Touring Bike Tire Comparison:
Continental Contact II 2015 vs
Schwalbe Marathon E-Plus 2020

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Contents and Test Summary

  1. Manufacturer Specifications
  2. Size and Weight Measurements
  3. Rolling Resistance Test Results
  4. Puncture Resistance Test Results
  5. Static Grip Test Results
  6. Conclusion
  • Continental Contact II *
  • Schwalbe Marathon E-Plus
* Grip test data not available
Performance compared to all other touring bike tires
(100% is best)
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Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specs
Brand ContinentalSchwalbe
Model Contact IIMarathon E-Plus
Year 20152020
Supplied By Supplied by ContinentalBought in store
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New or Used NewNew
Mileage 0 km0 km
Price Range MedHigh
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Manufacturer Part Number 010026211159077
TPI 3/18067
Compound Addix E
Bead WireWire
ETRTO 37-62237-622
Size Inch 28"28"
Width mm 3737
Specified Weight 620 grams930 grams
Min Air Pressure 60 psi60 psi
Max Air Pressure 88 psi85 psi
Made In Members OnlyMembers Only
Available Sizes 47-622 (28x1.75)
42-622 (28x1.60)
37-622 (28x1.40)
32-622 (28x1.25)
28-622 (28x1.10)
37-622 (28x1.40)
40-622 (28x1.50)
47-622 (28x1.75)
50-622 (28x2.00)
55-622 (28x2.15)
50-584 (27.5x2.00)
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Continental Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon E-Plus 2020
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Continental Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon E-Plus 2020
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Continental Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon E-Plus 2020

Size and Weight Measurements


Size and Weight Measurements
Model Contact IIMarathon E-Plus
Specified Weight 620 grams930 grams
Measured Weight 623 grams911 grams
Measured Width Casing 34 mm (un-round)32 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 31 mm (un-round)33 mm (un-round)
Tread Depth 1.8 mm2.3 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 4.2 mm8.8 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall Members OnlyMembers Only
All size measurements are taken at an air pressure of 60 psi / 4 bars on a 17.8 mm inner width rim.

Rolling Resistance Test Results


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Rolling Resistance Test Results
Model Contact IIMarathon E-Plus
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Inner Tube Conti Tour 28 (170 gr butyl)Conti Tour 28 (170 gr butyl)
Rolling Resistance
90 PSI / 6 Bar
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Rolling Resistance
75 PSI / 5 Bar
21.7 Watts
CRR: 0.00650
25.5 Watts
CRR: 0.00764
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4 Bar
24.3 Watts
CRR: 0.00728
27.4 Watts
CRR: 0.00821
Rolling Resistance
45 PSI / 3 Bar
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Rolling Resistance
30 PSI / 2 Bar
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All numbers are for a single tire at a speed of 29 km/h / 18 mph and a load of 42.5 kg / 94 lbs.

Use the formula: RR (Watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load.

Puncture Resistance Test Results


Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Model Contact IIMarathon E-Plus
Total Puncture Score Tread 65 Points163 Points
Total Puncture Score Sidewall Members OnlyMembers Only
Tread Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members OnlyMembers Only
Tread Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members OnlyMembers Only
Tread Total Tire Thickness 4.2 mm8.8 mm
Sidewall Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members OnlyMembers Only
Sidewall Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members OnlyMembers Only
Sidewall Total Tire Thickness Members OnlyMembers Only

Static Grip Test Results


Static Grip Test Results (higher is better)
Model Contact IIMarathon E-Plus
Wet Grip Average No Data72 Points
Wet Grip Center Members OnlyMembers Only
Wet Grip Edge Members OnlyMembers Only
Grip in points = coefficient of friction * 100

Conclusion


Conclusion
Model Contact IIMarathon E-Plus
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Verdict Not RecommendedHighly Recommended
Rating 2.0 / 55.0 / 5
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  • Continental Contact II *
  • Schwalbe Marathon E-Plus
* Grip test data not available
Performance compared to all other touring bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

Pro Members get 11-point radar charts


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