Continental Gatorskin Tire 26x1-1/8 Tire Black/Duraskin

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Continental Gatorskin Tire 26x1-1/8 Tire Black/Duraskin
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The Ultra Gatorskin tire is durable and rugged and is great for both commuting and touring with weight.



  • Duraskin mesh sidewall fabric is applied to only the exposed sidewall area to save weight; adds a high-tech look to this tire
  • Durable carbon black compound gives good puncture protection and Duraskin mesh sidewall fabric protects the casing from cuts, punctures and abrasion


  • 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
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Activity:Road cycling
Foldable tires:No
Recommended pressure (psi):116 pounds per square inch
Thread count casing (tpi):60 tpi
Tire width:1-1/8
Tread type:Slick tread
Weight:350 grams
Wheel size:26 inches

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Continental Gatorskin Tire 26x1-1/8 Tire Black/Duraskin Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Tour proven

I rode a pair of these from San Francisco to Seattle on mostly roads under a variety of weather conditions including downpours and ice. They never slipped out despite carrying over 310 lbs (bike + me + bags). I even took some sharp downhills at 42 mph with that load and felt confident about the Gatorskins. Imagine all the gravel, broken glass and car parts they've seen. (I got one flat, a pinch-flat after hitting an edge square on.) They are still on my bike today. Very durable.

You can't blame the tires because they are too thin if that's the size you buy. Duh!

Also, pay attention to the specs, these tires like a lot more pressure than others. With that comes a hardness that may be uncomfortable for some cyclists used to 60-80 psi tires, not to mention more pumping.
DaveGe at REI on 12/12/2009

Great tires

Keep these puppies well inflated and you'll love'em. They are so strong and have never flatted on me with thousands of city and country miles, even carrying significant weight. I've even put them on my tandem.

The poor review posted earlier is not helpful - clearly the reviewer should have bought wider tires if he thinks these are too thin!! It's not the tire's fault...
BEK at REI on 07/07/2010

Negative Reviews:

Not for all weather or uses

I cycle for everything, work, shop, exercise. Wanted a kevlar tire for less flat worry. Ended up having to worry about a lot more.

If you are putting these on you mountain bike for commuting keep these things in mind. All those cracks, holes, ridges, bumps, and ledges are now your enemy. You can't just blithely ride over them any more. These tires are too narrow. I found this out after almost wiping out in traffic a couple times. If the road gets wet, ESPECIALLY on asphalt, you will lose traction on turns. Best use I can think for them is endurance training for trail riding on the off season, on a road you know well.

I got rid of these tires and bought some Maxxis Overdrive kevlar tires 5 months ago and haven't been dissatisfied yet.
JaceB at REI on 08/08/2009

worst tire ever

I live in AZ there are a lot of thorns in the road here and these tires are not able to handle them without getting punctured and going flat, worst tire ever, doesn't live up to their name should be called ultra thorn catchers instead.
chaco the taco at REI on 10/10/2010