My Schwalbe Marathon Racer back tire, which was giving me excellent service on my Masi single speed cyclo cross commute bike, decided to go bad this week. I was riding along when I felt a big bump on every rotation and discovered the side wall had bulged out and become deformed. I had a quick search for cheap Cross Tires on the web and came up with a pair of Continental Cyclocross Speed’s for $50 which seemed a bargain. I was really shocked to find these tires to be the best rolling Cross tires I have ever used and at 60 psi they give a fantastic ride. My only reservation is that they don’t seem very durable (very thin carcass) but the ride is so sublime and they feel so fast I will enjoy them while I can. I haven’t tried them off road yet so can’t comment on their grip but on tarmac they absolutely blow the Kenda Small Block 8’s away that I am using on Jake the Snake. I reckon the Kenda’s are the slowest Cross Tire I have ever ridden and these Continentals are the fastest.
The Schwalbe Marathon Racer lasted me just over 1 year after my last tire had a similar catastrophic failure. See post here