Schwalbe Stelvio Plus Tires - Clincher

Stelvio Plus

The manufacturer says:
"The Stelvio Plus is effectively protected from penetration punctures by its SmartGuard belt. The strong layer made from highly elastic special rubber is not as thick as the Marathon Plus, nevertheless the protection level is unique in a racing tire."

User Reviews (4)

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Tony Kemp   Road Racer [Jul 13, 2008]
Strength:

exceptional puncture resistance.

Weakness:

prone to tread tear and after 3,000 miles top tread starts to seperate from side wall.However, despite that I've saved a fortune in inner tubes!

Just the best. Put the tyres on 5 months ago and covered 3,00 miles so far. Bomb proof. Have taken, and still take, shards of glass out of the tyre! No punctures. Rode Paris Roubaix on them and no punctures - thats a testimony to how good they are. They are not suitable for racing, but fantastic training and poor road riding. Tried them all - these tyres are simply the best.

Similar Products Used: Michie Pro 2, Conti ultra gators
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
John Colquhoun   Commuter [May 25, 2008]
Strength:

Good compramise between speed and puncture resistance with an emphasis on the puncture resistance. Comfortable ride and felt gripy and responsive in the corners.

Weakness:

Susesptable to cutting. Heavier compared to its rivals. RRP £34, expensive but I got it on sale.

Great puncture resistance, mine got a big cut by a piece of glass though. It did not puncture even though a little bit of inner tube became visible. Used on a lightwieght tourer for commute and going to jobs. Rode about 1300 miles on this tire through a Central London winter and did not get a single puncture. Felt a lot quicker than the 25mm marathon plus I now ride. Much better than the specialised armadilo's with there not very grippy tread and conti gator skins that acted like sticky rubber to flint and were always puncturing.

Similar Products Used: Continental Gator Skin, Specialised Armadilo, Schwalbe Marathon Plus.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
GoHalos   Recreational Rider [May 21, 2008]
Strength:

Smooth ride. Great puncture resistance.

Weakness:

Not the fastest tire on the market.

This is the best training tire ever! I've used Continental, Vredstein and Michelin in the past and nothing compares. This tire paired with Michelin Airstop tubes are extremely flat resistant! I used to get flats regularly when I ran on Continentals or Michelins. I ride the same routes regularly so the road conditions are the same but these tires stand up to road debris better than anything else I've ever used.

Similar Products Used: Continental, Vredstein, Panaracer, Michelin
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Tiger Prawn   Road Racer [Jul 30, 2007]
Strength:

Resistant to puncture

Weakness:

Heavy, wide, pricey (for a training tire)

Best training tire I've ever used. Its best feature is resistance to punctures. It has a thick layer of "highly elastic special rubber" which makes the tire almost impenetrable. I've ridden over glass and what not worry-free for 6 months now, and I've had only 1 flat.
It's also very durable: there are no signs of significant wear on them yet, after 3000+ miles.
They're easy to mount on your rims too, and it takes relatively high pressure too (up to 145psi). And, yes, I do inflate them up to 140 psi.
BUT: Don't be fooled by the manufacturer's website: this is NOT a racing tire. It's heavy (320g) and closer to 25mm than to the claimed 23mm. I'd use it for races with unpaved road sections only. Otherwise it's too heavy and clunky.
They're a bit pricey, for a training tire. Although, if you consider than you could go through an entire season of training with them, they're a good deal.

Similar Products Used: Vredestein Fortezza, Bontrager Lite
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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