Continental GatorSkin DuraSkin Tire
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- Known around the world for it's legendary puncture protection and durability
- The reptilian design sets the tone for eating up those miles!
- Superior puncture protection comes via Continental's Poly X Breaker
- Extremely long service life through wear-optimized tread compound
- fold-able Tire
- MARKET LEADER AMONGST CYCLIST - Known around the world for it's legendary puncture protection and durability
- AMAZING BY DESIGN - The reptilian design sets the tone for eating up those miles!
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Continental Gatorskin Tire
The Continental Gatorskin is the ultimate training & racing tire where puncture protection is a priority. Using the latest proprietary technology against flats the Gatorskin range uses PolyX Breaker and DuraSkin sidewall protection.
The Gatorskin tire is made for the long haul. Backed by PolyX Breaker, a tried and true puncture protections system and the DuraSkin anti-cut fabric turn the Gatorskin into a true long distance runner.
DuraSkin - the ultimate sidewall
Tires with DuraSkin sidewall protection have to be able to roll with the punches. They are used under the harshest conditions. On messenger bikes, the tires skid along curbs; on touring bikes, they cross continents without wearing out. During races, they have to endure tough tests such as the Paris-Roubaix. The high-quality polyamide fabric protects the tire casing against the worst conditions. These tires stand out thanks to their signature brown sidewalls.
PolyX Breaker - proven technology
Continental's PolyX Breaker brings their car expertise to the bicycle tire segment. Polyester has been used successfully for years in Continental's car tires and been tried and tested many times. The extremely resistant polyester fiber is woven tightly crosswise. In this way, a very high fabric density is reached which not only makes the Breaker more resistant to foreign objects but is also especially resistant to punctures. This protection is accomplished without affecting rolling resistance.
Gatorskin for every rider
The ever popular, tried and true Gatorskin is available in wire bead and folding versions that span a wide variety of tire sizes. Designed for commuting, touring, or heavy training - the Gatorskin will not let you down.
Bestselling Tires on Amazon
Reviews don't lie. With 1000's of online reviews here on Amazon and other cycling forums across the web, the Gatorskin is consistently the highest rated and bestselling bike tire. Often imitated, but never duplicated, this legend will live on forever.
More than 100 years experience in the development and production of bicycle tires has made Continental a unique company within the industry.
Inside Continental's technology and development center in Korbach, they are constantly developing new revolutionary technologies such as the unbeatable Black Chili compound and the ultimate Vectran breaker anti-puncture technology, both used at the top end of race sport.
These technologies demand sophisticated processes to ensure our legendary end-product quality, and these innovations as well as the ProTection and RaceSport technology for MTB tires, can only be manufactured in our factory in Germany – 'Handmade in Germany'.
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High mileage and puncture resistance team up in this fast-rolling, wire bead road tire from Continental. Made with DuraSkin polyamide fabric to ensure excellent sidewall protection without compromising weight or ride quality. Smooth in the center and grippy on the shoulders, this durable tire provides superior cornering in any condition. Designed for bike commuting, touring and serious training. The Continental Gatorskin wire bead road tire is made with DuraSkin polyamide fabric to ensure excellent sidewall protection without compromising weight or ride quality Smooth in the center and grippy on the shoulders, this durable road bicycle tire provides superior cornering in any condition Designed for bike commuting, cycle touring and serious cycing training
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I bought the wire bead for the fact that they have a more robust side wall because of the wire. Because of this I had a real hard time getting these on. I work on ALLOT of bikes and this tire ranks as the hardest install of the bunch so be ready for a fight if you get the wire. I also bought new 60mm Continental tubes to go with these. I lined up the Continental logo with the valve stem. So in the case of a puncture it'll be easy to locate the location in the tire. I also had an issue with shipping. One of the wires was bent when I got the tire. But I was able to get it right again by hand and mounted.
I saw some other reviewers talking about holes in there tires. Sure enough mine have them too. I took a picture of them but they are a bit hard to see. Anyway after some research I discovered that these are wear indicators. When you can no longer see the holes the tires are done. Nice feature. All in all i'm happy I made the jump to this tire. Even with the small speed loss I would use these again.
I ride in the desert (Las Vegas). So I can't attest to how these grip in the rain. But they seem to grip fine for my climate. As with any new tire I recommend taking corners easy until you understand the limits of the tire. I have just about 600m on these and i'm happy to report no flats as of yet. But if you ride in urban areas this or the harder Gator Hardshell tires are for you.
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After 60 miles the bead separated from the sidewall of the tire. Continental said sorry we have a 1 year warranty but we don't cover road hazards. This wasn't anything I hit if it was I wouldn't waste my time updating my review from a 5 to a 1. I will provide pictures to anyone who wants to see what this company is like.
The front tire shows no sign of wear and Continental did replace this tire after talking with supervisor of person who answered phone. So updated rating from 1 to 4 stars.
This was my first time with the 'folding' type of tire and I am impressed. It's equally easy to install as the non-folding kind, but easier to transport and store. I previously had used 700 x 23 tires but after reading reviews online which demonstrated that a 700 x 25 gave lower rolling resistance and is of course more stable to road imperfections, I gave these a try. They don't feel any slower than the 23's but give a little more confidence in terms of handling. I highly recommend this product.
- Works like a tire should. No issues with comfort or inflation.
- Seems to be resisting rocks and thorns better than my previous tire did. On my commute I encounter quite a few little things that can ding my tires, but it seems to be holding up well. I inspected it and only found 1 thorn in the tire, but it’s maintaining its 100-110 PSI, so I say it’s been successful.
- I’m not sure why, but it came with 2 manufactured cavities (“holes”). I took a picture of them. They littlerally look like 2 perfectly round holes in the tire. They haven’t caused any issues, but not sure why it has them.
Overall, seems like a quality tire. For its intended purpose, it seems to be working really well.