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Continental Sprinter GatorSkin Tire - Tubular

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Item # CON0041

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Item # CON0041

For the big rides.

Gluing and peeling tubulars is a (serious) labor of love, and many will only bear with the hassle when it comes to their race wheels. But if you ride tubulars all year long, there's no better training tire, especially for the off-season, than the Continental Sprinter Gatorskin Tubular Tire.

The secret to their durability on bad roads is twofold and is due to Continental's materials technology. They use Duraskin anti-cut fabric to give the sidewalls extra protection against cuts. It's a polyamide (nylon) mesh that is bonded onto the sidewall plies. It acts like the ripstop material you'd find on ultralight jackets or tents. In the event that you do encounter a sharp object with potential to cut the sidewall, the Duraskin mesh will resist and most importantly limit the extent of the damage. The second line of defense is a puncture resistant layer under the tread called Safety System Breaker. It's a dense layer of tough Nylon interwoven with Kevlar and designed to add serious protection.

With the tread and sidewall bolstered against hazards, you'll worry less about grit and gravel on the edge of the road and more about enjoying your ride. Otherwise, the Sprinter Gatorskin has the same 180 tpi casing found on the Sprinter tubular tires. The last difference has to do with the tread. The rubber tread layer on the Gatorskin tubular is thicker, and while furthering the puncture resistance, it also gives the tire a longer service life.

The Continental Sprinter Gatorskin Tubular Tires are available in 700 x 22mm only. They're Black with a Black Duraskin sidewall.

  • Duraskin sidewall
  • Safety System Breaker
  • 180TPI casing

Tech Specs

700 c x 22 mm
Actual Weight:
Black-Duraskin, 700c x 22mm: 277g
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:

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not a good high mileage option

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

like some of the other reviewers, i have not been able to get too many miles out of these. i weigh 140 pounds and ride 500-700 miles per month -I see thread by 1100 miles on the rear and they are completely unsafe by 1200 miles. I've burned through 3 pairs of these tires and the wear-out point is consistent.
On a positive note, they are very round and it is quite easy to get the center line of the tire installed correctly (they are snug to get mounted though). And I have not had any issues with flats. I've been using them on carbon rims at around 120psi.

Avg. ride time: 10h 4m per week
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Surprisingly Bad

    I have loyally ridden Gatorskin clinchers for many previous years and been happy with them. However, I just switched back to tubulars, tried this one, and it was a total loser. After 1000mi, I had a 2-inch patch worn through the middle core layer, and the wear layer was gone over the rest of the tire's center. Never again. Need to find a new favorite brand.

    Avg. ride time: 44m per week
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    Very fast, wears out very quickly

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I had two of these on my Cervelo S5 VWD last summer, with valve extenders in a set of Williams 58 wheels. Valve cores remove, for installation into the end of the extenders.

    They were Really Nice when new. After just over 900 miles, I was down to the cord. Never again.

    How much do you weight? I am 175 and get 2000 miles out of my rear gatorskin, and a two or three years out of the front.

    I weigh about 190. I've got Conti Sprinters now, at about 800 miles, and they look to be wearing far better. Might have been a crummy batch? Might have to give them another go, after this positive experience with Sprinters.

    What inner tube type is used?

    What inner tube type is used?

    While I haven't taken them out, they seem to keep the air pressure over long periods of time so I'd put my money on a conti butyl

    I'm pretty sure they're butyl tubes. They don't leak down as quickly as a tire with latex tubes in them.