Continental GatorHardshell Folding Road Tyre
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Continental GatorHardshell Folding Road Tyre
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Code: Conti Hardshell
Continental GatorHardshell Folding Road Tyre
MORE is what you get!
After extensive market research, feedback from commuters all over the world showed us that a new type of tyre was in demand. Continental's Gatorskin race bike tyre had filled a gap for hardcore commuters but they wanted more; MORE casing; MORE breaker; MORE protection...
Taking the Gatorskin as the base, Conti have added a third Polyamide layer in the sidewall to make a unique 3-ply casing for the Gator Hardshell.
They have also added a wider Poly-X anti puncture breaker belt under the tread which extends down into the shoulder area for wider coverage.
Add this to the Duraskin anti-tear mesh on the outside of the casing and you are presented with a tougher commuter which is also fast
  • The ONLY tyre you need for your winter / training bike
  • The most popular 700x23 tyre in the UK
  • Duraskin® cut-resistant layer from bead to bead
  • Quality German made natural rubber tread
  • Praised by both the press and thousands of satisfied users
  • 23c weight: 220g
  • 25c weight: 250g
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I haven't had time to put them through the ringer only 60 miles, so I will comment on performance. I've been riding the ironically named S-Works Turbo that I got on sale, if they were that great they wouldn't be on sale, you can feel them sucking the watts from your legs if you don't have them inflated to bouncy. Now that that's off my chest. The GatorHardshell is a faster tire then the S-Works, Vittoria whatever. The ride is not quite as plush as the S-Works but it is faster. I like my tires on the higher pressure side. I used to run the GP 4000 SII, the GatorHardshell is a little slower, but not much, and if the puncture protection is as good as the other reviews say, I'm willing to take the little hit for every day reliability. So if you commute, (most bosses don't understand a bike flat), or take off for a ride when there's a slim chance of daylight when you return, this is your tire. GatorHardshell's won't kill your speed, and if you find yourself returning home on an unlit winding road, racing monsters in the twisted paths of the primitive tracks of your mind, it's nice to not worry so much about that pitch black country road flat.
Great tire. I purchased this because my friend has over 2000 miles on this tire and rarely flats.
This is my 3rd pair of Conti Gators now... I have always gone back because of their unsurpassed flat protection and durability. I have tried other kinds of tires but none have yet surpassed the Continental GatorHardshell!
Fantastic training tyres - strong and durable
This is the second set of these I purchased and had good luck with he first pair. They lasted about 800 miles which is good for the way I ride.
Great tires. Excellent puncture resistance. Be careful on wet roads with these though.
I am Masters Bike Racer on the roads, have raced roads for more than 33 years, bike racing and triathlon, riding 10 to 15K miles annually. This tire has been the best puncture resistant top performing tire I have used. After 6 months I am just waiting for the wear hole notches to close over or see threads coming through the tread. I do road race with these on rough road courses. I use the GP 4000S for closed crit courses due to grip and weight. The Gatorhardshell tires are on all three of my road racers and am very hesitant to change. Nope, won't change. They are too good. Happy Riding without flats.
I use those tires since 10 years and still satisfy with them. I replace every 6,000 Km. Never had a bad surprise...
Over twenty years of riding I've only run Continentals ... this is the best one yet. I average about 6K miles a set.
Not the first time I have bought this tyre, nor the last! The one it replaces wore to the casing before replacing without puncturing on the terrible london roads. Great dependable product