Everything about this tire screams German quality. From its well-balanced mix of butyl and latex to its finely designed tread pattern this baby is all about fine-tuned control with virtually no roll resistance. As with all Schwalbe products, the quality goes in before the name goes on.
As the rider of an unusual vehicle (a street strider) I can attest to the quality of the Schwalbe brand. My upright, elliptical, three-wheeler makes a back and forth pattern as it strides down the street. The demands upon my front two wheels are tremendous. The wearability of the Schwalbe Marathon tires, in this difficult(unique) situation is unsurpassed. Professionals worldwide trust the Schwalbe brand to always deliver unsurpassed quality and value.
Schwalbe,where the rubber meets the road.
Respectfully submitted, BillBillyB.
When I first put them on my Trident Spike, I had to slow down. Otherwise I would push into the corners. But after 5 or 10 miles they were broken in and grip VERY well. I have put over 300 miles on them and they perform flawlessly. I have (unfortunately) run over some glass with no worries. Great investment. If I get several thousand miles out of them, I will get more.
I bought these tires for the front of my windcheetah after having a catastrophic failure with another brand. Since it was close to fall I decided not to go with the really low rolling resistance tires and try to push these into January - February (about 6 months). I've already put on 1430 miles and I have to say these are a lot easier pedaling than I expected. I have little to no wear showing and the ride is about a 8 out of 10 comfort wise. Some minor things that are annoying are the treads are wide enough to pick up lots of small rocks just long enough to throw them at me, obviously any treaded tire can do this though, and the side walls aren't as rigid as I'd like for some cornering. The sidewall stiffness is obviously a tradeoff for a smoother ride, and I can live with that. I will probably buy again but I will probably run slicks in the summer just for the rolling resistance. These are also a quiet tire on my scale.
Oh and no punctures which I am impressed with but it could just be luck.
I bought the 20 version of these tires. I am happy with them so far. I installed them on our InStep bike trailer which was still running its original tires and constantly getting flats. These tires installed easily enough and no flats yet. I don't know how much is due to tires, or slime in the tubes, but no flats was the goal and goal achieved so far.
I went to the larger 20x1.75 tires on my Catrike Trail. I wanted this larger, wider tire for when I am on a gravel rail-trail. The main thing I like about this Marathon model is the uninturrupted center rib of the tread. This solid center rib gives a smoother ride on a paved trail, and the wider 1.75 tire sits more on the gravel not digging in as much. I like these tires as they are a high quality tire and have the puncture resistand liner. They are lighter than the Marathon Plus tires too. I have been running them at 60 psi. Good stuff! )
I've been using these tires on my commuter for 8 years. They are my favorite commuting tire. They are almost bullet proof, and they roll fairly well. They are a bit heavy, but if your priority is to avoid flats, then the weight is worth it. The only time I get flats is when something like a nail is in the road, or when they are SUPER worn out (the green belt is showing). I've gotten one or two flats in 8 years on these. One caveat, we don't have a lot of goat heads in my area. If we had more of those, I might end up with the more durable Marathon Plus. Goat heads are so tenacious, they might get thru the kevlar on this tire, but I don't have any experience with that. For my commutes, these are A.
Oh! And you can run the 1.5 at 100psi, which is also nice.
These tires are as comfortable at 70 lbs as the OEM tires were at 40 lbs. they defiantly roll faster and farther, as I have picked up a couple of mph in my average speed. I know they will last longer it took a couple hundred miles to wear of the thin bits of rubber left from the casting.
My SWB recumbent is outfitted with a rear-wheel geared 450W motor powered by a 48V LiOn pack mounted on a rack directly above the rear wheel. The total weight of the bike is 60 LBS. Add my 200 LBS plus occasional cargo and tires wear out fast!
The Marathon GreenGuard tires have been a great option. After 300 miles there is almost no wear, the ride is smooth and the grip is excellent. The Kendas I was using were replaced at 500 miles.
I highly recommend the Schwalbe Marathon for riders interested in a long-lasting tire with great ride characteristics. As a previous bike shop owner, racer, and family biker I rate these tires as one of the very best cruising/commuting options available.
I've been riding Schwalbe Marathon tires on my touring bikes for many years and consider them to be the standard by which all others are judged. This is my first set of 20 tires for a recumbent trike. So far they are just as good as the larger sizes. Only complaint is they are a bit expensive when compared to similar products from competing manufacturers,, but I guess you pay the premium for the best.
Marathons are the best. I had the 1.75 tire that I took to Buenos Aires. The year before I had six flats in just two weeks of riding city streets. This past year with the Marathons, I had ZERO flats. The only problem with the 1.75 is that they are heavy and slow. So, I bought the 1.5 and they are lighter and much much faster (can inflate up to 100 psi vs 70). I am very happy with them cycling all over the city streets of San Francisco. The only problem is getting them on initially. They are very still and I had to go to a bike shop to get them on evenly. Great price and great service from Bike Tires!