Schwalbe Marathon Plus Wired Tyre with Smartguard
|Price:||£20.04 - £35.99|
- SmartGuard layer made from a flexible, special rubber
- resistance to shards of glass and flints
- does not increase rolling resistance.
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Punctures are a memory. The SmartGuard? layer made from a flexible, special rubber offers particular resistance to shards of glass and flints. Even a thumbtack cannot penetrate this protective layer. The SmartGuard belt does not increase rolling resistance. The MARATHON PLUS rolls as easily as a tyre without protection.
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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.
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!
This is the second time that I have bought these tyres. The first was 4 years ago. Since then I have ridden approximately 20,000 kilometers to and from work in Melbourne (Australia) and London (UK), generally all on-road bicycle paths on major roads.
I have ridden over broken windshield glass, bottle (whole and shards), metal fragments, screws, nails, and anything else you can think to find on a major road. Nothing, not a single problem. Before the Schwalbe's I ran Vittoria's, which punctured usually once a fortnight, don't buy them. I have also had Continental Gatorskins - they are good, and a bit cheaper, but you will eventually get a puncture.
I decided to re-purchase when I got my first puncture in 4 years, I don't carry a pump, levers or spare tubes - they never puncture (well once). The way I see it, buying any other brand of tires for commuting, you will end up spending more on inner-tubes and stress than the Schwalbe's.
It seems that some people have had trouble getting these tires on, I can only imagine that they are autistic potatoes and cannot figure out what size their rim's are. They are very very easy to get on, I didn't need zip ties or even a set of levers. They are excellent tires, bit slow and sticky on the road to start, after the first 200k's they ease up and are a dream to ride on.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my initial review after buying 700 32c Marathon Plus tyres from Halfords, for my 622 18 rims that came on my 2016 Cannondale Badboy 3 hybrid. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Richard D
I bought a swalbe marathon plus tire for my rear wheel several years ago. Within the first month, I was surprised that on my way to work, I did get a puncture during my 28 mile... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Stuart Porter
Been using them for months and not had a single puncture, good grip too, they are heavy though.Published 22 days ago by JT
Excellent, had the same set since 2012, still going strong in 2016, biking most days 5 miles a day. Original tyres that came with the my bike only lasted 3 months. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Whirlybird
Great puncture resistance, especially for worry free cycle touring and commuting. Do come up a bit big though compared to other maker's sizes.Published 1 month ago by RJ
If a Nobel prize for tyre design existed, the Marathon plus would win every year.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer