Continental GatorSkin Tires - Clincher

4.22/5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $45.00

Product Description

Continental Gatorskin Folding Tire: Highly puncture-resistant casing with Duraskin sidewall protection. High mileage carbon-black tread compound. Continental has changed the name of the Ultra Gatorskin to Gatorskin. No changes...

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Charlie a Commuter

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2015

Strengths:    Practically indestructable, decent ride for such a tough tire, pretty good grip.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I have been running these for a several years now, absolutely love them! I commute in Metro Detroit area and the roads here a totally bombed out at best. I like to cruise the ghetto areas and getting a flat there could be much more then an inconvenience in a hurry. I have not had a flat in a year with these. Great tires

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Favorite Ride:   Detroit ghetto back streets

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer tourguard

Bike Setup:   Bianchi San Jose single speed cross bike. Riser bar, Brooks B17, King headset, DT wheels, rear V brake with Avid lever, rusted bare metal finish.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by cam a Commuter

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2014

Strengths:    They last forever.
Nil punctures to date.

Weaknesses:    Terrible ride.
Wet weather grip.
Heavy (but most tyres like this are)

Bottom Line:   
Awsome if you want a long lasting tire. Terrible if you like riding. I've got these on my commuter and i iwesh they would wear out so I can replace them. I guess they do their role well if puncture resistance and tire wear is your highest priority. That said they are really harsh riding and wet weather grip (which tends to occur if you commute a fair bit) is very sketchy. When it rains I just back right off as they've let go a few times on me, with no warning.
The harshness. Well, I have these on steel frameset, an open prior wheelset, 28mm width and run about 95psi and they ride harsher than my 23mm tires on my CAAD10 aluminium bike. The sidewalls are the key as to prevent pinch flats they are really stiff and so ride that way.
So, in short. I won't buy these again as I value a nice ride and grip a bit higher. Will aim for a tire with a bit more give, knowing I may occasionally have a flat or wear them out.

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Favorite Ride:   Varying the commute

Purchased At:   Can't remember it wa

Similar Products Used:   Contact Sports

Bike Setup:   Soma Double Cross steel frame with carbon fork
Open Pro wheelset
Ritchey kit.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by trailmix

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2013

Strengths:    Nearly indestructable

Weaknesses:    Expensive

Bottom Line:   
For commuting, it is hard to beat these tires. They are pricey but I guess you get what you pay for. Before I installed these, I destroyed 2 sets of cheap Bontragers in 2 months. These have been on for the same amount of time and show practically no wear!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mike

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2013

Strengths:    strong
very strong

Weaknesses:    pricey. (but worth it)

Bottom Line:   
I love love love these tires. oh yeah did I mention I love these tires. I have yet to get a flat on them in over 1500 miles of hammering on these bad boys. I am sold bottom line. the only thing I wish is that they had a variety of colors.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mdalke

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2013

Strengths:    So far, no punctures in 3,000+ miles. Good grip for hard cornering (after the new tire shine is gone). Long wearing.

Weaknesses:    If your rear wheel slips out of the dropout under power, i.e.: QR wasn't tight enough after remounting wheel ... the sidewall will shred considerably, and perhaps be unusable afterward. Similar results can come from gutters and curbs if you get forced off of the road at high speed. Both of these are real life situations that have caused extra wear on my tires, but not "killed" them.

Bottom Line:   
I still carry a pump and 2 patch kits with me on every ride because of my rotten luck with flats prior to buying Gatorskins. My average ride is 24 miles over asphalt with the occasional pothole, patch of gravel, glass or a 50yd golf course crossing to hit the cart path. Aside from the usual daily ride, I try to do a century every 6-8 weeks. These tires have never let me down, but I made a pact with myself to never be caught with an unusable inner tube again. The real life problems that I have read about from Gatorskins seemed to be from overinflation. There is a unique texture in the sidewall which will essentially come undone if the tire is overinflated. I always recommend these to people who are sick of flats, and give them the caveat of NEVER OVER-INFLATE.

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