Touring Bike Tire Test: Schwalbe Marathon Efficiency

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

Schwalbe Marathon Efficiency road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

The Schwalbe Marathon Efficiency is the latest addition to Schwalbe's Marathon range of city/touring bike tires. As the name suggests, Schwalbe focused on efficiency during the development of this tire, and they claim the Marathon Efficiency is their fastest rolling touring bike tire to date. It's good to know that while they focused on efficiency, they also stayed true to their Marathon concept and didn't forget puncture resistance, durability, and grip.


Although the Marathon Efficiency is a newly developed tire, it mainly consists of Schwalbe's tried and true ingredients that we've already seen on other tires. The 67 TPI "Super Race" casing is the main ingredient, and it's a casing we've already seen on some of Schwalbe's fastest mountain and gravel bike tires. To get the puncture resistance up to an acceptable "Marathon" level, the Super Race casing of the Marathon Efficiency comes with a layer of V-Guard puncture resistant fabric under the tread.


The most crucial ingredient of any bicycle tire is the compound, and Schwalbe didn't skimp here as the Marathon Efficiency comes with the "Addix Race" compound, which can be found on some of their fastest road bike tires. Using a road bike compound on a touring bike tire might seem scary from a wet grip perspective, but our test results show wet grip of the Marathon Efficiency is excellent. We're sure that, even though this compound name is the same, it's a slightly different version that works better on touring bike tires.


From a specifications standpoint, the Marathon Efficiency is similar to the recently discontinued Marathon Supreme (read our review). It looks like the Marathon Efficiency is the successor to the Supreme, but given that Schwalbe changed some key things, a new name was in order.


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Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specs
Brand Schwalbe
Model Marathon Efficiency
Year 2022
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range High
Buy At
Manufacturer part number 11654366
TPI 67
Compound Addix Race
Bead Folding
ETRTO 40-622
Size Inch 28"
Width mm 40.00
Specified Weight 510 grams
Max Air Pressure (psi) 80
Made In Members Only
Available Sizes 40-622 (700x40c)
50-622 (700x50c)
55-622 (700x55c)
55-584 (650x55b)
60-584 (650x60b)

Schwalbe Marathon Efficiency Test Results

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

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 510 grams
Measured Weight 514 grams
Measured Width 38 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 36 mm (un-round)
Tread Depth 1.8 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 4.0 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
75 PSI / 5 Bar
17.3 Watts
CRR: 0.00519
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4 Bar
18.5 Watts
CRR: 0.00555
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 Efficiency Touring/E-Bike on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Total Puncture Score Tread 69 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 4.0 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 Efficiency 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 Efficiency
Performance compared to all other touring bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

Pro Members get 11-point radar charts

The Schwalbe Marathon Efficiency is the fastest "Marathon" you can buy today as it rolls slightly faster than the Schwalbe Marathon Almotion (Addix compound) (read our review) that we've also tested recently. The main difference (besides the obvious tread pattern) between the Almotion and Efficiency can be found in the casings and corresponding puncture resistance distribution: the Marathon Efficiency scores slightly lower in the tread puncture resistance test, but the sidewalls are much stronger.


Both tires also perform similarly in the wet grip tests, with both tires showing excellent wet grip. Deciding between the Almotion or Efficiency probably comes down to the individual, but we suspect the Almotion handles light off-roading better, given its knobbier tread pattern. The Efficiency probably is the better choice for urban conditions.


RATING: 4.5 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
Highly Recommended


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