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Schwalbe Marathon 16 x 1.35 Brompton tyre



Schwalbe Marathon 16 inch tyre with GreenGuard for Brompton folding bikes

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Brompton Schwalbe Marathon 16 inch tyre

This Schwalbe Marathon 16 x 1.35 inch tyre is one of the three tyres factory fitted as standard on the current Brompton folding bike range (as at 2020). It is an upgrade - slightly tougher - from the default type - the Marathon Racer.

It's slightly narrower (at 1.35 inches) than the original Brompton kevlar (previously known as "green" for it's green label) tyre (which was 1 3/8 inch wide)

This Schwalbe Marathon 16 inch tyre was introduced to the Brompton line as a standard factory fit option in December 2011

This tyre has changed slightly since that 2011 model:

  • The tread pattern changed slightly
  • The previously used Kevlar protection is replaced with GreenGuard - a highly elastic 3mm thick layer of india rubber, designed to increase puncture protection.
  • A new sidewall construction was improved to delay the onset of cracking if the tyre is used while under inflated. 
  • The maximim permissible pressure increased from 6.0 bar (85 PSI) to 7.5 bar (110 PSI)
  • The weight per tyre increased slightly from 350g to 420g
  • The rolling resistance is marginally higher (approx 3%)
  • The size of the tyre decreases from a nominal 37mm cross section to 35mm - this reduces the overall diameter of an inflated tyre by 3mm
  • The old Schwalbe tread pattern was HS368 - the new model is HS420
  • The new model has a reflective print detailing the size - 35-349 / 16 x 1.35 on the tyre wall opposite to the logos.
Note: If you are using the Brompton bottle dynamo which connects with the tyre, please use a standard Brompton tyre rather than this one, as there is a slight size difference which will affect your dynamo's capability to function correctly. (i.e. it won't work properly!)

Schwalbe Marathon 16 x 1.35 inch features / details:

ETRO size: 35-349
Tyre pressure: 65 psi (min) to 110 psi (max) or 4.5 bar (min) to 7.5 bar (max)
Weight: 420g
Tyre bead: Wired
E-bike ready: For pedal assisted electric bikes with speeds up to 25 kmh
Puncture protection rating: 5/7

Inner tube: AV4 (Car type / Schrader valve)
Inner tube: SV4 (Presta / racing type valve)

We always recommend using no tools to fit your new tyre (i.e. hands and fingers only) to your Brompton.
Using tyre levers often results in damage to the inner tube (pinching it when levering on the tyre) or to the tyre bead (trying to force the wire bead over the rim with brute force),
Installing without tyre levers may seem difficult (or impossible) at first - but, honestly,  it's just a matter of technique
Just to prove how easy tyre installation is (with no tools) we made this short video on how to do it - with the even tougher Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyre!
In order to replace the tyre / tube you also need to remove the wheel (either front or rear) - the below videos show how it should be done.
The below video shows how to remove the standard Brompton front wheel
The following video shows how to remove the 3/ 6 speed rear wheel
Brompton Q part code: QTYRM
Old Brompton Q part code: QTYRMREF
Brompton part number: 9026074
Schwalbe Reference: 11100147

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Data sheet

Comm Code87149990
Tyre BeadWired