This is my second set of Continental Gatorskins. The first set I bought from BTD in 2015. I got well over 3,000 miles on them and only now have had to replace the rear tire. By the way....Not a single flat in 3 years of hard use. The price for these tires through BiketiresDirect is great. I could not match it anywhere else. They have always delivered quality products for a great price. Will continue to use them for all my biking needs.
I do a lot of charity rides of 50 plus miles or more along with my practice rides of 30 plus miles and have had no problems with the tires. I have been up to speeds of over 40 miles an hour, on roads that have a lot of chip seal, and also roads with a lot of pot holes. The tires have show no signs of breaking down until I get about 2000 miles on them.
The Continental Gatorskins are not only light but are extremely durable. I have been logging 1500 miles per road tire and could probably get more miles if I waited to have a flat before replacing them. Also, they seem to retain air more readily then other road tires I've tried. Gatorskins are now my tired of choice for ride comfort, and confidence.
I've been a daily commuter for two years now and have only had one flat tire... on a Bontrager Hard Case tire that my bike shop suggested as an alternative to the Continental Gatorskin! I immediately switched back to Gatorskins and expect I will never have a flat again.
The Gatorskins seem to be exceptionally durable - I've never tried a side-by-side test with other brands, but I must say that I've had fewer flats since I started riding them - and the wear indicators are a smart feature. Aesthetically, I like the classic look of lugged steel sport-touring bikes from the 70's and 80's, so I find the round profile and brown and tan sidewalls attractive (and practical they don't show the smudges and chain lube stains that can mar the appearance of gum sidewalls .) I like the foldibility of a kevlar bead for a spare tire when traveling, but I can't detect a difference between a kevlar and wire bead in rideability, so the lower price of the latter is a fair trade-off for it's slightly higher weight. Many of my friends ride Gatorskins, and I've heard nothing but positive comments from them - they're definitely My tire of choice.
I keep purchasing this tire even though Ive had two of them cut open . The first one was the older design. Then I purchased the new design and a piece of metal cut it open. It was a fairly large hole in the tire. So I purchased a third . This time I accidentally got the wire bead . I didnt see it advertised as wire bead when I ordered it though. Im not a racer so I guess it doesnt matter much but I bought lighter stiffer wheels and definitely noticed the difference. I still feel these are pretty durable tires road debris is hard on any tire. A piece of sharp steel cut through this last tire .
I have been riding theses tires for over 6 years and will continue to do so. The fact is they do not flat. When all the people in my group scream GLASS I more or less don't flinch.
Have I ever flatted?....yes. Under inflated and a pothole pinch flat. I consider this my fault and not the tire.
If you like to ride a lot and long this is the tire for you
This is a great tire and run this on the road for daily commuting and road riding. I have seen reviews that say this tire is too hard - not my experience. It is not bullet proof but close to it. Have ridden this in some pretty extreme conditions and always been happy. What are you waiting for - buy them already!
This is my second set of Gatorskins. I bought a set about five years ago, because I was having so many flats. I never had a flat in that whole five years. Before that I had flats all the time. One time I had two in one day. I'm not a racer, just a long distance pleasure rider, so I don't know much else about performance for high speed riding. All I know is that I don't like getting flats and this tire has cured that problem for me. Thank You.
Obviously different tires for different types of cycling. These are perfect for cycling on surfaces such as hard packed rails to trails or The Erie Canal bike path. And they fit fine on my carbon fiber road bike.
I used to have several flats a month. I am into my second set of these tires and will use them going forward. They do weigh a little more but in a race and you have a flat!!! It is a no-brainer... i do not know when this last time I got a flat! The are the ONLY tires i will ever use!!!
I recently took a bad fall running these tires up front. I took a simple turn I take all the time. . Conditions were wet with some winter grime. Front wheel just disappeared. These are basically slicks. I would never ride them again in wet conditions
I've tried many different types of tires from the modest priced ones to the very costly ones and none have measured up to the Gatorskins. I've completed 10 Ride the Rockies, and the only year I had flats (note the plural)was when I did not ride on Gatorskins. They are a bit heavier, but for the vast majority of riders this small additional weight will make little to no difference over 80, 90, or 100 miles. These are my go to tires and I fear not the broken glass, metal fibers, thornes, sharp rocks and all the other debris that come with riding. I ride urban, suburban and rural roads and trails and these work well on all surfaces. My current set have well over 4,000 miles and are still going strong.
Recently, I rode Continental Gatorskins (700 x 32 with folding bead) on a fully loaded touring bike from San Diego to Boston. About 300 miles of the trip were on crushed limestone bike paths, with a few miles of coarse gravel. The Gatorskins turned out to be an excellent choice. They performed superbly. I started out with a pair of new Gatorskins on the bike, and one new spare. Then I rotated the three tires so that each one had approximately equal wear. During the entire 3,500 mile trip, I had only one flat, which was due to a typical piece of wire from a disintegrated truck tire, picked up on an interstate, in a rain storm. At the end of the trip, all three tires were in good condition, with many miles left in them. The Gatorskins are reasonably light, with good puncture resistance and resistance to cuts. They provide a comfortable ride and good traction. In addition to this tour, I have used the Gatorskins for urban commuting, for years. These tires deliver amazing performance at a reasonable price.