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Continental Gatorskin (700c & 27-inch)
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Continental

Gatorskin (700c & 27-inch)

$54.99
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  • This manufacturer does not allow us to ship this item. You can purchase this item and pick it up at our stores ($20 will be charged to hold your order and the balance must be paid for when you pick up the order). We can also arrange for delivery (free assembly) in Cook and DuPage County, IL (delivery fees will apply).
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5.0 stars
 (5 Reviews)
 

Continental Gatorskin (700c & 27-inch)

Continental's GatorSkin combines 3 flat-protection technologies into one fast-riding, high-mileage racing and training tire. It features a super-fine 180 thread-per-inch casing, a bead-to-bead layer of DuraSkin, and is finished with a Kevlar-reinforced top layer. The result is a light tire that rolls and corners with the best of them while providing flat protection second to none.

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Pros

  • Durable rubber  (2)
  • Good cornering  (2)
  • Low rolling resistance  (2)
  • Resistant to element  (2)
  • Durable 

Cons

  • Heavy 
  • Low surface compiance 
  • Poor traction 

Best Uses

  • Commuting  (3)
  • Road biking  (3)
  • Casual riding  (2)
  • Climbing 

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5.0

Better than I expected

By OCbloke

from Lake Forest, CA

About Me Commuter

Pros

  • Low Rolling Resistance
  • Durable
  • Excellent Grip
  • Puncture Resistant
  • Good Cornering

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting

    Comments:

    Fed up with punctures so replaced both Continental Grand Prix 4000 II race tyres with these gator jobbies. easy to fit, and they dont look as chunky as I expected. The ride feels solid. very glas I decided to get them....and hope they will last a while. As for weight- well. thats my beer belly so not bothered about the extra few grams that they weigh!

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    4.0

    replacing discontinued Bontrager Race Lite Hard Case

    By Mike in Burien

    from Burien, wa

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Good Cornering
    • Spins True
    • Low Rolling Resistance

    Cons

    • Low Surface Compiance

    Best Uses

    • Climbing

    Comments:

    Got this to replace discontinued 700x28c Bontrager Race Lite Hard Case tires. I ride fairly fast on almost entirely dry, smooth and clean asphalt with tons of big hills, 5k to 6k miles per year. Got about 10k miles per set of Hard Case tires (no longer available) over a 10 year stretch. I hope these last as long. If they do, I'll up their rating to 5 stars. The Gatorskins seem to have less rolling resistance, but also less compliance to surface texture. Despite feeling like the stiffness of these reduces contact with the ground when rough, the tracking and cornering are rock solid. This could be because there are no wobbles built into the tires, as there were on the Bontragers. I hope they last as long. May try reducing the pressure down from the 95 psi listed in the documentation if the harshness ends up bothering me more than I like the easier ride up hills. Time will tell. Oh, and the stiffness seems to make them very quiet compared to the Bontrager Hard Case.

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    5.0

    Best bang for the buck!

    By Jared

    from Cedar Rapids, IA

    About Me Commuter

    Pros

    • Resistant To Element
    • Durable Rubber
    • Resists Flats

    Cons

    • Poor Traction

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Commuting
    • Road Biking

    Comments:

    I've been using these tires for about 7 years. They are the best I've found for resisting flats. In 7 years I've had one flat. Unbelievable. I don't really understand the complaints about them being heavy. I guess if you're racing they would be heavy, but I wouldn't be using these tires for racing if I were serious about racing. There are much better tires for that purpose. However, I use these primarily for commuting and training for the occasional triathlon. For those purposes, they are great. In that kind of riding, I really doubt you're going to notice extra 10 grams or whatever they weigh when you're carrying your lunch, change or clothes, and all the other stuff I carry when I commute. They last a LONG time, it's easy to get 5000+ miles from these tires. The only negative thing I will say is that you need to be cautious in wet conditions when crossing railroad tracks, manhole covers, expansion joints, or any other smooth metal surface. They don't provide the best grip in those conditions.

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    5.0

    Amazing Tires

    By Joshua

    from Bethlehem Pa

    About Me Commuter

    Pros

    • Great Traction
    • Resistant To Element
    • Flat resistant
    • Durable Rubber

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Road Biking
    • Commuting

    Comments:

    18 months, 5000+ miles, and just one puncture from a piece of broken bottle. I must say that I am very satisfied. My rear tire is showing a lot of wear at this point and I am definatly going to replace it with another one of these great tires.

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    5.0

    My first choice for the streets of ny

    By evo2rex

    from brooklyn

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Extremely flat resistant

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual Riding
      • Road Biking

      Comments:

      Last year I had these installed on my Tarmac 3. Since then, I have not gotten a single flat, as opposed to 1 - 2 a week on "service course" tires or 1 - 2 a month on regular road bike tires. They are a bit heavier than most "normal" road bike tires, but negligibly so. Buying another set for my new tri bike.

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      700 x 23c 04019238334630 1185370000 33463
      700 x 25c 04019238334661 1185390000
      700 x 28c 04019238334678 1212280000
      700 x 32c 04019238521573 1004370000 52157