Continental Gatorskin 700C Duraskin Wired Road Tyre Review

Continental Gatorskin 700C Duraskin Wired Road Tyre Review

I had just put my ride – the 2012 Genesis Equilibrium 20 – to the side of the road to take a hipstery photo with the vast and daunting landscape in the background when I saw it. My front tyre was flat; the second time in as many days. Obviously devastated from losing my chance to show my freshly cleaned bike off, I ordered some of these Continental Gatorskins hoping for them to be better: and that they are.

As a generalisation, there is usually a very noticeable tradeoff with tyres: they will either be fast and not last long, last long and be slow, or do nothing well – and this is without mentioning the price of top-of-the-range tyres.

But the Continental Gatorskins blow this generalisation out of the window. They are fast, with my average speed increasing by 5-10% on straights due to their speed and 10-15% on corners because of just how confidence-inspiring they are because of how grippy and secure they feel on the road.

It was also very simple to fit these wired tyres onto my wheels, making a pleasant change from my previous nightmares with tight fitting tyres. This is also useful should I ever get a puncture – no one wants to be doing roadside repairs let alone wrestling with tyre leavers.

These tyres are also long lasting being made of German-made rubber with Duraskin cut-resistant layer from bead to bead. Since changing from the stock – and shabby if you ask me – tyres on my Genesis, I’ve not had a puncture yet. Not only this, but I’ve also not experienced any noticeable wear such as abrasions – incredible from such a fast tyre.

For such high quality tyres, the Continental Gatorskins cost next to nothing at only £23 from Evans, so they really have completely blown apart the usual tradeoff of price, speed and wear.


Written by Craig

Writer, occasional marketer, photographer. Lover of weather beginning with S, cheese, tea & cool stuff.

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