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Installing Marathon Plus Tyres?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by dav1d, 8 Oct 2009.

  1. dav1d

    dav1d Senior Member

    Just got some Marathon Plus tyres, but despite themb being the correct size, they seem a little big and I can't seem to get them on the wheel properly - it just keeps overlapping the rim instead of tucking in neatly if you know what I mean?:eek:

    Any tips?:blush:
  2. Eddy

    Eddy Guru

    I use a bit of cellotape too hold the tyre in place at one end then work away from myself.
    Start at the valve and make sure the tyre is seated all the way in too the rim.
  3. had this problem 1st time i fitted mine,get 1st bit of tyre in then keeping a firm hold of that bit start to work your way round,once you have got a few inches in it will then hold ok.
    they do get easier once they've been on and off a few times(not that you will have to very often:smile:)
  4. beachcaster

    beachcaster Active Member

    I wrestled with mine for ages before deciding that the local shop had given me a size far too big..........my local chappy smiled and put them both on in about 3 minutes.

    They are a challenge if you dont know what you are doing...clearly he had done a few before :biggrin:

  5. Piemaster

    Piemaster Guru

    UK City of Culture
    I found making sure the kids were out of earshot and then swearing profusely helped. The one I have were well out of shape due to the way they were stored. A couple of cable ties and patience helped. Never had to take them off since though.
  6. OP

    dav1d Senior Member

    Finally managed to get both tyres on, and I''ve never sworn so much!:ohmy:
    Not sure I'll be buying them again! Too knackered to do any cycling now though, so the bike will have to wait until tomorrow to test the tyres!:biggrin:

    How long have you had them for Piemaster? Just wondering when I'm likely to need to take them off again as I'm dreading the thought!:laugh:
  7. waffle

    waffle New Member

    good tyres from my experience
  8. rogerzilla

    rogerzilla Über Member

    They're pigs to fit if the rim has a narrow internal width. I totally failed to get 25mm M+ on 13mm rims, but easily got 1.35" tyres on 17mm rims, and even the Brompton ones are fairly straightforward if you chuck the crappy blue OEM rim tape and use something that actually fits in the well (Velox 10mm). Some people use cable ties to hold them in place until they start to come tight.
  9. Leave the tyre next to the radiator, or in the airing cupboard - this will make it more pliable.
  10. zacklaws

    zacklaws Veteran

    Also think about the problems you may have with them if you do puncture out on the road.

    They are excellent tyres and well recommended but my last experience of fitting them, about 10 minutes a tyre, but with numerous pinch punctures in doing so added up to 2 hours of frustration, of fitting them, removing them, fixing puncture, repeat process etc, left me thinking this would not be good out on the road with an unlucky puncture and possibly in inclement weather, not far off being dark, miles from home, so I replaced them with Specialised Armadillos which so far have been as good as the Marathons without the hassle of fitting them.

    Anyway off for a weeks fishing now and get away from it all
  11. Paul_Smith SRCC

    Paul_Smith SRCC Über Member

    Chris Juden of the CTC mention this in the CTC magaizine


  12. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    I have the same problem with vredstiens Dav1d...they virtually fall off the rims.
    Get them loosely on the wheel, partially inflate, seat the tyre better and then inflate fully.
    I'm looking on it as a bonus for winter riding when i've had awful problems getting Conti's off and on in the bitter cold. They're so tight, numb hands make it near impossible.
  13. jimboalee

    jimboalee New Member

    I've just put a pair of M+ on steel rims with no clincher hooks.

    They fit a treat.

    Usually, I had to centralise the tyre before fully inflating. These M+ went straight on to centre no problem and inflate to 75 psi without a movement.
  14. Piemaster

    Piemaster Guru

    UK City of Culture
    Must be around a year now, probably in region of 1000 miles - not a great deal but then I work away for 6 months a year so am definitely a utility / leisure cyclist.
  15. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    Getting my marathon plusses on two bikes was a dreadful experience, one much worse than the other. But both required the careful use of tyre levers. Different rims, so rim type does make a difference. Had to zip tie sections on to stop them popping off again, as I worked my way round.
    Took both sets of tyres off again and put them on as I wanted to be certain that I'd be able to do it 'in the field'.
    Quite a lot easier second time around.
    No punctures in over a year and many many miles though. Thankfully!