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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.

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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 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 1/8/2017
by TDip
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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 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
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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 3/14/2016
by Emac
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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
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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 5/26/2015
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
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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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Reviewed 4/30/2015
by Anonymous
Birmingham Alabama
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Great tires at a very good price

I already knew these are excellent tires because my wife has them on her bike. The price here at biketiresdirect can't be beat and the quick delivery made for a great shopping experience.

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Reviewed 4/20/2015
by Anonymous
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Arlington TX
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0 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Purchased these tires based on other rider's experience with them

Tires are doing well so far.

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Reviewed 4/11/2015
by Howie
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Park City, UT
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4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
I like these tires - I ride a lot of tough roads, wet, sandy,rocky, chip-sealed, roads w cracks and with seasonal thorns, all good with Gatroskins!

Riding on Gator Hardshell tires...

I like to ride on all kind of surfaces without to much worry of puncture. For three riding seasons I have been running the tires on my bike and my wife's bike. We ride three to four times a week and we do a number of centuries each year.

The tires roll well enough that I can easily keep up with many pace-lines. And I continue to build confidence in the tires each time I am passing another rider with a puncture.

I do my best to wear-out a set of tires in one riding season (rotating fore and aft for even wear), to avoiding watching the tires dry-out during our non-riding winter months in Utah. Drying out, cracking and the fraying side-wall-strings are my only complaints - the tires do seem to age quickly.

However, I have no problem buying another set of Gatorskins in the near future.

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Reviewed 4/7/2015
by McCranker
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Palos Verdes, CA
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Good training and rough road tire

Have been riding these a couple of months now on rough country roads (lots of goat heads), through parts of LA (ie. crappy roads), and a century on the central coast without any flats or other problems.

They feel harder than my previous tires, which were Specialized Roubaix Pros, and run them at less pressure than those. The Speci's I ran at 110, and the Conti's at 105. These have less tread than the Roubaix, but I don't feel the difference. However, on downhills along my normal route, my GPS has showed a 2mph gain in speed consistently. Nothing scientific there, but found it interesting as usually ride the downhill with the same perceived effort.

I bought them as they were on sale and read a lot of positive reviews. Been happy with them as well!

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Reviewed 3/23/2015
by Prorefb
San Fernando Valley
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2 of 4 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 3/26/2015
by UB59
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Huntington Beach
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2 of 2 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 Dain
Arizona
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0 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
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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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
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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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
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 2/2/2015
by Anonymous
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Denver, CO
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4 of 5 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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