Tip - fitting Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tyres

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MikeF
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Re: Tip - fitting Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tyres

Postby MikeF » 22 Dec 2015, 10:37am

Brucey wrote:
MikeF wrote:..... I stand corrected and I note Rosebikes sell them. Schwalbe seem to chop and change their line of tyres and website frequently. Doesn't appear there are folding Marathon Racers now for example, and why do they produce such a large range? Marketing Hype?....


Why so many? -because they can.... Although the moulds for individual tyres are expensive, it is relatively easy to create a huge range of tyres with just a few permutations of the various tyre components. Suppose that you have

- three carcass weights
- six carcass widths
- two different types of puncture protection
- two different bead types
- two different tread patterns per tyre type

then you are already up to 144 different tyres and that is before you start changing the rim size....

cheers
Hmm. Now which one do I want? :? Oh "they" don't stock that one. :lol:
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PT1029
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Re: Tip - fitting Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tyres

Postby PT1029 » 27 Dec 2015, 6:39pm

Agree with all comments re cable ties/toe straps etc.
Re comment about too difficult to fit on the road. when new, the m+ tyres have a profile more akin to an arched tunnel. When eventually fitted, you have pushed the beads closer (due to rim) and the profile becomes more that of an omega. After being on the rim for a while, the tyre takes up the omega shape, keeping it even when removed, so is easier to refit at a later date.
I'm assuming here you have a reasonably wide (say 35C) tyre. Narrow ones probably always a pig to fit!