The Gator hardshell tire is for the high-mileage rider. The Durakin sidewall protection in addition to the hard shell protection, offers an extremely durable, high performing tire suited to athletic urban riding styles.
I got this tire mainly for its ability to resist punctures. Performance was still important but secondary. Over 2.5 months of daily commuting I did get one flat but I couldn't figure out what caused it. The tube had only one puncture hole.
As for performance, I subjectively feel that it has higher rolling resistance than the stock Schwalbe Luganos but corners just as confidently. Stability on wet surfaces is pretty mediocre. It's a hard tire with a stiff sidewall so it can't be effective at everything.
Overall, a decent tire but I'm still looking for the holy grail of puncture resistance combined with high performance.
I run 700x25c on C29ssmax wheels on my 26" hardtail Surly Troll.I use those tires for commuting and I find them really quick. They mount well, unlike some other continental tires, and behave well. No punctures so far.
PROS: Easy To Install, Fast, Good puncture resistance, Relatively light
Put 245 miles on these tires so far. NO FLATS.... at least not yet but I ride on paved shoulders that are a vertual continueous land mine of broken glass pieces, small sharp rocks and other road terrors. They handle well when it’s dry out but I haven’t used them when it’s been wet. Given more time I can give a long term summery.
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