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Schwalbe Marathon Plus for a first 200 brevet?

Old 04-28-16, 01:49 PM
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Schwalbe Marathon Plus for a first 200 brevet?

I am considering trying randonnee this season as a way to challenge myself and have a basic tire question. I want to see if I like it before committing to upgrades/changes but also want to avoid things that will make the experience negative right off the hop.

I just bought Schwalbe marathon plus tires 47-559 26X1.75 and am wondering if the rolling resistance is low enough to be practical for randonnee? I also have some older lighter Cuidad 26X1.5's but really don't like flats in the field (why I switched to Schwalbes eventually) and am tending to stray towards protection rather than straight out speed.

I'm not the type to run out and buy yet another set of tires (those tires ain't cheap in Canada) if I don't have to so I'm wondering if any others are riding these tires or what the overall impression of them is. I suspect I will do 200-300 brevets at the most in the near future.

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I ran schwalbe kojaks last season for my first attempt at randonneuring. They kind of reminded me of the marathon supremes I tried years ago. They never flatted but that's the only good thing I can say about them. I switched over to compass tires this year and even though I've only done a populaire on them they feel so much more comfortable and they seem to have helped me ride a bit faster too. I wish I'd used quicker, more comfortable tires from the get-go. I spend a lot of time at the local co-op so fixing flats isn't a problem for me. A good friend of mine loves to tour and he uses marthons exclusively, never had a flat in 7000k last year but he's 50lbs lighter than me and comfort for him might not be as high a priority as it is for me.
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Thank you clasher. I suspect this is a pretty basic sort of question but I just don't know about real world marathon experience as compared to internet buzz. I have never used Marathons before and usually go with lighter slicks but after flatting our three times in a row recently I decided to try them. I primarily tour and commute so speed hasn't been up there for me as a priority. I think I will try my marathons on this weekend's century and then cuidads on the next to tell the difference.
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I still use kenda's marathon equivalent tires for commuting and I haven't had any flats with those but they are pretty unforgiving even at 38mm wide. I'm not a fast rider by any means but going quicker was something I accidentally found fun. I hope the new supple tires I have this year help me go a little quicker. The increased comfort from the compass tires did surprise me a little bit.
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I am using the Marathon Supremes in 26x1.6 and I cannot imagine using a tire that weighs twice that in a brevet. I've never raced at all though, so take what I say with a grain of salt.
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Well, just did a century in 7 hours up and down the Fraser Canyon with the Marathons and did find them to have some perceived rolling resistance. Hard to tell and on the flats or hills it wasn't so bad but I felt I should have been coasting faster on the downhill portions. A good test will be in the next weekend or so when I try the same route with Cuidads which are lighter and thinner.
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