Road Bike Tire Test: Schwalbe Durano Plus Addix

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Contents and Test Summary

  1. Introduction
  2. Manufacturer Specifications
  3. Size, Weight, Thickness
  4. Rolling Resistance: 16.4 watts
  5. Puncture Resistance: 12 tread / 6 sidewall
  6. Conclusion: 3.0 / 5 Recommended
  7. Comments
  • Schwalbe Durano Plus Addix
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

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

The Schwalbe Durano Plus is unique as it's the only road bike tire (that we know of) that uses a thick anti-puncture layer under the tread. This thick layer adds a lot of weight which is something most people that ride expensive road bikes don't like. The advantage of the thick (but often soft) layer is a high puncture resistance as most objects that can puncture a tire simply don't have the length to reach the inner tube.


Just like most other tires in Schwalbe's lineup, the Durano Plus now makes use of their Addix compound. We already tested the Durano Plus back in 2017 (read our review) and found puncture resistance to be good but the weight and rolling resistance penalties were quite hefty. On paper, nothing much seems to have changed as the Durano Plus still uses a 67 TPI casing and the same SmartGuard anti-puncture layer that can also be found on Schwalbe's Marathon line of touring bike tires.


We're testing the 25-622 folding version of the Durano Plus with Addix compound. A folding 28-622 version is available as well. Also available are wire bead versions that are even heavier (and cheaper) and come in the 23-622, 25-622, and 28-622 sizes.

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Schwalbe
Model Durano Plus Addix
Year 2020
Tire Type Tubetype (clincher)
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range Med
Buy At
Manufacturer part number 11653966
EAN4026495865692
TPI 67
Compound Addix
Bead Folding
ETRTO 25-622
Size Inch 28"
Width 25
Specified Weight 385 grams
Max Pressure 115
Made In Indonesia
Available Sizes 25-622 (700x25c)
28-622 (700x28c)

Schwalbe Durano Plus Addix Test Results

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

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


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Size, Weight and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 385 grams
Measured Weight 399 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + inner tube (100 gr)
499 grams
Measured Width 26 mm
Measured Height 24 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 4.6 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall 1.45 mm
Unmounted Casing Width 63 mm
Unmounted Tread Width 27 mm
All size measurements are taken at an air pressure of 100 psi / 6.9 bars on a 17.8 mm inner width rim.

Rolling Resistance Test Results


Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube Conti Race28 (100gr butyl)
Rolling Resistance
140 PSI / 9.7 Bar
Not Tested
Rolling Resistance
120 PSI / 8.3 Bar
16.4 Watts
CRR: 0.00492
Rolling Resistance
100 PSI / 6.9 Bar
17.1 Watts
CRR: 0.00513
Rolling Resistance
80 PSI / 5.5 Bar
19.0 Watts
CRR: 0.00570
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4.1 Bar
22.3 Watts
CRR: 0.00668
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.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Schwalbe Durano Plus Addix road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Puncture Resistance Tread 12 Points
Puncture Resistance Sidewall 6 Points

Conclusion


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

Our tests indicate there are some big differences between the previous version of the Durano Plus (read our review), and the new Durano Plus with Addix compound. What is the most worrying to us is puncture resistance of the tread has decreased by 20% to just 12 points. On top of that, total thickness (which is the strong point of this tire) at the center of the tread has gone down from 4.8 mm to 4.6 mm. The sidewalls also are a bit easier to puncture although that's just a 1 point difference.


One thing to note though is we test puncture resistance with a long steel needle which is an object the Durano Plus isn't designed to handle well. Still, we see a remarkable difference between the old and new Durano which is something to keep in mind if you've used the Durano Plus for its puncture resistance qualities.


The good part about the Durano Plus with Addix compound is that it rolls a good bit faster than the older version. As puncture resistance and rolling resistance is always a trade-off, it looks like Schwalbe made the Durano Plus faster rolling by sacrificing its puncture resistance qualities.

RATING: 3.0 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
Recommended


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