Registered: Nov 2002
Location: Strongsville, Ohio (Cleveland area)
Marathon or Marathon Plus?
I've been running aramid-belted Marathons for the last 1500 miles or so on my TE. I pump them up to 100, past the recommended 85, and have noticed some cracks in the tread, though the tires still look good for another 1000 miles or so. Given that, I wouldn't want to try pumping up the 70 psi Marathon Plus's to 100, unless I was really willing to sacrifice tire life for the extra protection.
By the way, the Marathons have never had a flat, nor did the 100 psi Panaracer Pasela TG I had on the rear for the previous 7000 miles (a fantastic tire which never had a tread crack, and only came off the bike because the sidewalls finally dried out). I'm a 220 lb guy that normally commutes through gravel, glass, and garbage-laden Cleveland-area streets with another 70 lb. of gear, so I punish my bike and tires, yet I find no need for the Marathon Plus level of protection. These look like heavy, slow tires that you'd need only if you plan to go backwards over the rental car gates a lot.
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