The Continental Ultra Gatorskin is great value for money and sets the bar for a perfectly-balanced combination of ride quality and long-term durability. This unique tyre features a third Polyamide layer in the sidewall to create a unique 3-ply casing.
Continental have also added a wider Poly-X anti-puncture breaker belt under the tread that extends into the shoulder area for increased coverage. Duraskin ant-tear mesh on the outside of the casing results in a durable and fast commuter tyre. - A.D.
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A little heavier than others, but the ride quality and "anti-flat" factor well worth the trade off.
First time I use these tires, but from now on I will not use another ones, my cycling buddies many of them use this brand. I belong to a San Diego California Cycling Club named NCCC, we are more than 100 members and a cycling buddy suggested I should try this brand of tires, I am very happy with my new tires.
I ride about 6000 miles a year and I have used the Hardshells for the last three. They truely are puncture resistent. The two flats I had, occured only after the tires tred was warn thin. If you like worry free cycling, get a set of these.
I have ridden these tires on my single speed track bike for years now, and it's hard to find a better option. The only thing I would add is the "black chili" compound that Continental uses on some of their other tires. That extra stickiness would be nice.
You have to remember to break these tires in when new since the rubber is so hard that it has mediocre traction until the surface layer is broken. But then they have excellent traction. In California the roads are so bad that there is little difference in some areas between the roads and rocky mountain paths. And they are littered with everything from steel wires from worn out steel tread tires to broken whiskey bottles. The Gatorskin resists these MUCH better than any other tire I've used.
I do a great deal of dirt riding and what some people would even consider mountain biking on my road bike. Back when men were men and the roads were unpaved. These tires have stood up to many a beating and rock garden on dirt climbs and even fared well in road racing. For a dependable tire that will allow you to venture off that pavement and onto the fire road you're always wondered where it led, pick up a pair of these Gators. Plus the rubber smells tasty when you're mounting 'em up new out the box. Cheers and keep the rubber side down.