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Schwalbe Marathon Plus Wired Tyre with Smartguard

by Schwalbe
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)

Price: 18.52 - 34.99
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Colour: Black

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  • Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
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  • ASIN: B0015UOUJQ
  • Date first available at 17 Aug 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,334 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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The Schwalbe Marathonplus has been designed for those truly epic journeys, with a builit in SmartGuard layer made from a flexible, special rubber that offers particular resistance to shards of glass and flints whilst not increasing rolling resistance. Features: Rolls easily even with added protection Designed with high reliability in mind

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't fault them 5 Mar 2012
By Jaz
Colour Name:Black| Size Name:700x32C|Verified Purchase
I bought a pair of these tyres recently, and I've now had the chance to road test them on two day rides.

First of all, I approached the fitting with trepidation having read some of the reviews on other sites. But, armed with the highly recommended YouTube video by Spa Cycles which explains how to fit them without using levers, I had them on easily within 20 minutes or so. As I'm one of the least practical people on the planet, that's good going! The "trick" is to secure the tyre using toe-clips, string or cable-ties, then gradually work round the tyre, creating slack by "bedding" the tyre in the rim well, making sure the inner isn't snagged. It's much easier to watch than explain, but if I can do it, believe me it can't be that bad. I guess that the wheel rim type will make a difference to how easy the fitting process is; mine are Mavik 319s. Anyway, I'm now confident that I could fix a puncture on the road if I need to. Not bad for a numpty like me.

The ride seems fine. I don't detect any appreciable slowing effect over my previous tyres from the extra puncture protection. I'm using them on a loaded touring bike (20kg spread over 4 panniers).

I'm about to embark on a lengthy tour (4000+ miles) with these tyres, so will report back more fully on how they perform. But for now, it's thumbs up.

Update: I've now completed 2500 miles using these tyres and I've found them to be remarkably durable. Firstly, I've had no punctures, despite riding over diverse surfaces including rough chalk, potholed lanes, and broken-glass on city cycle paths. I ran over a thorn, which I removed from the tyre with no problem at all. The wear seems light, and I like the light-reflective band on the tyre edge.

I'd recommend thes to any touring or commuter cyclist who is fed up of getting punctures.

So, only a partial review, but I thought it might be useful for anyone who is put off by the fitting issues.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy, hard to fit = never had a puncture 13 Nov 2009
By Jennifers Daddy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Colour Name:Black|Size Name:700x35C
These tyres are heavy, verging on 1Kg each (depending on tyre size). They are very hard to fit (tip: use cable ties to hold the tyre on to the rim a section at a time when fitting for the first time, they act as a third hand). I also had to buy a "Pedros Downhill Tyre Lever" to help get them off as I broke a few plastic levers.

Once fitted, these tyres are indestructable. I rode 5,000 miles over a year or so to and from work. I NEVER got a puncture. Through glass, down tow paths and up kerbs (keep them at max pressure). I even had a roofing tack (nail) stuck in them once and I hadn't realised until I got to work. I wondered why the bike was "going up and down". I pulled it out with pliers. It still didn't puncture.

When the tread on the rear tyre had worn down I decided to cut the tyre open to see what the "blue stuff" in the picture actually felt like. I first used a kitchen knife, then scissors, then a bread knife and finally a full size hacksaw!

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for puncture resistance 29 Feb 2012
By Sarah
Colour Name:Black|Size Name:700x28C
By far the best tyres I've ever had - I used to get punctures all the time and not had a single one in the year these have been on my bike.

They are slightly harder than regular tyres to put on, but I didn't have any serious issues with a decent inner tube and tyre lever - and given they are indestructible, you don't need to be getting them off and on very often!

All in all, highly recommended for eliminating the cost and especially the hassle of punctures.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 30 Dec 2011
Colour Name:Black|Size Name:700x35C
I do about 100 miles a week over mixed, and sometimes, very rough ground, but mostly roads. Used to average 1 puncture a week. Since fitting these 5 weeks ago, I've not had a puncture. Went over a half broken bottle last week that would normally shred a tyre, and these didn't even mark! I now have the confidence to go across most surfaces puncture free.

These are quick and quiet tyres too; they have very little rolling resistance. Good grip on wet tarmac but lousy in mud. If you travel a lot on muddy trails I would consider a deeper treaded tyre to these.

Some reviews seem to find these difficult to fit but I found them quite easy. You wont get them on with nylon tyre fitters, you need a good set of steel ones; but other than that they were no problem. Pushing the bead into the tyre as you work your way around the rim helps enormously.

So far I'm very impressed with these.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Approached with trepidation 20 Jan 2013
Colour Name:Black| Size Name:700x32C|Verified Purchase
After getting stuck, changing a tube in pouring rain one time too many, I decided to invest in these after taking some advice from friends. I had some concerns after reading horror stories in the reviews about the difficulty of fitting these. If something requires a you tube demo- it sets alarm bells off for me. I needn't have worried. It's true they did require a fair amount of muscle to get them on- but nothing too excessive. It's also true that I had a couple of bruised knuckles after fitting. However, the hours of anxiety free cycling I've had since, definitely makes it worthwhile. The only caveat I would add is that perhaps if you are not so physically able, you may have to get someone to assist/ fit them for you, but it is worth the effort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By coolski
Colour Name:Black| Size Name:700x32C|Verified Purchase
My bike came with continental tyres and they were too easy punctured, so i changed them over for marathon plus, good reflective strip round the tyre for winter riding, no problems with punctures now, slightly heavier feel to the tyre but no difference to ride, thoroughly recommended
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Like so many other reviewers this tyre seems to offer ...
Having upset my wife on numerous occasions asking for a lift home due to punctures, I went in search for the ultimate tyre. Read more
Published 8 days ago by KB Bromley
5.0 out of 5 stars solid
Great product totally recommend
Published 11 days ago by Stylianos Prodromou
4.0 out of 5 stars These are excellent tyres with the promise of really good puncture...
These are excellent tyres with the promise of really good puncture resistance with the extra deep depth of tread. They have never let me me down so far, and are hard wearing. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Andrew Kiddle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tyres
Amazing tyres! These have been on my bike for well over a year- no punctures!
Excellent value for money- highly recommended
Published 23 days ago by Ronni Lamont
4.0 out of 5 stars puncture free, and waring well after 2000 miles in 7 months
Ok bad points first. Heavy and requires a length of string or cable tie to help fit....Right positives. Read more
Published 24 days ago by PAUL - DAD
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with product
Very pleased with product supplied
Published 1 month ago by neil glover
5.0 out of 5 stars The best tyres money can buy
Utterly frustrated at my two or more punctures a week during my canal tow-path commute I was looking round for a solution. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Roche
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
These tyres have done over 1000miles over rough roads and trails and no punctures.
Published 1 month ago by Ronald M Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. H. J. Ruddlesdin
5.0 out of 5 stars Bombproof reliability
You don't expect to get a puncture in your car tyre right? Your bike tyres should be just as reliable. I have several bikes, and these are now my preferred tyre. Read more
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