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Continental - Gatorskin Tire - Clincher

Continental Gatorskin Tire - Clincher

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$38.99 Original price:$59.95
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    • 700c x 23mm Folding Black, Duraskin
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    Tech Specs

    Compound:
    natural rubber
    Size:
    700c x 23mm, 700c x 25mm, 700c x 28mm, 700c x 32mm
    Type:
    clincher
    Casing:
    PolyX Breaker
    Protection:
    DuraSkin
    TPI:
    180
    PSI:
    [700c x 23mm] 110 - 120, [700c x 25mm] 95 - 120, [700c x 28mm] 95 - 116, [700c x 32mm] 85 - 102
    Bead:
    folding
    Claimed Weight:
    [700c x 23mm] 7.8oz (220g), [700c x 25mm] 8.5oz (240g), [700c x 28mm] 10.6oz (300g), [700c x 32mm] 12.3oz (350g)
    Recommended Use:
    road cycling
    Manufacturer Warranty:
    limited

    Gatorskin Tire

    If you’re logging big miles year-round, the Continental Gatorskin Tires just might be your new piece of must-have gear. They’re similar to the GP4000-4 season tires, but a little heavier and a little slower — geared more toward training than all-weather racing. The Gatorskins feature two distinct layers of puncture protection: a Duraskin mesh at the sidewalls to prevent cuts, and a dense, nylon breaker under the tread to protect against direct punctures and road debris.

    • Continental's tried and true all-season tire
    • Duraskin sidewalls and durable casing prevent punctures

    Tire Quality

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 700x25

    I had these tires for less that six months and after a second flat, I discovered a slashed on the wall side, which I fixed with a patch to make back home. The quality is not as advertised for puncture resistance.

    Tire Quality

    Tire Quality

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 700x25

    I have used these tires for less than six months and the rear tire wall side gave up with a slash and cuts on the Mai surface

    Tire Quality

    Great tire for winter roads !

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 700x28

    After years of not wanting to sacrifice performance for durability , this winter I gave in and replaced my Vitorria Corsa G' s ( an outstanding tire ) with a pair of Gatorskins. After coming home from rides with another cut or two every time out from the ice melt material on Pennsylvania roads. I was surprised to find that the performance drop off was not noticeable . They feel great and are STRONG. The shoulders of roads where most of the ice melt debris winds up had no effect on the Gatorskins. After about a thousand miles, one small cut, no flats ! The cut could have been from glass which is an increasing problem as the the pickup truck driving set seems to be having trouble reaching the weeds when throwing there empty cheap vodka bottles out the window and breaking them on the shoulder . GREAT TIRES !

    What does a 700 equate to? My rim size is 26x1.5

    Dawn patrol

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 700/25c

    Conti Gators, my all time favorite ! (50+yrs cycling) Tried every one. The 25s are perfect, almost light and tough as the proverbial nails ; ) 🚲

    WOW...all the problems are surprising!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 700x23

    I've been riding Gatorskins and GS Hardshells here in Colorado for moons. Thousands and thousands and thousands of miles. I think I can remember two, maybe three flats. I watch where I'm riding, bull in a china shop ride strategy just because my tires are "puncture resistant" never works out. I can't recommend these tires highly enough.

    High hopes, but disappointed

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 700x23

    The big brag for these tires was the "gatorskin" puncture resistance. Unfortunately, I've had glass cut right thru the tire for the first flat. I fixed it w/ a patch on the inside, but the cut shows on the outside w/ a mild "bump" in the ride at high pressure. Then, I had a second flat from a tiny glass shard poking into the tire again, leaving a pinhole in the tube. We're not talking long nails, or hitting piles of glass, we're talking riding over a bridge at 20mph, and picking up pieces of glass. I am not convinced of the puncture resistance of these tires. I've had other/older tires that were just as good at a fraction of the cost.

    Hi! I deal with a lot of flats living in the city (potholes, glass, metal bits etc). I'm wondering what other tire brands you'd recommend that work better and are cheaper?

    Wouldn't recommend

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    After less than 800 miles, the rear tire developed three bulges in the tread area, with one being the perfect shape of a rectangle. I have not abused these tires and ran them at 5% less than the max pressure indicated on the sidewalls. There are zero indications of damage from impacts, cuts or other skids. The tread area looks perfect other than the three distinct bulges. I contacted CC and the rep said Conti only warrantied their tires for 60 days, and it happens that I've owned them 85 days. I've emailed Conti but yet to receive a response. If this isn't resolved with a new tire, I'll never purchase another Continental tire, bike, vehicle or otherwise.

    Wouldn't recommend

    Flat on my first ride

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    Don’t buy into the hype. I got a flat from a small smooth stone on my first ride. Wasn’t glass, wasn’t even sharp, just a small stone. These tires are no better than any others out there. Total waste of money.

    You're the only one, Tom H. Everyone knows gators are the shit, I know from friends riding 25mm gators over sharp rock trails. You must have got unlucky. Maybe they should call you unlucky Tom.

    Excelente calidad

      El desempeño es excelente (700 x 28). He recorrido más de 2600 km / 1635 millas no he tenido un solo pinchazo. Inclusive las he usado en gravel, por supuesto, su tracción no fue la mejor, pero la resistencia impecable. En tarmac el agarre, resistencia y desempeño inmejorables. He corrido con corazas Specialized y Mavic, estas son muy superiores.

      not sure what to say

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 700X23

      I've put a few hundred miles on these (700x23), and my thoughts are pretty mixed. I live in NH where the roads suck. I had a flat or two a week running my Hutchinsons early in the season so went with the Gatorskins. First off, they are a bitch to put on. Had one initial pinch flat from a improperly seated tube, and a second from a nail, but overall they've handled all sorts of road debris. My problem is they seem to have high rolling resistance, which sucks. I'm going with vittriola Corosa's now the weather is a bit better. will update.

      James, briefly explain "high rolling resistance", thanks Richard

      Gatorskin clincher 25mm

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I' ve used GatorSkins in the past. These were the flexible/foldup clinchers. They wear well and the price was right for these as replacement tires for a vintage bike with Ambrosio Durex 36h. rims. The biggest downside in my opinion is that they were a b*tch to get on. Basically made my hand cramp the bead was so tight on these, and ended up pulling one on using a couple tire irons; I don't like doing it that way because you can end up pinching/puncturing the inner tube. Rubinos and other brands not as much of an issue. If you are putting these on especially older 700c vintage rims keep calm and carry on, that's all I can say.

      Really hard to get on, agree 100%

      Sam was a pleasure, & it is.....

        Sam was amazing for this reason....He took his time & together we shared the options & pro's & cons of ALL my choices....He @ no time made me feel like an idiot. He was informed---kind---& patient. It is service like that will keep me coming back. Honesty is alive & well. Thanks Sam (wise beyond his years). No high pressure sales for Sam. A rare commodity in today's world. He ended our call with, "Enjoy your ride with your new tires...I think WE made the right decision....

        Great flat resistant tire!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Although these tires are a tad heavy, I ride with them on my time trial bike to help prevent those pesky flats you get intra-race! I think they roll well, fend off debris and last a long time. Seeing these at such a great deal at Competitive Cyclist, I had to get an extra set!

        Great flat resistant tire!

        Sounds "dead on" to me.....

        Sounds "dead on" to me.....

        Exploding bead???

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I want to start by saying I've ridden thousands of miles on Gatorskins and have never had an issue...until Saturday. I was going out for a longer ride with some friends and in doing my usual pre-ride inspection prior to a big effort with some areas out of cell coverage and I discovered my tires were worn beyond what I would have liked them to be. So I replaced them with two new Gatorskins - all ready to roll. About 40 miles into the ride, with no warning, by front tire blew and I hit the deck at about 25mph. I was totally shocked by this and after recovering I started inspecting the tire to find that the bead had completely blown! A brand new tire! I have never seen anything like this in my entire life - and I've worked in a shop and seen a lot of weird s***. I really can't explain this other than that this tire was defective and unfit for the road. I've conferred with some industry friends who have confirmed these suspicions. I am very very lucky to have had this happen when it did - not on the 50 mph descent leaving my house for the ride, or on any other part of this ride. I'm not sure if I will ride a Gatorskin again.

        Exploding bead???

        I've also had the bead go out. This tire had 4000 miles on it though. The tire was fraying for a good while prior.

        I've also had the bead go out. This tire had 4000 miles on it though. The tire was fraying for a good while prior.

        I've also had the fraying sidewall happen to me on my rear with less than 1,000 miles on them. I still continue to buy these tires though because I think it was a manufacturing defect.

        I've also had the fraying sidewall happen to me on my rear with less than 1,000 miles on them. I still continue to buy these tires though because I think it was a manufacturing defect.


        Were you holding rim breaks for a long period of time on that decent? The heat from the rim breaks can explode the tire like that.

        
Were you holding rim breaks for a long period of time on that decent? The heat from the rim breaks can explode the tire like that.

        Looks like you had a streak of bad luck. All tires mal-function @ some point.....I even see quite a bit of ware. Man-up & try another tire. Your expectations exceeded your grasp....anger problem???

        Looks like you had a streak of bad luck. All tires mal-function @ some point.....I even see quite a bit of ware. Man-up & try another tire. Your expectations exceeded your grasp....anger problem???

        Great all around tires

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        These tires are great for everything. They have great grip on the corners and the puncture resistance is awesome thanks to the DuraSkin making it my go to for my commuter and road bike. The wear indicators on these tires also make it really simply to remember to when to change your tires as well. Overall this is a great tire to consider if you're looking for a road tire to do it all!

        No more flats!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Bought these after my last pair of fancy road tires kept getting flat after flat. I put several hundred miles on them so foar with no flats at all.

        Springtime can kill you.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        It's late winter/approaching early spring, so I'm on Gatorskins again. They're not the softest, don't have the best road feel, etc., etc., but they're a must while grinding early season miles. There may be better training tires out there, but I can't think of any.

        Commuter tires

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I run these on my commuter bike. These, with some tubes with a little stans/slime inside are an almost fool proof method for preventing flats on rough/tough/rugged roads. The sidewalls are stiff and do stiffen up the ride a little, so rider beware.

        Go-To Road Tire

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Once my bike shop recommended these tires, I haven't used anything else. I only use my road bike to cross train for MTB so I'm not looking for the lightest option out there, just durability so I'm not changing flats on my training rides and this tire delivers. I was curious how many miles I could get out of a set, and I'm cheap, so I rotated the set every 1000 miles and ended up getting 4500 miles out of a set. They were still rolling well at 4500 but flat spotted and flat protection was diminished. I'd recommend these tires for anyone commuting, randonneuring, or the every day cyclist not wanting to change flats. Even if you're carrying a few extra grams, chances are you'll get there faster than the guy changing a flat.

        Great Tires

          I’ve been using Gatorskins for a few years now and I love them. I consistently get thousands (~4,000) of miles out of them and the only flats I’ve gotten have been from screws, nails, and an industrial staple. I use the 25mm one on my road bike for training and racing and I just got the 32mm ones for my commuter. The tires are smooth, durable, and very puncture resistant.