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Continental Gator Hardshell 700c Road Tire (Wire Bead)
Continental Gator Hardshell 700c Road Tire (Wire Bead)
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Continental Gator Hardshell 700c Road Tire (Wire Bead)
Continental Gator Hardshell 700c Road Tire (Wire Bead)
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Continental Gator Hardshell 700c Road Tire (Wire Bead)

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Tired Of Flats? Meet The Updated Gatorskin Hardshell

The Continental Gator Hardshell 700c Road Tire has long been a favorite of riders looking for the ultimate in reliability that preserves ride quality, and now Continental has added even more flat protection.

Puncture protection and mileage are the strengths of Hardshell-ProTection. A wider PolyX Breaker, the specialist against punctures under the tread center and shoulders provides for great reliability. A triple-ply carcass covers the entire tire and makes it a real bastion against urban detritus.

The outer sidewalls of the tire are reinforced with DuraSkin fabric providing even more reliability due to the casing being so well protected. Hardshell tires are the puncture-resistant flagship amongst racing tires – produced exclusively in Germany

*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.

Features:

  • Densely woven polyamide mesh keeps glass, rocks, and metal shards at bay
  • Extra tread rubber for more mileage between tire changes
  • Full bead-to-bead Duraskin protection for no mysterious sidewall slashes
  • Hardshell protection (3-ply, each 60 TPI)
  • Reinforced with DuraSkin (polyamide mesh sidewalls)
  • PolyX Breaker protection
  • All-season compound
  • Tire bead: steel
  • 700c wirebead clincher tire
  • Available in 23-32mm width options
  • Weight: 310g (23mm)

  • B-Stock - This product has one or more B-Stock units available. These units can be purchased at a discount (see option select). B-Stock units were returned from other customers and may have missing or damaged packaging materials. These units are otherwise as new. The full manufacturer warranty applies. Click Here for more information.

    The product weight specified is an approximate weight based on the manufacturer's specifications (if available) or our measurement of one or two examples. For most products, the weight will typically vary by 5% to 10%.

    Threads Per Inch: 180 

    Wheel Size: 700C/29" (ISO 622) 

    Applications: Performance Road Riding, Training/Recreational, Commuting/Urban 

    RimSize: 622 mm

    Made in: Germany 

    700c x 23mm

    Weight: 330 grams

    Tire Type: Clincher-WireBead 

    Tire Width: 23mm (0.9in) 

    Width: 32 mm

    ISO (ETRTO) Size: 23-622 mm

    Rec Pressure: 110 PSI

    Max Pressure: 120 PSI

    700c x 25mm

    Weight: 330 grams

    Tire Type: Clincher-WireBead 

    Tire Width: 25mm (1.0in) 

    Width: 25 mm

    ISO (ETRTO) Size: 25-622 mm

    Rec Pressure: 95 PSI

    Max Pressure: 120 PSI

    700c x 28mm

    Weight: 410 grams

    Tire Type: Clincher-WireBead 

    Tire Width: 28mm (1.1in) 

    Width: 28 mm

    ISO (ETRTO) Size: 28-622 mm

    Rec Pressure: 95 PSI

    Max Pressure: 116 PSI

    700c x 32mm

    Weight: 420 grams

    Tire Type: Clincher-WireBead 

    Tire Width: 32mm (1.3in) 

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    Reviewed 9/15/2022
    by JTB
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Saint Paul
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    Great Tire

    I've been using this tire for a couple months now, and they've been such a relief. I was getting paranoid with the number of flats I was getting with my Michelin Pro4s. Those didn't last long. These Hardshells feel like they're built for the real world.

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    Reviewed 7/1/2022
    by Biker395
    SoCal
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    Very Flat Resistant, but Terrible Grip in the Wet

    I was on a ride with several other riders on a road that had been closed for some time. There were goat heads galore, and all but one of us got at least 2 flats.

    The one person that did not flat had Hardshells, so I figured I'd give them a try on my commute bike.

    I only used them for a week or so. The grip was terrible in anything but bone dry conditions, a few close calls were enough for me.

    I guess that's the trade off with the hard rubber. Pity.

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    Reviewed 4/4/2022
    by Anonymous
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Wenatchee, WA
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    Long lasting and provides enhanced puncture protection

    Pros- Long lasting, easily get 4000 plus miles on the tire. I've used the Gator Hardshell for past 7 years as they have provided me with best puncture protection especially since I ride in a rural area with goatheads along trails and roads.

    Cons - More difficult to mount tire onto rim. Seems to work best to lay it in sun and let it warm up and soften some. Make sure you have tire levers and / or tire bead jack and that will save your fingers or thumbs.

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    Reviewed 10/22/2021
    by blaircerny
    Cycling Enthusiast
    San Francisco, CA
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    Tough, fast, affordable

    Best City-riding tire I've used yet. I've pulled small bits of glass and other detritus out of my tire which have been unable to go all the way through to the tube, and when used on one of my brakeless track bikes in the City, its skidding lifespan is far, FAR outside any others (including the Vittoria Randonneur). I've also ridden this tire outside the City and it has avoided pinch flats in potholes as well as errant thorns and otherwise. And on top of all this, the rolling resistance is super low, which means you're going faster than a lot of other puncture-resistant offerings. Honestly for the price this is a no-brainer for commute bikes, courier bikes, errand bikes, and fun bikes. I wouldn't put it on anything that's going off-road (though I have foolishly ridden it off-road hahaha), but otherwise it's what I recommend to ANYONE who will listen.

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    Reviewed 7/22/2022
    by Gene
    South Jersey
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    Very good road tire. Long wearing

    Resist flats in some of the worst road conditions

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    Reviewed 9/10/2018
    by BLT
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Los Angeles, CA
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    5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
    Unbeatable tire

    About as puncture-proof as a Schwalbe Marathon at about 2/3 the weight. IMO the Conti Hardshell is the standard for flat resistance and durability. I recently replaced a Hardshell on my rear wheel. I weigh 205 and the tire lasted over 4000 miles until the wear dimples were gone. That's a rear wheel. Amazing. Flats were few and far between. The Hardshell sidewalls are far more durable than the GP 4000 with only a slight weight penalty.

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    Reviewed 8/16/2013
    by Stacia (BikeTiresDirect.com Staff)
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Portland, OR
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    34 of 34 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 1/8/2017
    by TDip
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Northern Nevada
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    4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
    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 12/7/2020
    by Anonymous
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Silicon Valley
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    3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
    Excellent Commute Tire

    After two flats in two consecutive rides on a 12 mile urban commute, decided to give the Gators a try. So far, so good; zero further flats. Will buy again and recommend if you're experiencing trouble with punctures.

    It's true that it is a stiff tire:

    1). Contrary to other reviews, I did not experience any difficulty mounting the tires. They went on totally by hand, the only tool used was a pump to inflate.

    2). Inflated to 90 PSI, the ride is harsher than the Vittoria Zaffiros used before. The ride has mellowed somewhat with mileage, could be due to a variety of factors.

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    Reviewed 10/1/2020
    by iHeart Bobby
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Los Angeles
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    5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
    You need to finesse these onto your rims

    I've been using these for years and swear by them. The roads I ride are littered with junk that'll puncture most tires, except these. I've never had an issue changing out a flat on a ride, since the tires are warm enough to re-seat.

    For those who complain that they're too hard to install properly, here are a few tricks I've picked up over the years.

    1. heat the tires to make them more pliable before attempting - lay them in the sun for 20 minutes, or a warm oven. Seriously!

    2. don't let the bead get seated until you fit both sides of the tire over the rim. you'll need that little bit of extra room.

    3. all else fails, try a little baby powder OR dish soap to get them seated. soapy water is what mechanics use on car tires for the same issue.

    4. don't try to muscle them onto the rim - you'll damage the bead. try the steps above first.

    5 still having problems? take them to a bike mechanic & have them show you how to do it right.

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    Reviewed 3/2/2022
    by Hi Rise courier
    Portland Oregon
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    These are very durable tires

    I am a veteran Bike courier in downtown Portland and I absolutely love these Gator Hardshells, i have been exclusively using these tires for over a year now, and have only gotten 3 flats.

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    Reviewed 6/25/2021
    by Glen
    Vancouver, WA
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    1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
    Gator Hardshell, a great road tire

    The Gator Hardshell is my tire of choice for my road bike. I ride 60-90 miles a week around the Vancouver/Portland area, and I've found the Hardshell to be a very durable tire. I haven't had a flat due to puncture in a very long time, even though I frequently ride by "homeless" camps and the piles of trash that litter the road or bike path. These tires are dependable, wear well and resist punctures. What more does a bike rider need?

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    Reviewed 5/31/2021
    by Dave Lieder
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Fresno, Ca
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    2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
    Toughest tire on the market

    With out a doubt the best tire for the rider who wants the best protection from rock, glass, thorns and wire from car tires. I tried many brands, the gator skin hard shell may be difficult to get on but it's worth the time it takes to mount them.

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    Reviewed 4/12/2019
    by Anonymous
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Orange City, Florida
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    3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
    great tires made so well

    I ride 40-50 miles everyday. These tires last, resist all the crap in the road and give me the confidence I want so I can go ride.

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    Reviewed 11/30/2020
    by Anonymous
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Northern California
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    2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
    Great tire!

    I use Continental Gator Hardshell on our tandom and will use nothing else. Tha're a great tire and hold up very well with over 300 pounds riding on them. We are running custom Zipp carbon wheels and the tires mount up with no problems what-so-ever.

    If you want a great heavy duty tire and are more concerned with durability, safety than weight, the Hardshell is the tire for you!

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    Reviewed 9/3/2020
    by guam38
    Daily Commuter
    Northwestern PA
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    1 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
    Steer clear of these - Continental Gator Hardshell 700C Road Tire (Wire Bead)

    I should have taken heed of previous reviews emphasizing that these hardshells are impossible to mount. I assumed that the reviewers simply didn't have enough experience in changing hardshell cases...wrong assumption. I have been an avid road cyclist for 20+ years and have changed hundreds of tire tubes, and these Continental Gator Hardshell 700c road tires are the worst I have ever encountered. I broke 4 tire levers and ruined 3 tubes trying to mount these; they clearly were not worth the discounted price that I paid for them. And no, I am not riding on them...they went in the trash.

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    Reviewed 7/7/2017
    by Rick
    Daily Commuter
    San Francisco
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    2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
    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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    2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
    Bullet proof

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

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    Reviewed 8/20/2021
    by Anonymous
    scottsdale
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    1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
    Great Tires

    These are the best tires.

    3000+ Miles 0 Flats!

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    Reviewed 3/9/2017
    by Anonymous
    Keizer, Oregon
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    1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
    The new tires allowed a fast ride

    Tires had good support and little road friction.

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