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Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires are BEAST They take whatever is thrown at them in stride
Wanted a beefy tire that could hold up to anything I threw at it, as I ride when and where I want. Now I ride a recumbent trike, a TerraTrike Rover with internal hub. Stock tires did not last but 110 miles, and in this part of Idaho goatheads are upwards of 2 long, thick, miserable things - no place is safe from them. And triking in a rural area there of coarse are nails, broken glass, debris of all sorts. Past that we have muddy days, wet days, and long hot summer days. Winter is going to be fun on these! D
Started off on the lower end of the Weiser River Trail in 2 inch rocks, gravel, would not even want to take a MTB through with 26 inch wheels, and I'm out there on a recumbent trike on 20 inch wheels. Got down a mile and a half, decided this wasn't going to get any better so turned back. These tires are BEAST! No issues.
Been riding around this area and Ontario, OR getting upwards of 25 MPH and these tires hug the road and give far better handling that anything else I've tried. Even on occasional wet surfaces not had a problem, nor on wet grass. I try to avoid wet grass, but at night cross parks it's sometimes quicker in 1st gear.
Took the Weiser River Trail down from Tamarack Mill to Council (Idaho) in 3 hours. Was on old mountain roads with micro-fine gravels, loose gravel, loose dirt, dirt and serpentine, dirt and rock, just about every surface imaginable on a 30 mile stretch. No falter of the tires!
Initial coarse went through some muddy areas and I thought for sure was going to slide everywhere. Nope. Slid a tad but never lost traction. There tires are a BEAST!
Now riding mostly roads and concreteasphalt sidewalks, dirt, gravel, grass, all sorts of surfaces and these tires hug the road. I don't feel nearly the road resistance as the OEM Schwalbe Road Cruisers had, and am actually achieving a higher cadence and overall speed has increased. Yes, these tires are a BEAST and seem to be hold their own quite well.
They may be heavier, though I cannot really tell when I'm on the road. I see where some goatheads and tried to stab the tire, so far not one flat. Sidewalls are protected. Have pulled a few sicker portions out with a Leatherman Skeletool but most stickers never make much headway. Am impressed.
Definitely recommend these to fellow recumbent trike riders!
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