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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very durable, good grip The folks who are having problems with flats on these tires have to be having other issues with this tire. I know many riders who use this tire without issues (save for the occasional determined goatheads or grand canyon cracks). I think the problem is mounting the tire on the rim. It is very difficult with the wire bead and can lead to pinch flats or simply tearing the tube. I know because I have been there. It wasn't the fault of the durability of the tire, just that it is a really tight fit on the rim. Once I got it on, I didn't have to remove it for a thousand miles. My bike has this tire and the foldable version and I couldn't tell a difference in handling. The foldable version seems easier to mount though.
Date published: 2015-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No flats I have about 1,300 miles on my current set of Gatorskins, and not a single flat. The roads in my city are awful too. To the other reviewer who gave one star because of recurring flats, I can only say it's certainly NOT the tire. That many flats are due to either a faulty wheel or under-inflation causing a pinch flat.
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bullet-proof!! Ok, maybe not. But close enough! I'd run Gatorskins for the 3-4 years a while back without a single flat. Not one. After too many miles to count, one of the tires wore out and the shop I happened upon didn't carry them, so I went with Bontragers. I went on to pick up 2-3 flats in 3 years. Finally, one of them lost its bead and the other suffered a tread separation (Granted, over x,000 miles). Needless to say, I went out of my way this time to get my Gatorskins back, and so far they're just as I remember. I should also mention that in Portland, wet is the rule not the exception. Don't let the slicks scare you off! They perform admirably in the rain. The only dings I'd give them is that you pay a small price in weight and rolling resistance. Do note that there are different versions of these tires, the burliest being the Gatorskin Hardshell, which has a protective layer that extends further laterally to protect the sidewall. REI doesn't seem to carry them. Bottom line: If you commute or train on rough roads and you DON'T want to spend your valuable time mending a flat on the side of the road, pick up a pair of Gatorskins. Set it and forget it.
Date published: 2015-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great in Guatemala! Have used these in the 25mm width for several years on two road bikes in Guatemala, mostly in the Antigua area but also between there and the Pacific, and along the Pacific Coast. They have worked great, maybe one puncture, as I recall from picking up a metal scrap when we went past a auto body shop on the street down the hill. Mostly on paved roads, often rough, debris in some areas. Antigua has cobblestone streets which are not fun to ride on with narrow tires but tires held up fine. They also work well on dirt roads as long as the dirt is firmly packed; when it gets softer the tires sink into the dirt and you swerve and fall down. Far far superior to the Kendas we were using before, which sometimes were not round so you bounced.
Date published: 2016-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I plan to buy another set I have 3,000+ miles on my gatorskins without a flat, riding bikeways, urban streets, bumpy roads and some crushed stone and dirt trails. The tires are still going strong. I am running Conti ultralight tubes. I used to get flat or two per thousand miles. They are great in the rain.
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from More flats than ever... I recently purchased these tires as an "upgrade" from my original factory tires which were always catching flats. Needless to say there was no change at all. I am averaging I flat a week and I only ride moderately (weekends). Just for peace of mind I have to take two spare tubes with me wherever I ride. One thing about this tire is that if you catch a flat and don't notice is right away, the rim will chew away at the gummy sidewall until it's too degraded, destroying the tire. This doesn't occur with a single flat, but over multiple occurrences, I've already lost both back and front Gatorskin tires. I just put the factory tire back on till I decide what brand to try next.
Date published: 2015-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Erroneous one star rating I've ridden thousands of miles on this tire in San Francisco. One flat.
Date published: 2015-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4000 miles on my Gatorskkns I ride just about every day, and at least 10 miles per day. Over the last year, I have put 4000 miles on a single set of 700 x 28mm Wire Bead Gatorskins. The tread is beginning to look flat and the sidewalls are beginning to shead threads. I have not had a single flat tire the entire time these tires have been on. The other thing I love about them is that they hold air longer than any tire I have used before. I usually check the pressure on my 3-4th ride each week. Honestly, I know I could probably get another 200-300 miles out of them, but decided to put a new set on,
Date published: 2017-07-22
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Questions & Answers

Will these tires fit on a 26inch mountain bicycle wheel?

Asked by: Raychil
This tire will not fit a mountain bike wheel.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-06

Whats the Psi for the tires

Asked by: Kenunaut
The recommended pressure is 110-120 pounds per square inch.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-26

What is the ISO/ETRTO on the 26 x 1 1/8 inch tire size?

Asked by: ride_on
​The ISO/ETRTO for the 26 x 1 1/8 tire is 28-559.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-17

What rim size will the 26 in x 1 1/8 in tires fit? I have 559x18 rims.

Asked by: tbone28x
​Unfortunately, this tire will not fit your rim size.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-12

What is the manufacturer warranty for Continental Gatorskins? No info at All contact info is in Deutschland (Germany).

Asked by: JNsystem
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