Touring Bike Tire Comparison:
Continental Top Contact II 2015 vs
Schwalbe Marathon Plus 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 Top Contact II
  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus
  • Schwalbe Marathon Supreme
Performance compared to all other touring bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specs
Brand ContinentalSchwalbeSchwalbe
Model Top Contact IIMarathon PlusMarathon Supreme
Year 201520152016
Supplied By Supplied by ContinentalSupplied by SchwalbeBought in store
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New or Used NewNewNew
Mileage 0 km0 km0 km
Price Range HighHighHigh
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Manufacturer Part Number 01004411110076911600780
TPI 3/1806767
Compound EnduranceOneStar
Bead FoldingWireFolding
ETRTO 37-62237-62237-622
Size Inch 28"28"28"
Width mm 373737
Specified Weight 600 grams900 grams440 grams
Min Air Pressure 50 psi55 psi55 psi
Max Air Pressure 88 psi85 psi85 psi
Made In GermanyIndonesiaIndonesia
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)
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 Top Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Plus 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 2016
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Continental Top Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Plus 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 2016
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Continental Top Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Plus 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 2016

Size and Weight Measurements


Size and Weight Measurements
Model Top Contact IIMarathon PlusMarathon Supreme
Specified Weight 600 grams900 grams440 grams
Measured Weight 584 grams898 grams431 grams
Measured Width Casing 37 mm34 mm35 mm
Measured Height 35 mm36 mm34 mm
Tread Depth 2.5 mm2 mm1.6 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 4.4 mm9 mm5 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall 1.05 mm1.6 mm0.7 mm
All size measurements are taken at an air pressure of 60 psi / 4 bars on a 17 mm inner width rim.

Rolling Resistance Test Results


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Rolling Resistance Test Results
Model Top Contact IIMarathon PlusMarathon Supreme
Inner Tube Conti Tour 28 (170 gr butyl)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
22.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00677
15.8 Watts
CRR: 0.00474
Rolling Resistance
75 PSI / 5 Bar
22.1 Watts
CRR: 0.00662
23.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00707
16.9 Watts
CRR: 0.00507
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4 Bar
24.2 Watts
CRR: 0.00725
25.5 Watts
CRR: 0.00764
19.1 Watts
CRR: 0.00573
Rolling Resistance
45 PSI / 3 Bar
28.4 Watts
CRR: 0.00851
28.9 Watts
CRR: 0.00866
23.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00707
Rolling Resistance
30 PSI / 2 Bar
35.6 Watts
CRR: 0.01067
36.6 Watts
CRR: 0.01097
32.3 Watts
CRR: 0.00968
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 PlusMarathon Supreme
Puncture Resistance Tread 16 Points13 Points15 Points
Puncture Resistance Side 6 Points5 Points4 Points
Puncture Factor Tread* 70 Points117 Points75 Points
Puncture Factor Side* 6 Points8 Points3 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 PlusMarathon Supreme
Full Review Full ReviewFull ReviewFull Review
Verdict RecommendedHighly RecommendedHighly Recommended
Rating 3 / 55 / 55 / 5
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  • Continental Top Contact II
  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus
  • Schwalbe Marathon Supreme
Performance compared to all other touring bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)


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