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Schwalbe Marathon Plus 20 Inch 406 Tire

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This classic touring tire with incredible puncture resistance and durability gets a brand new tread pattern. The newly developed smart guard puncture protection belt is made of flexible special rubber that offers particular resistance to thorns and shards. It also has a stripe on the sidewall for enhanced visibility. Size 20x1.75 Inch (47-406). 70 PSI Max. Weight 710g.

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 unclear about which size fits your 20 inch rim please contact us.

Weight: 710 grams

Weight: 710 grams

Applications: Training/Recreational, Commuting/Urban 

Max Pressure: 70 psi

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 47-406 mm

Made in: Indonesia 

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 47-559 

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Reviewed 3/15/2018
by Anonymous
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Very good tire.

A very good tire. Not lightweight. Pretty much bulletprooof.

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Reviewed 7/17/2017
by Billhridesbikes
Daily Commuter
Mid Michigan
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Solid, easy to install.

Spendy but worth the cost for the privilege of not having to change my tire....resists glass, crud, and punctures under the pressure of a bakfiets full of kids, groceries, and the occasional keg. The reflective stripe is a nice feature too.

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Reviewed 7/12/2017
by IdahoTrailLizard
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Payette, ID
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4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
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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Reviewed 1/15/2018
by Anonymous
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Southern Utah
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Best puncture-proof tire I have found!

I discovered these tires when I bought my new tricycle a few years ago. I haven't had a single flat on them, so I bought the same thing when the first ones wore out. I would buy Schwalbe tires for my 2-wheel bicycle except I recently set it up with tubeless clinchers. When they wear out I'll switch. I used to compete with the 2-wheeler but now I focus more on reliability then weight.

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Reviewed 3/8/2017
by Compromise is good
Daily Commuter
Developed world
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1 of 6 customers found this review helpful.
Way too heavy

Fine tire if you're riding unsupported across Africa. Anywhere in the developed world, they're just stupid! There is no reason for a tire this heavy. Aside from the weight, the thick sidewalls make them clumsy and harsh.

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Reviewed 9/27/2017
by Flying Fortress
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Santa Fe, NM
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6 of 6 customers found this review helpful.
There isn't anything better...

Especially for loaded touring, there isn't anything more flat proof. I guess it's possible to get a flat with one of these, but I've not seen it yet. Have one of these on the front of my Rans Stratus. I won't run anything else.

Heavy and stupid?....I'll pass you one day, while you're changing out one of your speedo tires, and just laugh.

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Reviewed 9/28/2017
by DJTriker
Cycling Enthusiast
Kansas, but this year I''ve ridden Colorado, Misso
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
The best tire I have ever used!

The Marathon Plus is the most dependable tire I have ever used. I enjoy doing self contained rides. I don't enjoy fixing flats or changing tires!

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Reviewed 9/17/2017
by Joe R
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Western, NC
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
A little heavier but worth the weight.

We road the Katy Trail in MO this past June. The trail is crushed gravel with a thorny vine that grows along the sides. We ended up calling the vine puncture vine. I have no idea what the real name is. We road on another brand of tire that came with the bike. It was a good tire for road surface, But was not for this kind of a trail. During the 240 mile trip we had six flats between the three bikes. A little frustrating to say the least. When I got home I ordered Marathon Plus tires to replace the ones we used for the journey. During the tire change I found 26 punctures through the tire so I guess we were lucky to only had three flats on that tire. Replacing the with the Marathon Plus was pretty easy. For sure, no harder than any other tire. The weight difference was obvious just unpacking them. They are heavier. We have put some miles on the tires with no flats and in one case riding over some glass. The role resistance seems a little higher (not much). The trade off for the weight and rolling resistance is well worth the protection against flats.

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Reviewed 9/1/2017
by Anonymous
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good tire.

installed on a terratrike rover and are holding up well.

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Reviewed 3/5/2015
by radiocycle
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Vallejo, CA
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4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
The only tires I use anymore...

Best flat protection and a very nice looking tire. We have them on all of our bikes and they really feel nice and perform well.

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Reviewed 2/10/2015
by radiocycle
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Vallejo, CA
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5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
These are the only tires I will tour with on my bikes!

I replaced the old stock tires with these on our BikeTwo'sday tandem. The bike feels so much more stable and I'd say, safer with these Schwalbe Marathons. We run the same type tires on our full-size touring singles as well. I did have a little trouble mounting the 27 size, on my Atlantis touring bike, but these 20 ones went on the Bike Friday without even using a tool.

A flat on tour is just plain no fun! And you stand the best chance of not flatting with these excellent tires. I like the tread design and the feel of the rubber as well. I suppose these would be too heavy for the hard-core racer, but for a touring bike you just can't find any better. The price does reflect the quality and there are lots of cheaper tires on the market. But I figure the tires on a bike are the only two contact points with the road, and so I want them to be the best quality that I can find, and these fit the bill! Thanks Schwalbe!!

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Reviewed 1/22/2015
by Rheutillius
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Lancaster, CA
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Flat Free Human Powered Vehicle touring

Since Schwalbe came out with the Marathon I have never used anything else and in the thousands of miles I have never had a flat with a Marathon. That should be enough to say. I have five recumbent trikes and HPV travel with children and grandchildren, camping along the way.

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Review for Schwalbe 2013 Marathon Plus 20 Inch 406 Tire
Reviewed 8/30/2013
by Larry B
Casual Cyclist
Omaha Nebraska
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Web page did not tell me that there was a narrower version (Racing) tire

I would have preferred the racing version of this tire. This tire is meant to be thorn proof. Too far and costly to ship back

BikeTiresDirect.com Comments

Hi Larry,

Unfortunately, we don't carry a narrower version of this particular 20" tire. We do carry several narrower 20" (406 ISO) tires, however, including the Schwalbe Kojak and the Schwalbe Durano. They don't have quite the puncture protection these do, but they're pretty durable and tough.

Thanks,
Stacia

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Reviewed 2/8/2013
by Anonymous
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Fresno, CA
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6 of 6 customers found this review helpful.
Great tires!

A 1300 mile Pacific Coast tour - two bikes, four tires, zero flats. It doesn't get any better than that.

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Reviewed 2/7/2013
by Anonymous
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Frankenmuth, MI
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
could not get the tire beads to seat evenly in the rims

These tires had a twist the casing. Mounted them several times but there was always one spot where the bead dipped into the rim, probably the reason they were severely discounted. Still I'm satisfied and left them on the rims because they were for a cargo trailer.

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Reviewed 4/6/2011
by RogueRiverTriker
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Oregon I-5
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15 of 15 customers found this review helpful.
5000 flat free miles on last set, send me some more.

Hard to mount, a bit. Heavy and slow, have not noticed. The fact four of us on trikes, thats 12 tires and an acumulation of nearly 25k miles without a flat make this a tire I love. I just ordered 3 more to replace the ones I wore out. Thank you Schwalbe for the tire I dreamt of. They have good traction in wet conditions, work well in gravel bike paths. Quiet on asphalt. Know the way home in the dark. I love them.

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Reviewed 9/9/2010
by PeterC
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Sacramento, CA
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20 of 21 customers found this review helpful.
No Flats - Excellent Performer

After changing 1-2 tubes per month, I switched to this tire. NO flats in 3 years of use! I run consistently at 75PSI and subject it to all 250LBS of me, 60-80 miles per week on thorn-strewn paved trails. Fantastic tire!

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Reviewed 2/3/2010
by T. (Mac) McCowen
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Atlanta, GA
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24 of 27 customers found this review helpful.
Tired of flats on your recumbant trike?

Nothing spoils a great ride like a flat. My wife and I are both members of the "Low and Slow" gang riding Catrikes. We switched over to the Marathon Plus and the result has been great. No noticeable increase in rolling resistance and best of all, no flats. Some reviews complain the tire is stiff and difficult to mount but I changed out six of them at home in about 30 minutes. Also available in 26" for the rear of my Catrike Expedition. Thanks to everyone at Bike Tires Direct for their helpful advice and great service.

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Reviewed 7/21/2017
by Anonymous
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One Tough Tire!

We run these tires on two trikes and have never had a flat due to a puncture. We've put many miles on them on a variety of surfaces......asphalt, gravel, dirt and crushed limestone. The puncture resistance gives you peace of mind when doing a long self-contained tour.

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Reviewed 6/22/2013
by garyfromnj
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new jersey
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6 of 6 customers found this review helpful.
Awesome winter commuter

I switch to the marathon plus tires after the warm riding season is over. I remove my duranos and put these on to commute back and forth to work every day. I have been a recumbent cyclistcommuter since 1993 and have been using marathon plus tires on my commuter bikes, trikes and velomobiles all winter long for years and years. In all the years and thousands and thousands of miles I have put on Marathon plus tires, I have never gotten a single flat tire! I used them on all four of my 75lb velomobiles during the winter months as well. These are without a doubt the toughest most puncture proof tires made. If never ever getting a flat tire is paramaount (Commuters especially!) You have to use these tires. I have a set for my Lightning F-40 (35mmx20 in the front and 28mm in the rear) and they only slow me down a little bit but then again, that bike could stand to slow down a little bit! One added bonus is that after 8 or 9 thousand miles when the tread finally wears out, you will se the blue inner layer which is a sort of built in indicator that its time to replace them. Some people say they are tough to install but they are really not if you know what you are doing and keep the bead in the deepest part of the rim. I carry a koolstop tire jack with me to make slipping the last few inches over the rim a snap!

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