Gator Hardshell Tire
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
- 700 C x 23 mm, 700 C x 25 mm
- Claimed Weight
- [700 x 23mm] 265g, [700 x 25mm] 270, [700 x 28mm] 330g, [700 x 32mm] 370g
- Manufacturer Warranty
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October 26, 2020
My go to tires
- I've put it through the wringer
I purchased a pair of these over a year ago and put roughly 6,000 plus miles on them with no flats. I'm in Northwest Arkansas which has a fantastic paved trail system. The trails have areas where fine, very sharp flint rock is deposited, usually following a rain shower. The roads are OK, but the bike lanes typically are not cleared allowing a lot of road debris to accumulate. I was a devout user of Continental GP4000 IIs, but was constantly getting small, pinhole punctures from the tiny shards of flint. This was especially true of the back wheel where most of the weight is. After installing the Gator Hardshell I have found flint stuck in the tread, but have yet to have a flat. My latest find was a 4mm shard stuck straight into the tread. There are those who will say "well just get tubeless tires and you won't have to worry about it". I've ridden on tubeless tires on a mountain bike and had a puncture that was troublesome to fix. I also tried to help someone that had a flat tubeless tire that ended up calling someone to pick them up because the tire wouldn't hold air. That said, I think I'll stick with what's worked best for me and these tires.
Originally reviewed on Competitivecyclist.com
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