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  • 700c x 23mm Folding Black-Duraskin, One Size ($39.95)
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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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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 45m 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.

    Perfect winter training tire

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought these for the hubs b/c Gatorskins have always been my go-to Winter tire, so they get 5 stars from me too. Here’s his review:

    This is my first time on 25mm tires after 12 years on 23mm. I honestly can’t tell a difference. But that doesn’t matter because these tires rock…and always will. Grippy, race-pace speed with puncture resistance and long life. What’s not to love??!!

    Added piece of mind....

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have used Gatorskins in the past on a commuter bike and the tread was worn out before they had a puncture. I decided to try a set on my race bike after reaching the "0.99% flat rate" over the summer while running GP4000's. I love the 4k's, but especially going into fall and winter having to change a flat on the side of the road is a real bummer. So far, I'm impressed. I ride the same routes, over the same roads and have yet to experience any trauma.
    While no tire is 100% puncture resistant....ok, no non-solid tire..., any added protection will help. As for the handling characteristics, They really do not feel too different than GP400's unlesss the road is really, really cold. If it's cold enough outside that you can feel the difference, just back off a notch on the cornering ; )
    Great tires!

    Extreme Durable

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    If you are looking for a tire that last longer than a month and helps prevent flats, this is the tire you need. The Poly X breaker and the duraskin side wall combine to create the toughest tire out.

    No More Flats

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    After getting flats on my rear tire on a regular basis (almost every time I rode), I decided it was time to switch to a tougher tire. The Gatorskin did the trick. I have put about a hundred miles on them since I got them and they show little wear overall. Definitely a burly and incredible tire that has helped me avoid having to fix many flats. Simply put, if you are sick of wasting time on your rides with blow outs, this tire is worth your while. For the price, it is completely worth the hundreds of unhindered miles you will be able to ride!

    Great training/commuting tire

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've only put a couple hundred miles on my gator skins so far for training and commuting. The tire shows very little sign of use. It's definitely a durable tire for those long rides.

    Avg. ride time: 41m per week
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    using for well over a year

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've been using these tires for well over a year now. I was getting flats almost daily on some other michellen tires and switches to these gatorskins. I use them for everyday riding on sketchy roads and for races if the roads are looking a little beat.

    Avg. ride time: 3h 9m per week
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    Gatorskins are my go to

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I commute over 100 miles each week to work. Gatorskins are my go to for riding through San Francisco. If you need reliable tires then go with the Gatorskins.

    Good Trainer

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I put these on my single speed when my Krylions wore out and noticed a significant difference in speed, which kind of bummed me out. However, after I gave it some thought, I came to the conclusion that this is a good quality for training purposes. So far, they've been very durable and look pretty cool too. Although come race day, you might want to switch 'em out.

    HORRIBLE !!

      I GOT 0VER 2800 MILES ON MY NEW BIKE'S ORIGINAL TIRES BEFORE MY FIRST FLAT ... PUT ON A SET OF GATORSKINS 700x25 AND GOT 2 FLATS IN 260 MILES (125 TO 1ST FLAT AND ANOTHER 135 TO MY 2ND FLAT ... SO MUCH FOR DURABLITY .. WHAT A HORRIBLE JOKE ON ME !!

      i hate these tires.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Reasons why i hate these tires:

      1) They don't seem to protect any better than 4000s'.

      2) The puncture protection is "Poly-X" which is a cheep version of "Vectran" which is used in the 4000s.

      3) poly-x means it rolls worse

      4) I have broken multiple tire levers getting these installed (after a flat).



      You're not supposed to use tire levers to install a tire.

      sorry it should have read "I have broken multiple tire levers changing these (after a flat)"

      The gatorskins are a cheaper tire than the 4000's so it would make sense that they aren't quite as nice...