Continental GatorSkin Folding Road Tyre
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|Black||700 x 23mm||
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|Black||700 x 28mm||
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|Black||700 x 25mm|
The GatorSkin Folding is the UK's favourite training tyre (formerly known as Ultra GatorSkin). With its DuraSkin™-anti-cut fabric and PolyX Breaker® also makes it suitable for commuting through to sportives as well as training.
Top Features of the Continental GatorSkin Folding Road Tyre
- Super fine 240 tpi casing plus a bead-to-bead layer of DuraSkin, and a Kevlar-reinforced layer directly under the tread
- The only tyre for your winter or high mileage bike
- Quality German made natural rubber tread
- Praised by both the press and thousands of satisfied users
- Do you require any inner tubes with your tyre choice? We recommend Continental Inner Tubes (pack of 5) which are available in many sizes.
|Puncture Protection:||PolyX Breaker & Duraskin|
|Wheel Size:||700c (622)|
The long distance runner. A durable carbon black mixture, a well regarded puncture protection system and the DuraSkin™-anti-cut fabric turn the GatorSkin into a real long distance runner. In varying widths of 23mm and 25mm it can be used on the way to work as well as training for road races or for sportives and audax. A durable, tough tyre at a really nice price.
PolyX Breaker Technology
With their PolyX Breaker, Continental bring PKW know-how to the bike tyre arena – Polyester has been used successfully for years in car tyres and been tried and tested many times. The extremely resistant polyester fibre is woven tightly crosswire making a very high fabric density which not only makes the Breaker more resistant to foreign objects, but is also resistant to punctures. The rolling resistance is not effected either by the PolyX Breaker.
Tyres with DuraSkin sidewall protection have to roll with the punches. These tyres are used in the harshest conditions. On messenger bikes, on epic travel bikes crossing continents without wearing through and in professional cycling they have to endure tough tests such as Paris-Roubaix. The high-quality polyamide fabric reliably protects the casing of the tyre and protects the tyre from the worst conditions. These tyres stand out with their brown sidewalls. The slick natural rubber tread is designed to perform well in wet/wintery conditions.
About Road Race Tyres
These tyres are for racing style bikes that use clincher/hooked rims, these are the most common fitment and hook onto the rim and require an inner tube. There is a wide choice of tyres within this category and the right choice is important. Lighter tyres will accelerate quickly, but will be more prone to punctures so getting a balance is extremely important. If you require a tyre for all round use look for something with puncture protection, an average TPI(Threads Per Inch) and average weight. If you require a fast tyre and speed is the only thing that matters look for a low weight folding tyre with high TPI. If durability is your priority and speed is not so important look towards the puncture resistant tyres and consider going for a wider tyre, these will be less prone to punctures and offer a bit more comfort. For wet road conditions a triple compound or winter tyre is a good choice, these use a softer compound on the cornering surface to maximise grip.
About the Continental brand
More than 100 years experience in the development and production of bicycle tyres has made Continental a unique company within the industry. Continental is the only German bicycle tyre manufacturer to produce its tyres in Germany. Knowing this serves as a mighty incentive to our engineers and everyone else involved in the manufacturing process to constantly strive for further innovations. In our technology and development center in Korbach, we are constantly developing new revolutionary technologies such as the unbeatable Black Chili Compound and the ultimate Vectran™ Breaker anti-puncture technology, both used at the top end of race sport. These technologies demand sophisticated processes to ensure our legendary end-product quality, and these innovations as well as the new “ProTection” and ”RaceSport” technology for MTB tyres, can only be manufactured in our factory in Germany – “Handmade in Germany”. In order to offer the best tyre for any application, we rely equally on dialogue with our professional racers, hobby cyclists and everyday bike riders. This results not only in high-end products for top sports applications such as the new Podium TT or the revolutionary downhill tyre “Der Kaiser”, but also tyres for everyday use like the new innovative combination EcoContact/EcoContact Plus as a companion to the latest e-bike trend. As a global player, Continental also maintains high-tech production facilities outside of Germany, where Continental tyres are produced for you with an equal degree of care and dedication. One thing all Continental bicycle tyres have in common is that they are developed in the technology center in Korbach, Germany, where they also undergo strict inspection. Our heart and soul is behind the phrase “Handmade in Germany”, with all of its products and technologies.
|Continental Racing Bike Tyre Chart|
Attack & Force
|700 x 18C||18-622|
|700 x 23C||23-622|
|700 x 25C||25-622|
|700 x 28C||28-622||28 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/8|
|700 x 32C||32-622||28 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/4|
|700 x 35C||37-622||28 x 1 5/8 x 1 3/8|
|700 x 47C||47-622|
|This is a generic size guide not all tyres will come in the sizes shown.|
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Kevlar is lighter and far more flexible than the traditional wire & and as the name suggests folding tyres can be folded and are lighter. Folding tyres are generally easier to fit - although many people dis-agree!
There is no rigid wire bead that keeps the tyres round, even when theyre not installed on the rim.
Slightly lighter than conventional beaded tyres too.
Folding tyres usually ave a kevlar bead and are lighter and pricier but may be a little less robust.
This usually means they are lighter in weight and obviously, a lot easier to store.
However, they are often more expensive.
Folding has a flexible bead instead of wire - e.g. kevlar or similar. Lighter, and you can fold the tyres up (so less bulky if you have to carry them) but more expensive.
Most good tyres only come in folding.
I just got two of these delivered however they are not "Ultra Gatorskins", they are just simply "Gatorskin". Can somebody explain the difference between the two?
"A durable carbon black mixture, a well regarded puncture protection system and DuraSkin-anti-cut fabric turn the GatorSkin, formely known as Ultra GatorSkin, into a real long distance runner." - http://www.conti-online.com/generator/www/de/en/continental/bicycle/themes/race/racetyres/gatorskin/gatorskin_en.html
Both are equally great tyre's - Enjoy !
What exactly is the difference say between this and the Specialized tyres my bike came with?
The difference between the Gator and the Specialized tyres is weight, puncture resistance, and feel. The Gators are slightly lighter, IMO have better puncture resistance and if inflated to 100PSI, absorb more road vibration with less rolling resistance. They are also easier to fit due to the folding bead.
As a former Allez rider and now on a Roubaix I take it that you may be new to riding. Especially with the question you ask. The size issue is basically the first number. almost all road bikes today use a 700. then the choice is 23 or 25 ect. I use a 23 because that is what I started with. To further answer your question just read the numbers on the side of your current tyres. If it says 700x23 you must use 700 but can change the 23 to 25 typically.
Not too sure which Specialized your bike came with but I would say that these tyres would certainly be less puncture prone & longer lasting/durable
you can go up and down with the second number which is the width ie higher number more drag lower number less drag.but you must match the first number as this is your wheel size hope this helps
For 25: Less rolling resistance from a wider but shorter contact patch with the ground
Against 25: Higher rolling resistance from increased weight
One caveat would be if you are going to be cycling at constant speed then the added weight (resist acceleration) would not be as big a disadvantage.
Bigger tyres that deform more actually keep you moving forwards rather than up and down.
Would it be worth going even more narrow, say 25s or will that make the ride too uncomfortable?
the difference in width isn't actually that much
Worth the swap to 25's
Some folks are now racing on 25 mm. I myself have stopped racing so the extra comfort it worth it.
Not a huge difference, but I could definitely feel an improvement.
I hope this helps.
They fold to about a 150mm long package
They are folding tyres.
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