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The Continental Gator Hardshell 700c Road Tire 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.

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 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: 330 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: 250 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: 270 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: 410 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: 350 grams

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 28-622 

Tire Type: Clincher-Folding 

Max Pressure: 116 PSI

700c x 32mm - Wire Bead

Weight: 420 grams

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 32-622 

Tire Type: Clincher-WireBead 

Max Pressure: 102 PSI

700c x 32mm - Folding Bead

Weight: 355 grams

Tire Type: Clincher-Folding 

Max Pressure: 102 PSI

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 32-622 

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Reviewed 8/16/2013
by Stacia (BikeTiresDirect.com Staff)
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Portland, OR
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25 of 25 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 3/26/2015
by UB59
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Huntington Beach
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Best tires in the world -rarely get flats

I ride double centuries and can't afford to lose time to flats . I see some people on these rides getting multiple flats 5 to eight a ride sometimes . All I can say is I rarely get a flat but avoiding the trash & glass on the road helps . I have ridden close to 4000 miles on these tires without a flat many times .

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Reviewed 3/23/2015
by Prorefb
San Fernando Valley
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Fair flat protection

Bought pair for my wife's bike and a pair for my bike . First ride 15 miles out and a big fat flat ! Yep a shard of glass got my rear gator . Have put about 250 miles since the first flat and all seems good.

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Reviewed 3/23/2015
by Dain
Arizona
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Best tire I have ever owned

I ride on some pretty bad roads and these tires hold very good compared to other hard case tires I have tried.

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Reviewed 3/27/2015
by dmc360
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Los Osos, CA
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Looking for a ride for riding every day and not worrying about flats.

This is a tire that I can count on to give me a worry free ride. Riding the central coast of California, Cayucos to San Luis Obispo and nearby road on find a lot of different road conditions, these tires handle them all.

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Reviewed 3/21/2015
by MinasV
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Mostly France and Italy
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Impressed by the complimentary comments, but at what pressure?

I have read a lot of complimentary comments on this site about the Gator Hardshell tires and I am thank full to all. However I noticed to my disappointment that all the comments except one do not mention the performance of the tire as a function of its inflation pressure which is fundamental. A tire which is inflated at its recommended pressure will suffer different behavior against puncture than a tire which is inflated at its maximum, just as a tire at its maximum inflation will ride faster (easier) than one which is inflated at its recommended pressure which is lower. Of course there is a tendency to use the maximum pressure to improve functional performance and thus it would be very useful if posted comments also offer the pressure in their judgement. Thank you.

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Reviewed 1/22/2015
by Skycount
Competitive Racer
New Jersey
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Best training tire ever

Long wearing and puncture resistant. Ideal for training.

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Reviewed 1/15/2015
by NeedlesPeak
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Morgan, Ut
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4 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
Very good training tire

I have rotated through a lot of Hardshells and UltraGatorSkins, and get just about the same amount of miles out of each. Not killer for wet conditions and does not corner all that well, but will stand up to glass and debris very well. It can be defeated by radial tire wire and goats heads if they are not spotted and removed. I can usually get between 3-5k miles out of a set. The sidewalls are subject to wear and will look ratty after awhile, but I've not know them to cause any problems. Side punctures have ruined a couple of the tires, but I've gotten home by inserting an emergency plastic patch to the inside of the tire. When you start getting flats its an indication that the tire has had it, also if the cord is showing. Pick these up when they go on sale, your riding buddies will start doing the same...

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Reviewed 2/2/2015
by Anonymous
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Denver, CO
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2 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Seems to work fine.

I have used the Gatorskin tires for the past year and thought I would get even more flat protection from the Hardshells. The Hardshells don't seem much heavier than the Gatorskins, at least that I have noticed while riding. They ride well going straight, but I'm not entirely comfortable with their cornering. Then, after only six rides, I was victimized by a goat head. Surprised that I got a flat.

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Reviewed 11/6/2014
by Anonymous
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Sonoran Desert
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6 of 6 customers found this review helpful.
Great tire!

I use this as a training tire, with mileage ranging from 200 - 350week in the southwestern US. Roads have lots of puncture-inducing debris including cactus, glass, sharp rocks, and all manner of metal shrapnel. No flats in two months, which is a record for me. The tire is a bit heavier than the Gatorskin, and while I am still undecided as to whether the extra costweight of the Hardshell is worthwhile (as compared to the Gatorskin) thus far I am very pleased with the tire.

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Reviewed 5/24/2014
by Rico
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Soggy Western Oregon
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15 of 15 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 11/28/2014
by Anonymous
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South Texas
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4 of 7 customers found this review helpful.
No flats so far and tire rides great

I'm not a racer so the lack of grip that others have mentioned has not been an issue so far

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Reviewed 7/17/2014
by Bay Area Biker
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San Francisco Bay Area
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7 of 7 customers found this review helpful.
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 9/25/2014
by Dain
Arizona
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Great tire

Best tire I have ever had. I have 2500 miles on the set I'm running now and I probably will get at least another 1000 miles. Plus I ride on a lot of bad roads and I have only had 2 or 3 flats.

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Reviewed 10/30/2014
by Anonymous
Chicago, IL
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Great Performing Tire for Commuting in City

Using the tire for daily commuting tofrom work. I purchased the 28mm so it would be a little softer and hopefully tougher with rough roads and potholes. I think that paid off. These are comfy to ride and feel great. They're not light but I got them hoping that they were tough against puncures and mostly glass. So far they are functioning well after 6-8 con mutes.

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Reviewed 8/14/2014
by cyclist
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Bloomington IL
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5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
Good tire

Very good tire for road cycling. I get anywhere from 3500 to 4000 miles on these tires. No flats.

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Reviewed 7/21/2014
by Anonymous
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worcester, ma
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4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
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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4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
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 4/21/2014
by sonoranbird
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Ajo, Arizona
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10 of 11 customers found this review helpful.
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 7/17/2014
by Anonymous
Greenbelt, Md.
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
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 3/17/2014
by Rodger
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Livermore, CA
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7 of 7 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 6/26/2014
by Anonymous
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3 of 5 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 4/16/2014
by Anonymous
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Appleton, WI
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4 of 4 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 1/4/2014
by icycle
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Phoenix, AZ
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9 of 9 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 11/20/2014
by Bobthebiker
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Chula Vista, CA
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Great tire

I have used this tire for many years and it does a fine job. Flat protection is great though it does not have the ride of thinner tires.

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Reviewed 1/9/2014
by Anonymous
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Yakima, WA
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8 of 8 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 4/3/2014
by micnmar
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Long Island
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3 of 3 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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4 of 4 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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5 of 6 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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4 of 4 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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