Touring Bike Tire Comparison:
Continental Top 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. Conclusion
  • Continental Top Contact II
  • Schwalbe Marathon E-Plus
Performance compared to all other touring bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specs
Brand ContinentalSchwalbe
Model Top 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 HighHigh
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Manufacturer Part Number 010044111159077
TPI 3/18067
Compound Addix E
Bead FoldingWire
ETRTO 37-62237-622
Size Inch 28"28"
Width mm 3737
Specified Weight 600 grams930 grams
Min Air Pressure 50 psi60 psi
Max Air Pressure 88 psi85 psi
Made In GermanyIndonesia
Available Sizes 47-622 (28x1.75)
42-622 (28x1.60)
37-622 (28x1.40)
50-559 (26x2.00)
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 Top Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon E-Plus 2020
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Continental Top Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon E-Plus 2020
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Continental Top Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon E-Plus 2020

Size and Weight Measurements


Size and Weight Measurements
Model Top Contact IIMarathon E-Plus
Specified Weight 600 grams930 grams
Measured Weight 584 grams911 grams
Measured Width Casing 37 mm32 mm
Measured Height 35 mm33 mm
Tread Depth 2.5 mm2.3 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 4.4 mm8.8 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall 1.05 mm1.8 mm
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 E-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
21.0 Watts
CRR: 0.00629
24.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00737
Rolling Resistance
75 PSI / 5 Bar
22.1 Watts
CRR: 0.00662
25.5 Watts
CRR: 0.00764
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4 Bar
24.2 Watts
CRR: 0.00725
27.4 Watts
CRR: 0.00821
Rolling Resistance
45 PSI / 3 Bar
28.4 Watts
CRR: 0.00851
30.1 Watts
CRR: 0.00902
Rolling Resistance
30 PSI / 2 Bar
35.6 Watts
CRR: 0.01067
34.8 Watts
CRR: 0.01043
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 E-Plus
Puncture Resistance Tread 16 Points16 Points
Puncture Resistance Side 6 Points7 Points
Puncture Factor Tread* 70 Points141 Points
Puncture Factor Side* 6 Points13 Points
* 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 E-Plus
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Verdict RecommendedHighly Recommended
Rating 3 / 55 / 5
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  • Continental Top Contact II
  • Schwalbe Marathon E-Plus
Performance compared to all other touring bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)


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