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Schwalbe Durano tyre



Grippy, durable and fairly light, a very good all-round performance training tyre

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Schwalbe's Durano is 'for mile eaters': a training specific tyre. As a dual compound, folding tyre and at 235g, it is slightly more than this, a true utility tyre but how does it fare?

The first thing you probably want to know about a training tyre is what its puncture protection is like. Included is Schwalbe's premium level protection: RaceGuard, a synthesis of rubber and nylon moulded into the standard rubber. Schwalbe say this adds very little to weight and rolling resistance.

At 235g you can't dispute the first point and I found the tyre to zip along nicely; still remaining supple unlike some heavily reinforced tyres.

Puncture protection is hard to test but just riding, but I rode these tyres for a few thousand kilometres and didn't suffer any punctures. Luck plays its part, and perhaps Schwalbe went around sweeping the roads of Bath before the review but as tests go, it is a glowing result.

Dual compound rubber is normally found only on race tyres but it allows for a better combination of rolling resistance and grip. For grip, you want sticky rubber, but grippy rubber doesn't roll as well, and wears out quickly.

A dual compound aims to give the best of all worlds, by combining grippy rubber at the sides for cornering with a faster rolling compound in the centre. With lightly treaded sidewalls, the resulting tyre handles well in the wet (plenty of opportunity for that in the last month!) but isn't a labour to keep moving.

In fact, handling on this tyre is a strong point. It feels more like a premium race tyre than other training rubber I have used. The bite is good and I could confidently throw the bike into corners – even in the wet – without the backend fish-tailing about.

Longevity looks promising. The tyre still looks to have plenty of wear left after 2,000km; the top hasn't flattened off too much and sidewalls look healthy.

The Schwalbe Durano is available in a range of colours of questionable taste (we had the standard black), in folding or wired bead and plenty of wheel size and widths. It is clearly intended as a 'one-stop' tyre option.

The folding 23mm wide version is a good option for those who don't want to spend ages researching different tyres or having to change tyres the night before an event in pursuit of better characteristics. You can stick these on your bike year round and they should keep you happy.

The £32.99 rrp is about right – comparable with a Continental GatorSkin – and the dual compound of the Durano is one better.


Grippy, durable and fairly light, a very good all-round performance training tyre. test report

Make and model: Schwalbe Durano tyre

Size tested: 700x23C

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

"For mile eaters. Durano is the right choice for high mileage purposes, because no other racing tire lasts longer. At the same time the Dual Compound offers great grip for training on wet winter roads. It has the proven RaceGuard protection belt. Folding tire. 235 g."

I'd say they've hit the mark there: basically a long lasting racing tire.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Dual compound rubber, 235g, folding bead, plenty of wheel sizes and widths, RaceGuard puncture protection which appears to work.

Rate the product for quality of construction:

Taking it out of the bike and fitting it, it has a feeling of premium rubber. I didn't suffer any nicks or bead coming through either.

Rate the product for performance:

Strikes the balance of training tire and racer well. Good wet weather riding too.

Rate the product for durability:

After 2,000km still has life in it. Sidewalls in particular look healthy.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:

A Continental Gatorskin is around 220g so 30g less over a pair of tires; could do better.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:

A pleasure to ride and certainly doesn't test the nerves.

Rate the product for value:

£32.99rrp is a few pounds more than similar offerings but this is a slightly racier tire.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Performs well: zero punctures but you don't pay the price in ride quality.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Zero punctures throughout the test!

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Can't think of much really. I personally would dislike lime-green, cream and chocolate brown colours on my bike but the option is there. Each to their own!

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

A solid contendor for a true all-round road bike tire.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 23  Height: 184cm  Weight: 66kg

I usually ride: Orbea Onix (Carbon) - Summer, Orbea Asphalt (Alu) - Winter  My best bike is: Orbea Alma G10

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Semi pro

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, club rides, mtb,


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DaveQB | 7 years ago



"Puncture protection is hard to test but just riding"


cat1commuter | 12 years ago

Surely the vetran based puncture protection is Schwalbe's "premium"? I think RaceGuard is for giving good protection without affecting the ride too much.

steff | 12 years ago
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The Durano Pluses aren't that bad. The rubber-foam layer makes them feel a bit dead compared to high-quality clinchers like Vittoria Paves, but they're vastly more reassuring in the wet than Gatorskins and don't puncture easily even on my commute past the top of Brick Lane (a sea of glass shards every Monday).

Dnnnnnn replied to steff | 7 years ago
steff wrote:

The Durano Pluses aren't that bad. The rubber-foam layer makes them feel a bit dead compared to high-quality clinchers like Vittoria Paves, but they're vastly more reassuring in the wet than Gatorskins and don't puncture easily even on my commute past the top of Brick Lane (a sea of glass shards every Monday).

Agree that they feel OK and grip well. Then again, they last so long that I've kinda forgotten what other tyres feel like!

Mind you, I've tried a set of Michelin Pro4 Endurance, albeit on another, not so good, bike recently and didn't notice any difference. I did notice the two glass punctures though, compared with my one per year on the D+...

mogwaiboi | 12 years ago
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I must have been unlucky with the Durano! I got 3 punctures within a month or so, and I'm only commuting in Melbourne so the roads/paths aren't that bad. I've since put the Durano Plus on the back and the normal Durano on the front. I can tell that it's a bit heavier but if I don't get any flats who cares. Other than the punctures they are a great grippy tyre.

TheHatter | 12 years ago

Love these tyres - been commuting for around 800 miles on the current pair and other than a few nicks from the plentiful broken glass on the paths I use these have been brilliant.

Nigel Jennings | 12 years ago

This is slightly off-topic but I ride the Durano Plus (see comment by Simon above) year-round, mainly because I tend to ride quite a lot on rough stony tracks that would rip normal road tyres to shreds. I am not a very sophisticated rider but I have high confidence in the wet-weather grip of the 'Plus' on normal roads.

It is probably accurate to describe the Plus as bomb-proof despite the fact I have had two punctures in the rear tyre during the last six months - as a result of the abuse they suffer the tyre surfaces now sport a multitude of small cuts and on both occasions these have trapped a shard of flint that eventually penetrated the protective layer. The tyres themselves are about nine months old and have covered over a thousand miles with little sign of wear apart from the aforementioned cuts.

When these eventually wear out I will try a pair of the 'ordinary' Duranos for comparison. Maybe it will be a revalation!

bigmel | 12 years ago

My favourite tyre! Much preferred to any Continentals.
I ride the 25mm version which makes it comfortable as well, essential on audaxes. Never had a puncture despite doing the End2End (1020+miles) AND the front tyre still had the central mold line on it at the finish!
That was back in 2010 and I'm still riding the same set today on my Winter/Hack bike. Stunning value.

Word of warning - do not confuse with the Durano PLUS which has an extra layer of puncture resistance which I am told ruins the feel of the tyre.

Simon_MacMichael | 12 years ago

No idea but I think we got the message  3

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paulfrank | 12 years ago

Whoa what the heck happened there  13

paulfrank | 12 years ago

I have just ordered a set of these for my daily commute to replace a warped Specialized and a Gatorskin that has had two punctures in a week. I hope I get a similar change of luck.

mikroos | 12 years ago

Much, MUCH better than Gatorskin. Much more supple, lighter and I'd even say that it's more pucture resistant (or it's just my good luck with them and/or bad luck with Conti). Great choice for commuting or training - the only other tyre that could compare to this one (or even be superior to Durano) is the amazing Krylion Carbon.

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