The Schwalbe Durano 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 pattern, and it's 10 grams lighter. The new Durano still is a tire optimized for high mileage and grip, especially on cold and/or wet surfaces. This makes it a tire that is not a medium priced summer tire but seems to be more of an all-season training tire.
I'm testing the Performance line folding version of the new Durano. The folding Performance version 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 an entirely different tire focused on durability, puncture resistance, and grip on wet or cold surfaces.
|Tire Type||Tubetype (clincher)|
|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)|
|Specified Weight||245 grams|
|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. Width and height comes in close to the average size for a 25 mm road bike tire.
Rolling Resistance Test Results
|Rolling Resistance Test Results (Speed: 29 kmh / 18 mph / 8 m/s, Load: 42.5 kg / 417 N)|
|Inner Tube||Conti Race28 (100gr butyl)|
|Rolling Resistance 140 psi / 9.7 Bar||
CRR: Not Tested
|Rolling Resistance 120 psi / 8.3 Bar||
|Rolling Resistance 100 PSI / 6.9 Bar||
|Rolling Resistance 80 PSI / 5.5 Bar||
|Rolling Resistance 60 PSI / 4.1 Bar||
|Use the formula: RR (watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load|
The Schwalbe Durano has a relatively high rolling resistance. At an air pressure of 120 psi / 8.3 bars, rolling resistance is 18.0 watts. Dropping air pressure to 80 psi / 5.5 bars 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 the 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 puncture resistance 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 / 8.3 bars.
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 an 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? Consider to 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.
TEST VERDICT: Recommended
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