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ContinentalGatorskin Tire - Clincher

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  • 700c x 23mm Folding Black, Duraskin ($29.12)
  • 700c x 25mm Folding Black, Duraskin ($31.99)
  • 700c x 28mm Folding Black, Duraskin ($32.26)
  • 700c x 32mm Folding Black, Duraskin ($31.99)
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Grab the Gatorskin before flat-tire crocodile tears start falling.

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 SpecsWeight
Tech Specs
700c x 23mm, 700c x 25mm, 700c x 28mm, 700c x 32mm
PolyX Breaker
[700c x 23mm] 110 - 120, [700c x 25mm] 95 - 120, [700c x 28mm] 95 - 116, [700c x 32mm] 85 - 102
Recommended Use
road cycling
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Actual Weight

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700c x 23mm Folding Black, Duraskin
700c x 25mm Folding Black, Duraskin
700c x 28mm Folding Black, Duraskin
700c x 32mm Folding Black, Duraskin

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[700c x 23mm] 220g, [700c x 25mm] 240g, [700c x 28mm] 300g, [700c x 32mm] 350g

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Gatorskin clincher 25mm

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I' ve used GatorSkins in the past. These were the flexible/foldup clinchers. They wear well and the price was right for these as replacement tires for a vintage bike with Ambrosio Durex 36h. rims. The biggest downside in my opinion is that they were a b*tch to get on. Basically made my hand cramp the bead was so tight on these, and ended up pulling one on using a couple tire irons; I don't like doing it that way because you can end up pinching/puncturing the inner tube. Rubinos and other brands not as much of an issue. If you are putting these on especially older 700c vintage rims keep calm and carry on, that's all I can say.

Sam was a pleasure, & it is.....

    Sam was amazing for this reason....He took his time & together we shared the options & pro's & cons of ALL my choices....He @ no time made me feel like an idiot. He was informed---kind---& patient. It is service like that will keep me coming back. Honesty is alive & well. Thanks Sam (wise beyond his years). No high pressure sales for Sam. A rare commodity in today's world. He ended our call with, "Enjoy your ride with your new tires...I think WE made the right decision....

    Great flat resistant tire!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Although these tires are a tad heavy, I ride with them on my time trial bike to help prevent those pesky flats you get intra-race! I think they roll well, fend off debris and last a long time. Seeing these at such a great deal at Competitive Cyclist, I had to get an extra set!

    Great flat resistant tire!

    Exploding bead???

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I want to start by saying I've ridden thousands of miles on Gatorskins and have never had an issue...until Saturday. I was going out for a longer ride with some friends and in doing my usual pre-ride inspection prior to a big effort with some areas out of cell coverage and I discovered my tires were worn beyond what I would have liked them to be. So I replaced them with two new Gatorskins - all ready to roll. About 40 miles into the ride, with no warning, by front tire blew and I hit the deck at about 25mph. I was totally shocked by this and after recovering I started inspecting the tire to find that the bead had completely blown! A brand new tire! I have never seen anything like this in my entire life - and I've worked in a shop and seen a lot of weird s***. I really can't explain this other than that this tire was defective and unfit for the road. I've conferred with some industry friends who have confirmed these suspicions. I am very very lucky to have had this happen when it did - not on the 50 mph descent leaving my house for the ride, or on any other part of this ride. I'm not sure if I will ride a Gatorskin again.

    Exploding bead???

    I've also had the bead go out. This tire had 4000 miles on it though. The tire was fraying for a good while prior.

    I've also had the fraying sidewall happen to me on my rear with less than 1,000 miles on them. I still continue to buy these tires though because I think it was a manufacturing defect.

    Were you holding rim breaks for a long period of time on that decent? The heat from the rim breaks can explode the tire like that.

    Looks like you had a streak of bad luck. All tires mal-function @ some point.....I even see quite a bit of ware. Man-up & try another tire. Your expectations exceeded your grasp....anger problem???

    Great all around tires

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These tires are great for everything. They have great grip on the corners and the puncture resistance is awesome thanks to the DuraSkin making it my go to for my commuter and road bike. The wear indicators on these tires also make it really simply to remember to when to change your tires as well. Overall this is a great tire to consider if you're looking for a road tire to do it all!

    No more flats!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Bought these after my last pair of fancy road tires kept getting flat after flat. I put several hundred miles on them so foar with no flats at all.

    Springtime can kill you.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    It's late winter/approaching early spring, so I'm on Gatorskins again. They're not the softest, don't have the best road feel, etc., etc., but they're a must while grinding early season miles. There may be better training tires out there, but I can't think of any.

    Commuter tires

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I run these on my commuter bike. These, with some tubes with a little stans/slime inside are an almost fool proof method for preventing flats on rough/tough/rugged roads. The sidewalls are stiff and do stiffen up the ride a little, so rider beware.

    Go-To Road Tire

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Once my bike shop recommended these tires, I haven't used anything else. I only use my road bike to cross train for MTB so I'm not looking for the lightest option out there, just durability so I'm not changing flats on my training rides and this tire delivers. I was curious how many miles I could get out of a set, and I'm cheap, so I rotated the set every 1000 miles and ended up getting 4500 miles out of a set. They were still rolling well at 4500 but flat spotted and flat protection was diminished. I'd recommend these tires for anyone commuting, randonneuring, or the every day cyclist not wanting to change flats. Even if you're carrying a few extra grams, chances are you'll get there faster than the guy changing a flat.

    Great Tires

      I’ve been using Gatorskins for a few years now and I love them. I consistently get thousands (~4,000) of miles out of them and the only flats I’ve gotten have been from screws, nails, and an industrial staple. I use the 25mm one on my road bike for training and racing and I just got the 32mm ones for my commuter. The tires are smooth, durable, and very puncture resistant.

      Commute protector

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Never be late to work again due to measly sharp objects. These tires still roll fast, and are incredibly puncture resistant. There is a bit of a harsher ride on the tires but its a worthwhile tradeoff.

      NOT thorn resistant

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

      I really wanted these to work (700x25). I've had 5 flat tires in the last 5 weeks on my 1000 mile GP 4000's/Conti Race tubes (not the race light, but thicker race), so I installed these gatorskin bad boys. 6.1 miles into my first ride and already my first flat. I expected to see some kind of gnarly damage for these to go flat, much to my dismay it was a measly little thorn. I like the way they ride, although heavier, but just not anymore thorn resistant than the GP 4000's. I'm at a loss what to do now? Tire/tube liners or gator hardshell tires, or both? Unfortunately my new Enve 4.5's are not tubeless compatible.

      try the spec armadillo's or the gator hardshell's. I use both on my bad roads.

      Tubeless tires----come on. They do have the advantage of running @ a lower pressure. I am (for what its worth) am not a fan.....Went that trip & it was a disaster. All my "roadies agree"....tubeless sucks....

      Tough as nails

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These are my commuter tires and now I just bought a pair for my road bike. I've ridden over all the hazards of the road including glass and they just laugh at it. When the weather is nice and I want to go fast, I use the GP 4000 IIs. They aren't bomb proof, but they have a lower rolling resistance over the gatorskins. However, if you are going for big miles, the extra 9 watts of power needed for the gators might outweigh the concern over a puncture.


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Im very stoked on these tires. Super smooth rides and haven't gotten any flats. Perfect for my commuter bike.

      Handles all the road can throw at you

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Like you I've tried so many different tires, but these are the only ones that have come through for me. The roads here in Sonoma County ,CA can change dramatically with the seasons, pot holes after rains, glass, debris from winery trucks, etc.. my previous tires always would get side wall cuts for all the debris on the roads, this'll always ruin a ride and cost you a new tire, I finally decided to try these and haven't had a flat or side wall cut yet. Some reviews state these are a little heavier than other tires, but I'm not a racer so the weight and rolling residence really don't effect me. CC has the best prices I have found and have outstanding customer service.

      Get outta here goatheads

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This is a very robust tire. I use it as a commuter. Good grip, solid protection, and it rolls well.

      Great training tire

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Easy installation, and great tires! I have never had an issue with GatorSkins. Also, despite others saying they are heavy, I have never had an issue with the weight. I can maintain my cadence at 90rpm and average 22mph just as easily as my other brands. Even on longer training rides of 30-50 miles, these work just as efficiently. These work well as others have stated, for people who live in the south west (goat heads).


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Love the Continental Tires. I bought these for my desert riding and commuting rolls great and grips like glue. Stands up to goat heads and rocks that other tires can't take.