On Metzeler’s Facebook page, a reader wanted to know if our ME 880 Marathon custom tire could top the ten thousand miles he got out of the original IRC rear tire that came on his bike. We reckon it can; we’ve been reading real-world reports on forums of riders enjoying 12,000+ miles on rear Marathons and getting 25,000 miles out of the fronts. The secret to this long life isn’t a harder compound, rather, it’s an offset central groove, which puts more rubber on the ground. The offset groove increases life, but not at the expense of good grip. A side-effect is that the tire doesn’t follow grooves in the pavement, so bridge-crossings and rain grooves are not a hair-raising experience on the ME 880. There are even two whitewall versions: a full whitewall version and one with a narrow white stripe.
Metzeler even makes a wide version called the ME 880 Marathon XXL, in widths from 240-300mm–it’s a real monster. The XXL (the rear tire shown above) uses special steel belt technology to maintain a predictable shape, allowing the rear fender to be mounted extremely close to the rear tire.
The ME 880 is praised on riding forums for both its durability and ride characteristics. Read some reviews and consider them for your next cruiser or custom tire–we think you will be pleased with their performance.