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.
Intended Use: Road
Wheel Size: 700c
Tire Bead: Folding
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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.
I occasionally go the life of the tire without getting a flat on these. The only downside is that the sidewalls sometimes blow out before the tread is all used up. Still, if you don't have enough clearance or just like skinny tires, these are your best choice.
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