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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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5 of 5 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 3/4/2014
by Curly
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Bel Air, MD
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5 of 5 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 4/17/2014
by Warrantone
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Salinas, CA
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2 of 2 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 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 3/6/2014
by DBCSteve
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Davis, CA
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3 of 3 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 1/2/2014
by ChrisP
NJ
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3 of 3 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 3/13/2014
by TSimon
Maryland
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Good value tires!

I've been using Continental Gatorskins for the past year. They wear well, resist flats and are fairly easy to mount. So far I've had no troubles with them.

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Reviewed 12/18/2013
by Tarwheel
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Raleigh, NC
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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
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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Reviewed 12/6/2013
by talented rider
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Talent, OR
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
not flat proof!

Overall, this is a good tire. I bought it for winter use, hoping for no flats on sometimes damp roads (Southern Oregon). However, I did get a flat on about the third trip on these tires. A chunk of glass cut right through the tread and protective belt - this on dry pavement. So definitely not flat proof. However, if you can live with max pressure of 95 lb. and an occasional flat, they are a pretty good winter tire.

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Reviewed 12/13/2013
by Captain America
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Front Range, CO
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A Great Durable and Responsive Road Tire

I switched to these tires on my bike and my wife's. I am a larger rider, and ride the 25's. I was very curious to find out how they would wear, and how responsive they would be. As soon as I put them on, i ran over a metal spike that holed my rear tire, tube, AND rim. OK, can't really fault the tire for that one.

In all normal wear the tires have worn very well, and traction and cornering is not an issue. Very predictable. Rolling resistance (as far as I can tell) is great. I put over 2k miles on my bike each year, and only notice the tire profile getting flat after about 1,200 miles. They still ride fine, and I keep them as backup/emergency tires after swapping them out for a new pair. Great deal if you can find them on sale.

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Reviewed 11/22/2013
by bhettinger
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tyler tx
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
great road tires for cross country

i purchased these tires to ride cross country on route 66. the tires proved themselves over and over during the tour. i rode 1100 plus miles and had NO flats and could go some days without airing them up. they do add some weight to the bike, but i hate changing tires so i traded one issues for another. they are a great buy on this website as i have checked any other places. will continue to use bike tires direct.

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Reviewed 10/10/2013
by red27giant
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Boscawen, NH
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Great tire when a little extra is needed.

Great tire when a little extra is needed. Rode these bad boys in the Dirty40 Race in northern Vermont. Name Dirty40 because 40 miles of the race are on dirt roads. Held up great, no flats, even no small cuts. Road smooth on the paved roads.

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Reviewed 10/11/2013
by Utah biker
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Utah
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
AWESOME! Ok maybe only really good, but it might actually be awesome.

I use this tire for training and racing. Ok I know people will have an issue with racing with a heaver tire. I've not had this tire go flat on me but once in two years. I ride 200 miles a week, on good and bad roads. I am considering buying a cyclecross bike for some of the areas I've ridden, but with these tires the bike keeps on going. On some of the longer competitions I pass a few riders that somehow got ahead of me, but now have a flat. I don't see those riders again. So I'll take the gatorskins and know that I don't have to worry about flat tires during a distance competition.

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Reviewed 1/4/2014
by Anonymous
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Ride-on!

Three years...one flat.

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Reviewed 1/6/2014
by spoladsky
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Denver, CO
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Love my GATORSKINS!

This is my second set of Gatorskins and feel they are the best tire and value for my needs. When the weather and roads are clear in the Denver area, I usually get in a 35 - 50 mile ride once a week.

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Reviewed 12/30/2013
by pc fl biker
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port charlotte fl
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1 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
very good tire ,don't forget your liner

good grip,cusion nice,don't forget to put a liner in any tire you buy

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Reviewed 11/11/2013
by Mark
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Tucson AZ
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I like this tire so much, I trust it on Tucson El Tour day. Nov 22 13 is a cycling holiday in Tucson.

This is a eazy rolling tire that has stood up to road hazards. I rode the last 5000 miles on this tire and no flats.

What I don't like about it nothing.

Every November I install a new set on my bike for Tucson's 100 mile race. Never had a flat on race day, or any other day.

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Reviewed 11/15/2013
by long ride biker
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Syracuse, NY Fl panhandle
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Great mileage and puncture resistant tire

I've used Continental Gatorskin tires exclusively for the last four years while logging in 10,000 miles per year. Tire mileage has been great (3000 on rear, 5000 on front) and they have excellent resistance to punctures.

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Reviewed 11/7/2013
by blarzelere
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Santa Fe, NM
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True to the advertisement, virtually indestructible!

For the last two years, I have used nothing but Continental Gatorskin tyres on my 1987 Trek (Touring)700 x 25 for summer and century riding, 700 x 32 for winter and touring. On the journey last year from Rochester, NY to Portsmouth, NH ... not one flat and excellent stability, rolling, ... everything. Used with the white stuff inside the tube, they are indeed nearly indestructible.

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