Continental Gatorskin Tire (Black) (Wire) (DuraSkin/PolyX Breaker) (700c) (23mm)

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Continental Gatorskin Tire Description:

This is the Continental Gatorskin Road Tire. The name says it all. Gatorskins have long been the winter/training tire of choice among cyclists everywhere. The all around quality and performance of these tires is so good that they are now a year round go-to tire for many riders who pour the miles onto them.


  • 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
  • Highly puncture-resistant casing with Duraskin sidewall protection


  • Tire Type: Clincher
  • Bead: Wire
  • Compound | Casing: - | DuraSkin/PolyX Breaker
  • TPI (Threads Per Inch): 3/180 TPI
  • Puncture Protection: Yes
  • Inflation: 120 PSI (23mm, 25mm, 1-1/8"), 116 PSI (28mm), 102 PSI (32mm, 1-1/4")
  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 275g (650c | 23mm), 320g (26" | 1-1/8"), 305g (700c | 23mm), 315g (700c | 25mm), 360g (700c | 28mm), 420g (700c | 32mm), 430g (27" | 1-1/4")

The Continental Gatorskin tire is also available in a folding bead version.


This product was added to our catalog on March 7, 2018

Curt Neal
Tuesday, Aug 11 2020 (about 3 years ago)
Continental Gatorskin Tire (Black) (700c) (23mm)
I've been riding Continental Gatorskins for the past eight or more years. I run them on both my road bikes and my wife's road bike. We live in Las Vegas where there is a lot of broken glass and other debris in bike lanes on sides of streets and on our trails. I was stopping to fix a flat every few months, which got old. Also, was not impressed quality of some of the more supple tires. The new tires that came on my Giant Defy barely made it past 1,000 miles before the cord was showing and I ended up fixing six flats in six rides. A friend recommended Gator skins and I've been riding them ever since. Have only had one puncture in over 5,000 miles or riding (a small, sharp piece of wire), and blew out the side of another after going over a sharp lip on edge of a bridge and crimping the sidewall. Furthermore, I can count on getting 4,000 miles out of a Gatorskin before they wear out.

Yes, they are a pain to get on and off the rim, but I've done it at least a dozen times now (including rotations) and only pinched one inner tube. Maybe it's because I have strong hands.
Jodi Durst
Monday, Jun 22 2020 (about 4 years ago)
Continental Gatorskin Tire (Black) (700c) (23mm)
I used to use gatorskins exclusively when I was a bike messenger in the first decade of the 2000s. These were the most reliable tires and were recommended by other messenger colleagues. I had tried a number of different tires before settling on gators. The big drawback is that are extremely difficult to get on and off many rims. The upside is that I rarely got flats, so once they were on, I didn't have to think much about stopping to take them off due to a falt. Usually it was at the end of the tire life, when I'd start noticing more flats, which is normal for any tire. I'd get about 6-8 months for these tires, sometimes a little longer. Keep in mind I rode approx 40-50 miles per day 5 days a week and I also rode on the weekends as my bike was my main mode of transport. I also would take the occasional long weekend 50+ mile rides with friends as well.

There are better tires out there that are lighter and more responsive, but for a reliable tire that also grips the road well, these are great if you can get around putting them on--hint: get plastic covered metal tire levers.
Paul Moore
Tuesday, Apr 14 2020 (about 4 years ago)
Continental Gatorskin Tire (Black) (700c) (25mm)
I CANNOT get Continental Gatorskins onto the rim, especially without ruining the tube. I have been riding and replacing tires for 40 years, and this has not happened to me before.
Alan Kmiecik
Tuesday, Dec 7 2021 (about 2 years ago)
Continental Gatorskin Tire (Black) (700c) (23mm)
They are impossible to get on, no question. Just wrestled one on yesterday. If I didn't want to ride so bad, I would have left it almost on overnight to get it to stretch.

If you get a folder as a backup for a ride, make sure you put it on/off at least a couple of times before you use it on a ride.

The others that complained about pinching a tube, thanks. From now on I'll be putting new ones on/off without tube.

You need to pick a side and make that's your on/off bead for the tire (i.e. other side goes on first). My side is on the side with the gears. After a couple of tube changes, it is not near as difficult.

Aside from the difficulty getting them on/off, great tire.

Tire Size Chart

Inch SizingISO / ETRTO
16" BMX / Kids305
16" Recumbent349
18" BMX / Kids355
20" BMX / Kids406
20 x 1-3/4"419
20 x 1-3/8", 20 x 1-1/8"451
22" Wheel Chair501
24" BMX / Kids507
24" BMX Race (Fractional)
24" Road
24" Old Schwinn S-7 Size521
24" Wheel Chair540
24" Old Schwinn S-5 Size547
26" Mountain559
650c Small Road Bike571
27.5 / 650b584
26 x 1-3/8590
26" Old Schwinn S-6597
700c / 29" / 28"622
27" Road (Fractional)630
28" Track Tubular635
36" Big Bike787