Product Comparison: Schwalbe Big Apple (11100302) vs Schwalbe Marathon

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General Specifications
About the Product
Air suspension built-in. The Big Apple started off the Balloonbike trend more than ten years ago: Comfortable cycling without using complicated technology! Air cushion tires are used as natural suspension. Inflated to around 2 Bar a Balloonbike rolls really easily and with a full suspension effect. A normal tire with a width of 37 mm must be inflated to a rock-hard 4 bar, in order to roll similarly well.
The archetypal high quality touring tire. The highly elastic GreenGuard layer is 3 mm thick. One third of the GreenGuard is made up of recycled latex products. The “Anti-Aging” sidewall can withstand the typical cracking that results from overloading due to insufficient inflation pressure for much longer.
Big Apple (11100302)
Key Specs
Wheel Size
24 in.
20 in.
Tyre width
2.0 in.
1.5 in.
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Schwalbe Big Apple (11100302) HS 430 Performance RaceGuard Cruiser Bicycle Tire - Wire Bead
  • In point of speed and comfort, it is the ideal tire for either of the two categories.
  • I have roughly 400 miles on these and they are still like new. Awesome tires.
  • Another advantage is the solid construction of these tires.
  • Good rolling speed, very comfortable, can be inflated to a wide range of pressure.
  • The only real downside is limited adherence in wet and / or cold temperatures.
Schwalbe Marathon HS Wire Bead Tire
  • Just finished the coast to coast TransAmerica bike route, 4,500 miles. NO flats, did not even rotate the tires.
  • After about 100 miles I have not had any issues with grip, flats, or rolling resistance.
  • I know that I've already ridden over some scattered broken glass and the tire has performed fine.
  • Good grip and they roll into turns very smoothly, they just feel good.
  • I got a flat after running over a piece of wood, I also had a tuffy tire liner.
Size & Weight
9 in.
9 in.
1.41 lbs.
1.1 lbs.
5.5 in.
4.5 in.
3 in.
3 in.
Type Of Protector
Endurance Compound
Endurance Compound
Double layer of Nylon
Folding Bead
KevlarGuard technology, RaceGuard, Air suspension built-in
Increased durability, GreenGuard, Anti-aging, Reflective sidewall
What customers say about "Features"
Schwalbe Big Apple (11100302) HS 430 Performance RaceGuard Cruiser Bicycle Tire - Wire Bead
  • Cobbles and potholes cease to matter, while the bike isn’t burdened with heavy energy-sapping springs.
  • Good contact patch for street use. Smooth ride and very predictable in most weather conditions.
  • For a street tire i think you wont find a much better tire.
  • I bloody love them, have done about 500 miles on them and only suffered one puncture, and that was on hedge cutting day.
  • When inflated to minimum pressure (2 BAR) they are comfortable but sooo slooow.
Schwalbe Marathon HS Wire Bead Tire
  • The reflective siding makes me feel better when I ride home at dusk.
  • The layer of green gooey silicone between the tread and the casing does some magic.
  • The reflective sidewall is a plus and help in visibility at night.
  • Really not that hard to install. Lasts forever, never flats and has great off-road handling characteristics.
  • I bought this tire hoping my flats were over. However after only 50 miles I got a piece of rock, probably flint, stuck through the middle of the tread.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer warranty
1 year(s)
2 year(s)
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