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

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specs
Brand ContinentalSchwalbe
Model Top Contact IIMarathon Supreme
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 010044111600780
TPI 3/18067
Compound OneStar
Bead FoldingFolding
ETRTO 37-62237-622
Size Inch 28"28"
Width mm 3737
Specified Weight 600 grams440 grams
Min Air Pressure 50 psi55 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)
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 Supreme 2016
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Continental Top Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 2016
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Continental Top Contact II 2015
Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 2016

Size and Weight Measurements


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Size and Weight Measurements (Bike Wheel: 622-17C, Pressure: 100 psi / 6.8 bar)
Model Top Contact IIMarathon Supreme
Measured Weight 584 grams431 grams
Measured Width Casing 37 mm35 mm
Measured Height 35 mm34 mm
Tread Depth 2.5 mm1.6 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 4.4 mm5 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall 1.05 mm0.7 mm
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Rolling Resistance Test Results


Rolling Resistance Test Results (Speed: 29 kmh / 18 mph, Load: 42.5 kg)
Model Top Contact IIMarathon Supreme
Inner Tube Conti Tour 28 (170 gr butyl)Conti Tour 28 (170 gr butyl)
Rolling Resistance 90 psi / 6 bar 21.0 Watts15.8 Watts
Rolling Resistance 75 psi / 5 bar 22.1 Watts16.9 Watts
Rolling Resistance 60 psi / 4 bar 24.2 Watts19.1 Watts
Rolling Resistance 45 psi / 3 bar 28.4 Watts23.6 Watts
Rolling Resistance 30 psi / 2 bar 35.6 Watts32.3 Watts
CRR 90 psi / 6 bar 0.006290.00474
CRR 75 psi / 5 bar 0.006620.00507
CRR 60 psi / 4 bar 0.007250.00573
CRR 45 psi / 3 bar 0.008510.00707
CRR 30 psi / 2 bar 0.010670.00968
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Puncture Resistance Test Results

Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Model Top Contact IIMarathon Supreme
Puncture Resistance Tread 16 Points15 Points
Puncture Resistance Side 6 Points4 Points
Puncture Factor Tread* 70 Points75 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
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Conclusion


Conclusion
Model Top Contact IIMarathon Supreme
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Verdict RecommendedHighly Recommended
Rating 3 / 55 / 5
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  • Continental Top Contact II
  • Schwalbe Marathon Supreme
Performance compared to all other touring bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)


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