Schwalbe Marathon Plus: the king of commuters and tourers?

Schwalbe Marathon Plus: the king of commuters and tourers?

The Schwalbe Marathon Plus is regarded by many as the best commuter tire one can get for a good reason. It is one of the most durable tires that you can get for your bike. In this video I give you my review after 6 weeks with the Marathon Plus, which has become one of my favorite tires yet.

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50 Comments

  1. John Mckeeman on July 21, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    Use Schwalbe marathon Green Guard. Not the same level of puncture protection.
    But been using for 3 yrs.
    One puncture that got the tyre on the sidewall. But Definitely excellent as well.



  2. No Name on July 21, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    I have the Marathon tyres. These have a 3mm puncture protection barrier. Since April this year I have had to endure 7 punctures on these tyres on simple commuter road. Tarmac and pavements. Puncture after puncture. It is absolute horror. I’ve seen these types of videos before how these are kind of invincible but it’s nonsense. There has to be a better tyre than this. It is absolute crap. 7 flats in 1 summer of frankly unacceptable.



  3. The Last Spartan on July 21, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    I’ve just bought my first set of these tires and I found it no more difficult to mount than any other tire.
    I think if your finding them hard to mount then you need to learn the correct technique for mounting tires.
    It’s really not hard at all



  4. No Name on July 21, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    Is this video shot in Budapest.



  5. unknown on July 22, 2022 at 12:00 am

    I have the MTB version. But I also add 2 tire liners in each tire then use a heavy duty inner tube then I add slime in both inner tubes with a litter extra slime just incase. Also for rim tape I use 4 layes of gorilla tape with a double walled steel rim with 11g spokes. Haven’t had any issues going bike camping on my 26inc huffy Cranbrook with my BBR 2 stroke engine 😀 👍🏼 now I’m zooming down the streets @ 45mph and no issues and about 11mph camping. Highly recommend this set up. You will never and I mean NEVER GET A FLAT 😁😁😁😁🤠🤠🤠🤠🤠



  6. Rudy on July 22, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Nice review, great video! Did you cycle over the Chain Bridge in Budapest? Amazing! Also what width Marathon Plus did you put on your Merida Speeder? I have almost the same bike, and can’t choose between 32, and 35mm



  7. MR. J on July 22, 2022 at 12:01 am

    Schwalbe marathon plus + Tannus armor u have a tank



  8. spektrumB on July 22, 2022 at 12:01 am

    Wow, Schwalbe becomes so expensive in the US. This tyre is €25 a piece in Europe. Yes, this tyre lasts forever. For daily commute, easily get 25000Km from a pair.



  9. OriginalPlayer Young on July 22, 2022 at 12:05 am

    I never tried this tyre but everyone talks about it. I should get it and ride IN Budapest!



  10. street workout on July 22, 2022 at 12:07 am

    Нихера не понял, но очень интересно!



  11. Charles Forbin on July 22, 2022 at 12:07 am

    Nice review, just bought them after my less puncture resistant Schwalbes (a 3/7 on their scale, the MP are 7/7 of course) were picking up flats monthly. Seems like I made the right decision!



  12. Gordon Mosher on July 22, 2022 at 12:07 am

    How do these tires do with the wires the come out of shredded transport truck tires? On a bike tour last summer I had a lot of trouble with the Schwalbe Marathon Mondial tires on a section of road in northwestern Ontario where there are bits of blown out transport truck tires all over the road – seems every 10 to 20 km. I had two flats in one day with those tires (and those conditions).



  13. Klaus Dunayev on July 22, 2022 at 12:10 am

    What tire width are you using? And what’s the recommended tire pressure printed on that specific tire?



  14. Yayate on July 22, 2022 at 12:12 am

    I have those tires for more than a year (around 6000km) for commuting.
    ABSOLUTELY ZERO FLATS with those ( had 11 flats with 3 different tires before)
    Rides pretty good on the road, also the grip is good in the rain.
    Yeah durability is great ! My tires still looks fine, almost brand new.

    But I disagree on this : I don’t find those tires comfortable, it’s too stiff for me, especially for the road irregularites (many in the city)

    Also, I did ride on snow and on trail, it’s one of the worst for this, grip is non-existent and I had an accident because of that.
    And, you forget to mention that they are FREAKING HEAVY

    In short, absolutely one of the best for commuting, for riding from A to B in the city without any problems, but I DO NOT RECOMMEND those for everything else.



  15. 92redferrari on July 22, 2022 at 12:12 am

    I was lucky just got two of these today in Scotland for half price. That’s 17 gb pounds or 22 us dollars. I’ve used the schwalbe silento tyres on my 26 inch bike a much cheaper tyre and they’ve been good. No punctures on those. So looking forward to trying these on my 700 c tyre hybrid bike.



  16. Jim Huskins on July 22, 2022 at 12:12 am

    Thanks again for your tire review series. What you say in this video matches my experience. I watched the six tire comparison first, and your comments there are radically different. I have no recent experience with other touring and commuting tires, and I do not plan to. Glad to see that you can say something good about my favorite tires.



  17. Callum Wayman on July 22, 2022 at 12:12 am

    Great content! Thanks for the thorough reviews!!



  18. Rodolfo Torres Galvan on July 22, 2022 at 12:14 am

    Hello I just subscribed to your channel, very good and informative videos. Thanks!

    I got a MarathonPlus 700x37C in an emergency replacement, I’m planning to get another one for the front wheel, what is the difference between 40 and 37, and can I get one of each one my front wheel is a 40 should I move to 37 so it will match the rear ? Or just whatever size is fine thanks! And keep going with the videos 🙂



  19. SonofEdmund on July 22, 2022 at 12:16 am

    Just repaired a puncture on mine, they’re not Hawthorne resistant! Also had a wired bead come off on one of mine. Other than that they’re comfortable grippy and pretty durable.



  20. José Bonet on July 22, 2022 at 12:16 am

    Thanks for the video.



  21. Michael B W on July 22, 2022 at 12:17 am

    After getting 4 punctures in six weeks on the Trek FX2 I bought recently, I longed for the Panaracer Tour tyres I had on the bicycle I had left behind when living abroad…. just one puncture in over three years after I put them on (used to get a puncture every few weeks with the much cheaper tyres I had before) . The bicycle shop near where I am at now recommended the Marathon Plus Touring…. expensive, but worth a try I thought. Immediately well pleased with the hugely improved comfort as they soak up the vibrations from the coarse seal used on NZ roads. That alone made them seem cheap at the price. The puncture resistance is a bonus!



  22. P Uk on July 22, 2022 at 12:19 am

    In the event of you buying defective tires, Schwalbe’s customer service is more than useless. Best to go elsewhere re good quality tires.



  23. Simply me on July 22, 2022 at 12:21 am

    Question: on this the doors increasing the width also increases the height?



  24. Ming L. on July 22, 2022 at 12:22 am

    I really enjoy your videos. I’m trying to bike more often. It’s inspiring to see how we can have a positive impact on our health and planet just by cycling. I wondered if you could please perhaps do some videos on how to prevent bike thefts and/or types of locks that would be good to have to secure one’s bike, especially for bikes that have quick release wheels and seatposts. I guess just advice on how to prevent theft of expensive bike components in general. Also maybe how to secure the bike without damaging the finish and such. I’m certain many people that cycle have these concerns as well. Thanks in advance. Keep up the great work.



  25. MJA on July 22, 2022 at 12:24 am

    I live in Utah and these are some truly tough tires. I have 38mm on my grocery bike and 32mm on my commuter bike. Mere mortal tires don’t let you bike here without constant punctures. These Schwalbes are pretty much trouble-free and they are not bad at all to ride on. If you are mainly road and trail riding, even a little gravel, these are very good. If you are going off the trail you can find better performance but you may need a different puncture strategy (liquid latex is popular here and works very well also).



  26. Sjaak Schulteis on July 22, 2022 at 12:24 am

    I had Schwalbe tires on my old bike and never had a puncture. Last week I bought a new bicycle and today had a puncture. Now I will get Schwalbe tires for my new bicycle as well…they are the best tires I know and worth the price.



  27. John B on July 22, 2022 at 12:24 am

    I have the Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB HS468 29 Inch Tires (Mountain Bike Tires)

    As of July 12th, 2021, I have ridden 3,380 miles with these tires and not had any flats. I ride on and off road. My bike is my transportation so reducing the likelihood of flats is very important. I use 2 tire liners in each tire. One is Tannus Armor and the other is a liner I made by cutting off the sidewalls from old worn tires. Each Schwalbe tire weighs over 3 pounds. The heavier tires and liners add about 7 more pounds to my bike. I am fine with the extra weight because my tires are probably about as flat resistant as car tires. Nails and other sharp objects long enough to puncture the tire and liners will result in a flat as it would to a car tire.

    I replaced the rear tire at 3,133 miles because it had worn out. With more weight on the rear tire and it being the drive tire, the tread wore much faster than the front tire. I think the front tire might need to be replaced at around 4,000 miles based on how the tread has worn.

    I give these Schwalbe tires a top rating. They hold up well for on and off-road riding, and I have not had any flats. They have done well in temperatures ranging from 15 to 94 degrees. I paid about $55.00 each when I purchased them on Amazon.

    In my opinion, the Tannus Armor is not worth the $80.00 I paid for two of them. When I used a standard tire with them I got several flats. Tannus advertises that one can ride with a flat for short distances at slower speeds when tires are equipped with their Armor liner. I was not able to ride on the flat tires because it would have damaged the rim. The material compresses significantly after riding with them for a while, so I think it only provides very minimal protection for the inner tubes and rims. Bicycle John



  28. Raol Xhumari on July 22, 2022 at 12:25 am

    nice casio mate



  29. The Official Channel on July 22, 2022 at 12:28 am

    Can I still use these with Tire Liners and slime tires or it’s not recommended?



  30. Gustavo Cavalcante Zilli on July 22, 2022 at 12:30 am

    How about pinch flats? are these tires more resistant to pinch flats than the average tires available in the market?



  31. nivasyl strongman on July 22, 2022 at 12:32 am

    you must have gotten the tire for free for this review. i see you are reading your line.



  32. Steve on July 22, 2022 at 12:35 am

    12 months puncture free with my marathon plus tyres,until yesterday a shard of glass..great tyres and a right bitch to put on,but worth it.



  33. fat guy in a basement on July 22, 2022 at 12:37 am

    Road 23 miles on a set yesterday on my GT ZUM, I’m pleased with them.



  34. محمد زروقي on July 22, 2022 at 12:38 am

    تعلمت منك أشياء كثيرة
    شكرا لك



  35. Barry Swedeen on July 22, 2022 at 12:39 am

    The Marathon Plus tires can be difficult to remove and refit, but this video makes it a piece of cake. https://youtu.be/-XUFVrl0UT4



  36. Carlos on July 22, 2022 at 12:39 am

    Great video… these that you used, what size are they 700×35 or 38 maybe? Greetings from Chile.



  37. Cláudio Lage on July 22, 2022 at 12:39 am

    Great video! Another video you did a comparison between Marathon and the Marathon Plus. About the Marathon (not plus), have you been used is in gravel terrain ou light off road? Regards!



  38. Wilf Forrow on July 22, 2022 at 12:39 am

    Fitting is easy if you hold the tyre into the central well with a couple of reusable zip ties, which I keep strapped to the bike. These are my top tyres. I’ve forgotten how to mend a puncture. You get some of the money back in inner tubes and lost time. The only time I’ll ride with anything else is if I’m riding with a fast group, as it’s a few per cent more slower.



  39. владимир 4848 on July 22, 2022 at 12:40 am

    мне бы твою зарплату я тоже такие купил может быть



  40. VladGoro25 on July 22, 2022 at 12:43 am

    i got Stevens Strada with these bad boys in 622*32 size. Tires a good, but they kinda don’t want to turn, and slide on sand/mud. But for the straight road they are cool, and of course they last really long.



  41. Arthur Szen on July 22, 2022 at 12:44 am

    My cycle tyres size is 26×1.95 could I use it schwalbe marathon plus 26×200 tyres for my cycle.



  42. Ole Shotokan on July 22, 2022 at 12:46 am

    Sam…please drop the annoying Music. I just couldnt continue and had to stop. I am sure your review is fine, but again…the Music sucks 😳



  43. Serge Wauben on July 22, 2022 at 12:47 am

    Wtf 50-60 dollar…. i just paid €19,95 per tyre for my second set after 9000km. Never had a puncture and wil never go to another tyre. I hate stopping for a flat tire but that was an experience in long ago times.



  44. Alain Adriaens on July 22, 2022 at 12:47 am

    First of all, it is the right title: "King of commuters and tourers. My experience , very short: last 12 y -125.000km to and from work – Racebike/ touring bike (often heavy loaded) – all seasons – all kinds of roads around and through Brussels. Hard labour for the material and the biker. Feel myself very well and safe on my Schwalbes (Touingbike: S-Marathon Plus/ S-Winters 240 studs).
    Very comfortable indeed; speed: I put 5kg/cm² (70 PSI?) and they are less slow; durability: front up to 15000km, rear: around 7000km; Grippy: you can’t imagine how many times I pushed them to the limits of "grip" but the kept me upright (and alive in centrum Brussels); hard to mount: oh yes, the can be stubborn to (dis-)mount, expensive: well, this depends on how you value your life, but I recommend all commuters to buy only the best material (not only tires) – after all you have only ONE life!



  45. Carl Andrews on July 22, 2022 at 12:49 am

    How do these perform on wet pavement? My wife’s bike has some cheap Kendas on it and the wet grip leaves a lot to be desired.



  46. James on July 22, 2022 at 12:50 am

    E plus are the best tire I’ve ever owned!



  47. KD Stoffel on July 22, 2022 at 12:53 am

    The Marathon Plus tires live up to their reputation as flat resistant and durable. Unfortunately, they are also some of the heaviest, deadest feeling tire I’ve ever ridden. I have found tires belted with Aramid, Vectran, or Specialized’s specially woven Kevlar (Armadillo) to be 90-95% as flat resistant at nearly half the weight.



  48. Akuffo Beveiliging on July 22, 2022 at 12:54 am

    I bought a show room e bike with marathon plus tire and had a puncture the next day after coming back from work😰



  49. Andrew Wilson on July 22, 2022 at 12:54 am

    Thank you for the review, the Schwalbe tyres can often be found at a discounted price if you do a search, my winter studded tyres were half price, I had heard they could be harder to put on however they went on without difficulty. Very impressed so far and like the reflective ring.



  50. Feliz on July 22, 2022 at 12:55 am

    I wish schwalbe made a wider tire like 26”x2.4.