Continental GatorSkin Tires - Clincher

4.13/5 (8 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: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.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Sighclone

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2013

Strengths:    No flats.

Weaknesses:    A bit slow and weak sidewalls?!?

Bottom Line:   
Don't remember what tires came on my Scott CR-1 Team in 2011, but they flatted fast. So I switched to these in 25mm. No flats. But, just before a fast community ride, right at the start line, 5 min before the whistle, I noticed a bulge in the sidewall. Tire finished the race, and dealer swapped it out for a new one. I would buy again, but might look at something lighter and faster with a sealant instead. Kinda rough to mount the steel-beaded variety...not a problem unique to Gatorskins, however.

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How's the 32c Gatorskin ride quality?

Hey guys, So I'm on a lookout for some 32C tires for my daily commuter. I tried out the continental travel contact, vittoria hypers, and schwable kojaks...they're all ok. Out of those 3 the contis are the best. I'm thinking of trying out 32c gatorskins, but can't find any feedback on how the 32c ... Read More »

Conti Gatorskin Blow Out Zero Miles

So I got a pair of Conti gators for a new build. Tires came in on 5/8 and I mounted them that night 5/10 at like 9pm I hear this massive BANG! Go down stairs and figured wow guess a tube blew and or something hit the ground. I look at my new set of tires and I see the side wall blew right out. Tire ... Read More »

No flats, luck? Roubaix Pro Versus Gatorskin

Most of the posts I've seen compare the Gatorskin to 4-seasons, 4000S, etc. Ride quality is average, I get that. I have 28c Roubaix Pro tires on my Secteur Disc. I have probably been stupid and had them places where I shouldn't have. I've hit nice pavement cracks at 18mph, grass areas at almost ... Read More »

gatorskin vs GP40000s vs 4 Seasons

I'm running gatorskins, (not the hard case) and as my rear tire is getting closer to needing replaced, I've started thinking about switching to GP4000s for my riding for lower rolling resistance. I saw somewhere the difference between 4000s and 4 seasons in a test was about 20watts which is pretty ... Read More »

Tire Wear Question: Continental Gatorskin 700 x 23 PolyX Breaker

Hello, I searched the Wheels and Tires section before posting but did not find anything specific to my question. - My back tire is no longer rounded in the center. - It's flat compared to my front tire. Flat as in like a flat surface. - Tires have about 750 miles on them. - Tire type: Continent ... Read More »

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