Continental Ultra Gator Duraskin Tyre

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  1. A.J.T.73

    A.J.T.73 New Member

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    I have been looking to get some better tyres and i am riding on bad roads, so would like good puncture resistace but still want good performance. So i was wondering what the Continental Ultra Gator Duraskin Tyres are like? I have looked about and cant find much about them, so if there is already a post, sorry.
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  2. Retro Grouch

    Retro Grouch New Member

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    I've got them on my tandem and one other road bike in the 28 mm size. I like them a lot but I don't ride real hard or fast. I don't use a ton of air pressure with them 100/110 psi on the tandem and 90 psi on the single bike. No flats at all to date.

    Some folks have commented about sidewall fraying or cuts, a common complaint with all Continental tires, but I haven't experienced that on my bikes.
     
  3. daveornee

    daveornee New Member

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    You should also look at the Sepcialized All Condition Armadillo tire line & the Schwalbe Marathon tire line.
    I have used the Continentals, but have had sidewall issues with them.
     
  4. buckybux

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    I run Conti 4000's in the summer, but during the winter I use Gatorskins. I used them Dec-Mar, and only ride about 1500 miles during that time. I use the tires for two seasons, then replace them (they are not worn but the cuts are so bad I worry about flats). I also run the pressure at about 100 lbs (the 4000's I use 120 lbs) which helps to prevent flats.

    The armadillos are heavy, but there are a lot of comments on this forum that the tires are indestructable.
     
  5. daveornee

    daveornee New Member

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    All Condition Armadillo Elite Tire 23 mm are 280 g and the 25 mm are 305 g. All Condition Armadillo Tire (without the Elite) are a little heavier but less expensive and still reasonable weight.

    Take a look:

    http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCEqSection.jsp?sid=EquipTires700_Flat

    I have no relationship to any tire manufacturer or anything for or against any particular brand. I have ridden over 250,000 miles on so many different brands and models that I haven't kept track. It seems that Continental tires have been on my bicycles more miles than any other, but not without issues of sidewall, belt, and cuts. I now look at tires from a view of miles/$ + trouble-minimization. I recently have had good luck with finding store brand (Performance) tires that are relatively low cost and wear well.
     
  6. buckybux

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    The folding gatorskin is 230g for the 23mm which is the one I use. I buy it from Bike Tires Direct and they cost about $33 each. http://biketiresdirect.com/productdetail.asp?p=COC3P&buttonAction=ci_COC3P

    I don't work in the cycling industry, and consider myself an intense recreational cyclist.
     
  7. cheezyrider

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    I had them as OEM on my Cannondale RW700 purchased in 2002, and flatted during my first major ride :mad: , over a short section of relatively benign gravel. Went to the Specialized Armadillos after that, they seem indestructable (though heavy). Oddly, I've have a pair of $10 Nasbar Prima tires on it for the last couple years that don't have any special durability features, and they've never flatted even over gravel :confused: .
     
  8. bicyclerubber

    bicyclerubber New Member

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    I find the gator skins (23mm) to be an improvement versus the 4 Seasons (23mm)

    But, when the roads get really bad, I have had good experiences with the Vittoria Open Pave CG - the black and green one. Its 24mm section and suits me down to the ground in winter
     
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