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  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus HS 348 Road Bike Tire (20x1.35, Allround Wire Beaded, Reflex)
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Schwalbe Marathon Plus HS 348 Road Bike Tire

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Price: $38.04 - $109.97
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  • Item Shape: Wire Beaded, Outstanding performance
  • Extended durability
  • The SmartGuard layer made from a flexible, special rubber offers particular resistance to shards of glass and flints
  • The SmartGuard belt does not increase rolling resistance
  • The Marathon Plus rolls as easily as a tire without protection

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Schwalbe Marathon Plus HS 348 Road Bike Tire + Michelin Airstop 700c x 25-32mm 40mm Presta Valve Tube + Pedro's Bicycle Tire Lever - Pair
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Product Description

Schwalbe Marathon Plus RLX Bicycle Tires are designed for extended durability and outstanding performance. The SmartGuard layer made from a flexible, special rubber offers particular resistance to shards of glass and flints. The SmartGuard belt does not increase rolling resistance.

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  • ASIN: B0015UOUJQ
  • Item model number: 11115348
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,128 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

Using a tire lever to push the in the bead can ease the job a little.
Steven
They're not overly stiff (some other tires are like riding a garden hose), they're nice and sticky around corners, and they roll really smoothly.
M. Massinger
Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires are the best tires I have ever purchased.
Chad P.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

95 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Steven on May 30, 2012
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REVIEW UPDATED ON 06/05/2012 (updates following initial review)
REVIEW UPDATED ON 07/01/2012
REVIEW UPDATED ON 08/07/2012 (first major issue)
REVIEW UPDATED ON 08/28/2012 (first flat)

Well, I figured I would go ahead and start an on-going review of these tires. During the time of this initial review I had only put a few dozen miles on these - but as some people say "If you can go ten miles without a flat, then you can go thousands", we'll see about that in the coming days.

I'm going to keep the review portion quick because I still have to really get some use out of these for a fair review, so here's a quick review, which I'll follow up with mounting instructions. Future updates will be at the very bottom of this review.

Weight: *
Roll Resistance: ***
Acceleration: ***
Speed: ***
Durability: ***** (so far)

These are heavy, fairly low roll resistance (which is good), decent acceleration and speed but they are amazingly durable (at least they should be, only time will tell - but you can't ignore their reputation!). The Marathons are 5 star tires. The negative points can be forgiven because these are all about durability and longevity, which as a daily commuter are are most important.

With my previous tires I started getting flats after 500 miles, and the flats became daily. Even though I don't have a whole lot of experience with the Marathons yet, I can just tell that they are FAR more durable. Broken glass is extremely common on my commute and I can almost hear these tires laugh as I roll through it.

REVIEW EDITS

06/05/2012:
I put well over 150 miles on these tires over the last week, doing my best to hit all the different types of terrain I possibly could.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Morey on July 10, 2009
Do you enjoy getting punctures on a cold, wet dark commute? If you don't mind this tire is not for you. Perhaps, like me, you have an internal gear hub and fixing punctures on the road requires extra tools and is not straightforward. If you can't abide punctures this tyre is for you.

I just fitted my second set. The first set was on a previous bike and was a great experience. I went from regular punctures, so much so that I avoided riding in the wet, to nil.

There are a couple of things to bear in mind. First, they can be hard to fit because they are stiffer than regular tires. The previous tyres were 700x35 and fairly easy to fit on wider hybrid-type rims

The new ones are 700x28 on 14mm rims and were quite hard. In the end I used a cable tie to hold both beads in the rim while I worked the second bead in. I used tyre levers for the last section. This probably wouldn't be a problem should I ever have to remove them (unlikely) as they will wear-in and conform to the rim after a while.

On my first ride with the Schwalbe MPs I didn't notice much difference over the Maxxis 'training' tyres I was using previously. The main difference is with the thicker tread I don't feel every little stone and crack in the road or on the trail. This gives the erroneous impression they are not as `responsive'. This is not the case -- actual riding is little different to conventional tyres. A couple of rides and the `newness' will disappear. It's a comfortable ride for a high-pressure tyre (I run them at 90 psi). They are heavier than conventional tires but this is irrelevant for commuting, touring, pleasure riding, and so on.

Point two. These tires are quite expensive, about four times the price of a basic tire. But how much is your time worth fixing punctures?
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63 of 72 people found the following review helpful By adjective VINE VOICE on July 7, 2009
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Let's face it: until drunks stop tossing their empties in the street and druggies stop punching out car windows to steal wallets, bicyclists will be running over glass, and tires will be going flat. This is enough of an annoyance when you're off to Quickie Mart to buy a loaf of bread, but it's positively vexatious when you are a commuter, when a flat tire often means you're late to work. Or late getting home when you're done with work.

Bicycle manufacturers know this. That's why even the entry-level "commuter" or "utility" model bikes often come with puncture-resistant tires, like the Bontragers (quite good tires, by the way) that my Trek hybrid originally had, before they got so bad that even the punctures had punctures. I replaced them with these even though they had some tread left. That's the way it goes with puncture-resistant tires: once they get a few punctures, they become more susceptible to more punctures. A "vicious cycle," if you will.

Anyway, Schwalbe is one of the premier bike tire brands. They're quite well-known in Europe, and less so in the U.S., except among "serious" riders. Cargo haulers swear by them, as do commuters. Reportedly, this is the single most popular commuter-type tire in Europe. Europeans know what's up; this tire is designed for heavy use in all urban conditions, wet and dry. Tread is good for damaged pavement--not too much, not too little--which is good because with the economic situation we're in, there's going to be a whole lotta pavement going bad in the next few years. If your pavement is REALLY bad, as in breaking apart, then I would recommend some tires with a fairly flat middle part and more of a mountain bike tread toward the edges to help with cornering, rather than the Marathons.
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