Take the road less travelled.
When you're out on a multi-day backpacking trip, sometimes you've got to get creative on the roads you ride. Whether you're riding pristine blacktop or something that's a vague improvement over a washboard, the Schwalbe Marathon Mondial 27.5 inch tire is ready for action.
The Marathon Mondial's pay homage to their predecessor the Marathon XR with an aggressive tread pattern capable of ripping down the road or grinding out gravel. Of course, these Marathon's feature the same puncture protection you've come to expect thanks to the Double Defense V-Guard reinforced sidewalls and tread. Now all the puncture protection in the world isn't going to mean squat if it feels like you're riding on concrete blocks, and with the TravelStar compound these tires deliver cloud-like comfort mile after mile.
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Wheel Size: 650B (ISO 584)
Tire Width: 50mm (2.0in)
Tire Type: Clincher-Folding
Threads Per Inch: 67
Running these tubeless on my Surly Midnight Special commuter and all-around urban exploration machine. Although not as quick from a dead stop and out the turns as the Gravelkings I was using before, I was willing to compromise the heavier weight and suppleness for something that would offer better flat protection and durability. Overall, I'm very impressed with how well these hold up to all the broken glass and detritus. The lugs offer a good bite on softer ground and gravel alike. Rolling resistance isn't a problem once you have the inertia -- that's why these are touring tires rather than racing tires, after all. Although quite pricey, based on other reviews as to the amazing longevity of these tires, I'd say the value is strong if the protection holds up for all those miles of use.
These tires are great for avoiding flats from thorns that are prevalent in the summer and fall dry months in Northern California where I live. I have this tire on the rear of my Cannondale treadwell ebike! They are heavy, but the chance of less flats is worth the extra weight!
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