Touring Bike Tire Comparison:
Continental E.Contact 2015 vs
Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 2016

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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 E.Contact
  • Schwalbe Marathon Supreme
Performance compared to all other touring bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)
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Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specs
Brand ContinentalSchwalbe
Model E.ContactMarathon Supreme
Year 20152016
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 010068711600780
TPI 3/18067
Compound OneStar
Bead WireFolding
ETRTO 37-62237-622
Size Inch 28"28"
Width mm 3737
Specified Weight 800 grams440 grams
Min Air Pressure 56 psi55 psi
Max Air Pressure 87 psi85 psi
Made In Members OnlyMembers Only
Available Sizes 47-622 (28x1.75)
42-622 (28x1.60)
37-622 (28x1.40)
47-559 (26x1.75)
50-622 (28x2.00)
42-622 (28x1.60)
37-622 (28x1.40)
32-622 (28x1.25)
50-584 (27.5x2.00)
42-584 (27.5x1.60)
50-559 (26x2.00)
42-559 (26x1.60)
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Continental E.Contact 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 2016
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Continental E.Contact 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 2016
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Continental E.Contact 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 2016

Size and Weight Measurements


Size and Weight Measurements
Model E.ContactMarathon Supreme
Specified Weight 800 grams440 grams
Measured Weight 840 grams431 grams
Measured Width Casing 35 mm (un-round)35 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 35 mm (un-round)34 mm (un-round)
Tread Depth 2 mm1.6 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 6.6 mm5 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 E.ContactMarathon Supreme
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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
29.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00887
16.9 Watts
CRR: 0.00507
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4 Bar
33.4 Watts
CRR: 0.01001
19.1 Watts
CRR: 0.00573
Rolling Resistance
45 PSI / 3 Bar
Members OnlyMembers Only
Rolling Resistance
30 PSI / 2 Bar
Members OnlyMembers Only
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 E.ContactMarathon Supreme
Puncture Resistance Tread 16 Points15 Points
Puncture Resistance Side Members OnlyMembers Only
Puncture Factor Tread* 106 Points75 Points
Puncture Factor Side* Members OnlyMembers Only
* Puncture Factor = Puncture Resistance * Total Tire Thickness.
Puncture Factor provides a more realistic puncture resistance score for touring tires.

Conclusion


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

Pro Members get 9-point radar charts


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