Marathon Deluxe - the luxury allrounder
With a triple rubber compound, SnakeSkin sidewall and notably lighter: Schwalbe is launching its most popular touring tire, Marathon, in a luxury version - the Marathon Deluxe.
Schwalbe has combined all aspects of cutting-edge technology in the international development of bicycle tires in its exclusive Evolution Line. Each year, new procedures, techniques or materials emerge, and each year, they become part of the Evolution Line.
There is now a new Marathon in this series: "The Marathon Deluxe is the luxury version of our classic Marathon," explains Schwalbe product manager René Marks. "It is a high-tech folding tire for everyday cyclists and touring cyclists who always want the very best. Every push of the pedal lets you feel the easy motion and low weight."
The tread pattern of the Marathon Deluxe is the same as the classic Marathon, though the tread consists of a triple rubber compound (RoadStar Triple Compound), for which Schwalbe has combined three separate rubber compounds in such a way that their qualities act at exactly the points where they are needed: durable in the middle, anti-skid on the side. Under the tread, there is a special compound to improve rolling friction.
The new V-Guard, made of high-strength industrial fiber, is used in the double defense puncture protection. The additional webbing around the tread is extremely firm and flexible. Delicate SnakeSkin webbing on the sidewall protects the tire from damage by sharp stones and shards.
"Wherever cutting-edge technology is finely-tuned and purposefully applied, great amounts of material are also saved. For example, this tire, at 575 grams in the 40-622 size, is markedly lighter than the classic Marathon. The bike weighs about half a kilo less," says René Marks.
The Marathon Deluxe can also be used for fast e-bikes, as it bears the ECE-R75 certification mark, recognized throughout Europe.
27 years of Marathon – Europe's best-selling brand-name tire
Schwalbe's Marathon is the best-selling bicycle tire in Europe and one of the few standard tires which are specifically requested in bicycle stores. The first tire which bore the Marathon name arrived in stores in 1985, making Schwalbe the first manufacturer to introduce high-quality standard tires. Today, the ever-growing family of tires includes ten models, among them the "indestructible" Marathon Plus, the Marathon Mondial travel tire or the Marathon Winter with spikes.
Marathon Deluxe will be available in specialist bicycle stores beginning in 2013.