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Continental Gatorskin 700c Road Tire

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The Continental GatorSkin is a famously durable training, touring or commuting road tire featuring a combination of three flat protection technologies. 60 TPI per layer (3 plies for 180 TPI total) in the casing preserves ride feel while remaining tough. Bead-to-bead layer of DuraSkin woven fibers helps prevent cuts especially in the vulnerable sidewall. PolyX breaker directly under the tread adds puncture protection where most flats occur. Special high carbon compound offers a long tread life. Black tread with black/brown DuraSkin side wall. Wire bead or Folding.

Available Sizes:

  • 700c x 23mm (23-622 ISO, 280g wire bead, 230g folding, 120 max. psi)
  • 700c x 25mm (25-622 ISO, 300g wire bead, 250g folding, 120 max. psi)
  • 700c x 28mm (28-622 ISO, 360g wire bead, 320g folding, 116 max. psi)
  • 700c x 32mm (32-622 ISO, 380g wire bead, 325g folding, 102 max. psi)

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.

Applications: Training/Recreational, Commuting/Urban 

RimSize: 622 mm

Threads Per Inch: 3 Plies/180 Total tpi

Made in: Germany 

Wire Bead - 700c x 23mm

Weight: 280 grams

Tire Type: Clincher-WireBead 

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 23-622 mm

Rec Pressure: 110 psi

Max Pressure: 120 psi

Wire Bead - 700c x 25mm

Weight: 300 grams

Tire Type: Clincher-WireBead 

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 25-622 mm

Rec Pressure: 95 psi

Max Pressure: 120 psi

Wire Bead 700c x 28mm

Weight: 360 grams

Tire Type: Clincher-WireBead 

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 28-622 mm

Rec Pressure: 95 psi

Max Pressure: 116 psi

Wire Bead 700c x 32mm

Weight: 380 grams

Tire Type: Clincher-WireBead 

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 32-622 mm

Rec Pressure: 85 psi

Max Pressure: 102 psi

Folding Bead - 700c x 23mm

Weight: 230 grams

Tire Type: Clincher-Folding 

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 23-622 mm

Rec Pressure: 110 psi

Max Pressure: 120 psi

Folding Bead - 700c x 25mm

Weight: 250 grams

Tire Type: Clincher-Folding 

Width: 25 mm

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 25-622 mm

Rec Pressure: 95 psi

Max Pressure: 120 psi

Folding Bead - 700c x 28mm

Weight: 260 grams

Folding Bead - 700c x 32mm

Weight: 270 grams

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Reviewed 2/24/2014
by Surfer Cyclist
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Upper Desert in So Calif
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12 of 13 customers found this review helpful.
Heavy, stiff, but reliable & durable

Stiff tyre to put on the rim. I found starting at the valve and working around the tyre seemed easier. No snakebite flats because I inflate the tube a little.

I ride mostly road in Calif upper desert, about 75-100 mi per week. Lots of sticker weeds and small sharp rocks like shards of glass. Very resistant to those hazards. Just two days ago I pulled a sticker weed from the sidewall on the front Gatorskin. It was in a ways but no flat when I pulled it out.

I like the little divots to indicate when to replace them. I had a blow out once on the rear Gator. Took it to the shop and it was swapped out for a new one. Conti guarantees their tyre. The tyre was defective.

This site has excellent prices for this tyre. It may weigh a little bit, but I feel more confident on my rides which are sometimes out on lonely deserted paved roads. Very hot, arid climate doesn't seem to affect the rubber.

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Reviewed 4/17/2014
by Warrantone
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Salinas, CA
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6 of 6 customers found this review helpful.
Not perfect but the best available for durability/flat resistance without ridiculous amount of tread.

I buy all tires for the family so my experiences are more than what I alone acquired. One of my sons moved to an inner city area with lots of glass and started getting flats regularly. Gatorskins solved the problem. One flat in two years. Another son moved to an area with lots of sharp rocks and thorns. He was also plagued with flats. Again, Gatorskins solved the problem. They are impossible to mount with cheap tire irons but that is their only downside. Maybe foldables are easier - I've only used wire bead. At one point I looked around because I thought another efficient tire with similar ratings would be less expensive. Couldn't find anything better than the Continental Gatorskin. This is the longest lasting most flat resistant tire available unless you buy a heavy cumbersome touring tire with a lot of tread. Personally I ride over glass and rocks and only had one flat, even though the tread is squared off. They ride smooth and I've never had a problem on wet surfaces.

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Reviewed 6/5/2014
by guambikes
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Guam, USA
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Best commuter tire.

I have ridden this on a touring bike I use for commuting and a pure road bike I also use for commuting in Washington state (all seasons) and in Guam (only get one season) for the last two years. At 120 miles a week I have never gotten a flat. At 200 pounds and growing, thanks Corona, I'm not exactly a light weight. On one of my first rides on this tire I hit a bottle that exploded cutting my leg with glass. This tire couldn't have cared less. Without these I wouldn't commute here in Guam with all the drivers forcing me off the road where I have run over all manner of things including pieces of brake rotor, wheel weights, broken glass, and even dead animals. Weight isn't my greatest concern. Getting to work on time is. Buy these tires if this is your goal.

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Reviewed 7/21/2014
by Laura the aspie
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Cornville, AZ
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Continued report on my Gators

I have put at least 250 miles on them thus far, that I am currently using bike for rehab after injury is keeping miles lower than I would like. Now admittedly I have taken a belts and braces approach to flats following a flat every five miles or so with the stock tyres and tubes that worked fine in California. In mid elevation Aridzona the standard units had not a chance, we have stickers on stickers! So inside my Gatorskins are Flat Attack tubes.

The gators ride smoothly enough for my back, and they roll fast. No flats yet, and I think that their lack of tread is a good thing to keep thorns from finding a cosy place to hide.

Now another thing to add. They work in dirt. Well understand this is within reason. I run 700 X 32 which is a fairly narrow high pressure tyre and as such I do not expect flotation. The sidewalls are thin and flexy and doubtless would be upset at being bashed against ragged lava rocks. They are slick and do not excel at dirt traction. What I am saying is that they are not abyssimal. What I am saying is that on a dirt road, we have many here, they do jut fine at lower speeds such as is are lilely to be ridden by a hybrid bike with no suspension. They are not any worse than the stock tyres in any respect and so while a person seeking dirt needs different rubber on a different bike, should a few miles of decent dirt get between you and your destination ride on!

Still loving my Gators!

And more thanks to Bike Tires Direct!

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Reviewed 7/17/2014
by gcreason
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Boston, MA
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Amazing combination of performance and durability

Recently, I rode Continental Gatorskins (700 x 32 with folding bead) on a fully loaded touring bike from San Diego to Boston. About 300 miles of the trip were on crushed limestone bike paths, with a few miles of coarse gravel. The Gatorskins turned out to be an excellent choice. They performed superbly. I started out with a pair of new Gatorskins on the bike, and one new spare. Then I rotated the three tires so that each one had approximately equal wear. During the entire 3,500 mile trip, I had only one flat, which was due to a typical piece of wire from a disintegrated truck tire, picked up on an interstate, in a rain storm. At the end of the trip, all three tires were in good condition, with many miles left in them. The Gatorskins are reasonably light, with good puncture resistance and resistance to cuts. They provide a comfortable ride and good traction. In addition to this tour, I have used the Gatorskins for urban commuting, for years. These tires deliver amazing performance at a reasonable price.

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Reviewed 7/7/2014
by Jim
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Marin County, CA
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Rode on my Gatorskins for over a year without a single flat.

I'm a weekend road warrior and a regular Team in Training participant. I bought a set of these in February 2013 and rode on them for well over a year without getting a single flat. I only replaced them because I had a worn spot on the rear tire due to an emergency skid. Also, in the wet weather I can run them at a little less pressure to give me more surface area. Only downside is that they are a little more difficult to put on but I'll take that any day over changing a flat while on a ride.

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Reviewed 7/7/2014
by RandoRider
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Vancouver, BC
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Great for long distance events - rolls well and puncture resistantg

I use the folding Gatorskins to do the ultra marathon events (200 km, 300 km, 400 km, 600 km plus). They are reasonably light, roll well and are very puncture resistant.

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Reviewed 3/4/2014
by Curly
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Bel Air, MD
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7 of 7 customers found this review helpful.
Great tire

Some of the people that I ride with go through a litany of tire changes for seasons and road conditions. Tires for racing, short rides, long rides, winter rides, spring rides...etc. I use Gatorskins all the time and usually have to wait for them while they fix flats. This is just out and out a darn good tire. Yeah it's heavy and hard but they have never let me down. I recommend them to all the people I ride and race with.

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Reviewed 6/20/2014
by Laura the aspie
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Cornville, AZ
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Love the Gators!

Bike Tires Direct was kind and replaced the initial set of tyres purchased from them with a pair of Continental Gatorskins. I have not put many miles on them yet, I am currently using the bike for rehab, and being careful. Therefore I do not yet know about the tyre's long term durability, nor rain traction, nor long term flat protection.

Here is what I do know

Bike Tires Direct are a bunch of good eggs.

The Gatorskins arrived quickly and well packaged.

The Gatorskins, upon unfolding, fairly leapt into proper shape and probably did not need the five minutes in the sun that I gave them prior to mounting.

The Gatorskins mounted easily and upon inflation were round. I like round tyres!

The Gatorskins were obviously far lighter than the pair of Brand X they replaced.

The Gatorskins roll with far less effort than the ones they replaced. The have lessened my pedaling effort and have increased speed.

The Gatorskins ride more smoothly. Although at the same pressure as the Brand X, they seem to ride much more smoothly. II attribute this to rocklike sidewalls on the other pair, and fairly compliant sidewalls of the Gators.

What more could a person want?

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Reviewed 7/17/2014
by Bman
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Coral Gables,FL,USA
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a great tire!

I put these tires on my 'cross bike and they roll really well and I'm sure they will be durable!

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Reviewed 7/10/2014
by Jeffrey
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Canada
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Great tire

I have found this tire to be very good and durable.

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Reviewed 5/8/2014
by salty
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portland OR
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
do you like getting flats? no? than get some gatorskins!

ride year round through you name it, glass, gravel, sticks, whatever. i ride year round in Portland OR and i use these tires approx 10 months out of the year. ive even raced on them,which apparently if its wet is not the best idea as i could feel them sliding a bit in the corners and was forced to slow and others came around me which tells me they're tires were not slipping. with that said ive tried many types of tires for commuting/training and these are the best combination of not super heavy, and i can ride through a pile of glass and not get a flat. as opposed to armadillos which i still got flats and they rode like a dead pig wrapped around my wheel (they weigh almost twice as much)in sum if your looking for a tire that your not looking for a ton of performance out of you just want to be able to ride worry free, then these are the ones.

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Reviewed 5/26/2014
by pam w
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very durable yet affordable tire

Went to the gatorskins from the original tires. I seem to be getting a lot more roll with these new tires. Have had the a full season now and am very happy with how they are holding up. Usually ride anywhere from 30 to 100 miles per outing. If you want a good tire without breaking the bank go with these.

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Reviewed 3/6/2014
by DBCSteve
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Davis, CA
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4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
Best all around durable riding tire

We use Gatorskins on our touring bikes and tandems, since they are very durable and are puncture-resistant. That doesn't mean flat-free, but we rarely get flats with these tires. Been using various models of Gatorskins since 2003, and Biketiresdirect.com is the best place for us to buy them (although we support our local bike shops for other parts).

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Reviewed 5/12/2014
by Anonymous
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So far has stopped all the flats

My son was getting constant flats. Since we have used these tires he hasn't had any in two months.

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Reviewed 4/14/2014
by Tama Samoa
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Monterey, CA
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
So far, so good

Since I've had these, I haven't had to use my spare tire. The roads I ride is rough and very hard on race tires. These, I've used on both race and training and no complain except for one thing...very hard to put on. That's why I gave it a 4 star instead of 5.

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Reviewed 6/9/2014
by Reno Commuter
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Reno NV
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I've gotten two flats in 3 weeks. Is that more than expected?

Heard they were good, two flats in two weeks though.

BikeTiresDirect.com Comments

Hi,

Thanks for your review! How many flats you get will depend on a lot of factors -- road quality, debris, the pressure you're running, and so on. That said, these are probably the number one tire we recommend to customers who want great flat resistance without sacrificing a quick, responsive ride. I'd suggest that you double-check your rim tape and tube to eliminate any other causes of the flats, and examine the tires themselves for defects. If you think you might have defective tires, don't hesitate to get in touch with us at sales@biketiresdirect.com.

Thanks,
Stacia

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Reviewed 1/2/2014
by ChrisP
NJ
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5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
A great all round tire.

I keep coming back to Gatorskins having tried other brands. The durability and reliability more than off set any additional weight - I have ridden thousands of miles on these tires without ever having a flat. They can be tough to lever on to the rim and it is easy to pinch a tube whilst changing the tire but that is my only criticism of an exceptional tire,

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Reviewed 12/18/2013
by Tarwheel
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Raleigh, NC
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Harsh ride, hard to mount

I rated this tire good on value because they apparently wear a long time with few flats, but low overall because they ride harsh and were extremely hard to mount. Perhaps I got a faulty pair, but these were the hardest tires to mount that I have ever used. I actually broke a brake lever trying to install them. I kept them on my bike for only a month or so because they rode so rough, much harsher than other 25s I have used.

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Reviewed 12/13/2013
by Richard Eastman
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Newport Beach, CA
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I've come to the point where I only ride on Continental GatorSkin tires.

I've used a number of other brand tires over the years, but now only use Continental GatorSkin tires. They last longer. The don't generally go flat from picking up road junk (glass, thorns, rock-bruises, etc.) While the sidewalls will begin to wear as the tires age, the wear is cosmetic ... not structural.

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