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The tough tire reference.

The name "Gatorskin" has become to tough tires what "Kleenex" has become to tissues - the standard, the reference, the go-to. There's a host of good reasons, though all are underscored by one simple fact: The Continental Gatorskin Tire is the most fool-proof, bomb-proof, life-proof tire out there, evidenced by the legions of bike messengers, city commuters, and riders who just don't want to ever have to think about getting punctures.

We won't try to hide the fact that the Gatorskin's durability comes at the sacrifice of some raw performance. However, not only is it hardly measurable, but that sacrifice is only really relative to Continental's top-tier racing tires like the Grand Prix 4000 - an industry standard. The Gatorskin uses Conti's proven PolyX Breaker, a super-strong polyester fiber that's crosswoven to catch any punctures before they make it through the tire's casing.

And just when you think they'd skimp on the quality of the rubber compound with such a tough liner, they do not skimp on the quality of the rubber compound with such a tough liner. Continental's silica compound isn't as grippy as its legendary Black Chili compound, but it's on-par with many companies' high-end compounds, and it's laid over its DuraSkin layer. DuraSkin is a polyamide fabric that wraps the tire from bead to bead, lending the sidewall its slightly reddish-orange tint, and providing superb sidewall and carcass protection, proven on the streets of Brooklyn and the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix alike.

The Continental Gatorskin Tire comes in Black and is available in 700 x 23c and 700 x 25c folding sizes.

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1 5

HORRIBLE !!

I GOT 0VER 2800 MILES ON MY NEW BIKE'S ORIGINAL TIRES BEFORE MY FIRST FLAT ... PUT ON A SET OF GATORSKINS 700x25 AND GOT 2 FLATS IN 260 MILES (125 TO 1ST FLAT AND ANOTHER 135 TO MY 2ND FLAT ... SO MUCH FOR DURABLITY .. WHAT A HORRIBLE JOKE ON ME !!

1 5

i hate these tires.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Reasons why i hate these tires:
1) They don't seem to protect any better than 4000s'.
2) The puncture protection is "Poly-X" which is a cheep version of "Vectran" which is used in the 4000s.
3) poly-x means it rolls worse
4) I have broken multiple tire levers getting these installed (after a flat).

Responded on

You're not supposed to use tire levers to install a tire.

4 5

Good Training Tire!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a classic all around poor condition fast training tire. There are far faster, more supple tires as well as far tougher tires that will ride like garden hoses. Simply put these are the best all around blend for good speed, long durability, puncture resistance, price, weight. I personally prefer The Conti GP 4 Season for training as they are lighter, faster, more puncture resistant, more supple with higher tpi casing, have far better traction, just do not last quote as long but still pretty darn long.

5 5

Puncture me if you can!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After searching for a tire that won't puncture easily and still have little rolling resistance, I have come across these. I have ridden them for 2 seasons now and I don't even think I've had a flat with them.
I would highly recommend these for a training tire.

4 5

Flat tire by way of thorn

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

About to go for a ride and noticed a thorn sticking into my tire. I pulled it out and heard the air follow. Flat tire. Otherwise these tires have been great.

5 5

Solid Tire!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Put 4,000 miles on a set of Gatorskin tires back in 2012 on a cross country ride. Made it to the end goal with 2 flats on the entire trip, not too bad. They are on my everyday commuter bike now, still rolling strong. Just get a pair, you won't regret it. #JOH2012

Solid Tire!

Are these the kevlar or wire tires?

Are these the kevlar or wire tires?

Responded on

Hi Ted,

These tires have a foldable kevlar bead.

5 5

Flat Tyres be Damned!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After being referred to this tyre by a friend early this spring, I've had only two flats over a long summer & winter of riding. Both of those flats happened when the rear tyre was worn down enough to be replaced anyway, so the flats were an error of my own laziness more than anything. I use this tyre on my training wheel, and the tubular version for my race wheels. I'll ride nothing else, this is the best value, all around great piece of rubber out there.

2 5

Manufacturing defect

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought a 700x23 in Aug. '13 and had a sudden blowout in less than 100 miles. Put in two successive tubes and each blew out immediately when getting up near 100# pressure. Had to be sagged home - fortunately only 5-6 miles. Carefully searched the rim for sharp object, etc. and found nothing. Another tube in, pumped to 100#, and it blew after a few hours. Finally found that sidewall had a 5 mm crack close to the bead through which the tube protruded. LBS gave me credit for it and replaced it with another Gatorskin, a 700x25 this time. No problems for 5 months and 2000 miles, until it blew a tube and for the same reason - a 5 mm slit just below in 'N' in Gatorskin on one side. LBS said it was still under warranty, so I took the credit against a Continental Four Seasons this time and hope not to see the same or any problem with this one.

4 5

Impressed

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked these up for winter training and some desert century rides after reading consistently good reviews. I've been pleasantly surprised by the supple road feel and puncture resistance.

4 5

Solid tire

I had this on my loaded commuter bike riding 20 miles per day for 1 year and they held up well. I never got a flat while riding with these tires. They wore flat in the middle and overtime the duraskin sidewalls started deteriorating (it was kept outside in the heat).

5 5

Puncture This!

If puncture protection is what you need, then this is the tire for you. Tough skins.

5 5

Best value for money tire

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These tires get 3000 - 4000 miles of flat free riding. The ride quality is good and they have good handling. These might not be want you want on race day, but when logging big training miles I have not found a better tire. Their biggest weakness is their side walls that are prone to flats. These tires are available in 700 x 25 which offers better rolling resistance and comfort with lower tire pressure.

5 5

Take that goatheads

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great tire for resisting goatheads.

5 5

best all-around tire

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In my opinion, you can't find another tire that excels at everything like the Gatorskin. Extremely flat resistant, good feel, exceptional quality, good grip wet or dry, and long lasting. I liked them more than GP4000, especially for the price--Gatorskins last longer and felt about the same to me. Specialized Armadillos offer superior flat protection, but reduced feel. And I could go on. As a recreational rider, the Gatorskins are the perfect balance of the necessary attributes in a tire.

I went with 25c on my road bike, happy with the change from 23c. The comfort difference is noticeable, but I don't notice a difference in rolling resistance. Recommended. And when comparing the tires, both 23 and 25 both tend to be a little closer to 24, so the difference isn't huge.

5 5

As Close to Bulletproof as I can find

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm just finishing my third hard season on Gatorskins. Averaging 6000 miles a year between training and racing, I average 2 flats per year - that's 6000 miles per flat per tire. I've been ridiculed for racing on a "slow" tire, but I inevitably pass the guys talking trash as they change a flat in Seattle rain. They're invaluable in ultras and double century races. Last month a LBS convinced me to at least swap out my front tire for a GP 4000. It is stickier and corners a bit better, but doesn't feel any faster. About 1100 miles in, I rode right through a broken bottle - 4 nasty jagged pieces of glass. The GP 4000 sidewall was slashed to confetti. The Gatorskin rear with 2000 miles on it? Couldn't care less; it just scratched the printing on the sidewall. I replaced the front with a Gatorskin and I'm done experimenting. They're usually good for 2500-3000 miles. The only real downside is reduced braking performance in the wet. Not bad, but not as as good as Vittoria Open Corsa type tires with more crown pattern.

Responded on

Hanky, I also had a similar conversation at my LBS, and gave the 4000 a try on my front tire. After a few flats, I've gone to the 4 Season and I'm very pleased.
Thanks for the review.

5 5

No Flats

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

They definitely work as advertised. About 2k miles on these tires and still going strong without a flat. Use these on my carbon road bike instead of lighter tires. I hate holding up a group ride, or getting left behind for that matter, due to a flat tire. Very impressed.

4 5

Bad Summer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Last summer i was seeming to have bad luck with flats everywhere i went. A friend referred these tires to me and told me he hadn't had a flat yet. Sure enough the man was right, its been just over a year now and not a single flat. They are losing air pressure ever so lightly but are still kicking hard.

5 5

No Flats!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Get yourself some Gatorskins. I opt for these over faster tires even for races because it's always faster to finish the race without flatting. I just wont take the chance riding on an ultra light race tire.
About the durability of these tires: I have done 1,000 miles with zero flats. No joke.

5 5

Goathead Proof

I rode over 15 miles with a goathead stuck in my front tire too scared to pull it out in fear I'd let the air loose. When I got home I pulled it out and the tire held air. After about 150 miles the rubber has worn to a nice grippy tread that rides better than new.