Road Bike Tire Test: Schwalbe Durano

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Contents and Test Summary

  1. Introduction
  2. Manufacturer Specifications
  3. Size, Weight, Thickness
  4. Rolling Resistance: 18.0 watts
  5. Puncture Resistance: 15 tread / 4 sidewall
  6. Conclusion: 3 / 5 Recommended
  7. Comments
  • Schwalbe Durano
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

Schwalbe Durano road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

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.


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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.

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Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Schwalbe
Model Durano
Year 2015
Tire Type Tubetype (clincher)
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range Med
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Manufacturer part number 11600639
TPI 67
Compound Dual Compound
Bead Folding
ETRTO 25-622
Size Inch 28"
Width 25
Specified Weight 245 grams
Max Pressure 115
Made In Indonesia
Available Sizes 23-622 (700x23C)
25-622 (700x25C)
28-622 (700x28C)
28-559 (26x1.10)
23-520 (24x0.90)
28-406 (20x1.10)

Schwalbe Durano Test Results

Schwalbe Durano road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


Size, Weight and Thickness Measurements (Bike Wheel: 622x17C, Pressure: 100 psi / 6.9 bar)
Specified Weight 245 grams
Measured Weight 251 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + inner tube (100 gr)
351 grams
Measured Width 26 mm
Measured Height 24 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 3.6 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall 0.6 mm
Unmounted Casing Width No Data
Unmounted Tread Width No Data

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.

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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 Not Tested
CRR: Not Tested
Rolling Resistance 120 psi / 8.3 Bar 18.0 Watts
CRR: 0.00540
Rolling Resistance 100 PSI / 6.9 Bar 18.8 Watts
CRR: 0.00564
Rolling Resistance 80 PSI / 5.5 Bar 21.0 Watts
CRR:0.00629
Rolling Resistance 60 PSI / 4.1 Bar 24.7 Watts
CRR: 0.00740
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.

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Puncture Resistance Test Results

Schwalbe Durano road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Puncture Resistance Tread 15 Points
Puncture Resistance Sidewall 4 Points

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.

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Conclusion


  • Schwalbe Durano
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

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.

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RATING: 3 / 5
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