Touring Bike Tire Comparison:
Continental Top Contact II 2015 vs
Schwalbe Marathon Almotion 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 Top Contact II
  • Schwalbe Marathon Almotion
Performance compared to all other touring bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)
Pro Members get 9-point radar charts

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specs
Brand ContinentalSchwalbe
Model Top Contact IIMarathon Almotion
Year 20152016
Supplied By Supplied by ContinentalBought in store
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New or Used NewNew
Mileage 0 km0 km
Price Range HighHigh
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Manufacturer Part Number 010044111600593
TPI 3/18067
Compound OneStar
Bead FoldingFolding
ETRTO 37-62240-622
Size Inch 28"28"
Width mm 3740
Specified Weight 600 grams610 grams
Min Air Pressure 50 psi50 psi
Max Air Pressure 88 psi80 psi
Made In Members OnlyMembers Only
Available Sizes 47-622 (28x1.75)
42-622 (28x1.60)
37-622 (28x1.40)
50-559 (26x2.00)
55-622 (28x2.15)
50-622 (28x2.00)
40-622 (28x1.50)
50-584 (27.5x2.00)
55-559 (26x2.15)
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Continental Top Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Almotion 2016
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Continental Top Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Almotion 2016
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Continental Top Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Almotion 2016

Size and Weight Measurements


Size and Weight Measurements
Model Top Contact IIMarathon Almotion
Specified Weight 600 grams610 grams
Measured Weight 584 grams629 grams
Measured Width Casing 37 mm (un-round)38 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 35 mm (un-round)39 mm (un-round)
Tread Depth 2.5 mm2 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 4.4 mm6.6 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 Top Contact IIMarathon Almotion
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Inner Tube Conti Tour 28 (170 gr butyl)Conti Tour 28 (170 gr butyl)
Rolling Resistance
90 PSI / 6 Bar
Members OnlyNo Data
Rolling Resistance
75 PSI / 5 Bar
22.1 Watts
CRR: 0.00662
15.8 Watts
CRR: 0.00474
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4 Bar
24.2 Watts
CRR: 0.00725
17.1 Watts
CRR: 0.00513
Rolling Resistance
45 PSI / 3 Bar
Members OnlyMembers Only
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 Top Contact IIMarathon Almotion
Puncture Resistance Tread 16 Points13 Points
Puncture Resistance Side Members OnlyMembers Only
Puncture Factor Tread* 70 Points86 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 Top Contact IIMarathon Almotion
Full Review Full ReviewFull Review
Verdict RecommendedHighly Recommended
Rating 3 / 55 / 5
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  • Continental Top Contact II
  • Schwalbe Marathon Almotion
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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