I got a pair of the previous model Gatorskins after going through 2 Maxxis Re-Fuse rears tires in about 2400 miles total.
I would have to assume there are may factors to tire wear so here are some details.
Current Weight 210
Commute Daily 27 Miles Round trip
Carry a back pack that weights between 15 - 20 lbs
Carbon Road Bike
Ride 25mm wide tires
Tire pressure 120 rear, 110 front.
Ride on city streets and paved bike ways consisting of both asphalt an concrete surfaces.
I live in Phoenix AZ and there are lots of sharp pointy plants to go along with the natural occurring road hazards.
With this pair of Gatorskins I've gotten over 3000 miles on my rear and it's time to replace it. A huge improvement over the Maxxis. The front is still in good shape. I would estimate the front will go another 3000 as a front tire maybe more.
I've had a total of 8 - 10 flats with these tires. More at the end of life for the rear. Signs of road abuse like cuts, small holes etc did not show up until I was someplace over 1500 miles, while the Maxxis showed similar abuse within a few hundred miles.
I'm planning on buying another set this time the Gator Hardshells this week in hopes of getting even more miles than the Gatorskins. I'll be putting the GatorSkin front I've currently have on an extra rear wheel I have for our road bikes. My guess is I could get 2K out of this tire as a rear after the 3000 it has already experienced on the front.
The only reason for the 4 stars is I'm hoping to find something with more miles and a little bit better protection and I hope that will come with the new GH's.
As for ride the Gatorskins are far superior to the Maxxis, the ride was softer and at the same time I felt they were a little faster but I have no proof of them rolling easier. Also the handling was far superior.
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