Touring Bike Tire Test: Schwalbe Marathon Almotion Addix

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  • Schwalbe Marathon Almotion Addix
Performance compared to all other touring bike tires
(100% is best)
Pro Members get 11-point radar charts



Schwalbe Marathon Almotion Addix road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

After our test of the tubeless (TLE) version of the Schwalbe Marathon Almotion with Addix compound (read our review), it's high time to test the regular non-tubeless version of the Almotion. We're not sure of the adoption rate of tubeless tires when it comes to touring bikes, but we suspect the old-fashioned tube-type tires are still very popular in this category.


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The tube-type and tubeless versions of the Marathon Almotion are very similar, and the main change seems to be in the casings. A quick look at the specifications tells us both versions use a 67 TPI casing, but the TLE comes with an extra layer of MicroSkin fabric that runs from bead to bead. As the tube-type version doesn't require additional sidewall reinforcement, it only comes with an extra layer of puncture protective material under the tread.


Both tires use the same tread pattern and appear to use the same version of Schwalbe's Addix compound. We've tested the 40-622 "V-Guard, E25" version of the Marathon Almotion with the Addix compound, which should make for a great comparison to the TLE version we tested in the same size. If you're looking for more volume, it's also available in the 50-622, 55-622, and 55-584 sizes.


Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specs
Brand Schwalbe
Model Marathon Almotion Addix
Year 2022
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range High
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Manufacturer part number 11654056
TPI 67
Compound Addix
Bead Folding
ETRTO 40-622
Size Inch 28"
Width mm 40.00
Specified Weight 490 grams
Max Air Pressure (psi) 80
Made In Members Only
Available Sizes 40-622 (700x40c)
50-622 (700x50c)
55-622 (700x55c)
55-584 (27.5x2.15)

Schwalbe Marathon Almotion Addix Test Results

Schwalbe Marathon Almotion Addix Touring/E-Bike on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


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Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 490 grams
Measured Weight 501 grams
Measured Width 38 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 37 mm (un-round)
Tread Depth 2.1 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 4.7 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall Members 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


Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube Conti Tour 28 (170 gr butyl)
Rolling Resistance
90 PSI / 6 Bar
No Data
Rolling Resistance
75 PSI / 5 Bar
18.4 Watts
CRR: 0.00552
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4 Bar
19.4 Watts
CRR: 0.00582
Rolling Resistance
45 PSI / 3 Bar
Members Only
Rolling Resistance
30 PSI / 2 Bar
Members Only
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

Schwalbe Marathon Almotion Addix Touring/E-Bike on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Total Puncture Score Tread 81 Points
Total Puncture Score Sidewall Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members Only
Tread Total Tire Thickness 4.7 mm
Sidewall Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Sidewall Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members Only
Sidewall Total Tire Thickness Members Only

Static Grip Test Results

Schwalbe Marathon Almotion Addix road bike tire on a grip test machine
Static Grip Test Results
Wet Grip Average 77 Points
Wet Grip Center Members Only
Wet Grip Edge Members Only
Grip in points = coefficient of friction * 100

Conclusion


  • Schwalbe Marathon Almotion Addix
Performance compared to all other touring bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

Pro Members get 11-point radar charts

The tube-type version of the Marathon Almotion with Addix compound performs strongly in nearly all of our tests. We would describe the tube-type Almotion as a tire that rolls fast and is one of the best gripping tires in our wet grip test. The downsides are the relatively low puncture resistance of the tread (for a touring bike tire) and weakish sidewalls that can't take a lot of damage.


The main competitor seems to be the Continental Contact Urban (read our review) which currently is our favorite touring bike tire. The Continental Contact Urban, which can be had for a lower price, outperforms the Almotion in nearly all of our tests. We do recommend the Almotion over the Contact Urban if you're experiencing any kind of off-road conditions, as the Almotion comes with a much more versatile tread pattern.


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RATING: 4.5 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
Highly Recommended


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