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Schwalbe Marathon Plus 26" Tire (HS 440)

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Ride off into the sunset and beyond on Schwalbe's highly revered touring tire. This bombproof tire is perfect for commuters and recreational riders as well!

  • Updated tread pattern
  • Tough casing ensures long tread life
  • Smart Guard protection belt offers advanced flat resistance that stands up broken glass and thorns
  • Reflective sidewall stripe for increased visibility
  • 70 max. PSI
  • 26 x 1.5 inch (40-559 ISO) or 26 x 1.75 inch (47-559 ISO)
  • 980g

Weight: 980 grams

Weight: 980 grams

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 47-559 mm

Min Pressure: 45 psi

Max Pressure: 70 psi

Ends Per Inch: 67 EPI

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Reviewed 7/27/2017
by russwhitt
Daily Commuter
Vancouver, WA
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Schwalbe Marathon Incredible

I commute year round, in the Portland OR area. I have logged over 4000 miles in 10 months. Even rode 3 miles on a flat, slayed the tube, but the tire is still performing. Schwalbe Marathon Plus are the best tires You get what you pay for.

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Reviewed 12/10/2017
by davidontrek
Arizona
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
We all know these are the best.

Good grip. Few flats. Long milage. But they ride like bricks. I will ride them always.

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Reviewed 12/7/2017
by VerusX
Tucson, AZ
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Bullet Proof

This the local, Tucson. Trike tire of choice. Its one of the very few that stand up to our road debris, thorns and rough roads. So far no flats in 2000 miles since I switched from Schwabe Racers to the Marathon Plus.

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Reviewed 2/20/2017
by Recumbentman
Cycling Enthusiast
Western NY
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
GREAT TIRES

I have used these tires for several years both for regular riding and touring. Great tires for touring both because of the resistance to flats and the load carrying capacity on the back of my recumbent.

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Reviewed 10/27/2017
by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Sacramento
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Soft smooth ride

Great ride and reliability. Sale price was super.

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Reviewed 9/27/2017
by Flying Fortress
Cycling Enthusiast
Santa Fe, NM
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
There is no better tire out there....

If you value reliability, and riding without worrying about flats, there is no better tire than these. I've put thousands of miles on this tire now, without a single flat....in goathead capitol of the country (NM). People whine these are heavy and slow. I've never noticed. Will let you know if I ever change to anything else (hint I won't!).

Especially if you're doing loaded cross country touring, you'd be crazy to even consider anything else.

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Reviewed 8/28/2017
by Anonymous
Daily Commuter
San Jose, CA
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The only tires I buy now

My coworker told be about these tires a couple years ago and once I rode them I have not switched back. I used to ride Gatorskins and would get about 5 flats within 2500 miles before replacing. My marathon plus tires have lasted about 3000 miles and I have only had two flats in about 10,500 miles one was a sharp piece of metal that made a 2 slash and the other was a small needle that made a slow leak in the tube. I ride mostly on the road with a lot of construction and broken glass, some parts of my 20 mile commute is on bike trails.

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Reviewed 7/12/2016
by MarkB
Cycling Enthusiast
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5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
One tough tire

I put two Marathon plus 1.75 inch tires on my recumbent tandem for a cross country bike trip (Newport Beach, CA to Yorktown, VA). Total vehicle weight (including riders) was about 450 lbs. These tires held up very well. We logged hundreds of miles on the expressway shoulders out west. I had to weave in and out of the shredded tires frequently. Only two punctures the whole 3400 miles. I pulled a dozen wires out that didn't cause flats. No problems with goat head thorns when in New Mexico. On some occasions the debris, gravel and sand on the expressway shoulder was so thick the tires weren't touching the pavement. These wide and durable tires just kept on going. There are many miles left in these tires.

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Reviewed 3/19/2016
by D.A.M.
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Utah
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4 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
Over 5,000 miles &403,000 of them on fully-loaded tours&41 - FOUR TUBE CHANGES

I've put over 5,000 miles on my pair of Schwalbe M's, and they refuse to quit!

In all of that riding (3,000 miles of it on self-supported, loaded-down tours, and much of that on gravel and dirt roads), I have had to replace four tubes. ONLY FOUR! And two of those were recently, only because my rear tire (which bears more weight, especially on tours) has become so worn down that the tread is nearly gone, leaving a minimal rubber layer before stuff comes up against the Smart Guard layer. I realize it's probably a good idea to replace a tire before it gets to this point, but they're so dang tough that I rarely think about it.

The other two punctures were courtesy of a construction-grade staple (long!) and an unfortunately placed puncture by unidentified road debris that found the sidewall (which isn't protected by the Smart Guard layer). I know I've ridden over much more junk out on the roads than that, and I commute in Salt Lake City, Utah, where goat head thorns are a-plentiful. But the Schwalbes eat that stuff for breakfast.

I think the rear tire may have had a minor manufacturing defect - on a particularly hot day riding across southern Nevada into Arizona, a big, blister-like bubble formed on the exterior sidewall of the tire. I stopped because I heard the tire rubbing against the chain stay where it had bulged out. It was just a big bubble in the rubber. I crossed my fingers and punctured the edge of it with a knife, and a bunch of air escaped and it went down immediately. It was totally visually unnoticeable by that evening - the rubber just tightened back up and smoothed out. My only thought is that maybe a little pocket of air had accidentally been left in that outer layer of rubber during manufacturing, and then the heat from the road (southern Nevada in July!) had warmed it up enough that the air expanded and made a heat blister. Kind of weird, but it fixed easily enough, with no issues afterward.

One-off heat blisters aside, I love these tires. I trust them as far as I can ride them, which has been pretty far.

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Reviewed 6/5/2017
by A happy customer!
Calgary, Alberta Canada
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
A great tire for paved pathways!

Bought a set of these tires to replace OEM mountain bike tires. They have not disappointed me at all, thoroughly enjoying the smooth rolling action on city pathways in the US and Canada. Now I'm not the last rider struggling to keep up with my friends.

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Reviewed 10/23/2015
by Fall line tracer
Cycling Enthusiast
Columbus, GA
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6 of 7 customers found this review helpful.
Install with care. You won't be disappointed

I had the same problem as the reviewer who hated the tire. After installing and inflating the tire, it looked warped and bulged out at one point, and I could feel the bulge as I rode. Sadly, I made the mistake of blaming the tire and tossed a perfectly good and very expensive tire. I discovered that it was not the tire, but installation error on my part that caused the problem, because I had the same issue with a totally different model of Schwalbe tire.

Maybe the tires are slightly oversized, so that on slightly undersized rims there is a problem, but I did note that they slipped on without needed levers, which struck me as odd. Incidentally, both were on 27 inch rims, though they were totally different bikes. I discovered the issue because you can see that more of the tire is exposed where the bulge occurs, clearly indicating that the bead was not fully seated. I was incredulous at first because I assumed that the tire would blow of the rim or something, but it didn't. Fortunately, a mechanic at the LBS cued me into the trick, and I have since been able to correct it.

Go slowly, and make sure that you have the tube pushed fully up into the tire (can be hard to tell- you may have to pull the tire away from the rim all the way around and make sure you can see the rim tape.) Put a little air in, then go around again pushing the tire down onto the rim. As you inflate, repeat this step, stopping to deflate and push the tire back down if the bead tries to pop up. It took me a little patience and time, but the good news is that the tire will eventually conform to the rim shape with riding, so you don't have to deal with it if you later have to remove and re-install.

This was a minor inconvenience that was well worth the general high quality and durability of Schwalbe tires. They are comfortable, handle well, and are generally very durable. One thing I really like is that they don't have the super thin rubber coating on the sidewalls that has been a problem for me with other brands like Conti, Panaracer, and Michelin, which expose the thin sidewall fibers and lead to sidewall blow-outs before the tread is even half worn. It doesn't matter how great or technologically advanced your flat protection is if it doesn't actually protect the vulnerable sidewalls.

The problem for me is the value. Great tires, but it isn't just a trade-off on weight for durability. They cost the same or more than the tires that have both great sidewalls, long wearing rubber, and lower weight. If you are touring across the country, or have a really long, rough commute, the schwalbe is a great tire, but EVERY tire can get flats, no matter what the anecdotal praise of the reviewers says. (I rode them for 3 million miles over razor blades and glass without a si

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Reviewed 8/3/2015
by PSteiger
Cycling Enthusiast
Charlotte NC
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2 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
These Tires Aren't Round

I'm a bike commuter riding 10 miles to work over 100 times a year for over 15 years now. I always used a road bike set up for commuting until recently started riding a mountain bike with slick tires so I could have the off road option and not worry about stripped pavement pot holes and such.

I've tired a whole lot of slick mountain bike tires and these are the worst. They are horrible! Not only do they weigh a ton making your whole bike seem heavy, they aren't even round! I sent one back to BTD which they replaced because it had a bubble in the sidewall and gave me a horrible ride on the pavement and the replacement seemed better but no they are still awful.

I rode them again today on a totally different bike and different rims 10 miles home from work. I could see visibly the front tire which is the one that was replaced doesn't track straight.. Tread wiggles back and forth. Looks like the wheel is out of true but it is not it is this awful tire and speeds over 20 you get beat to death.

Maybe it's just a fluke that I got three bad Schalwbes but I will never buy another.

BikeTiresDirect.com Comments
Hi,

Thanks for your feedback! The Marathon Plus in every size is one of our most popular and well-received tires, but individual experiences can certainly vary with any of our products. If you are unable to make the tires work satisfactorily with your particular setup, please feel free to contact us further to find a resolution that you are satisfied with.

Best,

Derek

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Reviewed 2/27/2017
by Desmond Wright
Sacramento, CA
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Marathon 26X1.5 good tire!

For it's weight I was pleasantly surprised by its fast rolling. Pumped to it's minimum pressure they did cause more rattles than my previous tires, but they performed the job that I wanted, flat protection on Sacramento's bad roads!

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Reviewed 4/10/2015
by dave Az
phoenix
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5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
E bike rated

I have these on a bike with rear hub motor. bike weighs over fifty pounds but will do 28mph, so I definitely want a tire that can handle this safely. These are certified for e bikes. Tires are grippy, ride well. so far they are resistant to flats (about 200 miles). On this bike and my other hybrid I was getting flats from thorns almost every time I would ride. Increased weight offset by not using tire liners or slime.

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Review for Schwalbe 2013 Marathon Plus 26 Inch
Reviewed 5/26/2014
by Frankie
Nj
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Nice winter tire

I dident get a chance to use this 26" on my winter recumbent. But I do have a 20 on the front. First day out. Tire got a huge cut in it. Down to the tread. But the tire did not fail. Wet traction is great. Rolling resistance is what you would expect. I think these tires will suit my winter rides perfectly.

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Reviewed 4/28/2014
by Randy Mayfield
Escondido, Ca
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5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
sturdy gerdy

I have got 150 miles on my Schwalbe Marathon Plus. Excellent feel while on road bike path and dirt trails.

Will buy a back up set . My be a while before I have to change them. Great tire.

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Review for Schwalbe 2013 Marathon Plus 26 Inch
Reviewed 1/19/2014
by Idaho Retired
Cycling Enthusiast
Boise, ID
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6 of 6 customers found this review helpful.
No Better Tire Than a Schwalbe

Out here, the extreme summer/winter temps make chip sealing the default method of road surfacing. I have this tire on the rear wheel of my Catrike Expedition recumbent trike and I really love the ride. I have an internally geared rear hub that can make changing a tire more of a pain than normal so I run this in the rear for added security. It stands up really well to the local roads that more often than not feel like riding on train tracks. I use it 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 1800 flat-free miles on my current tire and it hardly looks the worse for it. 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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Review for Schwalbe 2013 Marathon Plus 26 Inch
Reviewed 5/22/2014
by Anonymous
eastern nc
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
I love the ride

On a surly IHT beck tire. Excellent ride for this clydesdale

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Review for Schwalbe 2013 Marathon Plus 26 Inch
Reviewed 7/15/2013
by Santa Fe Biker
Cycling Enthusiast
Santa Fe, NM
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15 of 15 customers found this review helpful.
The BEST!!

Living in the southwest, we have a nasty problem, called goat heads. These are little seeds that have 4 points, always rest on 3 with one sticking up. And they puncture everything they even go straight through Kevlar inlays, puncture free inner tubes, and since the points break off in the tire even slime does not seal it anymore. Goat heads are a cause for a flat a week at least!!

A few years ago I started on these Schwalbe Marathon Plus. Now, thousands of miles later Not a single flat!!!! And I cannot say I feel a difference in riding, as some people complain about. These tires are just straight up the best to get.

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Review for Schwalbe 2013 Marathon Plus 26 Inch
Reviewed 4/5/2012
by Bicyclebug
Casual Cyclist
Washington, DC
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10 of 11 customers found this review helpful.
Well worth the money

I had 4 flats in the last 4 months and wanted something that would stand the test. After researching various tires, I settled on the marathon plus. Installation was a little more difficult than other tires for some reason and these tires are not for the weight conscious. However, after 2 months I'm vert happy with them. No flats - and I've ridden through some rough city streets!

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