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Continental Gator Hardshell Tire

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    24 Reviews


    Fortification from flats.

    Whether you're riding through rubble-littered roads on the way to work or rolling over spiny goat heads on your daily training ride, the Continental Gator Hardshell Tire delivers extra reinforcement from pesky flats and tire blowouts. Hardshell protection wraps the tire with three layers of 60 TPI rubber compound for extra durability and long-lasting use.

    Its reinforced DuraSkin polyamide mesh prevents rips and tears along the sidewall. Going one step further, PolyX Breaker protection places overlapping polyester fibers along the entire tread strip for extra durability without increased rolling resistance. The tread pattern itself scatters road debris, such as glass and metal shards, instead of collecting it where it could lead to a puncture. The result is a tire that's about as puncture-resistant as possible, ensuring thousands of miles of wear and daily dependability without worrying about flats.

    • Hardshell protection (3-ply, each 60 TPI)
    • Reinforced with DuraSkin (polyamide mesh sidewalls)
    • PolyX Breaker protection
    • All-season compound
    • Item #CON0091

    Tech Specs

    700 C x 23 mm, 700 C x 25 mm
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Trust Your Equipment!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This has always been, and will probably always be my go-to tire. I have avoided so many flats while on a ride strictly because of how Continental constructs their tires, the Gatorskin in particular. Not terribly difficult to change upon actually somehow magically getting a flat, but the protection is phenomenal across the board. The other great quality of this model is that given the puncture resistance that it has, it's surprisingly light weight and has fantastic grip in the corners. It's not a race tire by any means. But it's the only tire I'll use for base miles and training.

    I hate flats

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    they're not the fastest or the easiest to change but then you don't need to change them often. l ride the streets of north Florida and have gotten good at changing flats but who wants to do that on the side of the road with no shade and 108 degrees with the heat index? picked up a nail yesterday but the tire saved my ass, nail missed the inner tube. these are worth the money and time

    I hate flats

    These Stand up to Anything

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    With all the goatheads (not talking about all the wonderful goatheads here at backcountry, but the Tribulus Terrestris aka Puncture Vine) here in Utah these tires are a must in the late summer and fall. My only complaint is that the comfort of your ride will suffer.

    I hear ya! I've tried using a thicker thorn resistant tube with Hardshell tires. That works. But I'm not looking to set race records. Utah is notorious for goatheads & other sharp debris in the roads.

    Puncture Resistance

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Perfect road tire if you hate changing flats. I've mainly used this tire in the winter when the weather in Utah allows for outdoor training, all kinds of junk on the road in the winter. You can certainly tell that these tires are much harder and don't ride quite as nice as other tires.

    Hate Flats, Love the Tires

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I mainly commute and ride through a good amount of road junk, regardless of how hard I try to avoid it. And nothing ruins a ride to work more than a flat - which is why I love these tires so much. I've had the 32s on two of my bikes for over a year now and have had just one flat between them in that time. They're not light, but if avoiding flats if your first priority, I give these two thumbs up.

    puncture resistance yes, ride ??

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I got these in 28 mm size for my commuter bike. I bike thru all manner of road detritus.... glass, nails, staples, rocks etc. They have been outstanding from a puncture resistance flat in ~ 1500 miles. but the ride is bone jarring. I expected them to be like the gatorskins but they are much harder/firmer. I will either go to a 32 mm tire or back to a regular gatorskin next to get a little better ride quality.

    A Tale of Two Cyclists.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity..." You get it, some of us were having fun, while others were not. That's Koty (pictured right) The guy wearing a helmet, the guy with Continental Gator Hardshell Tires, the guy having fun. That's me, (pictured left) the guy not wearing a helmet, the guy with insufficient bike tires, the guy that's about to learn a tough life lesson.

    You see, Koty and I decided we wanted to ride our bikes to the local MLS game utilizing a riverfront trail known by locals to be rank with goat heads. Koty thought ahead and brought a patch kit and a Lezyne Trigger Drive CO2 Cartridge System, and his Continental Gator Hardshell Tires. I brought a backpack full of beer. Koty brought some sandwiches and a water bottle. I brought a flask of Sailor Jerry's...YOU GET IT, I'm an idiot. Anyways, not 10 seconds after this picture was taken, I got my first flat tire causing me to fall to the ground and my friends to say "you should've brought a helmet" what's worse, I spilled a perfectly good beer. Again, I'm irresponsible, thankfully Koty offered me a patch from his patch kit an one of his two co2 tanks to refill my tire. Not long after that my rear tire went flat, after some negotiating Koty offered me a second patch and co2...The third flat was a bit more contentious as it was getting down to game time and we were out of co2 tanks. Fortunately a nice German lady rode by with a bike pump, I offered her a beer, she said "no thanks," pumped up my tire and moved on with her day. After arriving at the stadium I noticed I had a fourth leak in my tire, Koty had no leaks, EVER!

    Look, I'm not gonna get much more responsible, but I tell you what, the next day I went out and bought new tubes and a pair of Continental Gator Hardshell Tires and it was the best decision I've ever made.

    I'm going on a year strong with no problems, you could ride through a glass fight with these things, they're tough, they're durable and they're perfect for the irresponsible commuter. I will say they're a little slick, so if you're riding in the rain, just be mindful.

    A Tale of Two Cyclists.

    Hard, but reliable.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Hard ride (as the name might imply), but I love these tires. For how hard they are, the tires are extremely compliant during turns at speed. My last pair lasted over 2,000 miles.

    Tough tire

      I've only put about 200 miles on these tires, but so far they have held up and shown very little wear. Definitely hoping to get a couple thousand out of these. I use them for road biking, a bit heavy for my use, but durability is my priority and these shouldn't disappoint!

      The Best

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have been using the Gator Hardshell and the Gatorskin ( on my bike for roughly 2 years now and it is the best combination for a single speed commuter set up. Easy to put on and they last. I have this on my fixed gear trek and so I skid regularly on it. They last for so long even under the abuse of skidding. Great gear allows you the confidence to not have to think about it while using it. I never worry that these are going to fail on me and that makes for great rides.

      Great even after puncture

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I commute through DC. I had about 1500 miles on this tire before flatting, even after hitting glass, rocks, you name it. One morning, I hit a roofing staple, it went through the tire, and the tube instantly blew, obviously. However, I threw in a spare tube and the tire continued to hold (going on about 250 miles).

      Only option for urban fixed gear riding

        These tires are about as bombproof as they come. I use them on my fixed gear for urban riding/commuting, and they last much longer than anything else. I do ride brakeless, and am fairly liberal with my skid-stops. These are the only tires that will last more than a few weeks without being eaten up by the pavement.

        If you want a tire that will last for a very long time, and remain almost perfectly puncture resistant, this is it. Only real drawback is that they are pretty squirrelly in weather.

        Puncture Proof --So Far-- After 300 Miles

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I've put around 300 miles on these tires so far and have yet to suffer a single flat. I ride in the desert southwest, too, where spiky plants and "goat head thorns" (google it) are as common on roadways as cigarette butts in the parking lot at the Kentucky Derby. My previous tires regularly suffered the wrath of spiky street gangs, and I usually had a flat every 50 miles or so.

        Now equipped with Gators, I've romped more times than I would like to admit through loose gravel stretches laden with pointy glass shards, spiny goat heads, and chunks of broken rock--a gauntlet that my gators have guided gallantly with no flats to date.

        Also, I think these tires ride just as fast as my previous, lighter tires, as my average speed hasn't dipped. So far, I love them.

        Never had a flat on a gatorskin....Ever!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        They have terrible rolling resistance but you will never have a flat either unless you are really unlucky. They are great for the trainer as well, very good tread wear. I have a 25mm rear tire that has over 4000 outdoor miles and around 1000 indoor miles that i put on this spring...still going strong and i expect to get another thousand or so miles outside and 500 or more inside. Overall i would estimate their life to be around 5000-7000 miles, but i have some friends who have reportedly ridden them well over 10k (they were riding the 28mm, i ride 25mm).

        Hard riding training tire!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This tire is simply a Continental Gator skin with more rubber and weight, in my opinion they ride too rough. I would rather be on the classic Gatorskin or better yet my favorite the Grand Prix 4 Season Tire!

        Best I've Found

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Moved to AZ 5 years ago and was plagued by flats -- mostly from thorns, which are a known problem in the desert. Went through a number of different tires before trying these. I can't say I never got a flat again, but the frequency went way down. The sidewalls can get a little chewed up, but it seems to be superficial. They ride nice given all the belting for flat protection.

        First Flat At End of Second Season

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Original Post August 13, 2013: I ride pretty much year round and these have worn well. Cinders, gravel, potholes...they have been worth the money. Today I had my first flat with them, but it was most likely because of a cut in the sidewall during a very rainy ride. I had to ride on a rough shoulder to let a car pass on an uphill climb and I could hear the hissing as the tire lost air - oh crap. Nevertheless, I put a new tube in and did another 40 miles until I got home. I have to replace the rear tire, hence my visit here. The front is still in great shape. No reason I won't get another season out of that one.

        Update April 18, 2015: The front tire is still going strong. One note of caution: when brand new, these are real buggers to get on the rim. After a bunch of miles it is easier to change.

        Tough Tires

          Definitely an upgrade from the rubber that came with the bike. Even though they're a heavier thick tire, the tread gives it very low rolling resistance, and when it's dry out they're sticky as can be. Can't see myself getting a tire other than this from here on out.

          I live / ride in Vermont where many of the...

          I live / ride in Vermont where many of the roads turn to hardpack dirt without warning.

          Are these good tires for that?


          Does the gator hardshell come in schrader?...

          Does the gator hardshell come in schrader? If not what is going to be my best tire for rough conditions?

          Schrader is a valve type and is an attribute of the tube, not the tire. That being said, I've never seen a tube that came in the sizes of these tires (700x23,25) that had a schrader valve. This is chiefly because schrader valves are larger and require a larger hole in the rim. On road bike/racing wheels, this would weaken the rim because they're already so narrow so they're not used much.

          Yes they do make Schrader valve tubes for these tires, but you are simply mixing Era's. Schrader valves do not seem to hold high pressure as well as Presta valves! Also Presta valves weigh less than Schrader valves another main attribute of their dominance in high end rim technology!