The Continental Gatorskin Folding Clincher Road Tyre is a durable, fast and tough tyre at an affordable price. This long distance runner features a Duraskin external mesh to create a protective shield over the casing, this helps to prevent cuts, punctures and abrasions.
The slick German made natural rubber tread will is made to run well in wet winter conditions. Ranging in width from 23mm to 32mm, it's perfect for use on the way to work, training for road races or sportives and audax. - A.D.
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I purchased two of these and fitted one to each to our carbon road bike rear wheels. A bit tricky to get on even with good lever, grip less than the Schwalbes we had on. After starting our first ride, six miles in and a crack and bang! The sheep nearby ran for their lives and my wife was convinced we were being fired on by someone. Burst tube! Replaced and she returned home. Got home inflated to working pressure and put bikes away. Next week go to get bike and tube has burst again. Tyre side wall fault, beading exposed and cause of bursts. Sending back faulty, hope they replace my two tubes too. Beware and check these carefully.
Very little gets through these tyres - I've been using them for years on my winter bike and have had very few punctures. They're hard-wearing, too, and grip well in the wet.
I bought these tyres on a reccomendation from a friend, as I was after some winter tyres, And I have not be disappointed, theyre extremely grippy. And disperse the water (and snow!!!) efficiently... Follow that up with a great price, and it all adds up to a fantastic deal
Have used these for two rides so far (about 90 miles). They ride well - the last time i bought winter tyres (years ago!) they made the going quite tough! Both rides have included fair amounts of country lanes strewn with natural puncture causing debris. No flints stuck in them and they seem pretty unblemished. Going by all the reviews out there, they should provide me with good service in the months to come.
I've been using these tyres for more than 12-years & have found them to be the best all-round option that I've ever used. The original ones were good and offered reliability combined with more speed than anything similar. I've recently got a set of the most recent version & the quality seems the same, with the tread made "prettier". I still use a set that are about 10 years old & have only ever had to change due to wearing down to the fabric. Punctures have been rare & I feel they're good for everything except serious racing; enjoy them!
I bought these continental Gator skins on the back of four winter punctures in three weeks. I cycle approx 500 miles per month. The flints, gravel and farmers off cuts from cutting hedgerows had taken their toll both on my rubber, and me. So I invested in what my cycling mates keep telling me are the best tyres for the winter. It's early days yet, but four weeks on and 586 miles in the bag, no 'P' words have occurred. They do not appear to roll any slower and I am gaining confidence in their grip. To date - liking very much - and my hands have remained inside my warm winter gloves and not peeling rubber of the rims.
I have been using these tyres for over 4 years now. Commuting, training, sportives and longish rides out with mates. Not sure how many 1000s of miles I have done but only had 2 punctures, both on hawthorn spikes from freshly cut hedge detritus. Some glass gets absorbed but doesn't work through. Pick it out and superglue the cuts back up. They are pretty quick rolling, certainly an improvement on the Kendas that came with the bike. If you are used to race tyres you might think otherwise. They are a great compromise tyre. Fantastic protection without paying too much of a weight/resistance penalty.
Continental Gatorskins rock! Current pair have lasted over 3000 kms on Scottish Highland roads. Light enough and bombproof.
Very nice tire. Have a set that is holding up better than anything I have used before. I had I minor setback. Ran over a piece of plastic car tail light that was very jagged & would have flattened anything. This was no exception. It put about a 1/2 in slash in the sidewall of the rear tire. I simply took a heavy needle and some 10lb fishing line, and laced it up. I moved this tire to the front and at this time have over 500 miles on it since the accident. I find this somewhat remarkable. I do have another (tire) on standby in case this doesn't work out,,, but so far so good. BTW, also has good to very good grip, & very low rolling resistance.
Most durable tire I've tried on with only 1 flat in over 1500 miles on my current set. Wear indicator tells you when to change your tires. Tried Schwable Ultremo ZX HD and Michelin Pro Service 4 and both didn't last very long, very low rolling resistance but you pay for it as it cuts easily so you'll have to replace often. Gatorskins you just put on and forget about it, just check the wear indicators once a month.
If you want to ride short wheelbase frames - handy for doing u-turns in one lane to go back for tools and money you spot while commuting - the 28 mm have a narrow enough section to fit under the fork crown or seatstay and last a long, long time with handling that suits a better road frame. I've never worn thru the tread strip, they die when the casing ruptures where the metal bead attaches; which may not happen with kevlar beads.
Of all the $40 tires that I've used (Vittoria, Bontrager, Maxxis), none compare to the Gatorskins. The first ride out on these I noticed an extreme decrease in rolling resistance. (I had the 23mm on the front tire, and the 25mm on the back) Like it was VERY noticeable.
PROS: Durability, Speed, Weight, Overall performance
CONS: Harder rubber that makes for a Less "Grippy" feel in my opinion.
...don't worry about these possibly being to heavy. I routinely win uphill group sprints with them, and I flat much less often. They roll just fine.
The Continental Gatorskin is bar far the most durable tire for the price. I have had only two punctures over the past two seasons using these tires (multiple sets). They have survived glass, thorns, metal and rocks that other tires would have failed going over. The best thing about these tires is that the sidewalls are durable.
Been riding these since I got my bike. They're great on city streets and the price isn't too steep.
The 25's are a great mix of comfort and flat protection.
I'm sure I'm going to jinx myself by boasting that I've only had two flats in 3 seasons of riding on these tires, but its the truth. The majority of my rides are on chip-seal roads and the 25mm tires allow me to run a slightly lower pressure for a more comfortable ride and the durability of the tires has kept me on the bike peddling as opposed to on the side of the road pumping. PBK has the best prices on these tires anywhere that I've seen - I'll continue to purchase them for as long as they are available here.
Here in Canada prices on everything bike-related are far too high. PBK's prices are great for things like tires, tubes, and other accessories, even groupsets.
I bought these tires in 25mm for commuting use, and they have performed incredibly well on busy streets, rough roads, and through shards of glass. The tread wears very well (4000km so far and nothing concerning) and the sidewalls are tough. Theyre so tough, in fact, that the ride is a bit harsh compared to more supple tires like the GP4000S due to the sidewall stiffness. Minor problem though.
The fact that its made in Germany as opposed to other manufacturing countries with suspect quality control is even more reason to get these.
One of the best products going around. Faultless training tyre. Vectran in tread and sidewall makes them almost impossible to destroy. Rubber compound last well and even tolerates ergo trainer chewing them up and bead is not so tight that you spend all day trying to get them on larger rims
I had the gatorskins for 2 years now and I've been through potholes and cracks galore.
But the kicker is that I was in a car crash and smashed my front wheel. The gatorskin stood out like a champ and I still use it on a new front wheel!
Still just as effective!
Everyone else has already written about how great this tire is. So I'm going to laud it as the best cold weather tire. The reason is simple, removing your gloves to mend a tire in the cold winter months is a miserable experience. While rolling on these, I have not once had to mend a puncture. No frozen fingers, no discharged CO2s frozen to my hands.
I had never tried these before but the LBS recommended them for my East Coat riding in MA. I rode for about 3 weeks on them in Spring in Western MA in US last year. I used the 25mm tires and Michelin Airstop Butyl tubes run up to about 110 psi (am I about 175lb or so).
I have never ridden on worse roads than some of the sections as I hit then, with huge potholes, cracks, gravel after the winter, and general roughness and other road horrors. I also road in Easter NY state and VT, and while the roads were better, there was still a lot of damage from the previous winter. I slammed some pretty harsh potholes where I actually had to stop to check the wheel - but the tires and the wheels held up.
So, my first experience with these on the first hundreds of miles was very favourable. For the fact that they were the 25mm tires, and not race tires, they felt reasonably quick - as quick as anything can feel while jack hammering over cracks and debris anyway...
I have not yet had any problems with sidewall threads coming off, which I have seen on many many of my Contis (4000s, and 4000). I have stopped using Contis and switched over to Michelin for that reason - and will try the Krylion as I wonder if over the long term the Gatorskins will have that same problem.
So, I would give them a 5 star, but because of my experience with the other Contis having the sidewall threads come out on many different tires, I am holding from a 5 at a 4 star rating.
I have been riding these tires for about 4 months now and I have not had any punctures, and also what is great about these are the low roll resistance they have.
Purchased these for a race that was 50% rough dirt and 50% pavement. They worked really well at preventing punctures; however at mile 31 of 55 I hit a pothole and had a pinch flat. I was using 23mm tires, so hindsight 25mm may have been a better option for this type of race.
Maybe the most durable tires for bike ever, especially if you ride fixed. I bought a pair four months ago and tires still look good. Great price on this site also!
I have used many different training tyres over the past years but I have yet to find a tire that has both the puncture resistance, durability, and overall road feel as the Gatorskin. Truly a great option if you need a puncture resistant tire but do not want to sacrifice a quality ride.
These are great training tires. They are long lasting and fairly puncture resistant. However they will square out after a while. And, in my opinion, don't work very well in the rain. But for a training tire these are great for the price
This is a great tyre for training. I ride the Gatorskins over and over again with out moving to other tyres. The back tyre always goes for me first and the front Tyre will last for 3 back Tyres. I race on the GP4000s and for training I have found the Gatorskins to be closest to the feel of the GP4000s, not as light, not as fast, not as grippy but hey its a tough training tyre. The only down fall with the Gatorskin is the sidewall; it gets damaged easy and the weave pulls out. They should fix that!
I've used the Gatorskins for several years for training. I have never found a better tire that offers superior flat resistance while still providing tolerable performance for mixing it up on Saturday rides. They are not the fastest tires, but they offer a lot of protection from the glass and/or the chip and seal roads I frequently find myself riding.
Probably the best durable long lasting tire out there. If you want to not worry about flats and blow outs, get these. Of course, flats are also by luck, but these give you the best chance. Would love to try the GP4000S someday, but for now, love my Gators!
Great tires and last long! I have these and train/ commute/ never had a flat and rolls fast!
So far these tires really hold up to hill climbing/decent duty cycles. I've run them on my trainer and still going strong. These tires are a real bargain.
What can be said about Gatorskins except: their tough. I've got about 1500 miles on my current set and they are still going strong.
Why only 4 stars?
a) they're heavy
b) not very fast
c) I had one tire that had a sidewall blowout after only 3 weeks of use. Not sure why. But the replacement has been great for nearly a year.
If you're commuting or training and not concerned about running at top speed then you need to buy them. I've never found them as cheap in the US as they are here on PBK. Especially if you can catch them on sale!
I've ridden these tires for training for almost 5 years now, typically putting between 5-8000 miles in per year and I've had (0), yes that's right, ZERO flats since then. Considering I ride in the burbs of Chicago, where road litter is widespread, I think that's pretty impressive. Highly recommended!!
Mount them and forget em. I've ridden 6000+ on Canadian pothole filled roads and have had ZERO flats. Don't look any further than these great tires.
With its great combination of protection, durability and performance, Continental's Gatorskin tire is an all-around winner - and quite possibly the best training tire available.
Puncture protection rivals that offered by Specialized tires featuring Armadillo technology, yet offer a significantly more comfortable ride and last much, much longer.
The three plies of 60 tpi casing are not exactly equivalent to a single layer of 180 tpi casing, however, the Gatorskin's ride quality, suppleness and overall performance rivals that of tires costing a lot more. While rolling resistance is not as low as its Grand Prix 4000 S sibling, the Gatorskin is still a surprisingly fast tire. It feels very secure in wet conditions, too. You simply cannot go wrong with a Gatorskin!
These tires have seen everything : dirt, rocky ground, rain, snow, mud, glass, metal shards, you name it! I've never had a single puncture with these, and I feel very comfortable riding them at around 50 kph in traffic. The handling and braking is awesome for such a solid tyre.
Would recommend to anyone - plus they're so cheap on this website!
Not sure if I was just unlucky but I had more punctures on these than my Michelin Krylions (which were cheaper and rolled better). I had several deep cuts through the tyre wall within 1500km which isn't great.
If you want supreme puncture resistance and can spare the coin go for a Schwalbe Durano Plus.
I use these on my commuter and I can think of no complaints. The tire is great in any type of weather, rolls fast, is very durable, and just excellent for the price.
I use these tyres for training, and I have never had a flat. I would highly recommend them.
This tire grips very well and works well under wet conditions. It just isn't as durable as I had hoped. Granted, I do ride on busy streets most of the time, but the Michelin Krylions perform just fine on those same streets. My main issue with these is the sidewall. Most of my problems have come from small nicks or tears in the sidewall. A few things have cut the tire, and I've hosed a set of these tires in 1,500 miles or less. Krylions last me about 4,000. Panaracer T-servs usually get up to 5. I think continental is really really close to a 4/5 star tire, just not there yet. And the advertising I am talking about isn't from PBK. It's the local bike shops and local riders mostly.
I've put on over 2000 miles on these tires so far and haven't had a single flat. They're totally bomber.
Gators are like wearing two condoms, bit over the top but as safe as you can get!
Lets face it you never want to get flats and with Gators, unless you are silly you never will.
Commute or training, I race on tubs, but where I have had big cross winds I have run them in races and they do fine (well... better than I do in big cross winds!)
Love my Gatorskins - just recently installed the new pair of 700x25's I purchased here at PBK for my classic Bianchi.
These are the folding tyres, a bit more expensive than the wire-rim ones but pack small, are easy to ship and carry as a spare on a long tour.
These tyres are very popular here, our cycling club members use them in many bikes. Their puncture resistance, long life and build quality, plus the Continental reputation, make them favourites.
My old 700x23 pair is still in use, just moved to another bike that's not used as often, and will have another couple thousand kilometres life left for sure.
Great tyres, handmade in Germany.
This tire is very sturdy but has still considerably supple feel, got the 25mm version, the tire did well over the winter, not as fast as the Conti 4 season but cheaper. Good tire for the intended purpose, to slow for a real race tire even for races in bad weather there are better choices out there.
I have used this tire for three seasons. The set I used two seasons ago lasted 5,000 miles. I replaced that set the first time I got a flat. The current set has around 3,500 miles with no flats. I recently raced over cinders with no flats. About once a month I dig the glass shards out of the tire. This tire picks up glass but refuses to let the the shards through. Not the fastest rolling tires but if you value security at high speed this tire is for you!
I buy one pair of these a year and they easily accrue the most miles on both my cx/commuter and my road bike. I get at least 3000 miles per season on them and I have had only one flat (pinch from a huge pothole). Very durable, smooth-rolling, and very comfortable to ride on. I should note that I have only used the 700x25 size.
These tyres are the best tyres if you sick and tied of flats and tyres wearing out to quickly. They are super grippy and last a very long time. I am yet to get a flat with these tyres - you will get 1000's of km's out of them which is fantastic.
I have used these the 700-23C tires on my training bike for a while, although they are a fair bit heavier than race tires and much more rigid, I have had zero flats in 2000 kms. The tread life also seems good.
These tires are starting to show their age though, with faded logos and slight cuts in the tire.
If you do purchase these tires I would recommend topping them off with air once a week to prevent pinch flats. By doing so you will encounter zero flats!
My bike came with 23c Duranos and they rode rough. I was told that these Conti GatorSkin 25c's would be a hot set up for me as I weigh 210+lbs and I tend to ride in the trash a bit. These tires only flatted once and that was my fault as I hit a fairly big rock when desending at speed. The only other issue was a thorn flat but upon inspection the tire was worn out so I can't blame the tire for me riding it past it's useful service life. i'm on Conti GP4000s now and I like the GatorSkins just as well and the GP4000's are leaving me flatted every other ride at this point, so it will be back to the GatorSkins very soon.