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Continental Gator Hardshell 700c Road Tire

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The Gatorskin 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 with the Gator Hardshell.

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 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.

Folding or wire 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.

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

Threads Per Inch: 3 Plies/180 Total TPI

Made in: Germany 

700c x 23mm - Wire Bead

Weight: 330 grams

Tire Type: Clincher-WireBead 

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 23-622 mm

Rec Pressure: 110 PSI

Max Pressure: 120 PSI

700c x 23mm - Folding Bead

Weight: 250 grams

Tire Type: Clincher-Folding 

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 23-622 mm

Rec Pressure: 110 PSI

Max Pressure: 120 PSI

700c x 25mm - Wire Bead

Weight: 330 grams

Tire Type: Clincher-WireBead 

Width: 25 mm

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 25-622 mm

Rec Pressure: 95 PSI

Max Pressure: 120 PSI

700c x 25mm - Folding Bead

Weight: 270 grams

Tire Type: Clincher-Folding 

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 25-622 mm

Rec Pressure: 95 PSI

Max Pressure: 120 PSI

700c x 28mm - Wire Bead

Weight: 410 grams

Tire Type: Clincher-WireBead 

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 28-622 mm

Rec Pressure: 95 PSI

Max Pressure: 116 PSI

700c x 28mm - Folding Bead

Weight: 350 grams

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 28-622 

Tire Type: Clincher-Folding 

Max Pressure: 116 PSI

700c x 32mm - Wire Bead

Weight: 420 grams

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 32-622 

Tire Type: Clincher-WireBead 

Max Pressure: 102 PSI

700c x 32mm - Folding Bead

Weight: 355 grams

Tire Type: Clincher-Folding 

Max Pressure: 102 PSI

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 32-622 

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Reviewed 8/16/2013
by Stacia (BikeTiresDirect.com Staff)
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Portland, OR
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14 of 14 customers found this review helpful.
Dare I say... no flats?

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.

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Reviewed 7/17/2014
by Bay Area Biker
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San Francisco Bay Area
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Excellent durability and no flats!

I use the Gator Hardshells on a Cyclo Cross bike I convert for use on the road. I have not had a flat in about 3000 miles even thought the roads here in California are poor.

I did have a sidewall blowout on one tire when I first bought the tires. It was kind of amazing since the labels proudly state Handmade in Germany! The staff at Bike Tires Direct were a pleasure to work with and replaced the tire with no hassle.

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Reviewed 9/6/2014
by rgwis
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Vancouver, WA
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
A great and dependable tire for riders on the plump edge of life

I'm 65 years old and weight in at a svelte 190 (but down from and even sveltier 220). Have had no flats with about 700 miles on them. I use this for the back tire and the regular Gatorskin for the front tire. This seems to be a good combination for me.

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Reviewed 9/12/2014
by Biker Jeff
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Eastern WA
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Great Tire!

Good looking tire that is replacing a worn out Hard Case. Snug fit on my Mavic rim, but not so much that I couldn't set the bead by hand. Rode 32 miles on it today. Rolls smoothly enough )

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Reviewed 5/24/2014
by Rico
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Soggy Western Oregon
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5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
Better than I remember-great for all rides where you really don't want a flat

Here in Soggy Western Oregon, all-year riders endure many months of cold & wet conditions. Changing a flat on the roadside, when the weather is 40 degrees, and solid rain, is especially bad. This tire sees me through an entire Winter season with minimal or zero flats. Several years ago, used on a narrow rim, the Gator Hardshell seemed to lack traction-I didn't like it much. But now, using it on 24mm wide rims, the traction is quite fine. Have ridden these tires on many gravel roads with no issues, as well. Plus, the rolling resistance is certainly acceptable for a training tire. The combination of durability and performance make this an excellent all-condition training tire. Note that the 25c Gator Hardshell will measure 27 mm in width, when mounted on a wide 24mm rim.

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Reviewed 8/14/2014
by cyclist
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Bloomington IL
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Good tire

Very good tire for road cycling. I get anywhere from 3500 to 4000 miles on these tires. No flats.

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Reviewed 7/21/2014
by Anonymous
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worcester, ma
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
thank heavens for gatorskin hardshell

I use hardshell exclusively these days for 1 primary reason, a lot less punctures. Around central MA many of the roads get beaten up with the winter snow and plowing. There's also lots of wood splinters and sharp things on the road. With other tires, I used to get 4-5 punctures each season, which really sucks. It especially sucks on a group ride. Even when I roll over broken glass and the tire gets a nasty cut it's fine. The only time I've had to change hardshell is when the tread wears out. Whereas lighter tires I've had major gashes that destroyed the tire.

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Reviewed 9/11/2014
by Dave
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Traverse City, MI
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Excellent product.

Good product for a tour in the mountains of Colorado.

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Reviewed 7/21/2014
by Anonymous
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Folsom, CA
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Great prices, great service!

I love these tires, they hold up well and resist puncture. I'm glad Continental finally put some thread gauges in a couple locations so you know when it's time to replace, instead of seeing threads!

I think these will be the only tires I will ride on, they're that good.

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Reviewed 4/21/2014
by sonoranbird
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Ajo, Arizona
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5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
This Tire Far Exceeded My Expecations

I ride a daily, short loop on some pretty choppy roads here in this old copper mining town in southern Arizona,... to keep my mild arthritic knee healthier. An employee of Bike Tires Direct recommended the Continental Gator Hardshell tire after I described conditions here. I have not had any buyer's remorse at all.

Not long after mounting the 700 C's the front tire picked up 2 of those nasty goat head thorns. After reading reviews here, I had learned to wipe the tires down with a rag, inspecting them after each ride, to prevent any road hazards from embedding into the tire. Well, the tires took the two thorns, side by side on the top tread and I easily removed them with tweezers. Much to my delight, the tires renowned puncture resistance kept the thorns from reaching the Kenda inner tubes, which I also had purchased from BTD. No flat!!

I have now been riding the GatorSkins for 6 months or more, and haven't picked up any more goat head thorns, but I am confident that of I do, these babies (which ride remarkably smooth, BTW) will resist flats.

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Reviewed 7/17/2014
by Anonymous
Greenbelt, Md.
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Durable puncture resistant tire

Gatorskins have become my favorite tire. I have over two thousand miles on them and they really don't show much wear. They're easy to mount, handle all road conditions.

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Reviewed 8/22/2014
by zephyr451
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Seattle,WA
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Great Tire for commuting touring

I use this tire for commuting and long-distance riding. It's a bit heavy but offers decent flat protection, good wear as well as handling well even in the rain.

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Reviewed 6/26/2014
by Anonymous
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1 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Best tire ever

Great grip for a bullet proof tire! Did a ride in the rain the other day with some steep descents and I never locked the back tire once. Even when I tried to!

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Reviewed 3/17/2014
by Rodger
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Livermore, CA
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4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
My Gator Hardhell tires provided excellent protection against punctures and great performance

I commuted 6300 miles last year over rough roads with only three punctures. I normally get 6000 miles out of the front tire and 3000 miles out of the back tire. I have picked up several thorns in the fall, stopped and pulled them out without a puncture. The side wall seems to be the most vulnerable.

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Reviewed 4/16/2014
by Anonymous
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Appleton, WI
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Dependable Ride

I have a 16 mile round trip commute through town. 2700 miles in 2013 with only one flat because I went through a road construction area one too many times. My route includes pot holes, small stones & pieces of asphalt, railroad tracks, and plenty of other misc bike lane debris. Temps varied from 13-95 degrees. [$] per tire for this performance is a steal.

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Reviewed 4/3/2014
by micnmar
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Long Island
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Great, reliable tire

If you are having problems with recurring flats, then this tire is the one you need. Have had one on my back wheel since September and not one flat...ride about 75-100 milesweek...the ride is a bit harder, but well worth the comfort of knowing you won't get a flat. We have had a nasty winter here on Long Island and the roads are full of asphalt, rock salt, glass, etc., and these tires are standing up to the test.

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Reviewed 3/7/2014
by Anonymous
Seattle
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Bullet-proof tires

I hate flat tires and will gladly trade a bit more weight for highly flat resistant tires. That is exactly what these are. They have stood up to two Seattle winters, a full riding season, and just keep going. I have already purchased a spare set.

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Reviewed 1/9/2014
by Anonymous
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Yakima, WA
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6 of 6 customers found this review helpful.
Good in Goat Head City

I live with goat heads.- puncture vines. These are thorn resistant and save me time and money.

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Reviewed 8/10/2014
by Anonymous
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Austin TX
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
this is my favorite tire

This has been my favorite tire by far. It lasts longer that any other tire I've tried and grips well.

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Reviewed 2/3/2014
by KCC Oldie
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Houston, TX
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3 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
Good reliable all weather tire

I used to put on Gator tires for winter only, but now use them year round. I pay extra for the folding tires since I have Mavic clincher rims. The wire bead tires are tough to get off and on, especially in winter. I will only buy folding tires from now on. I have a normal Gatorskin (not Hardshell) with 3,200 miles and most of those miles were on the back wheel. So you pay extra but they last a long time.

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