Winter roads and trails need the right tires, especially when ice and snow seems to cover everything in sight. Schwalbe has been in the studded tire game for years, and they have a proven tire for challenging (and downright dangerous!) riding conditions: The Winter Marathon Plus!
Like a snow tire for automobiles, the Winter Marathon Plus features a softer durometer rubber for the tread, offering improved grip on cold pavement compared to garden-variety summer mountain bike tires. The tread pattern is designed for improved grip on slushy, frozen roads while still keeping rolling resistance relatively low. Shallow siping channels across the tread blocks improve grip on sand and road grit. The studs aren't aluminum, but are carbide alloy like a drill bit.
Three layers of 67tpi nylon make up the Schwalbe Smartguard casing, giving the Winter Marathons excellent puncture resistance. A reflective sidewall adds to a cyclist's visibility in poor light conditions.
- Spikes work best on ice at the minimum pressure