Choosing the touring bicycle tire
Schwalbe silento performed well during two summer seasons. Excellent rolling and great grip - you’ll never fall to the inner side of the turn no matter the speed. Great for the summer time when there’s no small granite stones they use to make the roads not so slippery. This stones got sharp edges an sometimes contain small shark-tooth pieces of broken glass. Use this tires in summer, and never in winter.
Nokian Hakkapeliitta aka Suomi Tyres: great on ice, easy rolling compared to another winter tires, never punctured. Excellent tire for winter, you can even ride on the skating-rink safely.
Schwalbe Marathon Winter is another great winter tire, never punctured and provides excellent grip on ice. Haven’t tried on the skating rink but I’m pretty sure this tire can accomplish the challenge.
Continental Top Contact II Winter never punctured, and the grip in the raw snow is good. However, spiked tires are better for winter, and this tire rolls not so fast on the clean road. May be good for some use cases but not for the road touring.
Schwalbe Energizer is pretty close to Schwalbe Silento - fast rolling, pretty light and perfect for summer. Just don’t use it on the late autumn and winter roads: this tire don’t survive "shark teeth".
Schwalbe Marathon Cross is more robust than Silento and energizer, but it was so unlucky to catch one “shark tooth” on the snow-less winter road. And I continued my search for the best touring tire.
Schwalbe Energizer Tour Plus offers the best puncture protection, and great rolling at the same time. After 2 seasons this tire got warn out: the shape is lost, some parts of the tire are fatter than the rest of it. Weird. So I moved on to Michelin Protek Max with 5mm puncture protection layer.
Michelin Protek Max is my favorite so far, it's been 6 month since I started using it and I'm still happy. I used my touring bike for a short sprint triathlon and for the longer cycling race of 90 kilometers and I can confirm this tire performs well.
All the tires in this review were bought for my travel bike. Most of them got warn out and were properly recycled, and some are still in use.