with Marathon Pluses. From a weight weenie perspective, your bike is already heavy and bulky. From a practical/realistic perspective, of course, it's probably not. If you've never had the urge to replace your 36-spoke wheels with radially laced wheels with 18 bladed spokes, then the Marathon Pluses won't change how you feel about the weight of your bike.
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