Touring Bike Tire Comparison:
Continental Top Contact Winter II 2016 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 Winter 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 Winter IIMarathon Racer
Year 20162015
Supplied By Bought in storeSupplied by Schwalbe
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New or Used NewNew
Mileage 0 km0 km
Price Range HighMed
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Manufacturer Part Number 010071311100290
TPI 3/18067
Compound Winter compoundSpeedGrip
Bead FoldingWire
ETRTO 37-62235-622
Size Inch 28"28"
Width mm 3735
Specified Weight 470 grams465 grams
Min Air Pressure 58 psi65 psi
Max Air Pressure 85 psi95 psi
Made In GermanyIndonesia
Available Sizes 42-622 (28x1.60)
37-622 (28x1.40)
55-559 (26x2.20)
50-559 (26x1.90)
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 Winter II 2016
Schwalbe Marathon Racer 2015
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Continental Top Contact Winter II 2016
Schwalbe Marathon Racer 2015
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Continental Top Contact Winter II 2016
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 Winter IIMarathon Racer
Specified Weight 470 grams465 grams
Measured Weight 468 grams450 grams
Measured Width Casing 32 mm33 mm
Measured Height 32 mm32 mm
Tread Depth 2.3 mm1.5 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 5.5 mm4.6 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall 0.85 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 Winter IIMarathon Racer
Inner Tube Conti Tour 28 (170 gr butyl)Conti Tour 28 (170 gr butyl)
Spin Up Video YouTubeNo Video
Rolling Resistance
90 PSI / 6 Bar
26.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00797
20.9 Watts
CRR: 0.00626
Rolling Resistance
75 PSI / 5 Bar
27.0 Watts
CRR: 0.00809
22.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00677
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4 Bar
28.5 Watts
CRR: 0.00854
24.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00737
Rolling Resistance
45 PSI / 3 Bar
30.8 Watts
CRR: 0.00923
28.8 Watts
CRR: 0.00863
Rolling Resistance
30 PSI / 2 Bar
36.4 Watts
CRR: 0.01091
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 Winter IIMarathon Racer
Puncture Resistance Tread 17 Points16 Points
Puncture Resistance Side 5 Points4 Points
Puncture Factor Tread* 94 Points74 Points
Puncture Factor Side* 4 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 Winter IIMarathon Racer
Full Review Full ReviewFull Review
Verdict RecommendedRecommended
Rating 4 / 53 / 5
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  • Continental Top Contact Winter II
  • Schwalbe Marathon Racer
Performance compared to all other touring bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)


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