How Long Do Schwalbe Marathon Tires Last?

How Long Do Schwalbe Marathon Tires Last?

I decided to see how long my Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires would last me, so I used them daily for X number of years and finally ended up cycling with them for over X number of kilometers before the needed to be replaced.

Find out how far I got, what the tires looked like after and how to know when to replace your tires by watching this video.

Schwalbe Marathon Plus – https://amzn.to/3KqBLW0

0:00 Schwalbe Marathon Tires
1:05 How Long Will A Schwalbe Marathon Tire Last?
2:19 When Should You Replace The Tire?
3:28 How Many Flats Have I Had?
4:17 How To Prolong The Life Span

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46 Comments

  1. Pumpkin Village Maple on September 16, 2022 at 3:53 am

    Good points on those tires. Tried to get some last year but were out of stock for like 6 months so purchased another brand. Definitely on my bike wish list along with a new saddle. Take care, Al

  2. Allan Scott on September 16, 2022 at 3:54 am

    I’ve just recently replaced my front tyre and I couldn’t believe how much the prices have gone up on the Marathon Plus, so I’m giving the ‘ordinary’ Marathon a
    try on my front wheel. I’m not sure what the difference is in terms of puncture resistance between the Blue layer and the ‘green guard’ but its a 30%-ish price difference. Time will tell I guess. I’ve had a Marathon plus on the back since 2017 and its still going strong. …….anyway, good video Mike. Great to see you back in the saddle after winter.

  3. Pesmog on September 16, 2022 at 3:54 am

    I have done about 10,000 miles on the Marathon plus tour, which is slightly more aggressively treaded than the Marathon plus. For me they last about 5000 miles each on the rear but I change them well before they are worn out. Only a couple of punctures in that time. Most of my riding is off-road on cinders, shale and easy trails. The only drawbacks are that they can sometimes be difficult to fit and are not always totally trustworthy on wet corners so I have learned to enter corners slowly when its damp.

  4. Dawn H. on September 16, 2022 at 3:58 am

    Good tips. Thanks. I got my first flat on the Marathon Plus after about two years. Given NYC streets, I guess it’s not too bad.

  5. Nicholas Betts on September 16, 2022 at 3:58 am

    Yes they are a great tyre but I get about 4/6 punctures a year, glass and wire are the main culprits

  6. Septic Whelk on September 16, 2022 at 4:02 am

    swap a marathon for ANYTHING CHINES or CRAPPY and go so much faster so much easier ! JUST NASTY , SCHHWALBE make really good tyers i love their road race stuff.

  7. All Things Titch on September 16, 2022 at 4:03 am

    Have you ever considered tubeless for your touring? Debating it now whether it’s worth any extra hassle over just running tubes

  8. adamweb on September 16, 2022 at 4:03 am

    Love these tires, all that I use on my road bike! The only tire I’ve found that’s truly flat proof!

  9. Bike Touring Nature on September 16, 2022 at 4:04 am

    Tack för info! Jag undrade just om detta och sen gör du en video om det. Tack för alla dina fina videos som inspirerat mig till att börja cykla och starta youtubekanal.

  10. Joie De Vivre Desi on September 16, 2022 at 4:05 am

    Mark Beaumont rode his to the middle of Australian Nullabor from 🇬🇧
    Putting Marathon Plus was super difficult so I wonder how hard it would be on the road

  11. Dag Lovas on September 16, 2022 at 4:08 am

    To me, there really is just two options.
    1) I go with Shwalbe Marathon Plus.
    2) I don’t go.
    😀

  12. LWeleven on September 16, 2022 at 4:09 am

    im sure after mountain bike tyres i wont feel any rolling resistance using these lol …do you run tubes or tubless . in the UK we have lots of hedges and thorns even be tube or tubless i still get problems
    recently i had a thorn hole ( i assume right up near the rim the sealant failed )

  13. Steve Smith on September 16, 2022 at 4:09 am

    Marathon "green guard" have less rolling resistance than marathon plus. 👍

  14. Joie De Vivre Desi on September 16, 2022 at 4:10 am

    I found them so difficult to put on

  15. Bike Commuter Hero on September 16, 2022 at 4:14 am

    I love your videos Mike! Thanks for putting this together!

  16. Pierrre Jette on September 16, 2022 at 4:15 am

    Hi Mike. Have you tried tubeless?

  17. Wheels on a Bike on September 16, 2022 at 4:15 am

    Thanks for this video, Mike! I just had these tires installed and am currently on a cross country tour. I’m glad to hear the tires will most likely last!

  18. Steel Doubloon on September 16, 2022 at 4:15 am

    Have had a pair for 3 or 4 years and done around 800-900 miles per year.

    No flats due to normal riding*.

    The hard compound lasts years, mine are pretty much in tip top shape, although the grip is less than I would like in corners getting a little bit skittery.**

    Rolling resistance is good for commuting, although I am comparing this to local commuters who are wholly un-aerodynamic whilst I wear tight jackets and bags when cycling.

    Performance is the wet is fine, the water deflection due to tread doesn’t spray onto your legs too much, grip is adequate.

    So far I’ve got my moneys worth as they haven’t really worn down or punctured yet, so I suppose they’re a 7/10.

    *Around two years ago my chain snapped, getting caught in the derailleur locking up the wheel where I then received a massive flat spot which then was later punctured by a nail a few days later.

    **Sometimes I can’t be bothered to slow down too much so take clear, non – blind roundabouts as fast as possible.

  19. RogerWarszawa on September 16, 2022 at 4:16 am

    The first thing I did when my wife and I got new touring bikes (Marin Four Corners) was put these tyres on them, I really like the peace of mind knowing that we’re unlikely to get flats. And that’s a great tip about not storing bikes in daylight, I hadn’t considered the effects of sunlight on tyres. I guess I should now move all our bikes off our sunny balcony 🤔

  20. 6 cordes et 2 roues on September 16, 2022 at 4:16 am

    What about the non-Plus Schwalbe Marathon? I ask because the Plus version is not available right now in my country. Are the non-Plus resistant enough? Tack!

  21. jan zam on September 16, 2022 at 4:17 am

    Hello.I have used this tyres a lot and they are awsome.
    I made a pant belt from my used tyre using bike chain and a spoke as buckle.

    If you decide to do the same please make a vid and show us.

  22. Jason2Wheels on September 16, 2022 at 4:17 am

    Schwalbe Marathon plus… definitely best touring tires. Also the Continental Ride tour tire great for on and off road touring. Hadn’t had a flat since 2017 so far on both brands.

  23. Rob on September 16, 2022 at 4:19 am

    I’m running the Marathon Plus 700 x 45 on my touring bike. 3000 miles and still look new! I’m also using a very heavy inner tube (Schwalbe SV19). This is my first set of Marathon’s and I immedialy noticed the weight difference on my first ride. Took me a while to get used to the additional weight but like you, I prefer not to change flats. Also I am using the Schwalbe G-One all around 700×45 tubeless gravel bike tires on my second bike and they have been outstanding. I did have one puncture when I ran over a nail but it took me about a minute to put a plug in and add some air and off I went and no problems for around 1000 miles, still going great. I do prefer the tubeless setup, I feel it saves a lot of time not having to remove the wheel to fix the flats. You just need to carry a plug kit and a small bottle of sealant. When my Marathon’s finally need replacement I will go tubeless on the touring bike. Cheers from California!!

  24. Hootyhoo 2018 on September 16, 2022 at 4:22 am

    Your tire did very well. May I ask how much you weigh? Does your commute have weight on the bike such as luggage?
    Do you need to adjust the true-ness of your wheels? Or ever break a spoke?

    Thank you for your videos.

  25. Jass Kurn on September 16, 2022 at 4:22 am

    I’m just about to replace my tires, so nice coincidence to see you posting this. Current tires where old version of Continental Contact Plus, which are continental equivalent of schwalbe marathon plus.
    When looking I’ve noticed Schwalbe do an ebike version of the marathon plus, which I initially thought might be just a way to profit from adding the word "ebike", but it appears they are a bit superier. They appear to be also available in slightly larger sizes, and have slightly better grip, handle grearter max load, and an extra puncture proof fabric. This comes with a greater price, but only trivial weight increase and I assume rolling drag from better grip. Might be worth considering for some if your touring routinely involves poor or soft surfaces.

  26. David Oliver on September 16, 2022 at 4:24 am

    Heavy. Inefficient rolling. Rigid ride…and still get flats. Don’t like them.

  27. Nicholas Brus on September 16, 2022 at 4:25 am

    Brilliant tyres except for comfort on poor quality roads … you feel every bump!

  28. Erik Mortensen on September 16, 2022 at 4:26 am

    I drive 2000 – 3000 km. yearly. and uses the Vittoria Randonneur Double Shield 700x28c. Has not had any punctures for over 10 years. The weight is approx. half of Schwalbe but will think they are not as comfortable as Schwalbe. Also have low rolling resistance if they are pumped to maximum air pressure. Is extremely happy with the Vittoria tires.

  29. B Caruthers on September 16, 2022 at 4:28 am

    Thanks Mike! I’ve always worried about the glass on the side of the road. I appreciate your help.

  30. slowp100 on September 16, 2022 at 4:30 am

    Thanks. I have those tires and wondered about this. So far, they have 3300 miles on them and I had them rotated. No flats and I live in an area with a nasty plant called puncture vine or goathead thorns. I have a Gazelle Ebike with a rear wheel that is very complicated to remove. The bike shops won’t show me how to do it, so I must never get a flat out where I ride as there is usually no phone service. I would have to hitch a ride back to town! Best to you…

  31. thecrittersitter1 on September 16, 2022 at 4:32 am

    Thanks, have had a pair of Mondials that came stock on my Kona Sutra 2019 have over 600 miles on them. I rotates front to back so have more even wear, the one on the rear is showing more wear now but still going to run it a bit more. The picture you showed comparing the old/new tires was very helpful.

  32. Tony Whitfield on September 16, 2022 at 4:32 am

    Use Marathon Plus on my MTB that I use for commuting. They save my knees and my knuckles!🤣 So much glass and rubbish surfaces on our "cycle" lanes.🇬🇧Use Schwalbe Supreme foldies on my Dawes Horizon tourer, for my day rides👍🙂🇬🇧

  33. Dona De Smaele on September 16, 2022 at 4:33 am

    I totally agree with you, Schwalbe Marathon Plus are super good tires, since I ride with them I had not punctures at all. They are more expensive that normal tires but they last longer and you have no punctures. So I will continue riding with my Marathon Plus tires.

  34. uppaia on September 16, 2022 at 4:33 am

    Thanks again for another informative video. I run Schwalbe Big Ben Plus on my recumbent trike, along with tube liners; redundant and overkill perhaps, but I really don’t like fixing flats.

  35. Old Bum On A Bike on September 16, 2022 at 4:34 am

    They’re a great tyre. I have upgraded to the Mondials, simply because they’re foldable. I also run them with Tannus Armour inserts.

  36. Alan Honey on September 16, 2022 at 4:36 am

    I have found the rolling resistance of the Marathon Plus to be lower than any other tyre I’ve used. I consider the rolling resistance to be low – definitely noticeably so .

  37. JH on September 16, 2022 at 4:36 am

    Great Video and information, as always

  38. John Grossbohlin on September 16, 2022 at 4:38 am

    The types of roads you ride on matters too. On the east coast the roads are often blacktop, relatively smooth, and the fines aren’t terribly sharp. When I rode in CO, WY, MT, ID and WA I found that a lot of roads were oil and chip and the fines were quite sharp. Out west I shredded the stock tires on my Trek 520 and my son’s were very worn. Not finding a suitable Schwalbe for my bike in Hamilton, MT I put a set on my 15 year old son’s bike and put his tires on mine… Between the extra gear I carried and myself I had at least a 100 lbs more weight on my tires than my son did so I wanted a wider tire while he did fine with 700X28 tires. We successfully completed the trip with the tire swap.

    I’ve got a couple pairs of Schwalbe tires for my bike now. 700×40 for rail trail and canalway touring and 700X35 for road touring. Both sets have a lot of life left in them.

  39. ianmatlock1 on September 16, 2022 at 4:41 am

    I specced Modials on my new bike rather than Marathons after much research. Been happy with my choice so far, though I’ve only done 1000mils or so on them.

  40. sparkyvespa on September 16, 2022 at 4:41 am

    Excellent video, amazing how durable these tyres are. Thank you for the advice and all the time and effort you put into making them. It’s really appreciated and enjoyable to watch.

  41. Chris Bardell on September 16, 2022 at 4:43 am

    Just replaced my rear Schwalbe Marathon Plus after *12* years. Maybe 5000km, not just road riding, some camping so extra weight, and I am not a lightweight person. Sidewalls started delaminating and cracking, tread mostly gone but no blue showing. Precisely zero punctures during that whole time. Replaced with identical tyre. They’re heavy and don’t grip the corners like softer tyres, but totally win at reliability and endurance. I will *always* use these tyres.

  42. Paul Bird on September 16, 2022 at 4:44 am

    I still have my first Schwalbe Marathon on the front, 13 years with around 25,000km

  43. Chris Wigley on September 16, 2022 at 4:44 am

    Great video. I’ve been using Marathons for years on all my bikes. I have had 3 punctures in that time. They are a long lasting tyre as you say in the video, which gives you time to forget just how difficult they are to get on the rims, they really are hard., I’ve found that using a Bike Tyre Key combined with a Crankbrothers Speedier Lever plus a lot of swearing the only way to get them on! Generally longevity in tyres is also helped by keeping them inflated to the right pressure and it is handy and easier to have a track pump with a gauge to do this.

  44. Reinhart Bigl on September 16, 2022 at 4:46 am

    Hey Bike Touring Mike, thanks for your videos…very informative and entertaining!
    In your tire wear video, you show examples of the new tires vs the worn tire…the worn tire seems to have a different tread pattern than the new tire…was the old tire a Marathon Plus “Tour” tire??

  45. my surly trucker on September 16, 2022 at 4:48 am

    I have the marathon plus tour, definitely more weight and rolling resistance, no punctures in to years a bit skittish on corners at times,but we’ll worth it all for no flats.

  46. anthony devita on September 16, 2022 at 4:49 am

    Just can’t give up a nice riding bike for fear of a few flats. Marathon like riding on a 2×4.
    Seattle to SanFrancisco on GravelKing slicks tubeless. 2 flats but never had to pull wheel off bike.

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