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Gator Hardshell 700c Road Tire (Folding)

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Continental's revered Gatorskin gets even tougher.

The Gator Hardshell builds on its predecessor's reputation as a durable yet supple training tire with the same snappy handling and even better flat resistance.

The updated design features three levels of flat protection: a Duraskin top layer extends bead to bead to keep sharp objects out, while a Hardshell under layer for extends protection without impeding handling. The final layer is composed of Conti's advanced PolyX material featuring densely woven Polyester threads to further repel glass and thorns. Now you can train enjoyably without the worry.

Folding bead. 700c sizes (622 ISO).

Note: Continental has recently added wear indicators to all Gator Hardshell tires. These small divots in the tread surface are intentional and are not a sign of a factory defect. Once the rubber wears to the point where the divots are no longer discernible, you'll know it's time to replace.

 

Made in: Germany 

700c x 23mm

Weight: 250 grams

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 23-622 mm

Max Pressure: 120 PSI

700c x 25mm

Weight: 270 grams

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 25-622 mm

Max Pressure: 120 PSI

700c x 28mm

Weight: 350 grams

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 28-622 mm

Max Pressure: 116 PSI

700c x 32mm

Weight: 355 grams

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Great tires for glassy California roads!
by Tony Buffington
Cycling Enthusiast
Sacramento, CA.

I've used these tires all over the Sacramento ValleySierras 150 miles a week and 1 flat in 2 years (3 sets of tires). Also theeasiest to mount I've found (Shimano and Altamont rims) Not the lightest available, the the durability more than makes up for it.

Reviewed 2/12/2018
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Tough & Reliable - Commuter's Delight
by CDLvelo
Daily Commuter
Surrey, BC

Solved my problem with my flats on commutes! After 2 flats in 8 years using Gatorskins (even ran on rear tire through to the cords), I had forgotten how important it was to have a tough tire for commuting! I got a new bike last year, flatted twice on the Schwalbe tires that came with the bike, so I changed to Conti GP -Season (great handling tire) but flatted 5 times in 8 weeks!! (lots of tough paths, sidewalks, etc.) - so I wanted Gatorskins, but decided to go to the new, even tougher Gator Hardshell tires - 12 weeks later no flats, no worries - perfect for my commute! A little difficult to install compared to other Conti tires, but well worth the effort. Highly recommended for commuting, tandem, and any application where durability is paramount.

Reviewed 2/2/2018
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Best Bike Tire Ever
by 209DavidT
Sacramento, CA

The Continental Gatorskin Hardshell tire happens to be the most versatile tire ever. I use them on my road bike, commuter bike and fixed gear bike.

The tire compound rides aliitle harder than most but durability and cornering cancel the harder ride. I ride at 225 lbs and have lowered tire pressure FR to 95 psi and tires perform flawlessly! They hug the road even in wet conditions. Highly recommend for all road riding bikes.

Reviewed 10/23/2017
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Favorite tire for years due to reliability, cornering and puncture protection.
by Chuckee
Cycling Enthusiast
Kamas, Utah
2 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

I have used the tire for several years for both training and racing, averaging about 3500 miles per year. I don't remember the last time I had a pinch flat and have found it to be extremely puncture resistant - fulfilling the promise of increased flat protection. The tires have excellent sidewall strength and reliability, never having any issues with cracks or ruptures due to potholes, cattle guards or hitting any other obstructions. The wear indicators (two small holes on the tire tread) are reliable in indicators in determining when to change out the tire. I normally change the tires after 2000 miles regardless to be safe. Only downsides are the price and weight. I try to buy when the tires are on sale to save a few bucks since they are pretty expensive. The added weight due to the flat protection is a concern, but not overly so. I am somewhat of a weight weenie, so the concern is a psychological one, I'm sure.

Reviewed 8/1/2017
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Best tires ever...
by Type2Dcycler
Cycling Enthusiast
San Diego, CA
2 of 4 customers found this review helpful.

I bought these Gator hard shells for a charity ride in April-May. We rode from Key West, FL. to Jacksonville, FL, over 500 miles and I had zero flats!

Everyone else on my ride had to deal with flats but they didn't have Gators...soo, get you some!!!

Reviewed 4/25/2017
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Excellent tires, have used them time and again, good guard for puncture protection.
by Dario
Cycling Enthusiast
Indio, California

Have used the Gator Hard Shell tires for a few years and I am very satisfied with its duration, and puncture protection. They may be a few grams heavier than other race tires, but since I do not race but just road ride a lot I prefer them for their toughness.

Reviewed 1/18/2018
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I cannot say enough good things about Continental Gatorskins.
by Karl
Cycling Enthusiast
Missouri

I have used Gatorskins for years and put thousands of miles on them. I trust them, they roll well and wear reasonably well. Most of the miles are riding a road tandem which puts a lot of weight on the rear wheel. We've had one puncture and that was in the rain which allowed the debris to adhere to the tire.

Reviewed 1/7/2018
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Great tire. Grab all you can when they are on sale.
by Wambwaze
Cycling Enthusiast

Value rating is based on sale price.

Reviewed 1/13/2018
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Best puncture protection ever. Period.
by dekaru
Competitive Racer
San Francisco, CA

If you don't ever want to ruin a group ride by being that cyclist that suffers a puncture, this is the tire for you! Sure, it might be a bit heavier than other race tires or could make use of a bit more grip, but that sounds like a fair price to pay in order to be able to ride over grime, glasses and debris for over 5000 miles!

Don't buy the gatorskin version, this is the legit one!

Reviewed 1/1/2018
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Great tire for the rear
by Marc
Tucson Arizona

This is the only rear tire I will ride on in Tucson AZ. This tire holds up well and rarely flats. Still retains some comfort and the last one lasted over 5K miles. Great tire for training and I would even consider racing on it.

Reviewed 12/28/2017
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tuff enuf
by Lee
Daily Commuter
Springfield, Il

I use these for winter commuting, as I particularly don't want to have to fix a flat in 15 degree weather. They are great- good traction, great flat resistance. Hard to mount as the sidewalls are so strong, but with any luck you'll never have to do that on the road. I haven't!

Reviewed 12/25/2017
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Not news
by Ryan wwwz
Portland

Everyone knows gators are the go to tire. Theyll ride through glass and still be fine more often than not. They ride well and pretty fast. I road them when I only road fixed and they lasted over 500 miles in full skid mode. Even last a bit on the threads.

Reviewed 12/4/2017
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Outstanding tires
by Mike
Texas

These Gatorskin Hardshells are awesome! Riding here on the Texas roads can be pretty brutal on tires, and since I have put these on my steed I have had no worries! Awesome tires!

Reviewed 12/4/2017
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Great tire for general riding and training.
by ECROZIER
Cycling Enthusiast
Central California

This tire significantly cut down the number of flats.

Has good grip in both hot and rainy conditions.

In the event you do get a flat, It can be difficult to remove and replace.

Reviewed 11/30/2017
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One tough, long lasting tire
by VinnieS
Cycling Enthusiast
Central Oregon

Using the 700x32. This has become my tire for tandem touring with panniers. I have done two 30 day tours on the same tire and still enough rubber left for local training rides. We average 50 milesday. On my third set of these tires and have yet to get a flat. (Will probably wish I didn't write that soon.)

Reviewed 12/1/2017
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One Tough Tire
by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Danville, CA

I turned to Conti Gator Hardshells following a bad experience with Michelin Pro Comp 4 Service Course tires where flats become an all too common occurrence. With 300 miles on the new tires, I am quite impressed. I have run over patches of crushed glass on two occasions without puncture. These are very well built tires. In spite of the stout construction, the tires feel light and responsive. Be advised that tire mounting can be a pain due to tire stiffness. Nevertheless, I will take the trade-off for puncture resistance and durability.

Reviewed 11/28/2017
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I like these tires due to minimal flats and longevity.
by Dan from SI
Cycling Enthusiast
Staten Island, NY

I weigh around 250 lbs. and feel that these tires hold up pretty damn well. I try to get out at least 3-4 times a week, 100-150 miles weekly. Daily rides sometimes with a group, but try to get out there to ride the streets pretty damn hard.

Reviewed 11/21/2017
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Excellent tire - no flats (about 1,100 miles), fast and rides reasonably well.
by RiverCity Rider
Cycling Enthusiast
Normal, IL

There is nothing to dislike about this tire. I use it on my touring bike (700x28) and have been using the 700x25 version for many years on my Roubaix (rear tire - the front tire is Conti 4000S). I've never had a puncture flat (I've had a couple of pinch flats) on my Roubaix in countless thousands of miles. I'm getting the same results with the 700x28 on my touring bike so far.

Reviewed 7/6/2017
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This is a GREAT tire!!!
by [email protected]
Cycling Enthusiast
Colorado and all over the country
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I went to the GatorSkin Hardshell in May of 2016. I teamed it up with the Forte puncture resistant tubes. I ride 200-250 miles a week. I have seen I can get about 3500 mile out of the tires before I have to change them out for new ones. The wear indicator is a great help. I do rotate the tires from from to back which allows me to get about another 500 miles out of the tire set. Since making this change I have had to replace the tires 3 times but I have not had a flat in over a year. I am still using the same tubes from May of 2016. This is a great tire and great combination for me. I do try and wait until the BOGO sale is on though.

Reviewed 6/27/2017
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great tire, but I need a new bike!!!
by [email protected]
Competitive Racer
Northern Calif
0 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

Just let me say.......yes, the tires were great. The problem was I was hit from behind and left in a coma by the driver. I awoke in the hospital and finally got home the next day. My Ti bike is a mess!!!

Reviewed 6/15/2017
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