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Continental Gatorskin (26 Inch)

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The popular GatorSkin tire is one of the most puncture proof tires around, making it an incredible training tire that provides serious protection without sacrificing feel or adding too much weight.

  • Puncture resistant Kevlar® directly beneath tread
  • Duraskin bead to bead sidewall protection
  • 180 TPI casing ensure a smooth ride
  • Wire bead
  • 120 max. PSI
  • 26 x 1 1/8" (28-559 ISO)
  • 320 grams
  • Black with Duraskin sidewall

Note: Continental has recently added wear indicators to all Gatorskin 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.

Weight: 320 grams

Tire Type: Clincher-WireBead 

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 28-559 

Max Pressure: 120 psi

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

Made in: Germany 

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Reviewed 1/3/2014
by GNRider
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Syracuse, UT
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So far so good

This review is for the 26 inch tire. I have been running the same one in the 29 size for years. My wife's bike is a step through and it had Wall-mart road tires on it. I wanted to decrease the rolling resistance of the bike so I installed this 120 lbs tire vs the 80 lbs tires that were on the bike. Rolling resistance has been reduced. The only problems I have had with this tire on my other bike is that the sun damages the sidewall of the tire quickly. I have slime in my tires and blew a tube. Some of the slime actually oozed through the side wall it had become so porous. The tire wears OK, but is not resistant to goat head thorns. I run this tire, a plastic liner and still have to use slime to plug the holes the thorns make.

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Reviewed 12/26/2013
by GNRider
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Syracuse, UT
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Not very UV resistant

I have had this tire on for about a year. My bike is in the garage when I am not on it. I ride about 60 miles a week. The tire is wearing rapidly, and it sidewall seem to be deteriorating. When I had a tube explode and some of the green slime that was in the tube came through the sidewall.

The tire is supposed to be puncture resistant, but I have had several punctures from different thorns and other organic objects.

Grip is good and on the most part it has been a satisfactory tire.

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Reviewed 11/4/2013
by passionate rider
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South Central Oregon
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Wow, what a difference these tires have made on my bike.

These tires have helped transform my mountain bike (along with a few other upgrades)to a road bike. My workouts are longer and more enjoyable. My average speed has improved 3 to 5 miles an hour. I have ridden on these tires for about 700 miles. They are still like new (Minor wear on the rear tire. No flats.

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Reviewed 12/12/2013
by TX_Jax
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Southeast Arizona
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Not puncture resistant.

First ride after replacing both tires and tubes. Ran across a break in the path of a few feet. Arizona has sand burrs, a sticker that looks like a small mace with spikes all over it. Picked up a bunch. Stopped and pulled them off, but everything looked okay. Ten minutes later at home. One hour later, both tires flat. That band of kevlar is cp. Soapy water revealed several punctures, both tires, in the tread areas. New tires and tubes, again.

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Reviewed 10/31/2013
by Anonymous
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TX
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Good Tire Value

Use for my Bacchetta Giro on the back, doesn't break the bank, and got almost 3000 miles out of it.

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Reviewed 9/30/2013
by dganchorage
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brooklyn, NY
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durable but a little harsh

difficult to install on my ritchey rims and the ride is a little harsh but rolling resistance is good and so far so is durability.

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Reviewed 9/19/2013
by Chris R
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Los Angeles
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Super fast rolling MTB street tire with excellent flat protection.

I purchased these tires for a folding mountain bike that I travel with all year. Previous tires I had were ok, but I got too many flats. Plus running them at 115 psi makes keeping up with my roadie friends much easier. These tires are fast and durable.

You wont be disappointed.

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Reviewed 9/9/2013
by Anonymous
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New Orleans, LA
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Very Weak Sidewalls

I bought this tires solely for their reputation of protecting against flats. I live in city where the streets are pockmarked and those pockmarks are filled with broken glass and gravel. Serious tires are needed. I had Gatorskin Hardshell's on my old bike and did not get a single puncture flat in a year. This was after getting three or four flats a month with cheap tires.

I could not find 26' Hardshell's. I figured the regular Gatorskin's would not be too much of a downgrade. I was concerned when I pulled them out of the box and saw how much thinner the tread was compared to the Hardshells. It might be worth mentioning this is the hardest to install tire I have ever experienced. If I did not have a tire jack I don't think I would have been able to mount them.

I rode for about fifty miles before I hit something that cut a serious gash in the sidewall.

I will credit the customer service of Bike Tires Direct. They gave me a discount on a set of Marathon Plus tires. So far, knock on wood, no flats.

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Reviewed 8/26/2013
by MP
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Colorado and Washington
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3 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
These are the best tires for a 26" tandem by a wide margin.

My wife and I have a Santana tandem and finding a tire that can handle the added load and still ride smooth and fast has been difficult. After trying several different tires from Specialized and Ritchey (Tom Slicks don't hold a candle to these,) the Conti Gatorskins are a revelation. Great tire, reasonably quiet, feel supple with good feedback from the road, and able to handle high pressure and load. Good in both wet and dry conditions. Buy these!

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Reviewed 8/22/2013
by Kurtmugin
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Willamette Valley, OR
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These are tough tires

This is my 3rd set of these tires. They are extremely puncture resistant, have low rolling resistance, excellent traction in the corners, and long life. I've had other puncture resistant brands that did not hold up nearly so well. Great tires.

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Reviewed 6/28/2013
by Dave
Colorado
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Excellent tire for long trips.

I go one 500 mile trips once or twice a year, as well as, participate in 60-100 mile one day events throughout the year. Of course there are a lot of training miles to prepare to do these things. The Gatorskin tires have proven to be the longest lasting, most durable, and best ride of the tires I have tried.

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Reviewed 6/18/2013
by Anonymous D
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Washington DC
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Great commuter - very fast and very durable

Got these on sale, so the price was right. Love how they make my mountain bike handle pavement, especially hills and turns. A little tougher to mount than others, as the wire bead is quite strong. Also, make sure you get the high pressure rim strips to go with them (sucks to have super tough tires only to get flats from the inside).

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Reviewed 5/7/2013
by SPL
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Mid Michigan
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Great tires, hard to mount on Specialized Alex rims

I have Continental Gatorskins in the 700x28 size on my tandem and on the rear wheel of my Goldrush long wheelbase recumbent. I purchased these in the 26 inch size for a Specialized mountain bike w Alex rims w disk brakes. I replaced a thin, plastic rim strip with 16 mm Velox rim tape that was a bit thicker. Big mistake! It made the tires nearly impossible to mount. I had to take the wheels to my local bike shop. They mounted one successfully. A different mechanic worked on the second wheel. He replaced the Velox rim tape with an FSA plastic rim strip that was thinner (and cheaper). The tires and tubes are a full pound lighter (each wheel) than the knobby mountain bike tires and tubes they replaced. The bike rides like a road bike now. I'm just afraid if I get a flat, I won't be able to fix it on the road with the plastic Park tire levers that I carry. If you plan on mounting these tires on Alex rims, consider yourself warned that they are extremely difficult to mount.

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Reviewed 5/6/2013
by L Price
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Arkansas
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Good tires, but weak sidewalls.

I use these tires as everyday tires as well as touring tires on my recumbent bikes. I use these 26 x 1-1/8 on two of my recumbents and the 650C size on another recumbent. This size is fairly easy to mount compared to the 650C size. I can do it without using a tire lever. These tires give me about 2500 miles on the rear, and about 4000 miles on the front. It pays to rotate them every thousand, or so. The tread grip is good, wet or dry. I almost never flat from road debris through the tread, but I have blown out several sidewalls on these and the 650C tires. If the sidewalls were stronger I would have given them 5 stars.

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Reviewed 5/2/2013
by Anonymous
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San Jose, CA
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Good, not great

I use these for commuting in San Jose, CA. Seasonal hazards include thorns and goatheads, perpetual hazards are drywall screws, glass, and staples. (you know, typical urban flotsam). I think a case could be made that these tires protect from thorns and somewhat from glass, but they aren't perfect. They are good, solid tires, I just don't think they are worth extra money (got a good deal on them on BTD).

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Reviewed 1/18/2013
by Anonymous
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Not really puncture resistance as mention on the box

Second day, i have a glass puncture. Not really what I expected

BikeTiresDirect.com Comments

Even the most puncture resistant tires can get flats from road hazards. While the Continental Gatorskin tires are designed to ward off most punctures - and are reported to do a great job most of the time - we do suggest taking care to avoid riding over hazards whenever possible.

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Theo
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Reviewed 1/11/2013
by 1 old triker
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Phoenix, AZ
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I bought the tire to improve the speed Capability of my KMX trike.

I ride a 2007 recumbent trike and it felt like the wheels were glued down. In Arizona we also have small thorns shed from certain local plants that are EVERYWHERE. The 26 X 1-1/8 Gatorskin, along with two other narrow tires improved my cruising speed about 2 miles an hour. I have not had flats either, even after riding over 100 miles in the last few weeks.

The joy of riding has been restored.

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Reviewed 12/31/2012
by Bob Henne
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wish it folded

Im in Phoenix for the winter and im using 26 in gatorskins because of the thorn issue. last time i used contis, and i believe these flat less. mounting (at least on my rims) i believe would be much easier with a stretched folding version.my bike is and old r.m. altitude with a rigid fork, (all road riding).i really wish schwalbe still made a 26x1 folding slick,the best overall road mtn. tire ive ever used.STELVIO

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Reviewed 12/11/2012
by Kenny
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Goldsboro, N.C.
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I race handcycles and these tires are fast and reliable.

I use this tire on my handcycle, I am in a wheelchair and race marathons in the handcycle division. Theses tires are reliable, light and roll well.

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Reviewed 11/30/2012
by Francisco
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Portland, OR
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Excellent tires for commuting

I was using my old hard tail with the 26 fat tires as a commuter. Friends had recommended slicks, but I ignored their advice for a long time. I finally saw the light and asked a friend who is an expert for a recommendation and he said Gatorskins. I read reviews and decided to go for it. It has been such an improvement! The bike feels lighter and easier to maneuver. The tires have great grip and do well in rainy Portland. My only regret is not having made the switch sooner.

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