Touring Bike Tire Comparison:
Continental Top 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 Top Contact II
  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus
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 Top 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 HighHigh
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Manufacturer Part Number 010044111100769
TPI 3/18067
Compound Endurance
Bead FoldingWire
ETRTO 37-62237-622
Size Inch 28"28"
Width mm 3737
Specified Weight 600 grams900 grams
Min Air Pressure 50 psi55 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)
50-559 (26x2.00)
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 Top Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Plus 2015
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Continental Top Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Plus 2015
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Continental Top Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Plus 2015

Size and Weight Measurements


Size and Weight Measurements
Model Top Contact IIMarathon Plus
Specified Weight 600 grams900 grams
Measured Weight 584 grams898 grams
Measured Width Casing 37 mm (un-round)34 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 35 mm (un-round)36 mm (un-round)
Tread Depth 2.5 mm2 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 4.4 mm9 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 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
22.1 Watts
CRR: 0.00662
23.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00707
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4 Bar
24.2 Watts
CRR: 0.00725
25.5 Watts
CRR: 0.00764
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 Top Contact IIMarathon Plus
Puncture Resistance Tread 16 Points13 Points
Puncture Resistance Side Members OnlyMembers Only
Puncture Factor Tread* 70 Points117 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 Plus
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Verdict RecommendedHighly Recommended
Rating 3 / 55 / 5
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  • Continental Top Contact II
  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus
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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