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Continental Gator Hardshell 700c Road Tire (Folding)

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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 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.

Made in: Germany 

700c x 23mm

Weight: 250 grams

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 23-622 mm

Max Pressure: 120 PSI

700c x 25mm

Weight: 270 grams

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 25-622 mm

Max Pressure: 120 PSI

700c x 28mm

Weight: 350 grams

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 28-622 mm

Max Pressure: 116 PSI

700c x 32mm

Weight: 355 grams

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Reviewed 9/5/2018
by Doug
Tucson AZ
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The best tough training tire

I live in Tucson and ride nearlt everyday. There are myriad road obstacles, debris and sharp pointy things to puncture my ride, and thats why Ive gone back to gatorskin hardshell. I rode other continental products here and while they are as road gripping on downhills and across sand and gravel, they punctured far more than the gatorskins. Ive been riding the hardshell 25's now for a year or so and see the difference in tracking and softness on the road. Weight issues dont effect me as Im not racing and the small difference doesnt seem to effect climbing mt. Lemmon or flying down the mountain on the way hime. Not too clear on the difference between hardshell and standard gatorskin but seems like the hardshell has more sidewall protection which seems to help stop rock punctures when riding on gravel ( which I do everyday to get from my house to the main road). In any case, I recommend these tires to all my friends and so far, Ive heard nothing but positive comments..

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Reviewed 9/7/2018
by SNespo
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South Bend, Indiana
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Smooth Ride

I replace my tires about once a year and have found out that the Continental Gator Hardshell works out very well for me. I got a quick delivery and the tire is very easy to put on and my bike. Thank you for your service.

Steve

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Reviewed 10/23/2017
by 209DavidT
Sacramento, CA
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4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
Best Bike Tire Ever

The Continental Gatorskin Hardshell tire happens to be the most versatile tire ever. I use them on my road bike, commuter bike and fixed gear bike.

The tire compound rides aliitle harder than most but durability and cornering cancel the harder ride. I ride at 225 lbs and have lowered tire pressure FR to 95 psi and tires perform flawlessly! They hug the road even in wet conditions. Highly recommend for all road riding bikes.

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Reviewed 8/1/2017
by Chuckee
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Kamas, Utah
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4 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
Favorite tire for years due to reliability, cornering and puncture protection.

I have used the tire for several years for both training and racing, averaging about 3500 miles per year. I don't remember the last time I had a pinch flat and have found it to be extremely puncture resistant - fulfilling the promise of increased flat protection. The tires have excellent sidewall strength and reliability, never having any issues with cracks or ruptures due to potholes, cattle guards or hitting any other obstructions. The wear indicators (two small holes on the tire tread) are reliable in indicators in determining when to change out the tire. I normally change the tires after 2000 miles regardless to be safe. Only downsides are the price and weight. I try to buy when the tires are on sale to save a few bucks since they are pretty expensive. The added weight due to the flat protection is a concern, but not overly so. I am somewhat of a weight weenie, so the concern is a psychological one, I'm sure.

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Reviewed 4/25/2017
by Type2Dcycler
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San Diego, CA
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2 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
Best tires ever...

I bought these Gator hard shells for a charity ride in April-May. We rode from Key West, FL. to Jacksonville, FL, over 500 miles and I had zero flats!

Everyone else on my ride had to deal with flats but they didn't have Gators...soo, get you some!!!

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Reviewed 8/20/2018
by Scott
Competitive Racer
Berkeley.CA
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This is the ultimate rear tire. i ride every day rain or snow , and i hate getting a flat, especially in th rain

rear wheel, it is bullit-proof.

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Reviewed 6/24/2018
by Anonymous
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3 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
Don't fit on rims

I tried this tire on two different rims. It will not go on without brute force. I destroyed two tubes trying. Would not be able to do a roadside change.

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Reviewed 7/2/2018
by Pmello
Southern California
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Awesome tire

I've been researching all makes and models of tires for the past several months and finally decided to go with the Gator Hardshell. I've had them for several weeks now and they have surpassed my expectations. They ride much better than the stock rubber that came with my Specialized and offer fantastic grip. I highly recommend them.

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Reviewed 7/5/2018
by SunCityTXBiker
Central Texas
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Tough, Stable, and Durable

Using other brands and non-hard shell I've experienced flats several times a year. Since using these hard shells, I have experienced no flats. Riding on rough country roads with cactus needles, glass, sharp small stones, pot holes, and bad expansion joints have never caused a flat. I can easily get over 4,000 miles on the rear tire.

Because of the heat and rough roads, I do change both tires yearly can never be too careful

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Reviewed 6/28/2018
by 240rwilk
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Avila Beach Ca.
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Best tires, best price!

Road biking. Have used this brand for years. Never had a problem.

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Reviewed 4/26/2018
by Anonymous
Grover Beach, CA
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1 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Great long distance tire

Nice to have the Kevlar and avoid flats on ultra distance rides but best part is being able to change these ones on the fly. As a women with not as much strength in the hands some Kevlar tires are very difficult to change without a tool but these with a softer edge I can manage without a problem.

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Reviewed 7/6/2017
by RiverCity Rider
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Normal, IL
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Excellent tire - no flats (about 1,100 miles), fast and rides reasonably well.

There is nothing to dislike about this tire. I use it on my touring bike (700x28) and have been using the 700x25 version for many years on my Roubaix (rear tire - the front tire is Conti 4000S). I've never had a puncture flat (I've had a couple of pinch flats) on my Roubaix in countless thousands of miles. I'm getting the same results with the 700x28 on my touring bike so far.

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Reviewed 6/27/2017
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Colorado and all over the country
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
This is a GREAT tire!!!

I went to the GatorSkin Hardshell in May of 2016. I teamed it up with the Forte puncture resistant tubes. I ride 200-250 miles a week. I have seen I can get about 3500 mile out of the tires before I have to change them out for new ones. The wear indicator is a great help. I do rotate the tires from from to back which allows me to get about another 500 miles out of the tire set. Since making this change I have had to replace the tires 3 times but I have not had a flat in over a year. I am still using the same tubes from May of 2016. This is a great tire and great combination for me. I do try and wait until the BOGO sale is on though.

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Reviewed 6/15/2017
Competitive Racer
Northern Calif
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0 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
great tire, but I need a new bike!!!

Just let me say.......yes, the tires were great. The problem was I was hit from behind and left in a coma by the driver. I awoke in the hospital and finally got home the next day. My Ti bike is a mess!!!

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Reviewed 3/23/2018
by nanfourteen
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Colorado
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Best Tire Ever

I've used Gatorskins in all weather and a lot of different terrain and it never disappoints and they last forever! I was a courier for 10 years and I got the least flats of anyone...maybe 1 every 6 months and that is with riding 9 hours a day!! Ready to head out on a tour with some new Gatorskins! I'll let you know!!

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Reviewed 3/5/2018
by Fat Daddy
Casual Cyclist
Rowlett,Tx
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Flat free

Casual rider, not concerned with weight or rolling resistance, just hate getting flats. They were hard to get on HED wheels. So far so good.

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Reviewed 3/5/2018
by Fat Daddy
Casual Cyclist
Rowlett,Tx
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Flat free

Casual rider, not concerned with weight or rolling resistance, just hate getting flats. They were hard to get on HED wheels. So far so good.

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Reviewed 5/12/2017
by Ã‡ookie
Daily Commuter
Thunder Bay, Ontaril
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Great tires, have tons of miles on them, no flats, great durability.

I've been using these tires for about 4 years now. I switched to them because of the number of flats I was getting on other brands. I'm kind of heavy for a cyclist, at 215 lbs, so worn tires and flats used to be the norm for me. Not anymore. Great tire.

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Reviewed 4/29/2017
by Mike Lester
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St. Louis, MO
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5 of 6 customers found this review helpful.
Great tire that will get you there and back with zero flats!

I had been wanting to try Continentals GatorHardshell tires in the 700c x 25mm width. I had been riding 23's the last few years. When I originally switched to the Hardshells I was concerned the ride might be on the harsh side. To my surprise they weren't. I rotate my tires about every 750 to 1000 miles to maximize mileage. I got 4,100 miles out of my last set. I probably could have gotten another 1,000 but they were showing signs of aging. In that time I never flatted once! I've got a couple rides in on the new 25's. I'm running them at 100 psi. front and rear. Initially I tried 95 psi. and they felt a little sluggish. Once you get them rolling they are definitely faster than the 23's and the ride is smoother and more comfortable. One particular road I'm frequently on is like a minefield with all the debris on the sides. These Conti Hardshells get me where I'm going and back riding not walking or stopping to fix a flat. Great tires!!! Thanks.

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Reviewed 3/1/2018
by Mikebiker
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Longmont, CO
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Best tire for reducing flats

I hate having to fix flat tires while in the middle of nowhere. I've been using the Gator Hardshells for quite a few years now and my number of flats has quite nicely. They are long wearing so I don't need to replace them very often (I rode over 10,000 miles last year).

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