On those many occasions when our rides demand that durability trumps lightness, the Schwalbe Lugano Clincher Tire are a solid choice for our training wheels. None of us want to have to waste precious ride time fixing flats, and no one really wants to spend more than they absolutely have to in order to get a pair of training tires. The Lugano checks all the durability and price conscious boxes, while losing very little of the racing tire feel.The Lugano Tire corners better than you'd imagine, giving you the feel that you?ll have tons of grip no matter the road surface, and the diamond profile of the tread is perfect for dry and wet conditions. A puncture protection belt has been added into the casing so that you can ride through the nastiest patches of sand and road debris on your way to work or over highway overpasses on your training rides, and you'll have every confidence that the tire will make it through unscathed. Certainly, there are lighter clinchers out there, but at this price point, there are none better as the Lugano blends a healthy dose of performance in with its durability. The Schwalbe Lugano Clincher Tire is available in Black (700c x 20, x 23, x 25) and in Black, Blue, Red, White, Yellow (700c x 23 only). It can be pumped up to between 85 and 110 PSI. Keeping the tire properly inflated will increase its effectiveness against punctures and extend the lifetime of the tread.
Tires came stock on my Cannondale CAAD 10. Bit the dust the first day I rode the bike and now have a nice case of road rash due to these inadequate tires. A cyclist about 20 yards in front of me made the same turn, at the same speed without issue. I've also made the same turn, at the same speed under similar conditions on my other bike which rolls GatorSkins. These tires suck!!
Date Reviewed: November 7, 2014
Weaknesses: prone to puncture, not very handle-able
Came stock with my Cannondanle Synapse 6 (alu frame, carbon fork). These tires are crap. I had a front puncture within less than 100miles of light (commuter) riding on generally smooth streets (I weigh 155lbs), and moreover slipped out and fell over (luckily didn't get hurt) on a relatively easy 90-degree turn in dry weather at moderate speed (~9mph) due to the tire's shoddy grip. Avoid these like the plague! I'm waiting for them to wear down a bit more so that I can feel justified in upgrading to new tires (in the meantime I take my 90-degree street turns at a slow ~6mph to avoid eating further tarmac)...if I have another flat within the next ~50 miles I'll swap them out without patching.
Date Reviewed: April 30, 2014
Strengths: Came with the bike. No punctures in the first 450 miles
Weaknesses: Very little grip in damp showery conditions
Tyres seemed ok at first, minor twitches when crossing drain covers etc. First time out in the wet lost control completely when cornering at slow speed - resulting damage to human and bike makes me wish that I had swapped them out when they first felt skittery.
Date Reviewed: February 19, 2014
Strengths: They are at least comfortable.
Weaknesses: Very poor durability. 650 Kms and they're in the bin. Rear tyre so badly scarred by road debris I am amazed I got so far before a puncture. For me, that's 2 weeks of daily commuting. So not good enough.
These tyres came with my new Cannondale Synapse and I had my doubts about them immediately. I only wish I'd swapped them out for the tried and tested Continental Gatorskins last weekend as I had planned.
Aside from their awful durability and the ease with which they punctured, I had no confidence cornering on them, even on roads that were merely damp.
Date Reviewed: November 10, 2013
Weaknesses: Too many flats!
Horrible. Came with my Cannondale CAAD 8 5. Love the bike, hate these tires. Get flats all the time, and I'm not really all that rugged of a rider. The Continental GP 4000s's I ordered can't come soon enough. There's a reason these tires are so cheap. Don't waste your money.
I found a deal on Schwalbe Lugano 700 x 25C tires, I bought a few pairs for myself. And I found out the seller has 6 pairs left and they will sell them for $28 shipped via UPS Ground to the 48 states. I offered to set up a PayPal check out for the seller so they could be sold here instead of ebay. [ ... Read More »