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  • 700c x 23mm Folding Black-Duraskin, One Size ($29.99)
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Item # CON0017

Description

The Continental Gatorskin Tires are a bit less costly than the ever-popular G.P. 4-Season. However, like the 4-Season, the Gatorskins are made for the insults of gritty winter riding. Comparatively, they're a bit slower, a bit heavier, but it's because they are unmatched for puncture-proofness. 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 Poly X Breaker. It's a dense layer of tough nylon, designed to add serious protection. With the tread and sidewall bolstered against the hazards of the road, you'll worry less about grit and gravel on the edge of the road and more about enjoying your ride.

Continental Gatorskin Tires have Black tread with Black Duraskin sidewalls. They're available in 700 x 23c and 700 x 25c folding versions.

  • Dual-layer puncture protection
  • 180 TPI
  • Folding bead

Tech Specs

Compound:
silica-based
Size:
700 c x 23 mm, 700 c x 25 mm
Type:
clincher
Casing:
DuraSkin
Protection:
PolyX Breaker
TPI:
180
Bead:
folding
Claimed Weight:
250 g
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited

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Goes and goes and goes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My last Gatorskins lasted almost 10 years on my commuter bike, no reason to think this next pair won't do the same.

Unanswered Question

Something is screwy with the weight listing here. It says "250g claimed" without specifying whether that is for the 23mm or the 25mm. In fact the Continental website lists 220g for the 23mm and 240g for the 25mm (folding versions of both, same as for the listing here). What's up? And Conti's weights for both versions are about the same as the weights they list for the All Season: 230g and 240g for the 23 and 25mm.

Fantastic everyday tire!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This tire is perfect for everyday riding. You’ll notice that those unintended stops to fix flats will decrease substantially. Yeah, sure, you will get a flat every now and then. These tires aren't indestructible. However, they will forgive a large portion of road hazards. My mom rides through all kinds of debris and potholes. The traffic really spooks her so she's over near the edge where the goat heads and rocks live. It really keeps my dad busy keeping her bike on the road. These tires can even stand up to the hell she puts them through.

One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor..

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Let's look at the few ways one could walk into Mordor: The Black Gate, Minas Morgul/Cirith Ungol, and going around the mountains.

First of all, The Black Gate. It's a humongous gate that's guarded by a bunch of orcs, that can only be opened by a group of trolls, and not to mention a large amount of traffic of new recruits marching through it every day. It's kind of next to impossible to slip through it unnoticed, as Frodo and Sam realize.

Second, there's the path through the mountains next to Minas Morgul, which is the home of the Nazgul. That right there, a group of pretty much immortal beings that wear black robes and scary a** armor, would be enough to send mere men screaming back to Minas Tirith. Plus, the city is crawling with orcs. If you're brave walking past Minas Morgul, then you have to deal with a tall, narrow, and steep staircase that leads you into a tunnel inhabited by a freakishly huge spider. And if you manage to get past that, you have another (smaller, albeit) orc-infested tower to walk past, Cirith Ungol. This is easier than walking through the Black Gate, but still ridiculously hard.

The third/fourth option is to go around, either by going east and bypassing the mountains, or going south to bypass the mountains. The problem with going east to bypass the mountains is that you have to trek through a perilous swamp known as the Dead Marshes, followed by trekking briefly through Rhun, which is an area whose inhabitants support Sauron. If you try to bypass then mountains by going south, you'll be trekking through arid desert, not to mention passing the home of the Corsairs of Umbar and the Haradrim, who both support Sauron. These options would likely add several months of perilous travel to an already perilous journey.

Oh, and then there's the eye of Sauron that can see through cloud, shadow, earth, and flesh, and it never sleeps.

Basically, it's really, really, really, hard to walk into Mordor.

But if you're smarter than Sam and Frodo, you'd choose to ride your bike into Mordor, you'll be more than fine rollin' on these indestructible tires.

One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor..

Love my Gators

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These gatorskin tires are nice and durable. You might be mad when you get a flat, but these tires will make it hard to remember the last time you fixed a flat. A great training tire that might be a little heavy but keeps your butt on the saddle and your legs turning. Get them if you put your miles in.

Avg. ride time: 4h 20m per week
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The ultimate training tire

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There simply is no better tire for training. I got 6000 miles out of my last set and I probably would have gotten a few more if I had not used them on my trainer over the winter. Sidewalls are very durable. Extremely resistant to punctures by road debris, but not impervious. They can be punctured by wires, but seem to be pretty resistant to glass.

Never had a flat

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

bought these to replace an older set and I love them for my commuter. Since its for commuting i dont mind or really notice the extra weight

The standard.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There's a reason why everyone and their moms spend most of their non-race miles on Gatorskins; namely, no one likes flats, and they like their moms getting flats even less. These are the standard, anti-puncture endurance tires. They don't withstand everything, but they'll hold up a lot better to random road debris than your typical racing tire.

Great all 'rounder

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While the rubber is not as supple as the 4000s2, they still make riding on all surfaces smooth as butta! These are the chip seal champions. 28mm is the new 25mm, and I'm never going back. Ive ridden these on buffed dirt roads, and on brand-new asphalt, they are awesome

Great City Tire

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used these on my bar bike/fixie for years and have never had an issue. I think I have had one flat in 3 years (knock on wood)! I even rode a few blocks with very limited PSI and wore the sidewall down slightly but once I put a new tube in they were still smooth as silk.

Ride with confidence

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently decided to switch over to the gatorskins from the 4000s' and have save a ton of tubes since. Same great traction and compound with Black Chili, at a slight weight penalty. To me the flat resiliency is worth it.

The Best

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using this tire on my front and the Gator Hardshell (http://www.backcountry.com/continental-gator-hardshell-road-tire) on the back of my bike for roughly 2 years now and it is the best combination for a single speed commuter set up. Easy to put on and they last. Great gear allows you the confidence to not have to think about it while using it. I never worry that these are going to fail on me and that makes for great rides.

Reliable tyres

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

First time user of Conti tyres. So far no hassle whatsoever. Body feels sturdy and realiable and they look like they were built to last.
Comes with all the technology you would expect from any high end tyre. They are foldable so you can stash them pretty easy.

Always a winner!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my go-to off season, commuter, rough road, etc tire and I have even put some hard racing miles on them. Great grip, low rolling resistance and most importantly outstanding puncture resistance. I have tried other similar options that offer flat protection, but have not had the same overall performance as with the Gators.

Throw anything at them

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Brilliant handling. Ridden through rain, snow, sand and dry tarmac. In all situations these tires gripped and hauled ass. Ran over a 5 inch bolt, no damage at all.



Seriously recommended for the cyclist who isn't racing, but likes to go fast.



Can't beat the price either. Best value.

Throw anything at them
Avg. ride time: 5h 11m per week
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My only training tire

    The best for long miles

    No more flats!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Its a great tire for flat protection and overall training. It was a long life and protected well against flats. Don't know if would really race in them but for the purpose for everyday training and riding you can't go wrong. I'm on my third pair and have nothing to complain about .

    Website glitch w/ initial review

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I ride a 2013 S-Works Venge, currently run Roval CLX 60 & Fulcrum Zero wheels on post-apocalypse Texas roads. My second set of Continental tires - previously rode Hard Skins. I ride 60 - 150 miles per week, & have had NO issues with either of these two offerings from the Continental family (another testament to German engineering). Better yet - got last set from CC for $40 each - can't be beat!

    Great all around tire

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These are my go to tires. I have been using gatorskins for 8 years, have always got well over 1,000 miles on them and rarely had flats. I am not a racer. I ride about 40 -100 miles per week in dry conditions ( I avoid rain if possible) on gently rolling roads to steep climbs with steep down hills and I love the grip these tires give me on tight downhill curves. I highly recommend them if you are looking for a solid tire that will give you miles and stability on the roads.