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Amazon.ca very good price on Schwalbe Marathon HS 420 (regular Marathon)

Old 11-18-15, 08:34 PM
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Amazon.ca very good price on Schwalbe Marathon HS 420 (regular Marathon)

thought I would put this for Canadians (and perhaps Americans) looking for regular Marathons at a very good price.

http://www.amazon.ca/Schwalbe-Marath.../dp/B00NGO95M6

This fall I fixed up an old hybrid for my wife to use for commuting, as she is more comfortable on a straight bar bike in traffic than a drop bar bike. Saw this ad on amazon. ca and as I wanted to put some tougher tires on this bike, to really reduce the chance of having a flat in the dark and cold, this seemed like a great deal.

Don't know how it would work ordering from the States, but these are shipped from the UK (I had no idea, didnt appear to be mentioned in the sellers amazon page).
Received tires in about a week and a bit, tires as ordered, and did not have any duty costs to pay (actually was concerned that a duty bill would appear later, but it did not).

so for $30 Can per tire, you get the 420 series Marathons. I have ridden on 26in 420s for a bunch of years now, and to me they are an excellent tire. Not as heavy and stiff as the Plus Marathons, yet still have very good flat protection, and a nice ride to them. I had previously some super stiff Specialized 26 slicks on my bike before (name escapes me at the moment) that had a pretty stiff ride, whereas these "regular" Marathons have a reasonably flexible sidewall and carcass, so the ride at a reasonable pressure, is a lot more comfortable than what I had before.

Ive put on Continental Touring Plus tires on bikes before, and they are rigid as heck compared to these 420 Marathons, especially the sidewalls--which very much translates into a much stiffer ride.

So, for Canadians reading this, wanted to mention a good deal on a pair of good tires. The older 420s I have had for perhaps 4 seasons were bought right before they changed the 420s to adding a thicker green strip inside to help with punctures, so I imagine these newer ones are even tougher than my tires for small bits of glass etc. That said, mine have been very good for not getting flats.

Check out the weight difference between this marathon and the marathon plus--the difference is quite significant, not to mention a stiffer carcass overall. I also happen to like the tread pattern of this model of marathon, it handles well in braking on various surfaces, tips in really nicely into turns, and has exhibited very good wear for the kms I have put on them over the last few years.

for the price, this is a good deal.

I was also very impressed by the customer service of this seller, they were knowledgeable about their product and as I mentioned, I received the tires in a reasonable delay.

**NOTE** In their tire size selection, one of their choices is 700x38B. DO NOT ORDER THESE for our regular 700 wheels in North America.
700 wheels that we are used to, use tires designated with a "C" after the width, ie 700x28c, x32c etc. and the rims are 622mm.
The tires marked as 700x38b are made for rims that are 635mm, a larger rim size that I have never seen here in N America, and appears to be made for some British, Dutch and Indian special bikes (postmen bikes perhaps)

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The tires marked as 700x38b are made for rims that are 635mm, a larger rim size that I have never seen here in N America, and appears to be made for some British, Dutch and Indian special bikes (postmen bikes perhaps)

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That is an older 28 inch size, in North America I think it is pretty much limited to Raleigh DL-1 models which have not been made for some time. If you see an Eastman (from India), a small number of Eastmans have been sold in USA that might also use that size.
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Good deal, especially with the free shipping to Canada -- thanks for sharing.

What I find odd is that every pair of tires, regardless of size (from 16" all the way up to 700c) is exactly the same price. Wierd.
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I just clicked the link and they are listed for 59.99 in a 26" size.
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I ordered a set of the Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour tires through Wiggle for what I thought at the time a good price, $40 CAD each. I now see them listed at $52 CAD each on the Wiggle site, still pretty good deal, this includes free shipping. What I find irritating though is that Wiggle has the customer pay to have the goods custom cleared through their designated shipping company DHL, they probably do enough volume to have a dedicated customs broker clear the goods.
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Originally Posted by Happy Feet View Post
I just clicked the link and they are listed for 59.99 in a 26" size.
Sold in pairs

Says in the top part of ad.

And yes, are all the same price regardless of size.
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Originally Posted by sprocketss View Post
I ordered a set of the Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour tires through Wiggle for what I thought at the time a good price, $40 CAD each. I now see them listed at $52 CAD each on the Wiggle site, still pretty good deal, this includes free shipping. What I find irritating though is that Wiggle has the customer pay to have the goods custom cleared through their designated shipping company DHL, they probably do enough volume to have a dedicated customs broker clear the goods.
I ordered some things through wiggle once and has to pay the dhl guy a duty fee (reasonable) and the equivalent of our taxes. This was paid at the door.
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Originally Posted by sprocketss View Post
I ordered a set of the Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour tires through Wiggle for what I thought at the time a good price, $40 CAD each. I now see them listed at $52 CAD each on the Wiggle site, still pretty good deal, this includes free shipping. What I find irritating though is that Wiggle has the customer pay to have the goods custom cleared through their designated shipping company DHL, they probably do enough volume to have a dedicated customs broker clear the goods.
DHL does do their own brokerage, and in my opinion, their brokerage rates are acceptable.

But if you didn't like their fees, don't EVER order from a company that ships via UPS or FedEx. I have had shipments show up at my door where the duty and brokerage fees exceeded the purchase price of the item. And their drivers get blasted so much about the fees that they will not be reasonable -- I tried to argue that there was a mistake because the item I purchased was made and shipped from the USA, so it is duty exempt. No dice -- it went back to the warehouse with him, and trying to speak to someone about it was essentially impossible. UPS and FedEx have quite the scam going there.
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I neglected to mention that these tires are shipped to Canada via British postal service, not any courier companies.
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