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Schwalbe Marathon 20" (406)

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Tough enough for long trips but light enough not to weigh down your commute, the Marathon has gained an excellent reputation as a reliable tire for worry-free touring and city riding.

  • Green Guard puncture resistant belt
  • Extremely durable Endurance rubber compound
  • ECE-R75 certified for use on e-bikes (even up to 50 km/h)
  • Wire bead
  • Black with reflective sidewall
  • 20 x 1.50" (ISO 40-406) has a 100 PSI maximum and claimed weight of 530 g.
  • 20 x 1.75" (ISO 47-406) has a 70 PSI maximum and claimed weight of 640 g.

20 Inch Sizing Note: There are two sizes commonly referred to as "20 inch" which are not interchangeable. This size features a 406mm bead seat diameter (to ensure compatibility, this measurement should be printed somewhere on your existing tire or rim). The width measurement for the 406 size is almost always expressed in the form of a decimal (e.g. 1.50), not a fraction (e.g. 1 1/2). If you are unsure about which size fits your 20 inch rim please contact us.

Weight: 550 grams

Wheel Size: 20 

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 40-406 

Max Pressure: 100 psi

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 47-406 

Max Pressure: 70 psi

Made in: Indonesia 

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Reviewed 3/12/2017
by OldGuyWhoBikesEverywhere
Cycling Enthusiast
Sacramento
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
We did the Trail of the Hiawathas in Idaho wo problem

These are great on my Sun recumbent bike and my wife's Sun recumbent trike. We've done all the rails-to-trails from Victoria BC to Sacramento and back now four times. Only have had to change the Schwalbe's once. We did what we consider the rottenest trail ever, the Trail of the Hiawatha in Idaho and absolutely HATED the trail, the cold, dripping pitch black 1.7 mile tunnel followed by 42 degrees and raining once we exited the tunnel and the roadbed was old railroad rocks that had us vibrating and shook us up totally. Miles and miles without smiles. It was a great test for our bikes - they came out great. A greater test for our Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires which had no difficulty, no flats, no leaks, no blowouts. We were covered in sandy mud at the end of the ride and frozen. Never will we do that trail again. But ALWAYS will keep Schwalbes on our bikes. Bought our tires at BTD and their service is the best anywhere we've found.

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Reviewed 4/14/2017
by RWS
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AkronCleveland, OH
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Top of the line tire that holds the road great.

I use these tires on my TeriTrike. I do a lot of brake steering and these tire are fantastic. Hold the road great with good tread life.

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Reviewed 2/20/2017
by Reciumbentman
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Western NY
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GREAT TIRES

I have run these tires for years both regular riding and touring -- great resistance to flats which is great when you are fully loaded on a tour.

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Reviewed 1/6/2017
by Porkchop
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Cape Coral, FL
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Gold Standard for Touring Tires

I've been riding Schwalbe Marathon tires on my touring bikes for many years and consider them to be the standard by which all others are judged. This is my first set of 20 tires for a recumbent trike. So far they are just as good as the larger sizes. Only complaint is they are a bit expensive when compared to similar products from competing manufacturers,, but I guess you pay the premium for the best.

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Reviewed 8/21/2014
by Stoney
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Northern Vermont
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5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
Excellent tire for heavy use Electric Recumbent

My SWB recumbent is outfitted with a rear-wheel geared 450W motor powered by a 48V LiOn pack mounted on a rack directly above the rear wheel. The total weight of the bike is 60 LBS. Add my 200 LBS plus occasional cargo and tires wear out fast!

The Marathon GreenGuard tires have been a great option. After 300 miles there is almost no wear, the ride is smooth and the grip is excellent. The Kendas I was using were replaced at 500 miles.

I highly recommend the Schwalbe Marathon for riders interested in a long-lasting tire with great ride characteristics. As a previous bike shop owner, racer, and family biker I rate these tires as one of the very best cruising/commuting options available.

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Reviewed 1/19/2014
by Idaho Retired
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Boise, ID
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14 of 14 customers found this review helpful.
No Better Tire Than a Schwalbe

I discovered Schwalbe tires when I bought my first 2 wheeled Volae recumbent in 2006. I found them to be so reliable that I put them on my upright Trek too. I began to truly appreciate them when I moved from the moderate climate of the CA bay area to retire in Idaho in 2012. Out here, the extreme summer/winter temps make chip sealing the default method of road surfacing. I put these on the front wheels of my new Catrike Expedition recumbent trike and I really love the ride. Trike front wheels don't lean in turns so they take considerably more abuse and wear than a 2 wheeled bike. They stand up really well to the local roads that more often than not feel like riding on train tracks. I use them with Mr. Tuffy strips and together they provide me with many no-flat miles both in town and out on the never ending farm roads around my home. I have an internally geared rear hub that can make changing a tire more of a pain than normal so I run a 26 Marathon Plus in the rear for added security. Sure, they are pricier than most but well worth the performance and dependability. It just doesnt get any better than Schwalbe and I have found that BTD usually has the best prices and inventory.

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Reviewed 2/27/2016
by LSB
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Idaho
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Excellent Choice for an ElliptiGO

Elliptigos have an internally geared hub in the rear that makes fixing a roadside flat a real pain. After way too many flats with a Kenda tire we went in search for a tire that was more puncture resistant. We chose the Schwalbe because of the Greenguard feature and have never regretted it. We have these tires on both of our GO's and have not had a flat on either bike for over 2 years and counting. That is saying a lot here in the land of the Goathead thorn. They are a few grams heavier than the previous tire but the puncture resistance more than makes up for any increase in rolling resistance.

Another benefit of the Scwalbe Marathon is it gives one the confidence to ride hard packed gravel trails like the famous Hiawatha Trail in Idaho where they do not recommend street tires.

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Reviewed 7/7/2015
by stewartmo
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Live Oak CA
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
No flats make riding a pleasure.

My wife and I ride recumbent tadpole trikes. We inflate our tires to 90 psi and I am getting about 1500 miles on the front tires. The wife's tires are lasting longer than mine, probably because I like to zoom around corners. The back tires have about 3100 miles of wear and looks like many more miles to go.. Use Mr. Tuffy protectors with the front tires and have not had a flat in the past year.

Like the reflective sidewall stripe for those times when we are riding at dusk.

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Reviewed 3/2/2015
by FTF
Casual Cyclist
Lincoln, NE
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Fantastic tire.

I have not had a flat using these. I have an increase in my speed with less rolling resistance.

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Reviewed 11/6/2014
by Doug
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Keizer, OR
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3 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
Casing Fails

I have now had three of these tires fail long before there was any significant wear on the tread. The fibers in the casing have started to separate. The first two resulted in sidewall bulges. The most recent failure resulted in the tread and casing completely separating exposing the tube. Another ride and it definitely would have blown. I'm now looking for a more reliable tire for my Bike Friday.

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Reviewed 11/7/2014
by Doug
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Oregon
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1 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Casing Fails

I have now had three of these tires fail long before there was any significant wear on the tread. The fibers in the casing have started to separate. The first two resulted in sidewall bulges. The most recent failure resulted in the tread and casing completely separating exposing the tube. Another ride and it definitely would have blown. I'm now looking for a more reliable tire.

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Reviewed 9/18/2014
by MN. Northwoods
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Minnesota
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Excellent tires

I run Schwalbe marathons on my short wheel base Rans and also on my tike. Living up in the Northwoods the tar roads are resealed with fine crushed rock and large crushed rocks are kicked up from the shoulders by ATV's. These take the wear and no flats with these tires and heavy tubes. Used 25 to 30 miles a day.

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Reviewed 1/24/2014
by John
Casual Cyclist
Gulf State Park, Alabama
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8 of 8 customers found this review helpful.
Excellent - so far.

My wife was being plagued by flats caused by sand bur thorns with the OEM tires on her Trident Spike II trike. After some research, we decided on using these as a replacement. So, far, after a month of steady use on the trails of Gulf State Park, we have had no more flats. These tires just looked and felt like a stronger tire. In spite of that, I had no problem installing them on the 20" trike wheels. So at this point, we are very pleased with these tires.

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Reviewed 1/6/2014
by Belcaro Biker
Casual Cyclist
Valencia-Ojai, CA
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8 of 8 customers found this review helpful.
Tracks evenly on both front wheels of my recumbent trike.

Replaced the original Schwalbe Marathon at 4,235 miles riding on designated bike paths and bike lanes. The tires track & wear evenly provided the air pressure is constant. The only negative issue is that it takes a bit of effort to remove and replace the tire onto the rimI'm not too mechanically inclined, ride every morning 6-25 miles except when it rains, at least 1 50 miler every 2 weeks, and 1 100 miler every other month.

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Reviewed 11/24/2013
by fab_fourd
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Boise, ID
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9 of 9 customers found this review helpful.
Great performance and value, but small issue with quality

Use this tire on our Bike Friday tandem. We have used only Schwalbes (Marathon, Marathon Plus, Greenguard) since purchased (7 years - about 30,000 miles). They always provide superior wear and puncture resistance which is why we continue to buy. This last purchase of Greenguard had a bead defect which caused a near sidewall blow-out. Seems to be a general production issue as we also had a similar defect in a 700C Marathon Plus.

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Reviewed 10/25/2013
by NSTriker
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Falmouth NS, Canada
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4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
Excellent tires

These are the front tires on a Catrike Road. I have cycled about 450km on them, and they are showing no signs of wear. I find them comfortable even with the 100PSI pressure, great grip in both wet and dry, and a very good road tire. They are poor on the trails and have very little grip in sand or gravel, but that is not what they are intended for, nor do I use them in that way.

Because trikes don't lean, the tires don't generall last as long. While my last set were pretty worn out by this point, these tires show very little wear at all.

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Reviewed 10/21/2013
by oldbentrider
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Canaan NH
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
good all around tire for pavement or rail trail

I use these tires on a rail trail as well as pavement. A pressure less than 50 gives a better ride on the gravel surface of the rail trail. A pressure of slightly higher is good for traveling on pavement. I found a pressure of about 47 to give a satisfactory ride on both surfaces as i travel 2 miles of pavement to the railtrail. So far they are wearing well. With about 500 miles on them they are just wearing the mold stripe in the middle away. Watched the video of how to put them on a rim without tools and they go on just as easy as the video said they would. Overall very satisfied with the performance.

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Reviewed 10/6/2013
by ''bent tandem riders
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Roeland Park, KS
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8 of 9 customers found this review helpful.
300 miles and dead....

Sidewall separated from the rubber in multiple places after about 300 miles leaving us stranded....rear 26 put on at the same time is still holding together just fine. Tire was used on a RANS Screamer, inflated to 100 PSI

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Reviewed 10/7/2013
by Mark
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Wisconsin
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2 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
great tire, good price

I've used these tires on my recumbents for years, never had a flat. I got this one to replace a cheap tire that I didn't trust. These feel strong, although they might slow me down a little. BTD had the best price.

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Reviewed 4/25/2014
by Anonymous
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Alabama
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6 of 13 customers found this review helpful.
Poor traction on painted pavement !

Caused us to wreck and sent my wife to the hospital !! Had, on one other occasion, noticed an unusual slippery feel when touching painted surfaces on pavement. Was on a 65 mile ride, nearing the end of ride. Coming downhill at about 30mph when the front tire contacted painted pavement...1.5 seconds later we were sliding on pavement for about 12 feet. Injuries resulted in 2 days in hospital for wife. Would never buy this tire again!! Do not recommend ! Dangerous.

BikeTiresDirect.com Comments

Hi,

So sorry to hear you had such a negative experience with these tires. I hope everyone is healed up and riding again!

Thanks,
Stacia

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