Living in Canada has its benefits but also big disadvantages.
The roads are so bad that it would be an improvement to replace the entire network with gravel.
About 90% of city roads in Montreal are filled with potholes and decently sized cracks every few foot. So as you would've guessed, local bike shops are making bank replacing everyone's flat tires.
I love cycling but having a flat every week isn't something that compels me to continue riding so I jumped on the Marathon Plus 28 after reading reviews on the internet.
So far I rode them for 500 km and they still look brand new. I tested them off-road in segments made of big sharp rocks. Rode them under the rain for 2 hours straight as well as dirt and they held well on sharp turns. Cobblestone roads were also tested. Along the way I've hit countless sizable road debris (branches, glass, rocks) and potholes.
I even had to inflate the tires 4 times during a 100 km ride due to the PSI loss from bad road conditions. Yet haven't had any puncture or blow-out.
All in all, these are simply the best tires if you want to ride carefree on bad city roads. At 750g each for the 28 model they are a bit heavy compared to average slim tires (200g), but the puncture resistance is a good trade-off for me.
03 October 2016
Great product at a fantastic price!
Delivered quickly and for super price. Don't think you'll find anywhere else on the internet cheaper. Good quality product that looks durable and should work well on my commute.
25 September 2016
So far this year I have had 6 punctures, all on Marathon Plus tyres. They are also heavy, can be hard to fit, and don't grip very well on wet tarmac.
In their favour they do roll well, normally last a good while, and are probably less puncture-prone than other bicycle tyres. Reasonable price too.
I will probably continue to use them for now [what alterative?], but get really annoyed with the "Flatless" hype from Schwalbe.
Mission to Mars? We can't even produce puncture- proof tyres.
23 September 2016
Tough as nails
I've been using Schwalbe Marathon Plus for 4 years now and I've never had a puncture despite the poor state of our roads & my penchant for going off road whenever the opportunity arises. Excellent grip on road in particular.
04 September 2016
Puncture resistant and very long lasting tyre for the long distance tourer
Schwalbe Marathon Plus (make sure you have the PLUS!) is a superb long distance touring tyre and the only one we use! It has out lasted all other tyres we've used. It is so puncture resistant that we can travel 1000s of miles on roads of varying quality (SE Asia!) and never have a puncture. Even as the tyre wears out, the Kevlar continues to protect you from punctures. We would strongly recommend this tyre for serious long distance touring.
01 June 2016
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