The Schwalbe Durano folding 700 x 25C used for this review is the new version of the Durano which was introduced in 2015. Compared to the older Durano, it has a new (better looking) tread profile and it's 10 grams lighter. The new Durano still is a tire optimized for high mileage and grip, especially on a cold and/or wet surface. This makes it a tire that is not a medium priced summer tire, but seems to be more of an all-season training tire.
This Durano is the Performance line folding version. This is the fastest Durano available from Schwalbe, an Evolution line Durano doesn't exist. Although this tire is a bit cheaper than a Schwalbe One, it isn't a cheaper version of the One. The Durano is a completely different tire focused on durability, puncture resistance and grip on wet or cold surfaces.
|Supplied By||Bought in store|
|New or Used||New|
|Specified Weight||245 grams|
Size and Weight Measurements
|Size and Weight Measurements (Bike Wheel: 622x17C, Pressure: 100 psi / 6.9 bar)|
|Measured Weight||251 grams|
|Measured Width||26 mm|
|Measured Height||24 mm|
|Total Tire Thickness Center||3.6 mm|
|Total Tire Thickness Sidewall||0.6 mm|
The measured weight of this 700 x 25C Durano is 251 grams. This is a bit more than the 245 grams specified by Schwalbe. Measured width on a 17C rim is 26 mm and height is 24 mm. This seems to be the average size for a 25 mm road bike tire.
Rolling Resistance Test Results
|Rolling Resistance Test Results (Speed: 29 kmh / 18 mph, Load: 42.5 kg)|
|Rolling Resistance 120 psi / 8.3 Bar||18.0 Watts|
|Rolling Resistance 100 PSI / 6.9 Bar||18.8 Watts|
|Rolling Resistance 80 PSI / 5.5 Bar||21.0 Watts|
|Rolling Resistance 60 PSI / 4.1 Bar||24.7 Watts|
|Rolling Resistance Coefficient (Crr) 120 psi / 8.3 Bar||0.00540|
|Rolling Resistance Coefficient (Crr) 100 psi / 6.9 Bar||0.00564|
|Rolling Resistance Coefficient (Crr) 80 psi / 5.5 Bar||0.00629|
|Rolling Resistance Coefficient (Crr) 60 psi / 4.1 Bar||0.00740|
The Schwalbe Durano has a relatively high rolling resistance. At an air pressure of 120 psi, rolling resistance is 18.0 watts. Dropping air pressure to 80 psi results in a rolling resistance of 21.0 watts. Compared to the Schwalbe One, rolling resistance is up to 50% higher. To be honest, rolling resistance of this Durano is a bit higher than I expected from a Schwalbe tire. I was hoping the Durano to come in closer to the 15 watts range.
Puncture Resistance Test Results
|Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)|
|Puncture Resistance Tread||15|
|Puncture Resistance Sidewall||4|
While the rolling resistance of this Durano is quite high, puncture resistance is average. With a PR score of 15, it's a bit more puncture resistance than a Schwalbe One (12) or other summer tires which usually score in the 11-13 points range. A tire with a comparable puncture resistance is the Michelin Pro 4 Service Course which does have a noticeable lower rolling resistance of 14.9 watts at an air pressure of 120 psi.
I was hoping the new Durano to be a very puncture resistant tire while at the same time having a rolling resistance in the 15 watts range. Unfortunately, It doesn't meet my (high) expectations. It does beat the Vredestein Fortezza Senso All Weather, which is also a modern all-weather tire, in both the rolling resistance and puncture resistance tests. Off course, the Durano might also excel in the grip and the durability part. Have you used a Durano? leave a comment and let me know how you like them.
If you're interested in the Schwalbe Durano as an all-weather tire, a tire worth checking is the Michelin Pro 4 Service Course. This is a tire that is also specced for all-weather use and has a puncture resistance that is equal to the Durano, yet has a much lower rolling resistance. It's also a bit lighter and pricing seems to be similar as well.
RATING: 3 / 5
TEST VERDICT: Recommended
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