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700x35c tire on Catrike 700

Yes, contrary to long standing belief that you cannot fit a Schwalbe Marathon Plus 700x35c tire on a Catrike 700 speed trike, here is evidence to prove that not only can it be accomplished, it can be done with room to spare! No more forum questions or discussions are necessary. The image below reveals this amazing truth of the triking world with shocking clarity. If you wish a softer ride on your Catrike 700, along with one where flat tires are a thing of the past, install a Schwalbe Marathon Plus! Now you know. Share the joy! A 700x35c TIRE FITS ON THE CATRIKE 700.

Thor 29Plenty of clearance for Schwalbe Marathon Plus 700x35c tire on a Catrike 700 (and a fender too)!

Thor 30Hate fixing flat tires while on your rides? Okay then, here is your solution! Way more comfy also!

Thor 31Heck, while you’re at it, put the Schwalbe Marathon Plus 20×1.35 tires on the front too, for a soft ride.

Sweet Creek Loop 2014 24The Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires give the 700 a tougher, stronger, and more solid appearance! And it would be a mistake to believe this trike has suffered a speed and performance hit with this upgrade!


4 responses

  1. Randall Oakley

    Nice, it’s definitely an improvement to me. Any plans for fenders yet?

    April 30, 2014 at 7:07 am

  2. Howdy Randall,

    Yep, I have had the rear 700c fender now for about a week, the one that Catrike supplies with their trikes (or used to supply with the 700, as you now have to order it extra if you want it. $57.00 US, including shipping). It is made by Planet Bike. Catrike supplies instructions for mounting the fender, in addition to the Planet Bike instructions.

    I’ll post photos for you to see.


    April 30, 2014 at 7:56 am

  3. Jerry Forster

    Thanks to your advise I have changed from the Big Apples to Marathon’s on my Trike and the ride is not only better but faster as well. I’ve got the best of both worlds. Thanks Steve

    April 30, 2014 at 8:04 am

  4. Hi Jerry,

    I have used the Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires exclusively for the past five years now, and as of yet, have never had a flat tire with them. Goatheads, of which I have literally had hundreds embedded in the MP tires on a really bad day in 2009, do not even penetrate the SmartGuard 5 mm protection belt, and neither did a nasty piece of steel wire, that was even longer than the goatheads. Goatheads appear like little tan colored specs on the tire (at least the ones that are deeply embedded), and you can only tell what they are by feel, and the fact that they do not rub off with spit like a piece of dirt would. I’ve pulled out many goatheads over the years on my journeys, and no longer even worry about it.

    Yes, the MP tires are very comfortable compared to many other tires. And even though there are some riders who believe they slow you down, my personal experience does not support such a belief. There is nothing slow about this new trike of mine, but at least now, it rides nicely compared to the Schwable Durano tires I removed. I considered the Schwalbe Big Apples back in 2009, but decided against them because they do not offer the flat protection that the Marathon Plus tires do, and I since I prefer to ride rather than change flat tires, this was important.

    Glad to have been of some help to you! Okay, now get out there and go for a ride today! It’s going to be 84 sunny degrees here on the central Oregon coast! Wow, unheard of for April at the ocean. I’ll be on the 700 within the hour! See ya’ …


    April 30, 2014 at 8:15 am