Continental Gator Hardshell Tires - Clincher

3.63/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $50.00


Product Description

If you log more miles commuting to work and around town than some pros do in training, the Continental Gator Hardshell Road Tire is the answer.


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jon Winkeller a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2014

Strengths:    Reputation

Weaknesses:    Continual sidewall blowouts

Bottom Line:   
I recently bought a Fuji Gran Fondo 2.0 and decided to change tires after experiencing a number of puncture flats (riding in Arizona) on the stock tires. My manager, who's an avid rider, swears by the Continental Gator Skins; so I thought I'd do one better and get the Gator Hardshells, figuring that they'd be more puncture resistant. Needless to say, I was looking forward to fewer tire repairs while out riding. So far that hasn't happened. On the first day riding with my NEW tires, I had TWO sidewall blowouts within a 1/2 - 3/4 mile of each other when on the second one I realized that the cording in the tire bead had completely separated from the bead in an area about 2-3 inches. Once I was rescued by my daughter, I went straight to the retailer that I purchased them from and they replaced the tube and the tire without any questions. Writing this experience off as a "Manufacturer defect" I was once again feeling confident that I'd have better luck on the new tire. Last weekend (Labor Day), I was on my way to a group ride when I had another flat. A section of the road I was riding was really rough so I just figured it was a minor pinch flat and fixed it prior to starting the ride. Once on the ride, I had no problems. Today (09-06-14) I had just pumped up my tires (100psi) and was leaving to meet up for another group ride. I got down the street a total of two houses when I had ANOTHER sidewall blowout. My frustration level has about gone through the roof with these tires. I am now sitting in my living room (instead of out riding) waiting for the bike shop to open so I can exchange these tires from something better: I hope.....

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Similar Products Used:   First set of "after market" tires that I've purchased

Bike Setup:   Fuji Gran Fondo 2.0


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nick a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2012

Strengths:    Bulletproof--at least for me so far...

Weaknesses:    Manufacturing defect on first tire but was rectified imediately...

Bottom Line:   
Almost 4,000 miles and no flat. The back tire is getting worn as 25% of those miles are on a trainer. I run over lots of glass and other crap--roads in southern California suck--and am surprised that I haven't had a flat yet. Probably will now that I've written this review...I had Vittoria Zaffiros before my Gatorskins and had two flats in under 1,000 miles. My wife has Bontrager X-Lite Hards and has had one flat in about 500 miles. The only complaint I have is one of the tires had to be sent back because when I inflated it there was a large bubble in side wall...manufacturing defect.

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Favorite Ride:   Death Ride

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   BiketiresDirect

Similar Products Used:   Vittoria Zaffiro, Bontrager X-Lite Hard

Bike Setup:   Madone 5.9


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by firemedicrich

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2012

Strengths:    They are round

Weaknesses:    Except when they are flat!

Bottom Line:   
In a word, dissappointed. Bought these for my training wheels. Rear flat on first ride. OK, bad luck? Nope, second ride, front flat........Really? C'mon, I've been chewing up my Vittoria Corsa CX's for nearly 1000 miles with NO flats, which are known as fast but easy flat tires!!!!! Conti should re-name these lizardshell, because the rear flat was from glass, fair, but the front I think was from a blade of grass. What marketing hoopla!


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chaz a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2011

Strengths:    tough, very puncture resistant

Weaknesses:    rides a bit stiff/hard

Bottom Line:   
I have probably 3000 miles on these tires and have only one cut. NO FLATS!! I ride on mostly smooth pavement but run over the usual strewn gravel and occasional glass. I'm not as afraid to run over glass that I don't see in time. They ride stiffer than the Conti Grand Prix 4000 which I use for event rides and longer training rides. I'll definitely stick with the Hardshell for daily training.

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Favorite Ride:   anything ona smooth road with a tailwind

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Conti Grand Prix 4000/4000 S

Bike Setup:   2008 Specialized Allez


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Terry Krall a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2011

Strengths:    Good wearing. Puncture resistant.

Weaknesses:    When I switch to my racing wheels with lighter tires I do feel faster, so these hardshells do feel heavy. But I bought them to ride, not to be on the roadside fixing flats.

Bottom Line:   
I purchased the Conti Gatorskin Hardshell from an ebay retailer and have ridden them approximately 2,000 miles or more since February, mostly training miles on suburban roads and I have had no flats. Zero. I typically have one or two per month. I inflate the Contis before each ride to 110 and I have not even rotated them, I plan to do that and hope to get another 500 to 1000 miles out of them this fall and winter. Will buy these tires again. I usually buy Hutchinson and have had Conti racing tires and not particularly impressed with them.

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Favorite Ride:   Any road

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   ebay retailer

Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson. Michelin. Specialized. etc.

Bike Setup:   Steel Roadbike. I train in suburbia and race ultra distances.



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Bit of buyer's remorse with Gator Hardshell

Read all about the GP4000S vs 4 Season vs Hardshell, pros and cons. Recently used the GP4000S in 25c and they were nice throughout the spring and summer. But with winter coming in and the handful of puncture flats in one week with the 4kS I went with the Hardshell for our chipseal-heavy roads and ho ... Read More »

commuter tire: Conti Gator Hardshell vs Vittoria Randonneur Pro

If resistance to punctures and road hazards is the #1 priority in a 700C-32mm tire, what are some real world experiences with these 2 tires? Were a "tie breaker" necessary, it would probably be [I]wet[/I] traction. Continental [URL]http://www.conti-online.com/generator/www/de/en/continental/bicy ... Read More »

Has anyone tried the new Conti Gator Hardshell tires?

[FONT=Verdana]They look to be Gatorskins on steriods.[/FONT] [FONT=Verdana][/FONT] [URL="http://www.conti-tyres.co.uk/conticycle/ti%20hardshell.shtml"]http://www.conti-tyres.co.uk/conticycle/ti%20hardshell.shtml[/URL] at > $50/tire they are not cheap, but if they prevent flats they could be worth ... Read More »

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