Duro Sevilla 700×35 Tires
As we mentioned in an earlier post, we’ve been testing a few pair of Duro tires since this summer. For the past six months I’ve been running a set of 700×35 Duro Sevilla tires on my Redline 925. Used primarily for playing polo and getting to and from the court, these tires have been taking a beating like none other. Right off the bat, getting to our main polo court involves riding on all manner of rough roads, and the surrounding area under the Bloomfield Bridge is littered with broken glass, thorns and God knows what else. To date, I’ve not had a single puncture flat with these tires. That could be luck, or it could be Duro’s Flak Jacket puncture resistant casing.
I really can’t count how many times people have remarked on the Tru Shine reflective patterned sidewalls. Not only do they garner attention, they shine like daylight in a car’s headlights. I had presumed that the reflective coating would eventually wear off or at least begin to crack or flake, but it pretty much looks like new after six months.
While it’s true that I’ve managed to skid through the tread of my rear tire, it’s important that I qualify that with how I ride this bike. When I play bike polo, I run a freewheel with relatively low gearing and a rear brake that’s easy to lock up with one finger. I play several times a week, and since Pittsburgh’s polo community is rather small, I’m on the court more than I’m on the bench. So these tires have been subjected to countless sprints immediately followed by hard, seated skids. And while it’s true that fixed gear riders concentrate their tire wear on a limited number of skid patches, and a freewheel tire’s wear is randomly distributed, most fixed gear skids are done out of the saddle with relatively little weight on the rear wheel. When I’m skidding, my weight is concentrated on the rear wheel.
So considering the abuse, and the fact that I’ve continued to ride them as shown above without puncturing, I would say they get high marks for tread durability. I’ll chalk that up to Duro’s use of a 70A durometer rubber as opposed to the softer 60A used on their mountain and road racing tires. Incidentally, the front tire is in perfect shape, with no more than cursory signs of wear. And of course I won’t be pushing my luck—I’ll be replacing that rear tire ASAP.
The Sevilla retails for $25 per tire. Visit www.durotire.com for more information.