Road Bike Tire Test: Schwalbe Durano Plus

Published: by
  • Schwalbe Durano Plus
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is best)
Pro Members get 11-point radar charts



Schwalbe Durano Plus road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

NOTE: We have a test available of a newer version of this tire: Schwalbe Durano Plus Addix 2020

The Schwalbe Durano Plus is a road bike tire with a thick anti-puncture layer similar to the puncture protection systems found on the heavy-duty touring bike tires like the Schwalbe Marathon and Marathon Plus. As the Durano Plus is pretty much the only road bike tire that comes with such a thick anti-puncture layer, the test results will give us some good insight in how much this affects rolling resistance. I've already tested the regular Durano (read review) some time back which gives us a good baseline to compare it with the Plus version.


Ad Buy Schwalbe Durano Plus at Amazon.com


Although both the plain Durano and Durano Plus use a 67 TPI casing, it appears the Durano Plus is made up of a dual layer of casing material as the sidewalls are specified as "Twin." My measurements of the thickness of the sidewalls confirm this as the sidewalls of the plain Durano have a thickness of just 0.6 mm while the sidewalls of the Durano Plus are much beefier at a thickness of 1.5 mm. The much thicker sidewalls make the Durano Plus a much sturdier tire similar to most touring bike tires.

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Schwalbe
Model Durano Plus
Year 2017
Tire Type Tubetype (clincher)
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range Med
Buy At Ad Amazon.com
Manufacturer part number 11600640
EAN4026495740487
TPI 67
Compound Dual
Bead Folding
ETRTO 25-622
Size Inch 28"
Specified Width (mm) 25
Specified Weight 380 grams
Max Air Pressure (psi) 115
Made In Members Only
Available Sizes 23-622 (700x23C)
25-622 (700x25C)
28-406 (20x1.10)

Schwalbe Durano Plus Test Results

Schwalbe Durano Plus road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


Size, Weight and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 380 grams
Measured Weight 400 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + inner tube (100 gr)
500 grams
Measured Width 27 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 24 mm (un-round)
Total Tire Thickness Center 4.8 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall Members Only
Unmounted Casing Width 62 mm
Unmounted Tread Width Members Only
Tread Cover (Tread / Casing Ratio) Members Only
All size measurements are taken at an air pressure of 100 psi / 6.9 bars on a 17.8 mm inner width rim.

The specified weight of the 25-622 Durano Plus is 380 grams; my sample comes in quite a bit heavier at 400 grams. The maximum width of the tire at an air pressure of 100 psi / 6.9 bars and mounted to a 17C rim is 27 mm. The Height of the tire is 24 mm.


As expected from a tire with a thick anti-puncture layer, total tire thickness at the center of the tread comes in at 4.8 mm. Most "all-round" road bike tires have a thickness in the 2.5 - 3.0 mm range. The extra thickness means that short objects that penetrate the tire can't reach the inner tube and thus prevents flats. The sidewalls come in at 1.5 mm thickness which is much, much thicker than most regular road bike tires as a thickness of 0.5 - 0.7 mm is the average sidewall thickness in this category.

Rolling Resistance Test Results


Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube Conti Race28 (100gr butyl)
Measured Width 27 mm (un-round)
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
22-24 = 132 psi/9.1 bar
25-27 = 120 psi/8.3 bar
28-29 = 108 psi/7.4 bar
Ultra High Air Pressure

(120 psi / 8.3 bar)
19.7 Watts
CRR: 0.00591
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
22-24 = 110 psi/7.6bar
25-27 = 100 psi/6.9 bar
28-29 = 90 psi/6.2 bar
Extra High Air Pressure

(100 psi / 6.9 bar)
20.7 Watts
CRR: 0.00621
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
22-24 = 88 psi/6.1 bar
25-27 = 80 psi/5.5 bar
28-29 = 72 psi/5.0 bar
High Air Pressure

(80 psi / 5.5 bar)
Members Only
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
22-24 = 66 psi/4.6 bar
25-27 = 60 psi/4.1 bar
28-29 = 54 psi/3.7 bar
Medium Air Pressure

(60 psi / 4.1 bar)
Members Only
The Road Bike section is a multi tire size section, air pressures have been adjusted to the measured casing width.

All numbers are for a single tire at a speed of 29 km/h / 18 mph and a load of 42.5 kg / 94 lbs.

Use the formula: RR (Watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load.

Rolling resistance of the thicker and heavier Durano Plus comes in higher than the plain Durano. What's surprising is that the difference in rolling resistance between these tires isn't that big. At the highest air pressure of 120 psi / 8.1 bars, rolling resistance of the Durano comes in at 19.7 watts while the plain Durano comes in at 18.0 watts. At the lower air pressures, the difference is similar with rolling resistance of the Durano Plus coming in at 1.7 - 1.9 watts higher than the plain Durano.


When we look at the touring bike category, it's obvious that the thick anti-puncture layers do not add that much rolling resistance. The fastest tire in the touring bike category, the Schwalbe Marathon Almotion (read review), also makes use of a thick anti-puncture layer and is faster than the similarly specced, but thinner Marathon Supreme (read review). I suspect the biggest part of the higher rolling resistance of the Durano Plus can be attributed to the much thicker sidewalls/casing when compared to the plain Durano.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Schwalbe Durano Plus road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Total Puncture Score Tread 95 Points
Total Puncture Score Sidewall Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Sharp Needle 15 Points
Tread Puncture Force Blunt Needle No Data
Tread Total Tire Thickness 4.8 mm
Sidewall Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Sidewall Puncture Force Blunt Needle No Data
Sidewall Total Tire Thickness Members Only

The strongest point of the Durano Plus should be puncture resistance. In my test, which is a test based on the force required to puncture the tire with a steel needle, the Plus version of the Durano doesn't score any better than the thinner Durano. The similar scores can be attributed to the soft but thick anti-puncture layer on the Durano Plus which is relatively easy to penetrate as it relies on the fact that a foreign object that penetrates the tire won't reach the inner tube.


This soft but thick approach might work well for things like glass or other smaller sharp object. If you happen to ride over a long steel nail, even this kind of protection won't save you.


In the sidewall puncture test, the Plus version outscores the plain Durano by 3 points (7 points Vs 4 points). This higher score is expected as the sidewalls are much thicker and seem to use a double layer of casing material.

Static Grip Test Results


NOTE: Grip test data is only available on tires tested after November 2018. You can find more information about our grip test here: Introducing Grip Testing

Static Grip Test Results
Wet Grip Average No Data
Wet Grip Center No Data
Wet Grip Edge No Data
Grip in points = coefficient of friction * 100

Conclusion


  • Schwalbe Durano Plus
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is best)

Pro Members get 11-point radar charts

It's a bit hard to put a verdict on a unique tire like the Durano Plus on a site called Bicycle Rolling Resistance. Riders that will consider buying the Durano Plus aren't looking for an ultimate performance tire, but do like to know how this tire performs compared to the other tires. If you're looking for a strong, puncture resistant road bike tire with an all-season compound, and don't mind the high weight and higher rolling resistance, the Durano Plus could be an excellent choice.


If you're not convinced the Durano Plus is the right tire for you, my suggestion would be to look at both the Michelin Pro 4 Endurance (read review) and Continental Grand Prix 4 Season (read review). Both those tires are stronger tires than the average road bike tire, but still have a low weight, higher puncture resistance, and lower rolling resistance.

Ad Buy Schwalbe Durano Plus at Amazon.com


RATING: 3.0 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
Recommended


Comments



Get updates on new articles
Road Bike Rolling Resistance Reviews
Excludes previous models/discontinued tires
Visit the road bike overview to view all
Brand Model Watts
VittoriaCorsa Speed G+ 2.0 (TLR)7.0 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 TT TdF7.2 W
SchwalbePro One TT TLE Addix7.5 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 S TR 258.4 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 S TR 288.5 W
MichelinPower Time Trial8.6 W
VeloflexRecord (silica compound)8.7 W
VittoriaCorsa Speed (tubular)8.9 W
MichelinPower Cup TLR8.9 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 S TR (tanwall)9.6 W
ZippTangente Speed Tubeless9.6 W
SpecializedS-Works Turbo RapidAir 2Bliss Ready T2/T59.8 W
ContinentalGrand Prix TT9.9 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 500010.0 W
MichelinPower Road TLR10.1 W
SpecializedTurbo Cotton10.1 W
PirelliP Zero Velo TT10.2 W
ContinentalGrand Prix SuperSonic10.2 W
SchwalbePro One TLE Addix10.2 W
PirelliP Zero Velo Race TLR SL10.3 W
VeloflexCorsa Race TLR10.6 W
MichelinPower Cup10.6 W
MichelinPower Competition10.9 W
ContinentalGrand Prix Force II11.0 W
PanaracerAgilest TLR11.3 W
ContinentalGrand Prix Attack II11.4 W
EnveSES Road Tire Tubeless11.4 W
BontragerR4 32011.5 W
PirelliP Zero Race 4S11.6 W
ZippTangente Speed11.6 W
MavicYksion Pro UST Tubeless11.7 W
PirelliP Zero Velo Race TLR11.7 W
ChallengeStrada Pro HTLR11.8 W
VeloflexCorsa Evo TLR11.9 W
HutchinsonFusion 5 Galactik TLR 11Storm12.0 W
VittoriaCorsa N.EXT TLR 2812.1 W
WolfpackRoad Race12.1 W
VittoriaCorsa G+ 2.0 TLR12.2 W
VittoriaCorsa G+ (tubular)12.3 W
VeloflexCorsa Race (clincher)12.3 W
VittoriaCorsa N.EXT TLR 2612.3 W
MichelinPower Road12.4 W
PirelliP Zero Velo12.5 W
VittoriaCorsa Control G+ 2.0 TLR12.6 W
PirelliP Zero Race12.6 W
SchwalbePro One (tubetype) Addix12.8 W
VittoriaCorsa Elite (tubular)12.9 W
CadexRace Tubeless13.0 W
VittoriaCorsa G+ 2.0 (open)13.0 W
MaxxisPadrone Tubeless Ready13.1 W
MaxxisHigh Road13.2 W
ChallengeStrada Pro13.4 W
SpecializedS-Works Turbo13.4 W
BontragerR3 Hard-Case Lite TLR13.6 W
PirelliP Zero Road13.7 W
PanaracerRace L Evo 313.9 W
GoodyearEagle F1 Tubeless13.9 W
ContinentalGrand Prix14.0 W
ContinentalUltra Sport III14.1 W
VittoriaCorsa Control G+ 2.0 (open)14.1 W
ContinentalCompetition (tubular)14.2 W
MichelinPro 4 Endurance v214.5 W
MichelinPower Endurance14.5 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 4 Season 202214.6 W
PirelliP Zero Velo 4S14.7 W
IRCFormula Pro Tubeless RBCC14.8 W
MavicYksion Elite15.0 W
VittoriaZaffiro Pro G+ 2.015.2 W
VittoriaRubino Pro G+ 2.015.2 W
ZippTangente Course15.3 W
MichelinKrylion 2 Endurance15.4 W
MichelinPro 4 Service Course15.4 W
SchwalbeOne Performance Addix15.4 W
SchwalbeOne TLE Performance Addix15.8 W
MichelinLithion 215.9 W
PirelliCinturato Velo TLR16.0 W
SchwalbePro One HT (tubular)16.1 W
PanaracerRace A Evo 316.4 W
SchwalbeDurano Plus Addix16.4 W
ClementStrada LGG16.9 W
MichelinDynamic Sport17.3 W
PanaracerRace D Evo 317.4 W
SchwalbeDurano18.0 W
SchwalbeLugano II18.0 W
VredesteinFortezza Senso All Weather18.0 W
ContinentalGatorskin19.3 W
ContinentalGator Hardshell19.5 W
SchwalbeDurano DD Addix19.5 W
MichelinPower All Season21.3 W
MaxxisRe-Fuse22.6 W
View All
CX/Gravel Rolling Resistance Reviews
Brand Model Watts
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 S TR 3212.8 W
Rene HerseSnoqualmie Pass TC Extralight 4413.5 W
ChallengeStrada Bianca Pro HTLR 4014.8 W
SchwalbePro One TLE Addix 3415.5 W
ChallengeStrada Bianca Pro HTLR 3615.7 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 TL 3216.0 W
SchwalbeG-One RS Super Race 4016.2 W
PanaracerGravelKing TLC 3516.6 W
VittoriaCorsa N.EXT TLR 3216.7 W
PanaracerGravelKing TLC 4017.0 W
ContinentalTerra Speed TR (Protection) 3517.0 W
ChallengeGetaway Pro HTLR 4017.4 W
Rene HerseSnoqualmie Pass TC 4417.4 W
TufoGravel Thundero 4017.4 W
TufoGravel Speedero 4017.5 W
ContinentalTerra Speed TR (Protection) 4017.8 W
ContinentalTerra Hardpack TR 5018.6 W
PanaracerGravelKing TLC 3219.0 W
PanaracerGravelKing SS TLC 4019.2 W
PirelliCinturato Gravel H 4019.5 W
Rene HerseSnoqualmie Pass TC Endurance 4419.6 W
SpecializedRoubaix Pro 2Bliss Ready 3219.7 W
TufoGravel Swampero 4020.1 W
SpecializedS-Works Pathfinder 2Bliss Ready 4220.2 W
MichelinPower Gravel 3520.3 W
SpecializedPathfinder Pro 2Bliss Ready 4220.3 W
Rene HerseBarlow Pass TC 3820.4 W
PanaracerGravelKing SK TLC 4020.9 W
ChallengeStrada Bianca Race TLR 3621.2 W
PirelliCinturato Cross H 3321.4 W
ContinentalSpeed King CX RaceSport 3221.4 W
MichelinPower Gravel (v2) 4021.9 W
ContinentalTerra Trail TR 4022.2 W
HutchinsonOveride 3522.2 W
PirelliCinturato Gravel M 4022.7 W
WTBRiddler TCS Light 3722.8 W
SpecializedPathfinder Pro 2Bliss Ready 3823.0 W
Rene HerseSteilacoom TC 3823.1 W
PanaracerGravelKing Plus TLC 3523.1 W
VittoriaTerreno Dry TNT G+ 2.0 3323.2 W
PirelliCinturato Gravel RC 4023.2 W
ZippG40 XPLR 4023.3 W
VittoriaTerreno Zero TNTG+ 2.0 3723.4 W
PirelliCinturato Velo 3523.8 W
TeravailCannonball Light & Supple 4223.9 W
SchwalbeG-One R Super Race 4024.2 W
Rene HerseSnoqualmie Pass TC Endurance Plus 4424.3 W
Rene HerseHurricane Ridge TC 4224.4 W
SchwalbeG-One Bite Super Ground SpeedGrip 4024.8 W
WTBResolute TCS Light 4224.8 W
SchwalbeG-One Speed Super Ground V-Guard SpeedGrip 4024.8 W
MaxxisRambler EXO/TR 120 TPI 4025.0 W
PanaracerGravelKing SS Plus TLC 4025.5 W
VittoriaTerreno Mix TNT G+ 2.0 3325.6 W
ChallengeGrifo Pro 3325.7 W
WTBNano TCS Light 4025.8 W
PirelliCinturato Cross M 3325.9 W
SchwalbeG-One Ultrabite TLE SpeedGrip 4026.0 W
SchwalbeG-One Allround Super Ground SpeedGrip 4026.0 W
WTBByway TCS Light SG2 4026.6 W
VittoriaTerreno Dry TLR G+ 2.0 4026.6 W
VittoriaTerreno Wet TNT G+ 2.0 3328.4 W
ChallengeGravel Grinder 3328.7 W
MaxxisRe-Fuse Gravel 4030.1 W
View All
Mountain Bike Rolling Resistance Reviews
Excludes previous models/discontinued tires
Visit the MTB overview to view all
Brand Model Watts
SchwalbeThunder Burt Super Ground Addix Speed15.7 W
ContinentalRace King Protection15.7 W
SchwalbeRocket Ron LiteSkin Addix Speed18.1 W
ContinentalSpeed King II RaceSport19.1 W
SchwalbeRacing Ralph LiteSkin Addix Speed20.5 W
SchwalbeRacing Ralph Super Race Addix Speed21.5 W
SchwalbeRocket Ron TL-E Addix Speed22.2 W
ContinentalRace King RaceSport22.4 W
SchwalbeRacing Ralph 2019 TLE Addix Speed22.5 W
SchwalbeRocket Ron TL-E Addix SpeedGrip22.7 W
VittoriaMezcal TNT G+ 2.023.5 W
SchwalbeRacing Ray TLE Addix SpeedGrip23.8 W
SchwalbeRacing Ralph TL-E Addix SpeedGrip24.2 W
ContinentalCross King Protection 29x2.224.5 W
VittoriaBarzo TNT G+ 2.025.5 W
SpecializedS-Works Fast Trak 2BR T5/T726.0 W
MaxxisAspen EXO TR26.1 W
IRCMythos XC26.3 W
ContinentalRace King Performance26.3 W
MaxxisRekon Race EXO TR26.6 W
SpecializedS-Works Ground Control 2BR26.8 W
MaxxisIkon 3C MaxxSpeed TLR27.0 W
ContinentalRace King Sport27.0 W
ContinentalCross King Protection 29x2.328.4 W
MichelinJet XCR28.7 W
MaxxisArdent Race 3C EXO TR30.6 W
MichelinForce XC30.8 W
ContinentalMountain King II RaceSport31.5 W
MichelinForce AM32.9 W
KendaSmall Block Eight35.6 W
MaxxisIkon eXCeption Silkworm38.2 W
VittoriaAKA40.7 W
View All
Touring Bike Rolling Resistance Reviews
Brand Model Watts
CompassBon Jon Pass15.6 W
ContinentalGrand Prix Urban16.9 W
SchwalbeMarathon Almotion (OneStar)17.1 W
VittoriaVoyager Hyper17.7 W
ContinentalContact Urban18.4 W
SchwalbeMarathon Efficiency18.5 W
SchwalbeMarathon Supreme19.1 W
SchwalbeMarathon Almotion Addix19.4 W
SchwalbeMarathon Almotion TLE Addix19.7 W
PanaracerPasela PT (ProTite)20.6 W
ContinentalSport Contact II20.6 W
SchwalbeMarathon (GreenGuard)21.3 W
SchwalbeEnergizer Plus21.5 W
CSTE-Series Reach21.9 W
ContinentalTop Contact II24.2 W
ContinentalUrban Taraxagum24.2 W
ContinentalContact II24.3 W
SchwalbeMarathon Racer24.6 W
SchwalbeKojak24.8 W
ContinentalCity Ride II25.1 W
SchwalbeMarathon Plus25.5 W
SchwalbeMarathon Mondial Evo26.7 W
VredesteinPerfect-E27.3 W
SchwalbeMarathon E-Plus27.4 W
ContinentalTop Contact Winter II28.5 W
VittoriaRandonneur32.4 W
ContinentalE.Contact33.4 W
View All
Fat Bike Rolling Resistance Reviews
Brand Model Watts
SchwalbeJumbo Jim LiteSkin PaceStar29.4 W
SchwalbeJumbo Jim SnakeSkin31.1 W
SpecializedFast Trak Fat35.9 W
VeeRubber Vee 838.3 W
SurlyLarry40.9 W
45NRTHVan Helga43.5 W
45NRTHHusker Du44.2 W
SurlyLarry 27 TPI45.5 W
VittoriaBomboloni TNT46.4 W
MaxxisMammoth47.2 W
PanaracerFat B Nimble47.9 W
KendaJuggernaut Pro51.7 W
View All