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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: 310 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: 260 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: 280 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: 390 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: 390 grams

700c x 32mm - Wire Bead

Weight: 390 grams

700c x 32mm - Folding Bead

Weight: 390 grams

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Reviewed 8/16/2013
by Stacia (BikeTiresDirect.com Staff)
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Portland, OR
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10 of 10 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 7/21/2014
by Anonymous
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worcester, ma
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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 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 7/17/2014
by Bay Area Biker
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San Francisco Bay Area
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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 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 5/24/2014
by Rico
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Soggy Western Oregon
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2 of 2 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 6/26/2014
by Anonymous
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0 of 1 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 4/21/2014
by sonoranbird
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Ajo, Arizona
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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 4/16/2014
by Anonymous
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Appleton, WI
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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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2 of 2 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 2/3/2014
by KCC Oldie
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Houston, TX
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3 of 3 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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Reviewed 3/6/2014
by JuiceMan
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Portland, OR
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Awesome Winter Training Tire

Great wearing tire. Hardly ever have flats and I train all winter on these in dirty, rocky and rainy conditions. Great tire for gravel as well.

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Reviewed 6/3/2014
by cyclist
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Bloomington, IL
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Great tires long wearing.

I like these tire for where I live. My roads are not always in good shape from winter. I get anywhere from 3500 to 4000 miles on thes tires.

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Reviewed 1/9/2014
by Anonymous
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Yakima, WA
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4 of 4 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 2/3/2014
by Letmeride
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Bakersfield, Ca.
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Grips the black top roadway and has a smooth roll.

I am all about NO, flats then roll and grip. I replaced a set of Bontrager hard case tires after 2700 plus miles.

After 500 plus miles on these hardshell tires the roll and grip are much better plus no flats.

I had read other reviews about this tires being hard to install. I found them very easy to install on both rims.

I plan on ordering a back up set in the near future. Plus a replacement set for the wife's bike.

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Reviewed 1/4/2014
by icycle
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Phoenix, AZ
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Great Tires add Mr. Tuffy liners for nearly bullet proof riding

I have ridden on several pair of the Gatorskins and Hardshell Gatorskins. I'm a daily commuter in Phoenix, AZ and I'm able to ride year around, I'd 215 lbs but with my backpack, water additionally lighting in the winter months well stocked bike bag I'd easily add another 20 lbs.

I'm riding on city streets and along a canal that is most paved with asphalt. I generally get over 4000 miles on the rear tire and my current front is probably over 6000 miles as I did not change it the last time I changed my rear.

With these tires along with Mr. Tuffy Ultra Light tire liners

httpwww.biketiresdirect.comproductmr-tuffy-ultra-lite-tire-liner?ss26887

I have not had a flat due to a puncture in over 6000 miles. The OEM tires on this bike were Maxxis Re-Fuse, they lasted about 2200 miles and I got at least 10 flats mostly from the thorny weeds we have referred to as goats heads.

I switch to the Gatorskins and my mileage increased to about 4000 miles and I had about 4 to 6 punctures, so nearly double the miles and half the flats.

The next set I purchased were the Gator Hardshells and also added the Mr. Tuffy liners and have been flat free from punctures since.

Hopes this information helps others

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Reviewed 1/31/2014
by Me
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MAryland
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Great training and all around tire

These are great training tire or all around road tires if you would rather be riding than fixing flats. I've gone through several sets of these with zero(!) flats. I've even used them in some longer TT races. Sure can't win if I'm sitting on the side of the road.

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Reviewed 5/19/2014
by Anonymous
Auburn, AL
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Bulletproof

Great tire. I ride a lot of dirt roads on these without problems

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