Great tire for country roads and gravel, anywhere one might have an increased chance of flats. The Gatorskins make for worry-free riding if flats are a concern. They aren't the fastest tires around; the GP5000s are quite a bit faster and also pretty robust. These tires are built for puncture resistance and meet that objective. BTD had an excellent price as well.
After 52,022 miles in 11 years this is the only tire I will ride with. Here in Texas, we have a lot of things that cause flats. Gatorskins have made my rides almost flat free.
True to its description good tires worth the money and also shipping was quick no issues. I would buy again not just the tires but with bike tires direct.. true customer from 213 l.a. area
i ride 6 days a week 50-80 a day... been riding these for 25 years... just order them, well stop reading this review and get 'em... oh i don't like paying for them... well you asked what i don't like about them.... solid performance year round all conditions. bike tires direct has best prices on these.. i've got more in my house and on my bikes than most stores...
Maybe just bad luck? Punctured my front tire on my second ride. No debris or anything left in the tire not sure if it was caused by glass, very small pinhole. I was a little disappointed, but will update after I have a chance to ride them longer.
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.
Gatorskins is my tire of choice and since gravel across roadways prone to flooding during moderate to heavy rains is a concern, I need a tire that will hold up to these conditions. I have only ever had one issue which is a wite had lodged itself into the tire and it took me several flat tubes to locate the little devil
I have used these tires for years. As an avid cyclist, I go through about two sets a year. They have great traction in all conditions and with the small divots, I know when to replace them.
These tires give you a good feel of the road, plus comfortablysafely handle my 220 lb. weight. I am in my 70s, I ride mostly for enjoyment and health 10 miles a day . I have vintage Schwinn Paramount aluminum road bikes that have the adequate space for the wider 23 tires with this specific brand. These tires are a bit pricey, but they say, you get what you pay for...
I purchased a set of 28mm Continental Gatorskin 700c Road Tire to replace 32mm on my Trek FX4. I replaced the stock Schwalbe tires which I had a puncture the second time out. This is my second set. I had purchased a set of 32mm for a hybrid bike and have ridden on them for two years without an issue. I highly recommend Gatorskins and I have converted two of my fellow riders. Great product and Biketiresdirect.com have been more than helpful.
I live in Wisconsin and ride year-round-about 3k miles annually. Normally I run 28mm or 32mm Conti TouringContact because I like the extra grip on the loose terrains, but the Gatorskins were on special so I went with them for the SpringSummer season and so far no punctures (and the higher PSI makes for faster riding). Smooth and tank-like! I have been through many pools of broken glass, countless construction sites littered with garbage, infinite potholes. No flats! The one consolation with a tire like this for a commuter is that they feel shaky and a little frightening on gravel and other non-solid surfaces. But on a smooth road they are a delight.