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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: 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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6 of 6 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.

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Reviewed 3/17/2014
by Rodger
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Livermore, CA
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2 of 2 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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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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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 3/6/2014
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 3/7/2014
by Anonymous
Seattle
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1 of 1 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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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 KCC Oldie
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Houston, TX
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1 of 1 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 2/3/2014
by Letmeride
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Bakersfield, Ca.
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1 of 1 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 1/31/2014
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 1/4/2014
by icycle
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Phoenix, AZ
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1 of 1 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 12/16/2013
by Johan
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Des Moines
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Good road tire with good flat resistance

I usually buy my tires in advance therefore this set of tires in not on my bike yet but I have the exact some tires on my bike for the last two seasons. I am riding around 2000 miles a year on that bike and was looking for tires with good protection against flats. I think I have found it. Did not have a flat with Continental Gator Hardshell yet. It also grip very well going around corners.

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Reviewed 12/28/2013
by enzo
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livermore, ca
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upon my first ride with new hardshell rear tire got a glass puncture in the dead center of the tire , and was immediately tire patched and back on the road good as new. good as new

simply an outstanding durable continental tire. i have taken it across many alternatives to pavement sand, gravel, dirt, mountain trails for brief re routes and have nary had any performance issues. highly recommend

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Reviewed 12/2/2013
by Walt
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Sonoran Desert, AZ
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
A Truly Low Rolling Resistant Puncture Resistant Tire

I have a comfort hybrid bike I use per physicians advise to keep my arthritic knee strong. One of the staff at BikeTiresDirect recommended a this tire after my first encounter with a goat head thorn here in the Arizona Sonoran Desert got through the tread of a lesser grade puncture resistant tire. These are excellent tires for the investment. They are smooth-almost silent on the pavement, and are surprisingly supple comfortable considering the 90 psi air pressure and number of puncture resistant layers in the tire. Do yourself a favor. If you are biking and subject to strewn gravel, chip & seal surfaces, glass, thorns, etc, this tire will not disappoint. I've had them now for months and no flats. And the quality of the rubber is phenomenal. After hundreds of miles I still have the little center seam on them.

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Reviewed 2/17/2014
by Craig VanValkenburg
Gulf Breeze, Fl
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Superb tire for robaix rides, mixed sufaces, and long term wear.

I highly recommend this tire for anyone riding rough roads.

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Reviewed 11/19/2013
by EdBshaw
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Tampa, FL
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Tough and well worth the price

Excellent tires. Tough to mount the first time but other than that they make my Surly long haul trucker ride like a champion. They also made me 3 inches taller and made all my hair grow back in. My neighbors dog now likes me and I think I'll buy a lottery ticket cause I feel like a winner!! )

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Reviewed 11/22/2013
by OCW rider
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Los Angeles,CA
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Best tires for flat protection

I am a ultra distance cycler and ride 200 mile rides in a day . Some of these rides are in remote locations so using tires that resist flats is a real advantage . I have slipped into cracks while riding and have yet to have a side wall blow out . I usually get around 3500 miles on these tires before I change them . I think Gatorskins provide the best protection against flats of any tires I have ever used , these are the only tires I use now .

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Reviewed 10/28/2013
by nsheaves
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Portland, OR
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Easy to mount, good protection

I bought these Hardshell as a replacement for my Gatorskins that were doing great until they received a 1/4 inch gash in the sidewall. I'm hoping these will provide a bit more protection all around. I commute 30 miles round trip in the city and also enjoy the occasional century ride so a well-armored all around tire is a necessity. I used these a few times in the rain and haven't had any problems so far. I just drop the tire pressure by 10 lbs on those days for added traction. Mounting these have proven much easier than the Schwalbe Marathons I have on my other bike.

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Reviewed 11/11/2013
by JaySoCal
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Riverside, CA
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Accept No Substitutes

I live in a neighborhood that sometimes doesn't take the greatest care of their bike lanes. This tire is an exceptional value and I never, ever have to worry about stupid flats ruining a good ride.

These tires cost a little more, but let's take a look at the cost per mile at the end of the tire's life. Would you rather pay [$] for a tire that lasts 700 miles before it gets cut beyond repair and spend [$] a tube for maybe 3 tubes when you do get flats? That turns out to be a [$] investment because you wanted to save a little money on the front-end.

With the Gator Hardshell, you get 4,000 miles of cycling on average (more on the front tire, less on the back) and don't spend a bunch on tubes because you just don't get flats.

Only downside is these tires are poor on wet pavement. If the concrete is smooth underneath, you're going to slip and slide, so be careful. But the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Oh, and the weight weenies that complain about these tires' weight should consider that these tires will make you strong. When you do have an event and need something lighter with more grip, switch 'em out!

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Reviewed 11/11/2013
by Loutog
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Bayside, NY
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Gatorskins make my day

A bit expensive. The wire beads CAN be a little harder to mount. But so worth it. Over 3000 miles on my prior regular Gatorskins without flats. Had to replace because I tore a sidewall on a rough street in NYC. Any tire would have torn. Made it many miles before I realized that was a tear. These tires really hold up. Decided to try the Hardshells this time around. I HATE flats. These tires seem to also.

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