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

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specs
Brand ContinentalSchwalbe
Model Top Contact IIMarathon Racer
Year 20152015
Supplied By Supplied by ContinentalSupplied by Schwalbe
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New or Used NewNew
Mileage 0 km0 km
Price Range HighMed
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Manufacturer Part Number 010044111100290
TPI 3/18067
Compound SpeedGrip
Bead FoldingWire
ETRTO 37-62235-622
Size Inch 28"28"
Width mm 3735
Specified Weight 600 grams465 grams
Min Air Pressure 50 psi65 psi
Max Air Pressure 88 psi95 psi
Made In GermanyIndonesia
Available Sizes 47-622 (28x1.75)
42-622 (28x1.60)
37-622 (28x1.40)
50-559 (26x2.00)
40-622 (28x1.50)
35-622 (28x1.35)
30-622 (28x1.20)
40-559 (26x1.50)
40-406 (20x1.50)
40-355 (18x1.50)
40-305 (16x1.50)
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Continental Top Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Racer 2015
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Continental Top Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Racer 2015
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Continental Top Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Racer 2015

Size and Weight Measurements


Size and Weight Measurements (Bike Wheel: 622-17C, Pressure: 100 psi / 6.8 bar)
Model Top Contact IIMarathon Racer
Specified Weight 600 grams465 grams
Measured Weight 584 grams450 grams
Measured Width Casing 37 mm33 mm
Measured Height 35 mm32 mm
Tread Depth 2.5 mm1.5 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 4.4 mm4.6 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall 1.05 mm0.8 mm

Rolling Resistance Test Results


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Rolling Resistance Test Results (Speed: 29 kmh / 18 mph, Load: 42.5 kg)
Model Top Contact IIMarathon Racer
Inner Tube Conti Tour 28 (170 gr butyl)Conti Tour 28 (170 gr butyl)
Spin Up Video No VideoNo Video
Rolling Resistance
90 PSI / 6 Bar
21.0 Watts
CRR: 0.00629
20.9 Watts
CRR: 0.00626
Rolling Resistance
75 PSI / 5 Bar
22.1 Watts
CRR: 0.00662
22.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00677
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4 Bar
24.2 Watts
CRR: 0.00725
24.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00737
Rolling Resistance
45 PSI / 3 Bar
28.4 Watts
CRR: 0.00851
28.8 Watts
CRR: 0.00863
Rolling Resistance
30 PSI / 2 Bar
35.6 Watts
CRR: 0.01067
38.3 Watts
CRR: 0.01148
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 Racer
Puncture Resistance Tread 16 Points16 Points
Puncture Resistance Side 6 Points4 Points
Puncture Factor Tread* 70 Points74 Points
Puncture Factor Side* 6 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 Racer
Full Review Full ReviewFull Review
Verdict RecommendedRecommended
Rating 3 / 53 / 5
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  • Continental Top Contact II
  • Schwalbe Marathon Racer
Performance compared to all other touring bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)


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