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Gator Hardshell 700c Road Tire (Wire Bead)

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The Continental Gator Hardshell 700c Road Tire has long been a favorite of riders looking for a durable tire that preserves ride quality, and now Continental has added even more flat protection.

Three types of anti-flat breakers are used, starting with a bead to bead top layer of Duraskin polyamide fabric to protect the casing against cuts, punctures and abrasions. The next layer is the deeper Hardshell core which is a super-tough layer that extends into the sidewall without tacking on too much weight or sacrificing suppleness. Finally, the PolyX breaker further wards off flats directly under the tread using tightly woven polyester fibers often used in automobile tires that also preserve ride quality.

700c sizes (622 ISO).

Note: Continental has 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.

B-Stock - This product has one or more B-Stock units available. These units can be purchased at a discount (see option select). B-Stock units were returned from other customers and may have missing or damaged packaging materials. These units are otherwise as new. The full manufacturer warranty applies. Click Here for more information.

 

Applications: Performance Road Riding, Training/Recreational, Commuting/Urban 

 

Threads Per Inch: 3 Plies/180 Total TPI

 

Made in: Germany 

700c x 23mm

Weight: 330 grams

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 23-622 mm

Rec Pressure: 110 PSI

Max Pressure: 120 PSI

700c x 25mm

Weight: 330 grams

Width: 25 mm

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 25-622 mm

Rec Pressure: 95 PSI

Max Pressure: 120 PSI

700c x 28mm

Weight: 410 grams

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 28-622 mm

Rec Pressure: 95 PSI

Max Pressure: 116 PSI

700c x 32mm

Weight: 420 grams

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Steer clear of these - Continental Gator Hardshell 700C Road Tire (Wire Bead)
by guam38
Daily Commuter
Northwestern PA

I should have taken heed of previous reviews emphasizing that these hardshells are impossible to mount. I assumed that the reviewers simply didn't have enough experience in changing hardshell cases...wrong assumption. I have been an avid road cyclist for 20+ years and have changed hundreds of tire tubes, and these Continental Gator Hardshell 700c road tires are the worst I have ever encountered. I broke 4 tire levers and ruined 3 tubes trying to mount these; they clearly were not worth the discounted price that I paid for them. And no, I am not riding on them...they went in the trash.

Reviewed 9/3/2020
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Good quality
by Anonymous
michigan

Wears well

Reviewed 9/3/2020
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Unbeatable tire
by BLT
Cycling Enthusiast
Los Angeles, CA
5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.

About as puncture-proof as a Schwalbe Marathon at about 2/3 the weight. IMO the Conti Hardshell is the standard for flat resistance and durability. I recently replaced a Hardshell on my rear wheel. I weigh 205 and the tire lasted over 4000 miles until the wear dimples were gone. That's a rear wheel. Amazing. Flats were few and far between. The Hardshell sidewalls are far more durable than the GP 4000 with only a slight weight penalty.

Reviewed 9/10/2018
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Good tires so far
by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Kalamazoo, MI

Tires are working good. No flats yet after about 500 miles.

Reviewed 6/19/2020
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Dare I say... no flats?
by Stacia (TriSports.com Staff)
Cycling Enthusiast
Portland, OR
34 of 34 customers found this review helpful.

These are durable, tougher-than-tough tires! I commute pretty carelessly over some really sketchy surfaces strewn with broken glass, gravel, bits of metal, the whole nine yards... and I have yet to get a flat with these tires after many months. That said, I hate these tires in the rain! They feel slippery and I don't have much confidence through the corners when the roads are wet. I plan to take them off and replace them with something grippier when it starts raining in the fall... but you can bet the Gator Hardshells will be back on my bike come spring.

Summer 2014 edit: I never got around to taking these tires off last winter. I got used to taking the corners a bit more carefully and the tires didn't give me too much trouble even in heavy rain. Still going strong now! I recommend these tires all the time to anyone who's sick of flats. Awesome.

Reviewed 8/16/2013
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Best flat protection I've found
by TDip
Cycling Enthusiast
Northern Nevada
4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.

A great all round training or touring tire. I've got 28's on my touring bike & no flats in 18 months...

Reviewed 1/8/2017
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great tires made so well
by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Orange City, Florida
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

I ride 40-50 miles everyday. These tires last, resist all the crap in the road and give me the confidence I want so I can go ride.

Reviewed 4/12/2019
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Worth every penny!
by rickintx
Cycling Enthusiast
Houston, TX United States
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

I was hesitant about spending a lot on a tire for a long time but after trying all kinds of tires and getting sick of flats I decided to try these. Well 1800 miles later I love them! No flats so far! I ride in Houston, about 50 or more miles a day pending weather, I come across bad roads, there is all kinds of crap on these streets, cans, bottles, glass, nails, screws, rocks, wire, wood, steel, a rake, a shovel, no kidding,, anyway these tires still look new, I ride a road bike and ride pretty hard, I love the ride, the grip, all of it. I will buy these tires always from now on.. Try them you will love them!

Reviewed 11/10/2014
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THE commuter tire (for 700c)
by ORjt
Cycling Enthusiast
Portland, OR area
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I have an 11 mile (one way) commute that varies from rural to city (bike lane) routes. As you might imagine, lots of debris (rocks, glass, metal, you name it) from time to time in the bike lanes. New commuter bike this year, and on the first ride in, picked up something that cut through the rear tire. In the past, I've used Gatorskins as my go-to robust tire.

This time, went with the Hardshell, I was happy to find it in 32mm folding, and on sale. I've been riding on this for a couple of months. Tread still looks great, no signs of cutsbreakswhat not. I expect to get many, many worry-free commute miles.

One oddity - this tire must run very slightly small, my commute went from 10.7 to 10.8 miles. The 10.7 value was based on three bikes, three different tires. They were all consistent at 10.7, this tire has been consistent at giving me 10.8.

Very happy with this tire, I'll grab one for the front once I either wear out, or flat, the tire that came on the bike.

Reviewed 7/21/2014
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Very durable tires that roll well, but are initially quite difficult to get on the rim because of their stiffness.
by YOLObiker
Daily Commuter
Davis, CA

Daily 20 mile commutes to work. They roll very well in fast pacelines (around 20-21 mph), but are very difficult to get on the rim the first time.

Reviewed 8/29/2019
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High Quality, Tight Fit
by Anonymous
Casual Cyclist
Utah

Good tough tires, but dang hard to fit! They are very tight. I had to order a special tool to get them over my rim. Thankfully, I haven't had to swap a spare on the road yet, cuz I'm not sure how I'm going to do that. Hopefully they are as puncture resistant as they claim to be. So far, so good. Even in goat head territory.

Reviewed 6/13/2019
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Tough but nimble.
by Rick
Daily Commuter
San Francisco
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

These tires work for me, daily to work and back, on the streets of San Francisco. They have a good feel and aren't as fragile as other road tires I've used. Punctures are almost a thing of the past.

Reviewed 7/7/2017
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The best city commuter tires
by Anonymous
Daily Commuter
New York City
1 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

IMHO the best commuter tires for city riding. Fast, great rolling, wonderful puncture resistance for the weight. 85 miles a week in Brooklyn and Manhattan on these and they're dynomite.

Reviewed 6/7/2019
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Bullet proof
by Anonymous
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

If you don't like fixing flats, this tire is for you - and me!

Reviewed 4/6/2017
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The new tires allowed a fast ride
by Anonymous
Keizer, Oregon
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

Tires had good support and little road friction.

Reviewed 3/9/2017
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Hardshell
by Robert
Nebraska

The best tires high mileage great ride I run them on a wide rim 20mm Id 32c third set

Reviewed 4/8/2019
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Everyday great tire that will bring you home and feel good.
by PCH Rider
Cycling Enthusiast
Malibu California
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I switched over to Continental Gators about 7 years ago getting ready for a century ride. Fan for life. Great rolling, smooth and have taken about everything the road can dish out. Now have them on 3 road bikes and only 1 flat in more than 2800 miles. The only flat was a direct hit on a 6 jagged rock at dusk on a canyon road - cracked the sidewall but stayed on the rim. I use the wire bead for most rides, carry the folding version when I am on an extended ride.

Reviewed 12/30/2016
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Gator skins
by Daniel
Capitol Hill
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

I always happy to buy these tires. Theyd seem to last me 4000 miles or moe

Reviewed 2/8/2019
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This is my go to tire.
by dblrider
Cycling Enthusiast
Rocklin, Ca
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

I ride double centuries and feel these give the best blend of speed, performance and puncture resistance. Other tires may be lighter but over longer distances when you don't want to stop to repair a flat these are by far the best.

Reviewed 12/7/2018
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Great commuterwinter tire
by Emac
Cycling Enthusiast
Oregon Country, PWN
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

Not the lightest tire out there which is why I took a star off (picky, yes).

Now, for the good part I've ridden these tires for 3 winters, probably 9K miles, over gravel rough roads, dirt, mud, snow, dirty post-snow roads, etc. Unlike my summer tires which I take care of, I ignore these all winter and clean them once in the spring when I put them away for the summer - in other words, they get totally abused and no love. I run them at 70 psi (I'm 180 pounds) and have had 1 flat in three years. These are great tires, they're sticky in the rain but roll just fine when it's dry. I'm a bit surprised that people in the other reviews run them at such high pressure, for I find that they actually perform a lot better at lower pressures (like in their rating range). I'll definitely replace these with another set of Hardshells.

Reviewed 3/14/2016
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