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Old 05-01-12, 08:53 AM   #1
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marathon plus V marathon supreams.?

which do you folk think is the better of these tires.
marathon plusor marathon supream (600)

at the moment i have the PLUS on the rear wheel and the supream is a spare.
what i dont like about the PLUS its heavy and not grippy enough on wet roads IMHO.
the supream is much lighter faster tire but the side wall are crap reason why i have a spare supream i did have a pair until i got a nice 3inch rip in sidewall after only a couple hundred miles.
so anyway are many of you lot touring on supream tires and whats your honest oponion on them.
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Supreme sidewalls aren't crap, heavy overbuilt Plus tread is crap.
MHO of course

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I'd be interested in knowing how ANYONE managed to get a 3 in tear in the sidewall of ANY tire, but a Schwalbe Marathon Supreme i
n particular since the sidewall is pretty much protected by the wraparound tread area which for puncture protection uses a material thats three times as strong as kevlar.

You were crossing a mine-field perhaps?

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I've burst sidewalls on old 27" tyres that had been sitting around too long. And on a cheap 22" tyre that was left in the sun (oops).
Never ripped a Marathon. I'm using Marathon Pluses, and had the ATB variant previously; I agree about the grip, but haven't really had much experience with other long-life tyres. The ATBs were a bit dodgy around corners on sealed surfaces, not confidence inspiring.
I could never justify to myself the price of the top-tier Schwalbes, so can't comment on those. Oh: my friend got 28 (twenty eight) punctures in one afternoon in a particular region of Kazakhstan thanks to some type of super-thorn, using Extremes or some such. Anything can be punctured!
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