A Bike Touring Tire That Can Do Everything
That was the ultimate goal of Schwalbe's R&D technicians when they developed the first of the Marathon Evolution Bike tire range 3 years ago. With an HD Speed Guard and RoadStar Triple Compound it offers the same, outstanding qualities in puncture protection and wet grip, but with its fine LiteSkin sidewall it is easily the lightest and sportiest tire in the Marathon Evo Line.
Posted by Don Rayburn on 7th Oct 2011
1500 Boise commuting miles and no flats. I do run slime tubes and I am not sure if number of flats received in a certain distance is reason to shout praises for a tire but these are the best quality tires I have ever had on my bike. I do bike through known goat head debris fields and have pulled a few out but have not seen the tell tale slime bubble come out when the goat head is removed. Compared to even the lesser Schwalbe tires these mounted up nice a round and the reflective strip in pretty concentric too. The ride is nice at 70psi front and 90psi rear on a loaded commuter bike pedaled by a 200lb rider.
Posted by Frederick Su on 14th Jun 2011
In the old days, I would twist and "figure 8" a wire-bead tire into thirds to carry as a spare while touring. These days, I couldn't possibly do that to a Schwalbe Marathon Plus because the bead is so extremely stiff. Luckily, Schwalbe offers the Marathon Supreme (and Dureme) as folding tires (the circumference collapses onto itself in a layflat design) to carry as spares.
Still, I wasn't sure which 700 Supreme size tire to buy, as I typically run a Marathon Plus in 700x38C, and the Supremes are offered in 700x35C or 700x40C. My Marathon Pluses barely clear my fenders. “Will the 700x40C Supreme clear my fender?” I wondered. In the end, I took a chance ordering the 40C because I wanted to put as much rubber on the road as possible.
Here are my observations:
The width of the 700x40C (42x622) Supreme, measured with calipers, was 37.8 mm, not the 42 mm listed by Schwalbe. So, I had no problem clearing the fender. The tire was installed on a Velocity Dyad (24 mm width outside measurement) rim with the tire pumped to 80 psi.
Hope this helps others.
Posted by Fredrick Su on 22nd Mar 2011
I love Schwalbe Marathon tires. No flats for ~5000 miles of riding about town on the Marathon Pluses, unlike the Armadillos.
I still remember having to replace a tube on the rear tire in a pouring rain while loaded down with panniers on a TransAm trip my wife and I did in 1979. I got so tired of flats that when we reached Pueblo, CO, I replaced the regular inner tubes on the rear tires with thorn resistant tubes; I don't believe I had another flat on the rear tires the rest of the trip. I also remember that, with the thorn-resistant tubes on, I felt like I was carrying an extra 20 lbs. in my panniers when we started climbing hills again. In those days, there were no Schwalbe Marathon tires available in the U.S., I believe.
Posted by Steve Redder on 24th Feb 2011
I replaced my continental tires on my Cannondale T 800 with Marathon Supremes in the spring of 2010. I put on around 3,000 mile of fully loaded touring miles--zero flats and minimal tread wear. Great tire. I highly recommend them.