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Gatorskin Tire

If you’re logging big miles year-round, the Continental Gatorskin Tires just might be your new piece of must-have gear. They’re similar to the GP4000-4 season tires, but a little heavier and a little slower — geared more toward training than all-weather racing. The Gatorskins feature two distinct layers of puncture protection: a Duraskin mesh at the sidewalls to prevent cuts, and a dense, nylon breaker under the tread to protect against direct punctures and road debris.

  • Continental's tried and true all-season tire
  • Duraskin sidewalls and durable casing prevent punctures
  • Item #CON0017

Size
700c x 23mm, 700c x 25mm, 700c x 28mm, 700c x 32mm
Type
clincher
Casing
PolyX Breaker
Protection
DuraSkin
TPI
180
PSI
[700c x 23mm] 110 - 120, [700c x 25mm] 95 - 120, [700c x 28mm] 95 - 116, [700c x 32mm] 85 - 102
Bead
folding
Claimed Weight
[700c x 23mm] 220g, [700c x 25mm] 240g, [700c x 28mm] 300g, [700c x 32mm] 350g
Recommended Use
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty
limited

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 5

Dawn patrol

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
700/25c
Height
5` 9"
Weight
160 lbs

Conti Gators, my all time favorite ! (50+yrs cycling) Tried every one. The 25s are perfect, almost light and tough as the proverbial nails ; ) 🚲

>Rating: 5

WOW...all the problems are surprising!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
700x23
Height
6` 0"
Weight
167 lbs

I've been riding Gatorskins and GS Hardshells here in Colorado for moons. Thousands and thousands and thousands of miles. I think I can remember two, maybe three flats. I watch where I'm riding, bull in a china shop ride strategy just because my tires are "puncture resistant" never works out. I can't recommend these tires highly enough.

>Rating: 2

High hopes, but disappointed

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
700x23
Height
5` 10"
Weight
190 lbs

The big brag for these tires was the "gatorskin" puncture resistance. Unfortunately, I've had glass cut right thru the tire for the first flat. I fixed it w/ a patch on the inside, but the cut shows on the outside w/ a mild "bump" in the ride at high pressure. Then, I had a second flat from a tiny glass shard poking into the tire again, leaving a pinhole in the tube. We're not talking long nails, or hitting piles of glass, we're talking riding over a bridge at 20mph, and picking up pieces of glass. I am not convinced of the puncture resistance of these tires. I've had other/older tires that were just as good at a fraction of the cost.

Hi! I deal with a lot of flats living in the city (potholes, glass, metal bits etc). I'm wondering what other tire brands you'd recommend that work better and are cheaper?

>Rating: 1

Wouldn't recommend

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

After less than 800 miles, the rear tire developed three bulges in the tread area, with one being the perfect shape of a rectangle. I have not abused these tires and ran them at 5% less than the max pressure indicated on the sidewalls. There are zero indications of damage from impacts, cuts or other skids. The tread area looks perfect other than the three distinct bulges. I contacted CC and the rep said Conti only warrantied their tires for 60 days, and it happens that I've owned them 85 days. I've emailed Conti but yet to receive a response. If this isn't resolved with a new tire, I'll never purchase another Continental tire, bike, vehicle or otherwise.

After
>Rating: 1

Flat on my first ride

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size

Don’t buy into the hype. I got a flat from a small smooth stone on my first ride. Wasn’t glass, wasn’t even sharp, just a small stone. These tires are no better than any others out there. Total waste of money.

You're the only one, Tom H. Everyone knows gators are the shit, I know from friends riding 25mm gators over sharp rock trails. You must have got unlucky. Maybe they should call you unlucky Tom.

>Rating: 5

Excelente calidad

El desempeño es excelente (700 x 28). He recorrido más de 2600 km / 1635 millas no he tenido un solo pinchazo. Inclusive las he usado en gravel, por supuesto, su tracción no fue la mejor, pero la resistencia impecable. En tarmac el agarre, resistencia y desempeño inmejorables. He corrido con corazas Specialized y Mavic, estas son muy superiores.

>Rating: 3

not sure what to say

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
700X23
Height
5` 6"
Weight
170 lbs

I've put a few hundred miles on these (700x23), and my thoughts are pretty mixed. I live in NH where the roads suck. I had a flat or two a week running my Hutchinsons early in the season so went with the Gatorskins. First off, they are a bitch to put on. Had one initial pinch flat from a improperly seated tube, and a second from a nail, but overall they've handled all sorts of road debris. My problem is they seem to have high rolling resistance, which sucks. I'm going with vittriola Corosa's now the weather is a bit better. will update.

James, briefly explain "high rolling resistance", thanks Richard

>Rating: 3

Gatorskin clincher 25mm

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I' ve used GatorSkins in the past. These were the flexible/foldup clinchers. They wear well and the price was right for these as replacement tires for a vintage bike with Ambrosio Durex 36h. rims. The biggest downside in my opinion is that they were a b*tch to get on. Basically made my hand cramp the bead was so tight on these, and ended up pulling one on using a couple tire irons; I don't like doing it that way because you can end up pinching/puncturing the inner tube. Rubinos and other brands not as much of an issue. If you are putting these on especially older 700c vintage rims keep calm and carry on, that's all I can say.

Really hard to get on, agree 100%

>Rating: 5

Sam was a pleasure, & it is.....

Sam was amazing for this reason....He took his time & together we shared the options & pro's & cons of ALL my choices....He @ no time made me feel like an idiot. He was informed---kind---& patient. It is service like that will keep me coming back. Honesty is alive & well. Thanks Sam (wise beyond his years). No high pressure sales for Sam. A rare commodity in today's world. He ended our call with, "Enjoy your ride with your new tires...I think WE made the right decision....

>Rating: 5

Great flat resistant tire!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Although these tires are a tad heavy, I ride with them on my time trial bike to help prevent those pesky flats you get intra-race! I think they roll well, fend off debris and last a long time. Seeing these at such a great deal at Competitive Cyclist, I had to get an extra set!

Although

Sounds "dead on" to me.....

>Rating: 1

Exploding bead???

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I want to start by saying I've ridden thousands of miles on Gatorskins and have never had an issue...until Saturday. I was going out for a longer ride with some friends and in doing my usual pre-ride inspection prior to a big effort with some areas out of cell coverage and I discovered my tires were worn beyond what I would have liked them to be. So I replaced them with two new Gatorskins - all ready to roll. About 40 miles into the ride, with no warning, by front tire blew and I hit the deck at about 25mph. I was totally shocked by this and after recovering I started inspecting the tire to find that the bead had completely blown! A brand new tire! I have never seen anything like this in my entire life - and I've worked in a shop and seen a lot of weird s***. I really can't explain this other than that this tire was defective and unfit for the road. I've conferred with some industry friends who have confirmed these suspicions. I am very very lucky to have had this happen when it did - not on the 50 mph descent leaving my house for the ride, or on any other part of this ride. I'm not sure if I will ride a Gatorskin again.

I

I've also had the bead go out. This tire had 4000 miles on it though. The tire was fraying for a good while prior.

I've also had the fraying sidewall happen to me on my rear with less than 1,000 miles on them. I still continue to buy these tires though because I think it was a manufacturing defect.

Were you holding rim breaks for a long period of time on that decent? The heat from the rim breaks can explode the tire like that.

Looks like you had a streak of bad luck. All tires mal-function @ some point.....I even see quite a bit of ware. Man-up & try another tire. Your expectations exceeded your grasp....anger problem???

>Rating: 5

Great all around tires

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

These tires are great for everything. They have great grip on the corners and the puncture resistance is awesome thanks to the DuraSkin making it my go to for my commuter and road bike. The wear indicators on these tires also make it really simply to remember to when to change your tires as well. Overall this is a great tire to consider if you're looking for a road tire to do it all!

>Rating: 5

No more flats!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Bought these after my last pair of fancy road tires kept getting flat after flat. I put several hundred miles on them so foar with no flats at all.

>Rating: 4

Springtime can kill you.

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

It's late winter/approaching early spring, so I'm on Gatorskins again. They're not the softest, don't have the best road feel, etc., etc., but they're a must while grinding early season miles. There may be better training tires out there, but I can't think of any.

>Rating: 5

Commuter tires

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I run these on my commuter bike. These, with some tubes with a little stans/slime inside are an almost fool proof method for preventing flats on rough/tough/rugged roads. The sidewalls are stiff and do stiffen up the ride a little, so rider beware.

>Rating: 5

Go-To Road Tire

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Once my bike shop recommended these tires, I haven't used anything else. I only use my road bike to cross train for MTB so I'm not looking for the lightest option out there, just durability so I'm not changing flats on my training rides and this tire delivers. I was curious how many miles I could get out of a set, and I'm cheap, so I rotated the set every 1000 miles and ended up getting 4500 miles out of a set. They were still rolling well at 4500 but flat spotted and flat protection was diminished. I'd recommend these tires for anyone commuting, randonneuring, or the every day cyclist not wanting to change flats. Even if you're carrying a few extra grams, chances are you'll get there faster than the guy changing a flat.

>Rating: 5

Great Tires

I’ve been using Gatorskins for a few years now and I love them. I consistently get thousands (~4,000) of miles out of them and the only flats I’ve gotten have been from screws, nails, and an industrial staple. I use the 25mm one on my road bike for training and racing and I just got the 32mm ones for my commuter. The tires are smooth, durable, and very puncture resistant.

>Rating: 5

Commute protector

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Never be late to work again due to measly sharp objects. These tires still roll fast, and are incredibly puncture resistant. There is a bit of a harsher ride on the tires but its a worthwhile tradeoff.

>Rating: 3

NOT thorn resistant

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I really wanted these to work (700x25). I've had 5 flat tires in the last 5 weeks on my 1000 mile GP 4000's/Conti Race tubes (not the race light, but thicker race), so I installed these gatorskin bad boys. 6.1 miles into my first ride and already my first flat. I expected to see some kind of gnarly damage for these to go flat, much to my dismay it was a measly little thorn. I like the way they ride, although heavier, but just not anymore thorn resistant than the GP 4000's. I'm at a loss what to do now? Tire/tube liners or gator hardshell tires, or both? Unfortunately my new Enve 4.5's are not tubeless compatible.

try the spec armadillo's or the gator hardshell's. I use both on my bad roads.

Tubeless tires----come on. They do have the advantage of running @ a lower pressure. I am (for what its worth) am not a fan.....Went that trip & it was a disaster. All my "roadies agree"....tubeless sucks....

>Rating: 5

Tough as nails

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

These are my commuter tires and now I just bought a pair for my road bike. I've ridden over all the hazards of the road including glass and they just laugh at it. When the weather is nice and I want to go fast, I use the GP 4000 IIs. They aren't bomb proof, but they have a lower rolling resistance over the gatorskins. However, if you are going for big miles, the extra 9 watts of power needed for the gators might outweigh the concern over a puncture.

>Rating:

Are these tires tubeless ready or not?

Hi Robert, These tires are not tubeless ready.

NO

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Something is screwy with the weight listing here. It says "250g claimed" without specifying whether that is for the 23mm or the 25mm. In fact the Continental website lists 220g for the 23mm and 240g for the 25mm (folding versions of both, same as for the listing here). What's up? And Conti's weights for both versions are about the same as the weights they list for the All Season: 230g and 240g for the 23 and 25mm.

Hi John, I just weighed some of the Gatorskins I had on hand at home with a cheap uncalibrated scale. 700x25mm 256g (This tire is new) 700x23mm 218g (This tire had maybe 70 miles of use)

>Rating:

Are these the kevlar or wire tires?

Are these the kevlar or wire tires?

Hi Ted, These tires have a foldable kevlar bead.

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How do I know if the tire fits my bike?

How do I know if the tire fits my bike?

Guillermo - this tire will fit standard road wheels of most kinds. If you have a 700c road bike wheel, this tire will fit.

>Rating:

Do you have a Continental Gatorskin 700 x...

Do you have a Continental Gatorskin 700 x 35 tire?

According to the Continental website, the widest size offered is 700x32C.

>Rating:

Is this item sold in pairs or individual...

Is this item sold in pairs or individually

Individually. You'll need 2 for a bike.

They will sale you two tires for twice the price.

>Rating:

Does anybody know whether these tires (700...

Does anybody know whether these tires (700 x 23 OR 700 x 25) will fit a Specialised Tricross rim? The bike currently has the factory fit "Alex rims S480" and I now want to use more of a road tire when on the pavement. Thanks....

Looks like those are just standard road wheels, so either size should fit just fine.

>Rating:

Clincher or tubular? Does it matter?

Clincher or tubular? Does it matter?

These are clinchers. And yes, you do need to run these on clincher wheels- it does matter, they won't work on tubulars.

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Write your question here...What is the...

Write your question here...What is the recommended inflation pressure for these? (700-23)

110PSI is the recommended pressure, 120PSI is the stated maximum. Ofcourse real tire pressure should very based on your weight and personal preference.

Bob, FWIW, tire pressure has nothing to do with your weight. Granted a heavier rider with an under-pressured tyre would more likely experience a pinch flat (than a lighter rider over the same obstical) but as far as what pressure to set, no difference in pressure should be considered because of your weight. I'm 220 and run 'gators at 120 psi... read the stamp on the tire!

>Rating:

are these foldable or wire? your tech...

are these foldable or wire? your tech specs say wire bead AND foldable = yes. which is it? http://www.conti-online.com/generator/www/de/en/continental/bicycle/themes/race/recetyres/ultra_gatorskin/ultragatorskin_en.html

Confirmed, it showed up foldable and rides great. Knock on wood, I'll make it through the winter with no flats.