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by Motorcycle CamperfromReturned for refundMounted on rear wheel in Phoenix. 5 flats in 4 days riding into New Mexico. Sidewall ruptured in Lordsburg, NM (+-400 miles). Had to boot tire and replace it in Las Cruces, NM. Stressful riding.Carried tire on trailer top to Atlanta, GA. [...]took it back. Thank you[...]
Date published: 2008-03-11
Rated 1out of5
by tayhotafromDisappointedI live in Phoenix, AZ and was having a lot of issues with punctures due to the small thorns on the route I ride. It is paved, but small thorns and rocks are present. The rocks were not an issue, but the thorns punctured these tires, back and front,in under three miles. Perhaps they might work better under other conditions, but I did not have a good experience with them. Plan to return them.
Date published: 2011-07-04
Rated 2out of5
by Patrick MusickfromRippedCut and flatted after only 800 miles. I had ultra gators a few years ago that had several flats. Switched brands, but thought I'd try again--a mistake.
Date published: 2011-06-09
Rated 2out of5
by d0nJuanfromLong walk homeI put this tire on my Allez's rear wheel last year, and didn't ride it in the winter at all. The bike was kept in a temperature controlled, covered environment. I got perhaps 2-300 miles on it last year.
Last weekend I was out for a long ride, far away from home, when I got a flat. Whatever, it happens. Probably ran over a hypodermic needle or something. Make the long walk back home.
Couple days later I get around to replacing the tube, and I notice that the sidewall on this tire is already deteriorated. I figure no big deal, it's probably just the uhh outer coating wearing off? No way this high-quality, expensive tire could be wearing down so soon...so I put the new tube in and start pumping it up. At about 80 psi I see it--a hole in the sidewall that the tube is starting to push through. But it was too late--before I could release the pressure, BAM! New tube popped trying to squeeze through the hole in the sidewall.
Anyway, thoroughly disappointed with this purchase. Maybe I got the one rotten apple as many reviewers here have different experiences.
Date published: 2014-05-22
Rated 3out of5
by mattnnzfromok tires but not very puncture resistantThese seem to be good gripy tires but they are not as puncture resistant as they are cracked up to be. I got a flat from a goathead on my fist ride with them. I'm going to have to break down and get tire liners.
Date published: 2007-10-16
Rated 4out of5
by WebsterfromExcellent tireTire design and choice requires tradeoffs. Do you want grippy or durable? Light weight or puncture resistant? The Continental Ultra Gatorskin tire strikes an excellent balance between these competing goals. It is more durable and puncture resistant than most racing tires, and better handling than most heavy duty tires. It's one of the all-round best tires available for my fast hilly club rides and centuries on roads that unfortunately often contain rough pavement, broken glass, thorns, and other debris.
Also note that the Gatorskin comes in both nonfoldable (wire beaded) and foldable (kevlar beaded) versions. The foldable version offers all the benefits of the nonfoldable version plus it's lighter weight, but it costs a little more. Make sure you're getting the version you want.
Date published: 2007-10-11
Rated 4out of5
by Badger31164fromExpensive but goodI was looking for puncture resistance when I bought these (in 700 x 28c size) for my fast hybrid Giant FCR4. I gulped hard when I saw the price but bought 'em anyhow. The Bontrager tires they replaced were very soft and prone to picking up lots of little cuts in the tread. The Ultra Gatorskins are much tougher but have lots of traction nonetheless.I have not had a puncture with them in two years now. I ride on less than perfect surfaces often - gravel, crushed limestone, hard mud,wood deck bridges, etc.although the FCR4 is a pavement bike really & I have a real mountain bike for nastier stuff.
Date published: 2010-06-25
Rated 4out of5
by Eric FlatlanderfromGood all around tireI ride country roads which are one step up from gravel roads and have these mounted on Campy Neutrons. For me the biggest thing about these tires is not punture resistance (which is very hard to measure) but durability. I've used these for a number of years and have had more than a ccouple of punctures. The difference between these and the Michelins I've used is what happens after you fix a punture. These tires just don't split. On a regular tire a bad puncture can lead to a ruptured tire, not with these, and that's important when they cost more than new tires for my first car (admittedly that's going back a ways).
The only con is that since you almost never have to take them off the rim, they can be difficult to get off and on. If you do take them off & on then the next time it's much easier.
Date published: 2011-05-22
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