Road Bike Tire Test: Schwalbe Lugano II

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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: 11 tread / 5 sidewall
  6. Conclusion: 2 / 5 Not Recommended
  7. Comments
  • Schwalbe Lugano II
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

Schwalbe Lugano II road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

The Schwalbe Lugano II is an update to the original Lugano that has been around for a long time. We tested the original Lugano back in 2015 (read our review) and were not impressed as, at that time, it was by far the slowest road bike tire we've had on our test machine. When purely looking at the specifications of both the old and new Lugano, not much has changed as nearly all specifications are the same. The biggest change seems to be a new tread pattern which gives it a much sleeker look.


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Although the specifications are the same on paper, our tests show there is a big difference between the old and new Lugano. Rolling resistance is now a bit lower but this has come at the cost of decreased puncture resistance of the tread area. If you were using the Lugano because you found it to offer good puncture resistance, be careful when changing to the Lugano II.


We've tested the Lugano II with folding beads in the 25-622 size. The Lugano II with folding beads is available in the 23-622, 25-622, and 28-622 sizes. An even cheaper wire bead version is available as well in the 23-622, 25-622, 28-622, and 32-622 sizes.

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Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Schwalbe
Model Lugano II
Year 2020
Tire Type Tubetype (clincher)
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range Low
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Manufacturer part number 11654009
EAN4026495864817
TPI 50
Compound Silica
Bead Folding
ETRTO 25-622
Size Inch 28"
Width 25
Specified Weight 280 grams
Max Pressure 115
Made In Indonesia
Available Sizes 23-622 (700x23c)
25-622 (700x25c)
28-622 (700x28c)

Schwalbe Lugano II Test Results

Schwalbe Lugano II road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


Size, Weight and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 280 grams
Measured Weight 265 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + inner tube (100 gr)
365 grams
Measured Width 26 mm
Measured Height 24 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 3.4 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall 0.8 mm
Unmounted Casing Width 64 mm
Unmounted Tread Width 30 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
CRR: Not Tested
Rolling Resistance
120 PSI / 8.3 Bar
18.0 Watts
CRR: 0.00540
Rolling Resistance
100 PSI / 6.9 Bar
19.2 Watts
CRR: 0.00576
Rolling Resistance
80 PSI / 5.5 Bar
21.1 Watts
CRR:0.00632
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4.1 Bar
24.2 Watts
CRR: 0.00725
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 Lugano II road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Puncture Resistance Tread 11 Points
Puncture Resistance Sidewall 5 Points

Conclusion


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

When we compare the Lugano II to the original Lugano, rolling resistance has been improved by nearly 20%. On the other hand, puncture resistance of the tread area has decreased by 20%. All in all, the Lugano II is now a typical all-round road bike tire with a puncture resistance score in the 10-12 points range but a much higher rolling resistance than more expensive tires.


If you're looking for low cost tires, our road bike overview with the low price range filter applied shows us there are better tires available. If you're willing to spend a bit more, add the medium price range tires as well and you'll see you can have significant improvements when spending just a slight bit more.

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RATING: 2 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
Not Recommended


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