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Continental Gatorskin review

Very similiar to the Hardshell version the Continental Gatorskin is an incredibly road bike tire with an exceptional level of puncture protection.

It offers a more supple 3-ply 180 TPI carcass with the same PolyX Breaker, a tightly woven polyester fabric sitting underneath the center tread, preventing foreign objects from reaching the air chamber.

It also has the Duraskin bead-to-bead protection, reinforcing its sidewalls and giving the tire its distinctive burgundy appearance, and adding an extra protective layer made from an incredibly strong polyamde fabric.

This tire is the pinnacle of perfection, offering the seemingly unattainable blend of maximum puncture-protection without sacrificing to much in the weight department, all in a road bike tire with a slick tread pattern. An absolute no-brainer for people who appreciate hard-wearing, fast-rolling tires.

Our rating:
4/5
Reasons to buy
Maximum puncture protection, distinctive looks, and a slick tread pattern makes this one of the best road bike tires for mile-crunchers.
Reasons to avoid
You trade in ride feel for puncture protection

Continental Gatorskin ride quality

When considering ride quality we have to keep in mind that there’s both a foldable and wired version available for the same tire width. With the wired version being a lot heavier.

The casing is a 3-ply 60 TPI version which is both tough, yet much stiffer than the one you can find in the Continental Grand Prix 4-Season all-weather tire, or the Continental Grand Prix 5000.

On top of that an extra bead-to-bead DuraSkin protection sits on top of the PolyX polyester breaker. It all means that this tire is not meant to provide the most supple riding experience.

Fortunately even with the more wear-resistant compound, the tire doesn’t feel overly stiff for a touring tire.

Continental Gatorskin weight

As already noted, for the 700C tires there are 2 versions for each tire width running from 23mm al the way up to 32mm; a wired and foldable tire.

There really isn’t any reason to go for the wired version. A folding tire will fit any rim, and you don’t need the extra weight if you can do without it.

For the amount of protection, 280 grams for the 700Cx28 version is actually pretty light, considering the fact that the average road bike tire with a 28mm width weighs just over 300 grams.

Continental Gatorskin puncture protection

The Continental Gatorskin has the following puncture protection:

polyx breaker

PolyX Breaker

The extremely resistant polyester fibre is woven tightly crosswise. In this way, a very high fabric density is reached which not only makes the Breaker more resistant to foreign objects but is also especially resistant to punctures. The rolling resistance is also not negatively affected by the PolyX Breaker®.

duraskin

DuraSkin

Tires with DuraSkin® sidewall protection are used under the harshest conditions. The high-quality polyamide fabric protects the tire casing against the worst conditions. These tires stand out thanks to their brown sidewalls.

Continental Grand Prix 4-Season buying options

Size
ETRTO
Weight (gr)
Tread color
Sidewall color
Puncture protection
Tire bead
TPI
Max Psi
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27x1 1/4
32-630
395
Black
Black
DuraSkin / PolyX Breaker
wired
3/180
102
700Cx23
23-622
230
Black
Black
DuraSkin / PolyX Breaker
foldable
3/180
120
700Cx23
23-622
305
Black
Black
DuraSkin / PolyX Breaker
wired
3/180
120
700Cx25
25-622
245
Black
Black
DuraSkin / PolyX Breaker
foldable
3/180
120
700Cx25
25-622
315
Black
Black
DuraSkin / PolyX Breaker
wired
3/180
120
700Cx28
28-622
280
Black
Black
DuraSkin / PolyX Breaker
foldable
3/180
116
700Cx28
28-622
360
Black
Black
DuraSkin / PolyX Breaker
wired
3/180
116
700Cx32
32-622
345
Black
Black
DuraSkin / PolyX Breaker
foldable
3/180
102
700Cx32
32-622
420
Black
Black
DuraSkin / PolyX Breaker
wired
3/180
102
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Johan van Seijen

FoundeR Restoration.bike

Johan van Seijen is the founder of restoration.bike. His passion for cycling in general, and restoring older bikes turned into a website to share his knowledge with a broader audience. Starting out on his father’s road bike and riding classics as the Amstel Gold Race and Liege Bastogne Liege he has shifted his attention to trail, XC, and gravel riding since. No matter how much he loves writing about everything related to cycling, nothing beats actually using his ever-expanding bicycle collection.