Thursday 23 April 2020

Brompton Marathon Racer Tanwall folding tyre

The Brompton Explore was out last year and as predicted sold well, despite not really being my cup of tea. One feature I know many showed an interest in was the tan wall folding tyres. These have been available to buy for a number of weeks...but at a cost.

The features are as follows:
  • ETRTO size: 35-349 
  • Tyre pressure: 65 -110 psi or 4.5 -7.5 bar 
  • Bead: Folding 
  • Casing: Classic Skin  
  • Compound: Addix SpeedGrip 
  • Average weight: 260g (9.2 oz)  
  • Suitable for all Brompton bikes, including the Brompton Electric.
Now these are lighter than the standard Marathon (that I actually have on all my Brompton bikes and rate very high) and do have 'Raceguard' that offers good puncture protection. 

A nice tyre, that is very useful as a spare as they can be folded, but they are only available in a few locations and cost £40 a piece. I think that this is rather steep when you consider the ordinary Marathon Racer (which doesn't fold of course) can be bought for £22 or less.

The only other tyre out there that looks like these are the tanwall Kojak ones - that cost even more. For me, I will be sticking with the ordinary Marathons!

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