Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tire Change

It was time to change out the old Schawlbe Marathon Racer for a new Schawlbe Marathon Plus Tour. The old tire had a little life left in it but the center of the tire was slick. When towing Betzi it would sometimes skip on hills. Even when it was new it didn't do well on dirt with a load. 
I replaced the old tire with the new 26 x 1.75 Tour by Schwalbe. It has the same protection offered by the Marathon Plus but with more grip for off road riding. Tire size is still limited. Hopefully it will be available in a  20" size soon so I can replace the front tires where all the braking is done.
There are some great dirt fire and service roads where I live. I want to start taking advantage of them.

The new Flat-less tire. A heavy-duty trekking tread for asphalt, or offroad allows this
versatile tire to always feel at home, whether in everyday use, or on long tours. The robust
structure is an effective damage defense that is twinned with SmartGuard, the most effective
puncture protection belt for bicycle tires.

Click here for the Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour

Old - Marathon Racer

New - Marathon Plus Tour

UPDATE 5/9/12
The new rear tire worked great today on a short section of dirt road dirt. No more spinning the wheel in the dirt...at least on a mild incline. It felt fine on the road but I'm not sure about changing the front tires yet.

1 comment:

  1. Hardcore skins, Mark. Jodi and I are going with the new generation of Marathon Racers for our big tour. We'll see how they do!