Single-speed bikes are one of the 2010 season’s hottest trends. Albeit one-speed bikes derived from track cycling, they have been preferred by bike couriers since the eighties and the colorful Duranos, or Durano Skid are perfectly suited tires, both technically and image-wise.
For cycle couriers and other cycling purists, these single-speed, minimalist bikes, which have a freewheel, or fixed-wheel/gear (“Fixie”) are a lifestyle. The reason why couriers so vehemently defend their bikes, where the technology derives from the twenties, can be simply explained: A low-maintenance bike is required for clocking up hundreds of miles a day, but at the same time it must also have a professional quality level. Because it only has a few parts, only a few can wear out. Nevertheless, the components have to be of the highest quality, such as the hubs, handlebars and head set, as well as the chain and chainwheel. A mature cycling culture is also part of that, of course. Riding a fixie is demanding, requiring superior fitness and concentration. And the Spartan, minimalist look is the essence of such cycling, having only what is absolutely necessary. Pure cycling; forever turning the pedals and nothing else.
Durano – Stylish durability
Schwalbe is offering its Durano in new colors especially for single-speed bikes. Fluorescent green and either nostalgic cream, or brown will complement the look of a single-speed bike, many of which already sport a retro-look. The tires are reinforced with a rubber layer designed to provide extreme durability. "No other racing tire lasts as long!", stressed Schwalbe Product Manager, Carsten Zahn.
For bikes without brakes and with just a fixed gear - only allowed in Germany for sports such as the Bike Polo or trick cycling – Schwalbe has developed just the right rubber: The Durano Skid has a thick layer of robust, touring tire, tread compound that can withstand real "abuse" - braking by locking the rear wheel - for a much longer time.
The new colored Duranos and the Durano Skid will be available from specialist bicycle dealers from the end of 2010.