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Kenda Kwest vs Schwalbe Marathon Racer ?

Old 01-31-20, 02:41 PM
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Kenda Kwest vs Schwalbe Marathon Racer ?

Looking for feedback on the 20 x 1.5 Kenda Kwest 100psi as a commuter / touring on a folder .

Puncture protection , rolling resistance , on wet pavement , ect. vs the Schwalbe Marathon Racer ?

Thanks !

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I run them both. I like the Kenda Kwest 100psi the best as they are good value. Good in the rain and roll well also. Not quite as good puncture protection though as the Schwalbe marathon.
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I've had both but my recommendation is Schwalbe Marathons Greenguard. They are flat resistant, last a very long time, have a relatively compliant ride and have very little rolling resistance, making them reasonably fast.
I have them on my Xootr Swift and my recumbent trike.
Just sayin!!!
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I have two Dahons one with the Kenda Kwests and one with Marathon Racers. I don’t have a lot of miles on the Schwalbes but I haven’t noticed any big advantage to either tire. I haven’t had flats on either. So, I would go with the cheaper Kendas.
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Well, if you want to rely on the results of this rolling resistance test:
https://www.bicyclerollingresistance...hon-racer-2015
It says that the 37mm marathon greenguard has slightly less rolling resistance than the 35mm racer. It says the racer is +10psi on average recommended pressure than the marathon, so you need to account for this difference. You can't compare them at the exact same pressure since the wider tire needs lower pressure. Even if you compare the marathon at 70psi and the racer at 80psi, the marathon still has about 0.5w to 1.0w in savings.

However, if you were to compare a 40mm marathon and a 40mm racer at the same pressure of 70psi, then I'm not sure that you can extrapolate from these results with 37mm and 35mm at different pressures of 70psi and 80psi. But I assume the difference in rolling resistance would be very small when comparing both tires in 40mm sizes.

You could also consider a 47mm marathon for a slightly softer ride.

Without greenguard, I would get punctures once every 400km to 500km or so, from staples and nails on the road. With greenguard, I never got punctures until the age passed 2 years, or I guess 3000 to 4000km.
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I have had both and am going from impressions and experience. The marathon was heavy, stiff, and slower. Granted it was puncture resistant. I liked the racer. It seemed a better balance between suppleness and puncture resistance. Both were 20-inch,,406, 1.75 wide.

How was the rolling resistance calculated in the link above? I suspect in a lab and not the real world.
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Originally Posted by pakeboi View Post
Looking for feedback on the 20 x 1.5 Kenda Kwest 100psi as a commuter / touring on a folder .

Puncture protection , rolling resistance , on wet pavement , ect. vs the Schwalbe Marathon Racer ?

Thanks !
Way fewer flats on the Marathon Racer. I did find them a little squirrelly on the back for really sharp cornering.
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