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Description

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.

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

Tech Specs

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] 220g, [700c x 25mm] 240g, [700c x 28mm] 300g, [700c x 32mm] 350g
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited

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The only tire I will run

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Been using these for years. I ride about 8,000 miles a year and average maybe 1 or 2 flats a year....always from the little wires from shredded truck tires....those little things can go through anything though, including tire liners. I will say that I tried the Continental hardshell tire, but it was just a little too rough riding.
Also, up until recently, I always ran 700 x 23. This last set I put on I went to 700 x 25. Supposedly they have a smaller "footprint" than the skinnier tire which should mean less rolling resistance, etc. I will say though that the 700 x 25 is a noticeably softer ride. I will use them from now on.

Conti Gatorskins

    I have been riding on Conti Gatorskins for years. I ride just over 3000 miles per year with a lot of climbing in Colorado. These tires are bullet proof. Very few flats. I rotate them once or twice and get about 3500 miles per set. I have tried several other “better” tires and found that they might ride a little better but I would get many more flats and much less mileage on the tires.

    Never need another tire

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This tire is a beast. I constantly get sharp objects stuck in my tires. So I wanted something that could take it all. This tire certainly does that. You'll never use another setup.

    Keep it on the road

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Great tire that's always given me that warm fuzzy feeling, knowing it won't shred and slam me into a wall if I had a blow out.

    Awesome Rubber

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Already put in a few hundred miles and still haven’t gotten any flats, even when riding on unpaved roads or some moderately rough terrain where glass and rocks could be found. These tires are super durable and I highly recommend them if you’re doing any city commuting, long training rides, or just want something dependable. Installation for these tires is a bit difficult the first time- you can “stretch” the tire by installing it without tubes and letting it sit overnight- inside in a warm room.

    Thorns can't slow me down no more!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I ride quite a bit on a bike path to get to and from work. About a month ago, they did weed clearing along the path and I managed to pick up six flats in a five day period thereafter. Flats are already a crappy occurnence, but flats on the way to work just suck! I have now put the gatorskin tires on my bike and instantly noticed two things. 1) The ride quality on these tires is great. I was skeptical, but Continental has made quite a supple and grippy tire in the Gatorskin. 2) No more flats! Haven't gotten a flat since I switched. Very happy rider! I'll still be switching out the tires to high performace tires for longer training rides, but I think I've found my daily tire to combat the thorns.

    go to road bike tire for training

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    After a zillion flats over the years, sometimes a long way from home or in the cold rain, I got tired and thought there has to be something better out there. after switching to gatorskins in 23 and 25 mm sizes I have had 1 flat on them in ~ 5000-6000 miles of riding ( not on one set of tires). I can get around 3000 miles out of a set if I rotate them. I highly recommend this tire if you want something that rides/rolls great, isn't terribly heavy for a training tire and you don't want to change flats very often. They are much tougher than the GP 4 season tires and ride nicer than the gatorhardshell's. a word to the wise, the folding bead tire is much easier to install than the wire bead. pay the few extra bucks to make your life easier :)

    No More Flats

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

    I threw these bad boys on my fixie so I no longer get flats around town. They definitley do what they were designed to do, and prevent flats. I'd recomend this tire to anyone sick of having to constantly change your tube.

    Buy This Tire

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The amount of flats I've gotten on my road/commuter bike has decreased tenfold. I've pulled thorns out of them and they've still remained pumped up.

    GREAT TIRE!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    bought this tire hoping i will get less flats,
    it was easy to put on and it looks great.

    Zero Issue Tire

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    On my daily commuter I don't care about speed so much as just not having to mess with my tires or tubes, ever. Right out of the box these things feel thick and beefy. It would take a lot to puncture one of these guys, and I havent had it happen yet!

    good bye flats!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have had this tire originally on my road bike and then on my commuter for a couple years now and have not gotten a single flat. I first got this tire to ride on Tucson's notoriously terrible roads and it really lived up to my expectations. I have ridden this tire on my commuter back and forth to school in Tucson on gravel, dirt, rough pavement and it even holds up to cactus thorns! While the tire is a little heavier and more rolling resistance than the Grand Pix 4000s, I like the gator skin for commuting or as a training tire. I currently have gatorskins on my road bike as a winter tire for riding in all the gravel, dirt and salt that comes with a winter in Salt Lake city, love it so far!

    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.

    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.

    Hi John,

    I just weighed some of the Gatorskins I had on hand at home with a cheap uncalibrated scale.

    700x25mm 256g (This tire is new)

    700x23mm 218g (This tire had maybe 70 miles of use)

    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 57m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    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.