Continental Gator Hardshell Tire $64.95
Like a turtle shell for your tubes.
If you log more miles commuting to work and around town than some pros do in training, the Continental Gator Hardshell Road Tire is the answer to the spare tubes, patch kits, and pumps you’ve been hauling around. Modeled on the legendary Gatorskin, the Hardshell ups the ante with full bead-to-bead Duraskin mesh to keep punctures to an absolute minimum.
- Densely woven polyamide mesh keeps glass, rocks, and metal shards from playing tube assassin
- Extra tread rubber for more mileage between tire changes
- Full bead-to-bead Duraskin protection for no mysterious sidewall slashes
What community has to say
First Flat At End of Second Season
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I ride pretty much year round and these have worn well. Cinders, gravel, potholes...they have been worth the money. Today I had my first flat with them, but it was most likely because of a cut in the sidewall during a very rainy ride. I had to ride on a rough shoulder to let a car pass on an uphill climb and I could hear the hissing as the tire lost air - oh crap. Nevertheless, I put a new tube in and did another 40 miles until I got home. I have to replace the rear tire, hence my visit here. The front is still in great shape. No reason I won't get another season out of that one.
I live / ride in Vermont where many of the...
I live / ride in Vermont where many of the roads turn to hardpack dirt without warning.
Are these good tires for that?
Yeah, these things are tough and last what seems like forever accoding to my brother. Depending on how often your rides result in dir and gravel you may want to run the wider 25 mm version.
Does the gator hardshell come in schrader?...
Does the gator hardshell come in schrader? If not what is going to be my best tire for rough conditions?
Schrader is a valve type and is an attribute of the tube, not the tire. That being said, I've never seen a tube that came in the sizes of these tires (700x23,25) that had a schrader valve. This is chiefly because schrader valves are larger and require a larger hole in the rim. On road bike/racing wheels, this would weaken the rim because they're already so narrow so they're not used much.
Definitely an upgrade from the rubber that came with the bike. Even though they're a heavier thick tire, the tread gives it very low rolling resistance, and when it's dry out they're sticky as can be. Can't see myself getting a tire other than this from here on out.
... and then it exploded
This tire made it about 100 miles. Couldn't return as 30 days had passed. I brought it to a local bike shop that dealt in continental and was mystified and tried to deal with continental rep to get replacement (ultimately failed with no reason given). Side wall blew out. No brake wear near tire. No rim damage. No over pressurization (was on its original air from replacement). $60 mistake. Now 400 miles on my second set of Armadillos (first wore through the first layer of rubber without any flats)
I did not buy my Gatorskins here, but do want to put in a positive recommendation. Ride on some tough surfaces from road debris to rough road conditions. They have not let me down. Will only be using these from now on. Husband used them on cross country trip from San Diego, back to Florida. Did not have a flat with this tire!
This is a well made tire. A little pricey but worth every penny.
Not a single flat since I put these on! They ride a little rougher than the Vittoria Rubino Pros I had on, but I was tired of winter tire destruction. I'll go back to the Rubino with its good ride and cool colors in the summer.