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

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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. Conclusion
  • Continental Contact II
  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus
Performance compared to all other touring bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specs
Brand ContinentalSchwalbe
Model Contact IIMarathon Plus
Year 20152015
Supplied By Supplied by ContinentalSupplied by Schwalbe
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New or Used NewNew
Mileage 0 km0 km
Price Range MedHigh
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Manufacturer Part Number 010026211100769
TPI 3/18067
Compound Endurance
Bead WireWire
ETRTO 37-62237-622
Size Inch 28"28"
Width mm 3737
Specified Weight 620 grams900 grams
Min Air Pressure 60 psi55 psi
Max Air Pressure 88 psi85 psi
Made In IndiaIndonesia
Available Sizes 47-622 (28x1.75)
42-622 (28x1.60)
37-622 (28x1.40)
32-622 (28x1.25)
28-622 (28x1.10)
40-635 (28x1.50)
47-622 (28x1.75)
40-622 (28x1.50)
37-622 (28x1.40)
32-622 (28x1.25)
28-622 (28x1.10)
25-622 (28x1.00)
42-590 (26x1.60)
37-590 (26x1.40)
40-584 (27.5x1.50)
50-559 (26x2.00)
47-559 (26x1.75)
40-559 (26x1.50)
35-559 (26x1.35)
47-507 (24x1.75)
47-406 (20x1.75)
35-406 (20x1.35)
35-349 (26x1.35)
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Continental Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Plus 2015
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Continental Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Plus 2015
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Continental Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Plus 2015

Size and Weight Measurements


Size and Weight Measurements (Bike Wheel: 622-17C, Pressure: 100 psi / 6.8 bar)
Model Contact IIMarathon Plus
Specified Weight 620 grams900 grams
Measured Weight 623 grams898 grams
Measured Width Casing 34 mm34 mm
Measured Height 31 mm36 mm
Tread Depth 1.8 mm2 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 4.2 mm9 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall 1.95 mm1.6 mm

Rolling Resistance Test Results


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Rolling Resistance Test Results (Speed: 29 kmh / 18 mph, Load: 42.5 kg)
Model Contact IIMarathon Plus
Inner Tube Conti Tour 28 (170 gr butyl)Conti Tour 28 (170 gr butyl)
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Rolling Resistance
90 PSI / 6 Bar
20.3 Watts
CRR: 0.00609
22.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00677
Rolling Resistance
75 PSI / 5 Bar
21.7 Watts
CRR: 0.00650
23.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00707
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4 Bar
24.3 Watts
CRR: 0.00728
25.5 Watts
CRR: 0.00764
Rolling Resistance
45 PSI / 3 Bar
28.9 Watts
CRR: 0.00866
28.9 Watts
CRR: 0.00866
Rolling Resistance
30 PSI / 2 Bar
39.4 Watts
CRR: 0.01181
36.6 Watts
CRR: 0.01097
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 Plus
Puncture Resistance Tread 11 Points13 Points
Puncture Resistance Side 7 Points5 Points
Puncture Factor Tread* 46 Points117 Points
Puncture Factor Side* 14 Points8 Points
* Puncture Factor = Puncture Resistance * Total Tire Thickness.
Puncture Factor provides a more realistic puncture resistance score for touring tires.

Conclusion


Conclusion
Model Contact IIMarathon Plus
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Verdict Not RecommendedHighly Recommended
Rating 2 / 55 / 5
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  • Continental Contact II
  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus
Performance compared to all other touring bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)


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