Battle Of The BEST Commuter Tires: Continental Contact, Contact Plus, Schwalbe Marathon, M+ and More

Battle Of The BEST Commuter Tires: Continental Contact, Contact Plus, Schwalbe Marathon, M+ and More

Ever wondered which the best commuter tire is?
In this video we compare the Continental Contact, the Continental Contact Plus, the Continental Ride Tour, the Schwalbe Marathon, the Schwalbe Marathon Plus, and the Schwalbe Marathon GT.
These tires are all great for commuting and touring.

Read my full comparison review here:

If you’re interested in any of these tires, please consider using my affiliate links:
Continental Contact:
Continental Contact Plus:
Continental Ride Tour:
Schwalbe Marathon:
Schwalbe Marathon Plus:
Schwalbe Marathon GT:

You can find each video review here:
Continental Contact:
Continental Contact Plus:
Continental Ride Tour:
Schwalbe Marathon:
Schwalbe Marathon Plus:
Schwalbe GT:

00:00 6 Of The Best Commuter Tires
01:15 The Competition Explained
02:02 Weight
03:20 Speed and Agility
04:45 Comfort
05:25 Grip
06:08 Versatility
07:23 Durability
08:13 E-bike readiness
09:00 Puncture protection
10:10 Ease of mounting
11:23 Price and best value tires
13:20 Which tire should you get?


  1. x xx on June 29, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    Thanks for this video and all your work, very informative,

  2. Knight Rider Explorer on June 29, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    Great video! For me the most important is bullet proof so i go for the marathon plus

  3. Simon Duffy on June 29, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks very much for your hard work, I’ll certainly consider your top tires for my next tire change. One thing I did notice, the Ride Tour tyre looks very similar to the Schwalbe Land Cruiser tire, have you tried that one? In the UK, that tyre is slightly cheaper than the Continental and it’s the one I’m currently using.

    I look forward to watching some more of your videos 🙂

  4. R. Davies on June 29, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    I agree. I found the Schwalbe’s unnerving in wet weather, felt as if they were going to wash out whilst cornering. They never did, but they never inspired confidence either. Been using Conti’s for over a year, excellent mileage out of them and yes I’ve had the odd puncture but it can be counted on one hand. Handling/grip (for me) is okay on the road in all weathers. Great review 👍

  5. Michael Dee on June 29, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    Followed your recommendation and went for the Continental Contact Plus in size 42-622. Bought 2 pairs for my 2 commuter/trekking bikes. I am over the moon, the ride is so much better. The best tyres ever! Mounting them on my 19mm wide rims could not have been easier. It took me less than 3 minutes per wheel to get them on and inflated to the desired pressure. Absolutely incredible. So in contrast to your experience, no pinching of inner tube. Had this with the Marathon Plus, a real nightmare to mount. In addition, I was never really happy with the grip provided by the Schwalbes. I did however mount the tyres in my yard on a nice and sunny day. Left the tyres out in the sun for about 15 min. prior to installation. Could that have done the trick, i.e. by making the rubber more supple? Thank you so much for your excellent review.

  6. Gideon van Eeden on June 29, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    Thank you very much

  7. revolversntulips on June 29, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    Great info! Soon I will buy an older Trek xo1 which is more like today’s gravels. I will use it for commute so I want something fast since the bike is pretty fast so to speak. A vittoria terreno zero looks interesting to me

  8. Frank Nobody on June 29, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    Thank you for the great comparison!

  9. drozdo27 on June 29, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    Well done. This is the sort of video I was looking for.

  10. Holdfény Luna on June 29, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    Great video helpful and iformative. I try to find good tires for commuting, and I found your channel, and really got suprised when I realised your town is Budapest, so You know the conditions of the roads… I found your website too.

  11. Nathan Markowitz on June 29, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    Thank you

  12. M K on June 29, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    Fantastic review, given that you actually spent months with each tire. Definitely very comprehensive! I do think it’s a bit unfair to say that the ‘contacts’ have bad puncture resistance, just because the protection is thin. It could be that it’s also really strong, and It could be that Continental found that ribbon is sufficient for most use cases.
    When you look at the Contact Plus product page on Continental’s site, they describe it as a tire designed for E-bikes and rental bikes. To me, that marketing hints that they believe that the extra weight and rolling resistance of the double protection is not necessary, except if you have a motor to help out, or if it’s a rental bike so you really really don’t want it to have flats while out on a rent. Otherwise, it seems that Continental really recommends that for regular touring/commuting their customers should stick with the standard puncture protection and I tend to agree with them. You experience with the contacts, having no flats, seems to support this view too.
    Thanks again for this awesome review

  13. LRDA on June 29, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    Thanks a lot! I was searching for something like this, perfect video!

  14. Balázs Müller on June 29, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    I consider to buy a marathon racer. I cant choose between the 35 and 40. Im more an asphalt rider but i often go on gravel rides. Should i take the wider one or the 35 mm? Will i feel a difference actually? Thx.

  15. Ms Vee on June 29, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    This is great! In the market for puncture resistant tires after getting yet another flat this week. But where are you sourcing your tires? I’m not finding any of these prices online.

  16. 4PM on June 29, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    Well made video. Which is in your opinion the best tire for bike couriers dealing with punctures weekly? Speed + puncture proof would be optimal.

  17. David R on June 29, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    8 months later and the tire prices are double?!

  18. LMR on June 29, 2022 at 10:49 pm


  19. yoshimitsu411 on June 29, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    I have the same bike as you do, what mudguards are you using? Thank you

  20. Nomad on June 29, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    3 punctures for the 1st month using Schwalbe Marathon Plus, the tire was done. Schwalbe has sent me another one for replacement. And I still get at least 1 puncture every month. Now the replacement tire has 8 punctures within 3,000 miles. The tube is full of patches. Bicycle industry doesn’t have good tire.

  21. nevs on June 29, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    Nice vid, although I’m in doubt a little if contqct plus is suitable for trails or just commuting, dunno if i should change to some wider tyres like lt expert on trek dual sport.

  22. Livio on June 29, 2022 at 10:57 pm video about tires i’ve ever seen. Thank you for your time to do this.. Maybe you try some Vittoria also.

  23. Szabolcs D on June 29, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    Szuper videó! Ami különösen tetszett, hogy a végén ki volt mondva ami miatt valaki végig nézni ezt a videót. A legtöbb hasonló videóban próbálnak függetlenek maradni és sosincs kimondva a végén, hogy akkor melyiket?!?!
    Nekem a ContiCPius lett a választásom (defekt&ebike50) annyi hogy már 37$/darab.
    Egy következő videónak, amit én esetleg érdekesnek találnék, hogy mikor van már értelme a külső cserének mi az a pont (akár ezeknél a típusoknál) amikor cserélni kell. Eltelt évek?, kilométer?, stb. vagy megy ameddig megy? 🙂

  24. Anton B on June 29, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    Great comparison! Thank you for doing the research 👍

  25. Fish Are Friends on June 29, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    I’ve tried all of them apart from the GT…. Weirdly enough I prefer gravel king SK on a 35c…700 pumped to 40 psi…

    It’s still fast on a road bike, but you can still go off road easy as they are gravel tyre, I can still hit 27 mph . But I’ve done 100km straight on and off road no punctures

    Out of the Ines you’ve listed… I like marathon plus for puncture protection

    The continentals, I though we’re a bit stiff (for my off road road) , nice tyres though, you cant go wrong

    would also to be handy to know, versatility when wet… as on a muddy path… muddy hill. For me… most of them get a 0… But depends on the hill in your area… gravel tyres obviously get a higher score. The gravel kings could border on mtb .. but performance of a road tyre

    Awsome review… weirdly enough, out of that specific list… marathon plus my faves… but I’m going just in puncture protection real live experience… I’ve had them on my old mtb for 15 years+. No punctures, very very durable. Heavy though, however…..

    I’d use a gravel tyre these days, I think for that extra comfort and ability to go off road, it is far better.

  26. geraner on June 29, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Awesome comparison!
    For the Continental Contact Plus, I agree with everything you said.
    I was running this tire 950 km on my bike, before I changed to the Continental GP 4-Season.
    Anyway, when I was removing the Contact Plus, I was surprised how much the rear tyre was already worn after nearly 1.000 km. I was not expecting that. Did you experience something similar with your Contact Plus tires?
    I still kept the tires and will maybe mount them later in autumn again.

  27. Mateusz Gąsiorowski on June 29, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    Thanks to this video, i’ve decided to buy marathon over marathon plus. Puncture protection of simple version is good enough and have clear advantage in rolling and road/off Road grip.

    Thanks a lot!

  28. Robert Costanzo on June 29, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    Sam, this is an outstanding comparison – great job! Thank you so much for taking the time to provide this information. It is sincerely appreciated. I was trying to narrow down which tires I should choose and your video helped me with my decision. I ended up choosing the Continental Contact Plus and am very pleased with these tires so far. Thank you again and all the best.

  29. John P on June 29, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    Thank you so much for this video! I am very happy with my newly installed Continental Ride Tour tires!

  30. Clifford Chaperon on June 29, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    great great great – many thanks again

  31. Käfer &Käfer on June 29, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Hello! Anybody tried Schwalbe Big Apple? I have them on my birdy riese und müller. In general very nice comfortable ride, they’re 2,15 I wanted to give it a try and get Schwalbe marathon racer 1,5 for even a better roll, not sure if it’s a mistake. Any hints and tips are welcome!!

  32. Jim Huskins on June 29, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    I appreciate this video. Thanks for doing so much good work. I am a heavy rider even in good condition. I was always plagued with punctures. Put my first set of Marathon Plus tires on the loaded touring bike about 18 years ago. I’ve had only a few flats in all that time. All my bikes wear them. I’m building a late nineties Cannondale racing frame with Dura Ace components. It will wear some sort of racing tire in 25c. It will not see use on rough roads. The touring bike, several commuters and a lightweight sport bike will always wear your least favorite tire. Meanwhile, I throw away patch kits because the glue gets old and hard.

  33. Erik Mortensen on June 29, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Thanks for the great review !! Have you tried Vittoria Randonneur Double Shield Graphene. Have used them for approx. 10 years and has never punctured. Drives 2000-3000 km annually both for work in the summer and for cycling holidays with heavy packing. The tires weigh approx. 450 g and has good driving characteristics.

  34. MJA on June 29, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    This comparison is a great service for people shopping for tires, thanks very much for making it. I have the Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires, I don’t have much to compare them to, but I can say they are tough (I live in Utah and we have thorns everywhere). They are not the most agile I know that, but the way the conditions are around here, you really need puncture resistance unless you don’t mind fixing flats. On edit: I would emphasize that I use my bike for commutes over varied surfaces and trips all around, so I find myself rolling over all sorts of surfaces.

  35. Richard Esposito on June 29, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    Thank You so much for this Sam and Love the review for sure! I have looked at these and having a hard time finding available tires like the ones you’ve tested in the the correct size! 
    I have heavy commuter step thru ebike which had Kendra 24 X 2.35 wire bead and rim bead width measures 25mm. Would be greatful to hear any other thoughts or comments if you can.

  36. Grintal Cycles on June 29, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    This video was quite thorough. I was surprised that most of the tires were only rated for 25kph ( maybe just a rating for using ebikes). I try to hit 30 mph/50 kph every day on the ride home and faster on the weekends when I can.

  37. unknown on June 29, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    i love your videos. im building a bike with an engine and i wanted to know everything you just tought me. u justvgot a new sub.

  38. mort low on June 29, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    Grand Prix Urban , 4 season, Gatrskin…I don’t like Schwalbe they in general to soft . Black chili Compount all day. Contis are the best …

  39. Jim Carras on June 29, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    Really appreciate your effort man, thanks!

  40. Adam.K on June 29, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    hi with of this tyres ar tubles ready ? thanks for greate reviue

  41. Jackyc1234 Clark on June 29, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    You did good . Appreciate it .

  42. colse Colo on June 29, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    Hi there. I was wondering if you’ve heard of or tried the tannus airless tires. Ive recently gotten the fat tire armor and road airless 700c x 23. They both have been bomb proof. A bit heavier but now i dont have to carry patch kit+tube+pump(for airless) or have quick release. what do you think? If you are looking for a never stress commuter it be perfect.

    It’s an absolute fight to get the airless ones on tho. But no punctures ever on the way to work