Schwalbe Marathon or Marathon Plus

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Derbian
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Schwalbe Marathon or Marathon Plus

Postby Derbian » 8 Oct 2014, 10:06pm

Hi Guys, which of these tyres is the most durable and puncture resistant for s Brompton?

Thanks for looking.
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Medic101
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Re: Schwalbe Marathon or Marathon Plus

Postby Medic101 » 8 Oct 2014, 10:08pm

I've been told to go for the plus with a Tern and that is currently what is fitted to it now, they just need replacing as they are starting to go bald, but I'm no expert I'm just going by what the experts have told me :wink:

sreten
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Re: Schwalbe Marathon or Marathon Plus

Postby sreten » 8 Oct 2014, 10:29pm

Hi,

That would be the Plus, durability is about the same, the Plus has higher puncture protection.

rgds, sreten.

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Re: Schwalbe Marathon or Marathon Plus

Postby sreten » 8 Oct 2014, 10:34pm

Medic101 wrote:I've been told to go for the plus with a Tern and that is currently what is fitted to it now, they just need replacing as they are starting to go bald, but I'm no expert I'm just going by what the experts have told me :wink:


Hi,

Put the front on the back, buy a new front. Rinse and repeat.

Note that unlike car tyres bald bicycle tyres are not a problem.
You can run the rear as bald as you like as long as its all rubber.
(Presuming you stick to roads and solid paths.)

You only need to buy a new tyre when the rear has run out
of rubber and you can really see the next layer underneath.*
Then as said front on the rear, new tyre on the front.

rgds, sreten.

* The old saying was when the rear starts to puncture a lot
that indicates the rubber is thin, but it is not applicable to
highly puncture protected tyres, so look for patches.

Brucey
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Re: Schwalbe Marathon or Marathon Plus

Postby Brucey » 8 Oct 2014, 11:39pm

both these tyres should now have a brightly coloured layer in them beneath the tread; the tyre is definitely ready to be changed when you start to see this showing through wear. If you ride in muddy or some other slippy conditions you may feel a need for a tread pattern but otherwise a worn tread on these tyres isn't a complete disaster per se.

I'd probably stick a Marathon on the front and a Plus on the back; a rear puncture is a PITA on some bikes.

BTW you probably know this already, but these tyres ride easiest when they are very well inflated; if even a few lbs down in pressure, they can be pretty hard work.

cheers
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