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Continental Gator Hardshell 700c Road Tire (Wire Bead)

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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.

700c sizes (622 ISO).

Note: Continental has 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

Weight: 330 grams

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 23-622 mm

Rec Pressure: 110 PSI

Max Pressure: 120 PSI

700c x 25mm

Weight: 330 grams

Width: 25 mm

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 25-622 mm

Rec Pressure: 95 PSI

Max Pressure: 120 PSI

700c x 28mm

Weight: 410 grams

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 28-622 mm

Rec Pressure: 95 PSI

Max Pressure: 116 PSI

700c x 32mm

Weight: 420 grams

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Reviewed 1/8/2017
by TDip
Cycling Enthusiast
Northern Nevada
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Best flat protection I've found

A great all round training or touring tire. I've got 28's on my touring bike & no flats in 18 months...

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Reviewed 5/18/2018
by bluesky
Cycling Enthusiast
Central Ohio
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Most durable, flat-resistant tire I have found .

We ride our tandem about 7000 miles a year mostly on road but about 20% on bike trails. Until I switched to this tire we probably averaged a puncture flat every 250 miles. In the past 3 years we have had two puncture flats. (There was a snake-bite caused by hitting a rather large stone at high speed but I don't fault the tire for that.)

Mileage has been good as well - on the order of 3000milestire.

We run 700x28 and the foldable tires can be difficult for these old hands to mount, so I try to stick to the wire beads.

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Reviewed 5/3/2018
by THE BIKE MAN
Cycling Enthusiast
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The best flat resistant tire on the market.

This is the tire I use during my daily 38 mile ride, on my favorite road bike. You can depend on these Continentals. I've been using these tires since 2010. This is the same tire I installed on my TREK 1.1. in 2010, which was the same day I bought the bike. You can't loose with the stuff they use !

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Reviewed 8/16/2013
by Stacia (BikeTiresDirect.com Staff)
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Portland, OR
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32 of 32 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 4/16/2018
by Stacy
Yakima, WA
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0 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Great tires!

This is my 2nd pair of these tires and I love them. My bike mechanic highly recommended them and Im so happy to have listened to him. Durable and long lasting. Very well-made tires.

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Reviewed 4/12/2018
by Anonymous
Daily Commuter
New York City
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
The best city commuter tires

Bike from Brooklyn to Manhattan and back five days a week and these tires are a must for city commuting. Used them previously in Chicago and they have speed, durability, and puncture resistance.

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Reviewed 3/8/2018
by Anonymous
Daily Commuter
Chicago, IL
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It does what I needed it to do

I commute by bicycle 40 miles a week over often rough and uneven pavement. Despite keeping my tires properly inflated, I was plagued with flats. After switching to this tire I no longer have a problem with flats.

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Reviewed 2/26/2018
by Mr. B
Cycling Enthusiast
Denver, CO
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Very trustworthy tire.

I am an Avid road biker on our hills here in Colorado, I love these tires, they have great road grip and they roll over into the turns like butter. They are virtually indestructible. I do several Mountain Century rides every year and have a great deal of confidence in the tires standing up to the stresses of rolling down Mountain Passes at 45 MPH. Recently I ran over a very sharp edged rock and put a cut in the sidewall. This was a direct hit and the cut was about 38ths of an inch wide. I folded a dollar bill and put it inside the tire, replaced the tube and I was on my way. I was concerned that under pressure the cut might start ripping. When I got home the cut had not changed at all, I credit the construction and materials.

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Reviewed 7/7/2017
by Rick
Daily Commuter
San Francisco
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Tough but nimble.

These tires work for me, daily to work and back, on the streets of San Francisco. They have a good feel and aren't as fragile as other road tires I've used. Punctures are almost a thing of the past.

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Reviewed 4/6/2017
by Anonymous
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Bullet proof

If you don't like fixing flats, this tire is for you - and me!

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Reviewed 3/9/2017
by Anonymous
Keizer, Oregon
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The new tires allowed a fast ride

Tires had good support and little road friction.

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Reviewed 12/30/2016
by PCH Rider
Cycling Enthusiast
Malibu California
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Everyday great tire that will bring you home and feel good.

I switched over to Continental Gators about 7 years ago getting ready for a century ride. Fan for life. Great rolling, smooth and have taken about everything the road can dish out. Now have them on 3 road bikes and only 1 flat in more than 2800 miles. The only flat was a direct hit on a 6 jagged rock at dusk on a canyon road - cracked the sidewall but stayed on the rim. I use the wire bead for most rides, carry the folding version when I am on an extended ride.

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Reviewed 10/30/2017
by Sammy
Cycling Enthusiast
East Texas
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Great tire!

This is my second set of this tire. Absolutely love them. My guess is 5,000 miles and NEVER a single flat. That is very hard to beat. I absolutely love these tires. Use them all year around in hot, cold, dry and wet and they are great. Excellent traction in ALL conditions.

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Reviewed 9/21/2017
by Anonymous
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Palm Springs, CA
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New Brand for Me

I am a recreational cyclist, a roadie. I live in the desert so bike tires are subject to goat head stickers which are a real nuisance. I have always used Specialized All Conditions Armadillos and had been reluctant to change because I was used to them and they always worked for me up to a point. I just replaced the Armadillos with Gatorskins and so far I am very happy. I can tell that the Gatorskins are a tough tire and they are a surprisingly comfortable and quiet ride. My cycling friends have always sworn by them and now I am also a fan. A good product....

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Reviewed 3/14/2016
by Emac
Cycling Enthusiast
Oregon Country, PWN
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Great commuterwinter tire

Not the lightest tire out there which is why I took a star off (picky, yes).

Now, for the good part I've ridden these tires for 3 winters, probably 9K miles, over gravel rough roads, dirt, mud, snow, dirty post-snow roads, etc. Unlike my summer tires which I take care of, I ignore these all winter and clean them once in the spring when I put them away for the summer - in other words, they get totally abused and no love. I run them at 70 psi (I'm 180 pounds) and have had 1 flat in three years. These are great tires, they're sticky in the rain but roll just fine when it's dry. I'm a bit surprised that people in the other reviews run them at such high pressure, for I find that they actually perform a lot better at lower pressures (like in their rating range). I'll definitely replace these with another set of Hardshells.

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Reviewed 8/12/2015
by 808Biker
Cycling Enthusiast
Hawaii
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Awesome Tire! I'm a believer!

I'm a 20 mile round trip commuter and I ride these tires at 110 psi. They are a stiff ride and super hard at first, but once you break them in (roughly 200 miles for me) they are smooth and stick to the ground. A bit on the heavy side but no flats so far, so I can live with the weight! I can ride it through anything without worry. There is evidence of cuts and punctures on both front and rear tires, but no flats to date! I'd buy these again!

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Reviewed 5/13/2017
by Anonymous
Casual Cyclist
Livermore
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Heavy duty tire

So far it's a great tire. It's so much thicker and more durable than my last set of tires. I was a little worried that since the rubber is thick and stiff that it would be difficult to put on, but we had the tire on in less than 10 minutes.

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Reviewed 5/26/2015
by Anonymous
Upstate NY
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Great tire for training

Just bought 2nd set of Gator Skins, friend recommended the first set as I was changing my second flat on a ride 3 years ago. Big guys these are great tires for us, I am 210 and ride hard on country roads, first set of gators kind lasted 3 years w no flat!! A little more money but a lot for confident w my Gators!!

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Reviewed 5/7/2015
by Craig Van Valkenburg
Auburn Alabama and in Florida
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Best training and robaix tire made

I used these tires in the Rouge Robaix in south Louisiana for 106 miles, partly off road, and then road 5000 miles of training. Best tire made. I had one flat the whole time. A large piece of glass made its way in. Craig Van Valkenburg

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Reviewed 4/27/2015
by zephyr451
Cycling Enthusiast
Seattle, WA
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Long Lived durable tire.

It's not a light tire by any stretch of the imagination, but for me it has been very flat resistant. I use it for winter training rides and commuting..used are ones where I really don't want to flat. The performance of the tire wt conditions is as good as the 4000 s.

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