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Continental Gator Hardshell 700c Road Tire (Folding)

ContinentalGator Hardshell 700c Road Tire (Folding)(Return to Product Page)

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Review by WiCrazyGuyOnABike

Trustworthy for long unsupported rides
by WiCrazyGuyOnABike
Central Wisconsin

I�ve ridden these Continental tires since about 2016 on a pair of road bikes (one with 23/25mm width, one with 32mm width) without a single flat, riding 2000-3000 miles a year split between them. The last set replaced still had good tread after 3750 miles, but I replaced anyhow for peace of mind just prior to a 500-600 mile road and crushed limestone /gravel bike packing trip around north central Wisconsin. I still pack a full spare tire and three spare tubes on my 7-9 day trips, but have never needed one. Long bike trips are always more enjoyable without flats!

Reviewed 10/13/2023
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Review by sconway

Excellent tire at a reasonable price.
by sconway
Cycling Enthusiast
San Francisco, CA
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

When I first installed the tires on my Mavic rims, at about 60psi one popped out of the rim bead and the inner tube blew. I reseated the tire and haven't had a problem since. I really like these tires, because they fit the tight clearance my frame requires for the tread height.

I have about 500 miles on the tires now with no flats and they provide wonderful control.

Reviewed 6/6/2020
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Review by Doug

The best tough training tire
by Doug
Tucson AZ
10 of 10 customers found this review helpful.

I live in Tucson and ride nearlt everyday. There are myriad road obstacles, debris and sharp pointy things to puncture my ride, and thats why Ive gone back to gatorskin hardshell. I rode other continental products here and while they are as road gripping on downhills and across sand and gravel, they punctured far more than the gatorskins. Ive been riding the hardshell 25's now for a year or so and see the difference in tracking and softness on the road. Weight issues dont effect me as Im not racing and the small difference doesnt seem to effect climbing mt. Lemmon or flying down the mountain on the way hime. Not too clear on the difference between hardshell and standard gatorskin but seems like the hardshell has more sidewall protection which seems to help stop rock punctures when riding on gravel ( which I do everyday to get from my house to the main road). In any case, I recommend these tires to all my friends and so far, Ive heard nothing but positive comments..

Reviewed 9/5/2018
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Review by SNespo

Smooth Ride
by SNespo
Cycling Enthusiast
South Bend, Indiana
7 of 7 customers found this review helpful.

I replace my tires about once a year and have found out that the Continental Gator Hardshell works out very well for me. I got a quick delivery and the tire is very easy to put on and my bike. Thank you for your service.


Reviewed 9/7/2018
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Review by 209DavidT

Best Bike Tire Ever
by 209DavidT
Sacramento, CA
12 of 12 customers found this review helpful.

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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Review by Chuckee

Favorite tire for years due to reliability, cornering and puncture protection.
by Chuckee
Cycling Enthusiast
Kamas, Utah
8 of 9 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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Review by Type2Dcycler

Best tires ever...
by Type2Dcycler
Cycling Enthusiast
San Diego, CA
6 of 8 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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Review by PDXlars

My go to winter tire
by PDXlars
Cycling Enthusiast
Beaverton, Or
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

The Continental Gator Hardshell has been my go to tire during the rainy season for several years. Rarely had a flat with them.

Reviewed 6/24/2022
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Review by Doccus

Lightweight and bulletproof!
by Doccus
Cycling Enthusiast
North Alabama
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I enjoy long unsupported rides. With the Continental Gator Hardshell tires, I don't have to worry about flats.

Despite their puncture resistant build, these tires are reasonably light and don't hold you back on century days.

Reviewed 6/15/2023
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Review by Anonymous

Best tires for road training
by Anonymous

If you're looking for a tire that can put on miles and be reliable, this is the best choice, save your racing tires for an event and use this Gator Hardshell instead, you will not regret it.

Reviewed 10/27/2023
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Review by Anonymous

Great tires. Always put a new set on prior to RAGBRAI. No issues with flats!
by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Rochester, MN
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I put them on my road bike and use them for my training rides and for RAGBRAI.

Reviewed 8/24/2023
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Review by 505Rider

Still the Best Protection!
by 505Rider
Competitive Racer
Albuquerque, NM
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I tried other brands for training that promised to be thorn and flat resistive, but I keep coming back to the Continentals. The Gator Hardshell isn't going to win any awards for being lightweight, but that's what racing tires are for. These basically repel all goatheads, which is saying a lot in New Mexico (Goat-head capital of the US). Buy and train with confidence!

Reviewed 11/28/2022
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Review by Nick H

I have used Hardshells for years without having any problems and very few flats.
by Nick H
Cycling Enthusiast
Sacramento, CA
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

I use Hardshells on all of my wife's and my bikes, and our tandem, and have done so for years.

Good mileage and very good flat protection.

Reviewed 9/4/2020
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Review by Anonymous

Bitch to get on but then seems good
by Anonymous
Competitive Racer

Getting the tire on a carbon deep rimmed Aerlous wheel was very difficult. Fingers crossed I don't have to deal with it out on the road.

Reviewed 7/20/2023
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Review by Cycle Tourist

Durable, smooth rolling road bike tire.
by Cycle Tourist
Cycling Enthusiast
Tucson, AZ
4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.

I've used Continental tires on my road bike for years. More recently, I've been using the Gator Hardshell folding tire, and I find that I get about 10,000 miles use from a pair of these tires. I rotate them once a year, & I ride them on a variety of terrain mountain roads, city & bike trails. I like the two 'dots' that allow me to gauge the remaining tread on the tire. I count on these tires on several tours a year, whether domestically in the U.S. or in Europe.

Reviewed 7/3/2020
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Review by Clydesdale Rider

Great ride fora great price.
by Clydesdale Rider
Cycling Enthusiast
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

The ride of these tires is really good. I have about 500 miles on them now with no flats. Wahoo!

Reviewed 6/26/2020
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Review by KAT

No Flats in Years
by KAT
Cycling Enthusiast
Greensboro, NC
5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.

I'm not the best mechanic, I can change a flat - but don't like to. I ride 10K a year. I chose Gator Hardshell after wading through flats from other tire companies. I have worn out 3 sets of 'Hardshells without a single flat. Currently, I ride without a repair kit or tubes, that's how confident I am in these tires. The ratings say they aren't the fastest - but they are certainly the most reliable.

Reviewed 5/21/2020
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Review by Brian

No More Flats
by Brian
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

Rides a little hard but are great at preventing flats. And they have lasted for almost 4k miles and counting

Reviewed 6/26/2023
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Review by Matk

Every day rider!
by Matk
Ash Flat, AR
4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.

I teamed this tire up with puncture resistant tube and have only had 3 flats in about 3 1/2 years. I get about 3500 miles out of each set of the Hardshell tires

Reviewed 4/2/2020
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Review by Anonymous

Sturdiest and most flat proof I've found.
by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Little Rock, AR
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

Love that you hardly ever get flats. Wears well. Glad it folds for when you need to take an extra tire. Can tend to be a little slick in rainy weather (run at a little lower psi for this).

Hate how hard it is to remove and install if you do get a flat. I'm a small woman and I've had to resort to a tire bead jack for installation if I ever get a flat. But it doesn't happen often.

Reviewed 7/21/2022
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