Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour tyre £29.99

Tough touring rubber

BikeRadar score 4.5/5

When it comes to the Holy Grail of the puncture-proof tyre, Schwalbe’s Marathon Plus has earned itself an enviable reputation. The Tour version follows the same tried and tested formula, hiding within its carcass a SmartGuard protection belt to deflect shards of road debris.

Its aggressive tread marks it out for mixed terrain when you’re riding heavily laden – the kind of thing you might be find on an extended tour in the developing world, making it tougher still for adventure touring than the benchmark Marathon XR. 

This is all based on the assumption that you’re happy to put up with the extra weight, of course; we really noticed the 1,100g on the 2.0 version on test, even if once up to speed it rolled along surprisingly well. 

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