Mounting Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires
Mounting a Schwalbe Marathon Plus tire can be a real challenge, one that will rub your skin on your fingers raw if you are not really sure how to do it. I have mounted a few of these since 2009 (15 total to be exact), but the first attempts had me going crazy with disbelief that it was even possible to do! First-timers will swear that this tire is impossible to mount due to its stiff construction and rigid wire bead that holds it to the rim. In 2009 I too thought that, but as we live, we learn – adapt or perish.
(To read the TA page on tire mounting, click HERE)
Below are a couple of video clips I recently came across as I prepared to mount Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires on my new Catrike 700. I wanted a quick refresher course because I had not done this for three years. This is because these tires simply do not allow 99.9% of road junk and goatheads to get to the inner tube to flatten it. With never a flat on my trike (over 5 years now), I am one who will always run Marathon Plus tires. I recommend these to all trikers, without reservation!
The first video is specific to Schwalbe MP tires, and the second video is just bicycle tires in general. You will notice in the second video that the tire mounts much quicker and easier due to its less robust construction. However, the KEY TO SUCCESS to be learned from both these video clips is to make sure the tire bead (wire, in the case of the MP) is pushed all the way down into the deepest portion of the rim well so that the final difficult section pops over the rim. Without this technique, the Schwalbe Marathon Plus tire cannot be mounted – typical bicycle tires (inferior to MP tires) are not so critical.
Oh, be sure you have the MP tire facing the proper rotational direction prior to mounting!! Years ago, I had one all mounted, only to learn I had placed it on the rim backwards to the direction of travel – MP tires are directional! Actually, I’ve made this mistake more than once (blush).