Continental Ultra Gatorskin 26in tyre review

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£24.95

Continental Ultra Gatorskin

BikeRadar verdict

4 out of 5 stars

"A road, all-round and winter training tyre with enhanced puncture protection"

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 12.00am By

The 26in version of Conti's Ultra Gatorskin is new for 2006. It's a lightweight skinwall like the 700C version that's done well in past tests.

Since it's high pressure and narrow - just 28mm - it feels more like a 700C training tyre than a mountain bike slick: it's harder, less bump absorbing, and faster. In fact, it's one of the fastest 26in tyres I've ridden. Grip is fine and puncture protection is good for such a light tyre.

The Kevlar belt resists sharp objects well: I've had one puncture in about 1,000 miles on a 700C version. The sidewalls are protected by 'DuraSkin', a synthetic-mesh layer.

This should help against slashes but offers little resistance to piercing. Despite the wire bead, the Gatorskin is very light for a 26in slick. That surely means less rubber so we'd expect mileage-life to be lower. But it's cheap enough to factor in the price of a spare.

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Specification

Name:
Ultra Gatorskin
Brand:
Continental
Price:
£24.95

Manufacturer's Description:
Conti's sophisticated anti puncture tyre The ultimate wire bead training & racing tyre where puncture protection is priority. Using the latest technology against flats the GatorSkin range uses an aramid breaker and Duraskin® sidewall ProTection. The Duraskin® sidewall reinforcement forms an external protective shield over the entire casing to prevent cuts, puntures and abrasions. The slick natural rubber tread is designed to perform well in wet/wintery conditions.
Weight (g):
300
Colour:
Black
Additional Features:
THE only tyre for your winter / high mileage bike, Aramid belt under tread , Plus Duraskin® cut-resistant layer from bead to bead , Quality German made natural rubber tread , Praised by both the press and thousands of satisfied users, Intended for high mileage winter training for serious cyclists.
Diameter:
559
Max PSI:
116
Tyre Sizes Available:
23-571 23-622 25-622 28-559 28-622 32-630

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