I recently purchased these Marathon Plus tires in 700x28. Installation went smooth following the steps in the YouTube video. These tires replaced my Michelin Pro 2's (700x25), which I am saving for the spring group rides.
My first impression after taking the Marathon Plus's out on the first ride. Much slower than the Michelins. No surprise here. There is no way more than a 2 lb. jump in rotational weight isn't gonna slow you down big time. It started to rain and the tires had plenty of reassuring grip. Moving onto dirt from tarmac, the treads offered plenty of grip on muddy dirt road going uphill. Wouldn't even have tried this on the Michelins.
On the road, the Marathon Plus is stiff, yet supple. I didn't detect any sqirming. I had the rear pumped up to its max of 100 lbs. and the front at 80 lbs. I weigh 215 lbs. Going downhill in the cold rain (fingers numb), I detected no slipping under cornering or braking.
Day turned to night for the return leg. One nice surprise was that I got more respect from autos, which I attribute to the reflective sidewalls. They can actually be seen from behind, not just from the side. I also use two blinkies, one blinking, one steady, and a small front light.
I gave these tires a high rating because they are everything I want in a winter non studded tire. The beauty of their heaviness, is that I can get the same workout going slower, which means I'm not gonna freeze from wind. Knowing I am not going to have to change a flat in the cold is comforting. Of course, I have an extra tube and a pump, just in case. In fact, I am stowing two extra toe straps (see You tube video). The reflective stripes on the side is a beautiful thing.
I also have a set of Schwalbe Marathon Winter Studded tires on my other bike, which I take if it is gonna be below freezing on my ride. Just one patch of ice could cause a broken hip at my age and I'm not taking any chances. The Winter studded tires ad another rotational lb. to the bike over the Marathon Plus's. Since it is even colder when I use the studded tires, the added weight forces me to ride even slower for the same workout. I like riding slow in the cold to avoid wind chill.
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