Continental Gatorskin Bike Tire - DuraSkin Puncture & Sidewall Protection, Road Bike Replacement Tire (23c, 25c, 28c, 32c)
- CARBON BLACK MIXTURE- The Gatorskin, manufactured with a durable carbon black mixture, is as comfortable on the way to work as it is training for road races.
- POLYXBREAKER- The polyester fibers overlap during manufacturing, yielding a very dense fabric and minimal space in-between threads, making the PolyX highly resistant to any foreign body without reducing the rolling resistance.
- DURASKIN- Sidewall protection coming from the high quality polyamide fabric encasing the core casing of the tire from scuffs and cuts under the worst conditions.
- WEAR OPTIMIZED TREAD- Get the most out of your tire with the Gatorskin’s wear optimized tread compound, adding a long service life.
- HANDMADE IN GERMANY-Continental has been hand making their tires since 1871, maintaining the integrity of tradition, while evolving with the most advanced technology.
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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'.
Have fun experiencing the Continental products! Our team works hard for you!
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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They went on easily (thumbs only) but I have no idea how hard they are to remove because they haven't flatted yet. They're fairly slick but I've had no issues with grip even in the rain. I think I'm going to like these.
Update: It's nearly the end of April and I've ridden 2000 miles on them - no flats so far!
3000 miles and my first flat but it was a roofing nail which would have flatted my truck tire so it doesn't count. Keep rolling!
Final Update: 4500 miles - one flat from a roofing nail - starting to wear out on the rear wheel. I'd say I got my money's worth! Time to buy another one.
Final Final Update: I hadn't planned on adding any more to this review but something happened last week that I want to tell you about. We were driving home along the I70 in Colorado when the Thule mount holding $12,000 worth of bicycles failed and my wife's $2,000 carbon bike got towed down the freeway at 80mph. The bike sustained considerable damage but the interesting thing is that the Gatorskin tires took a lot of the damage. Even though they were badly scraped and frayed, they still held air. If the pedals and rear derailleur hadn't been destroyed she could have ridden the bike. I think that's pretty amazing. And yes, I did replace them anyway :-)
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.
Took various pictures hope they and the review help the decision.
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.
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Have had one puncture since. But in there defence the stone that did it was so sharp and long it may have been a Neanderthal cutting tool or something.
Happy customer. Would recommend.
And so pleased I did!
Opened the box to find a durable tyre, well made that had the feel of being tough. Fitting was relatively easy to my mavic rims and look really trick on my Boardman CX Team
Out for my first ride I noticed some rolling noise but I guess thats the sheer width of these 32mm tyres; however the width and subsequent grip gives me further confidence in cornering. Whilst out riding I hit several patches of gravel which, with previous tyres, would likely have resukted in a puncture - but these tyres shrugged it all off with not even a witness mark on them (I know as I checked!)
All in despite the high price I recommend these tyres for winter riding (My CX is my winter steed) and commuting
Hit some broken head light glass with my rear gator tyre and, although the rubber layer, was ripped no puncture was had where other tyres would, I'm sure, have failed
Very very impressed 👍
Swapped the Hutchinson Equinox that came with the bike as I was tired of getting punctures. Ride about 15 miles each weekday through inner city Manchester and without fail I would get a puncture once every 2 weeks (managed to get it twice in one week once).
Been using the same route with the Gator Skin for a month now and so far- no fricking punctures!
Feel as though the old Hutchinson was speedier. These feels to 'drag' a bit, only notice it on occasion. Since I mainly use the bike to commute and not for anything competitive, not complaining.
Was easy enough to replace. Seem to retain the recommended 120psi longer than the old tyre. Only pumping it once every 2 weeks.
Update July 2016- Due to poor planning and misguided recommendations- cycled almost 2 miles on a trail that's meant for mountain bikes. Loads of jagged loose rocks. STILL NO PUNCTURE!!
However, the grip from these tyres is great and I have been able to reach 30mph+ without difficulty on smoother surfaces. On the less smooth surfaces - including gravel, glass, and potholes - I have utter confidence in the tyre, and no issues have emerged thus far.
I can highly recommend these tyres, despite the harsh ride.
as a road tyre it is very grippy even for higher speed cornering in the wet, however I have not had such a good time with it. It is not as puncture resistant as I would have liked as I have spent longer at the side if the road than I have on the road and have now reverted to my prefered Continental Ultra Race tyre as I had less trouble and was very hard wearing.
My conclusion for this tyre is that it make a good allround summer tyre but I would not recomend if you live anywhere that the farmers are hedge strimming, or if like my home town your pot holes even have roads. (yes I meant it that way round.)
the 25mm is a huge performance advance over narrower guages, a much smoother ride and only a tiny additional roll drag to contend with - which might anyway be seen as a good thing as you work harder, and working hard is what cycle training is all about. I've also found thast wider tyres are somewhat less likely to puncture, which sounds against logic as a larger area is in contact with the road surface - but truth holds out.
I struggled to fit these myself as they were very tight on the rim so I asked my local bike repair shop to fit both - £8, and done properly, so they now seem spot on.
I think the ride is faster and the tyres seem grippy, slightly thicker rubber means the overall feel gives me peace of mind and confidence in going over different surfaces.
i am glad I did some research and found these.
it was really hard to believe these would live up to them in the protection catergory,but the armadillos had worn,id read the reviews of how well these gatorskinz rolled so i took a chance.
Theyre awsome!! they do roll much more quickly than the specialized tyre,its a bit unnerving still when im flat out rounding a bend but im yet to come off or even skid out.
its been ridiculously wet this december and yet ive had no problems with handling at all,i commute 20miles a day so im out alot and have not punctured,my commute takes me on tarmac,gravel,grit and pot hole ridden stretches so they get a good workout.
ill buy these agin ,you should try them.
For context: I ride a Cannondale Badboy on roads, tow paths, dirt tracks and a little bit of off road.