The Schwalbe Marathon XR tyres have long been the most popular heavy duty touring
tyres on the market, until they were discontinued in 2010 and replaced with newer
models. We used the old model 26 x 2 inch size and have been running them for around 8,400km.
Schwalbe Marathon XR 26 x 2.0 wired tyre w/ HD CeramicGuard Reflective S/Wall.
Purchased April 2009
With their deep tread and thicker tyre walls they look quite bulky but are surprisingly
sporty for their size. They feel rock solid on the road and have brilliant grip
on lose and wet surfaces giving you that added peace of mind.
It took us a while to get used to them, as at 860 grams they are much heavier than our
When the pressure drops
you really do notice a degredation in performance, we found
keeping them pumped up at the higher end of the pressure range (70psi) is essential
to maintain that sporty feel. A pump with PSI gauge would have been handy as it was a little
more difficult to judge the pressure through their thick tyre wall.
We had a large cut from a bottle top on one of the tyres about 4,500km ago and managed
to fix it with superglue on the advice of the Schwalbe Marathon support team. We’ve also
had a few smaller cuts since, which we patched up in the same way. Another cyclist
we met fixed his Schwalbe Marathon XR by sewing it up with dental floss,
which seemed to work very well.
- Excellent grip in all terrains
- Puncture resistant
- Heavy when compared to other tyres on the market
- Can be difficult to align correctly on the wheel as they are quite stiff (a small
amount of washing up liquid on the inside of the rims can help).
10th April 2011
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