Schwalbe Marathon Deluxe tyres

SCHWALBE Marathon Deluxe

£49.99

www.schwalbe.co.uk

The Marathon series is widely regarded as the most puncture-proof in the world — a version of the Marathon Plus is used on Boris bikes — as they feature a thick band of rubber below the tread’s surface to safeguard against sharps. This bombroof protection comes at a hefty weight though, not an issue on short commutes, but noticeable on longer tours. Enter the new Deluxe version that saves a significant 1lb per pair. You’ll notice that you move away quicker from lights and niggly climbs are less of a chore. They never seem to wear and, though we’ve only had three weeks’ daily use so far, if they last like our existing Marathons (no flats in two years) then the high initial outlay will be well worth it. JK

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