Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Marathon Plus

Pretty awesome new shoes from Schwalbe.

Schwalbe Marathon Plus in 25 mm.

A few notes:

1.  Hard to mount, although they are the first wire-bead tires I've mounted in -- literally -- years if not a decade, so maybe this is par for the course and I had forgotten.  I had to fight to seat both beads in one place, wrap that with a Velcro strap, and move around the wheel adding straps until enough was seated that the beads would not pop out unexpectedly.

2.  They look awesome.

3.  They do next to nothing on packed, grooved, ice.

4.  There is something just a tad off about 25 mm. semi-all-terrain tires.  28s are a tight squeeze on this bike in the best of circumstances and I was concerned that 28s with tread would not fit.

1 comment:

sam said...

It is a good looking tire, looks like it might survive the apocalypse. I like the reflective stripe.

I have these in 28 on my cross-check 1x10. They are sure not fast. At least for me, 17mph on these tires is a real achievement, maybe 20% slower than a Grand Bois or Vittoria. But just imagine how fast you'll be come spring after a winter riding on those.