5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
First the negative, the price is too high to call it a steal despite it being a good tire, you can find car tires for the price of this tire!
I needed a set of tires for my touring and light gravel bike, I had Schwalbe Marathon GreenGuard tires but found those to be too heavy and made the bike fell sluggish as if I had more weight then I really did; next I tried a set of Kenda Drumlin, these gave the bike a similar sluggish feeling but they flatted more than the GreenGuard's did despite being heavier, and they didn't last near as many miles as the Greenguards did; so then I figured I would push the expense level and bought the Almotion tires.
The Schwalbe Almotion tire is a lighter tire than the others I had which concerned me with regards to flats and wear, but so far flats have been zero, and the wear at 1,200 miles appears to be less than the Drumlins and about the same as the GreenGuards. But the big news is that these tires do indeed have noticeably less rolling resistance, now is that from weighing less or does the tread compound have something to do with that? I don't know, I'm not a tire scientist, all I know is that they coast better and take less energy to keep them rolling with a load, so that after pushing 50 miles with a loaded bike I don't feel as tired afterwards as I did on the other tires. The other good thing with these tires is that they grip wet roads really well, but in the gravel they are not quite as good as the other tires but the difference is very small. They also feel a bit softer riding then the Greenguards or the Drumlins did, that could also be some of the less fatigue I get from riding on them.
Not sure how long these will last yet, they still have low mileage on them, they look like they could go maybe 5,000 miles? I'm at 1,200 miles right now, so I have to report back later if they wear out too fast. Also being fairly new they haven't been tested long enough for flat resistance, so far I've had no flats, but what will happen over the next 3,000 to 4,000 miles is the big question.
So the tricky part, are they worth the money? well in my opinion $80 for a bicycle tire is nuts, while I did get mine on sale, it's still a very high priced tire, had the tire been around $50 or so then I would say that would be a great deal, or a steal, I would have never bought them at full retail price! So time will tell if whether or not these tires are worth it...at the discounted sale price.
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