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Old 06-13-12, 12:54 PM
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Just ordered a marathon mondial and a marathon XR 700c x 35 for my tour of scotland with a mixture of fully loaded touring on and off road (not mountain bike trails - more bumpy gravel paths).

Do I put the XR on the rear or the mondial?

It's a hard one.
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Marathon,? it's NE of Athens, on my Map of Greece.
26 ish miles away, I think ..
too many assumptions any one knows what you are talking about,
and sparse on supplied info.

good luck

rule of thumb.. put the thicker tread tire on the back , since they wear down first.

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Originally Posted by fietsbob
rule of thumb.. put the thicker tread tire on the back , since they wear down first.
Coming from a MTB background, the thicker tire with bigger knobbies/thread would always go up front for better traction off-road on technical terrain. Front tire also inflated also with lower psi.

For riding only on paved roads, fietsbob's answer seems accurate. So, it will depend on what perentage of your tour will be on pavement Vs dirt.
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Is there much of a difference in the thread patterns/thickness to be noticeable? I was under the impression the Schwalble (for fietsbob Marathon Mondial is the replacement of the XR.






Can you spot the difference?

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No can't tell the difference. Looks like it really does not matter which tyre goes back and front.
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I have not ridden either of these specific tires but I think the Mondial is supposed to have less rolling resistance than the XR. If so, I would put the XR on front where you have less weight on the tire.
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