Continental Gatorskin Tire Steel Bead (700 x 28)

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This is the Continental Gatorskin Road Tire. The name says it all.  Gatorskins have long been the winter/training tire of choice among cyclists everywhere. The all around quality and performance of these tires is so good that they are now a year round go-to tire for many riders who pour the miles onto them.  


  • Continental has changed the name of the Ultra Gatorskin to Gatorskin. No changes have been made to the tires other than the label
  • High mileage carbon-black tread compound
  • Highly puncture-resistant casing with Duraskin sidewall protection
Color: Black/Black
Weight: 320g
Tire Bead: Steel
ISO Diameter: 622 / road / 29"
ISO Width: 28
Labeled Size: 28
Tire Type: Clincher
Tire Diameter: 700c
Intended Use: Road

This product was added to our catalog on December 16, 2014

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Thursday, Apr 23 2020 (3 months ago)
Continental Gatorskin Tire Steel Bead (700 x 28)
The Steel bead is impossible to get over the wheel. I've burnt (punctured) two tubes trying to pry the steel bead over the edge of the rim.
Tuesday, Apr 14 2020 (4 months ago)
Continental Gatorskin Tire Steel Bead (700 x 25)
I CANNOT get Continental Gatorskins onto the rim, especially without ruining the tube. I have been riding and replacing tires for 40 years, and this has not happened to me before.
Monday, Jun 22 2020 (6 weeks ago)
Continental Gatorskin Tire Steel Bead (700 x 23)
I used to use gatorskins exclusively when I was a bike messenger in the first decade of the 2000s. These were the most reliable tires and were recommended by other messenger colleagues. I had tried a number of different tires before settling on gators. The big drawback is that are extremely difficult to get on and off many rims. The upside is that I rarely got flats, so once they were on, I didn't have to think much about stopping to take them off due to a falt. Usually it was at the end of the tire life, when I'd start noticing more flats, which is normal for any tire. I'd get about 6-8 months for these tires, sometimes a little longer. Keep in mind I rode approx 40-50 miles per day 5 days a week and I also rode on the weekends as my bike was my main mode of transport. I also would take the occasional long weekend 50+ mile rides with friends as well.

There are better tires out there that are lighter and more responsive, but for a reliable tire that also grips the road well, these are great if you can get around putting them on--hint: get plastic covered metal tire levers.