Press release



The Marathon GT will be launched to market in 2017. Just like the bicycle, it stands for contemporary mobility. The new Marathon GT is just as progressive as the way city cyclists and frequent bikers ride their bicycles.


The bicycle boom in cities continues to gather pace. More and more people are (re)discovering the bicycle as a mode of transport. It is exactly for these city cyclists and commuters that Schwalbe is launching the Marathon GT. They want a quick, easy and modern tyre that takes them from A to B quickly and reliably without any punctures. The new Marathon GT embodies all these things. With its dynamic tread design and succinct diamond layer, it rolls lightly and safely and also makes a visual impression on a stylish city bike or a sporty urban bike.

The new Marathon trio

Schwalbe has positioned the Marathon GT exactly in the middle between the classic Marathon and the Marathon Plus. All three Marathon models are equipped with the particularly durable endurance compound and anti-ageing side walls. The differences are in the puncture protection, the weight, the rolling characteristics, as well as the price. They vary according to the preferences of the cyclist:

The typical Marathon Plus cyclist places a great deal of importance on puncture protection – whether in everyday life, while travelling or during day trips. The cyclist wants maximum reliability and wants to have nothing more to do than pump the tyres up every now and then. They don't have to do anything else because punctures are so unlikely. Thanks to its 5-mm-thick and patented SmartGuard, the Marathon Plus rolls on the highest puncture protection level that exists for bicycle tyres. Despite this, the "flat-less" tyre rolls lighter than any other tyre with such a substantial puncture guard.

The classic Marathon on the other hand is all about solid brand quality at a reasonable price. Those who ride on Marathon tyres already know that it is an all-round complete package in terms of durability, puncture-protection and light rolling. The three-millimetre-thick GreenGuard, puncture protection level 5, is the perfect solution on day trips and for everyday use.

The Marathon GT is in the middle range of the Marathon trio when it comes to both its technical specifications and price. In order to achieve a high, light-rolling puncture protection, Schwalbe developed an innovative "double puncture protection" system consisting of two components- the DualGuard. An additional layer of fabric within the carcass and a 2.5-mm-thick layer of rubber form a secure, finely tuned anti-puncture combination.

"This golden middle ground that the Marathon GT fills in terms of puncture protection, weight and price is something that we consciously chose because we know that many cyclists want exactly that", said René Marks about the newest Marathon.

A new classification of puncture protection level due to DualGuard With the introduction of Dual Guard, Schwalbe expands its puncture protection levels from six to seven. "We have revised the classification because we wanted to place the double protection offered by DualGuard exactly in the middle between the other two puncture protection belts. This sees the Marathon Plus go from level 6 to the new highest level 7", explained René Marks, Schwalbe Product Manager for Touring. The new DualGuard obtains puncture protection level 6, while the GreenGuard remains at 5.

Marathon GT 365: The all-year-round tyre

The second new DualGuard tyre is the Marathon GT 365. Schwalbe is aiming this tyre at those who use their much-loved bike a lot or on a daily basis throughout the entire year and are not put off by wind or rain or both.

The tough and robust all-weather tread with its many grooves can deal with light snowfall and still remain secure on the road. The continuous centre rib provides the tyre with light rolling characteristics. Larger studs on the side as well as the open tread design provide more traction on unpaved off-road tracks.

Schwalbe has developed the new rubber compound for all four seasons, so that you can always remain on track - even when it's wet. The high-quality silica compound offers outstanding grip. It remains soft and maintains its grip even in wet weather and at low temperatures. "With this new compound we are tapping into new reserves when it comes to riding safety", said René Marks.

"Whether on a dirt track or in the park, at temperatures below zero or when it's wet: These tyres always deliver reliable performance. The Marathon GT 365 for the bicycle is what the ‘Mud & Snow’ tyre is for the car", is how the Product Manager sums it up. Although the Marathon GT 365 is an all-year-round tyre, it does not replace spiked tyres. "We could have also called it GT 360, because cyclists need to change to spikes on around five days a year when it’s icy".

Marathon GT and Marathon GT 365 will be available from autumn 2016 at specialised bicycle retailers.

Further information

SCHWALBE | Ralf Bohle GmbH
Press Office
Otto-Hahn-Straße 1 | 51580 Reichshof-Wehnrath
Phone: +49 22 65 109-0 |

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