Continental Ultra GatorSkin Folding Tyre Twinpack £35.99 +Free Delivery @ Ribble
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Continental Ultra GatorSkin Folding Tyre Twinpack £35.99 +Free Delivery @ Ribble

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Found 9th Sep 2016Made hot 11th Sep 2016
I've been looking out for a good deal on folding Gatorskin 700c x 25s for a while now, and finally one has come about!

RIbblecycles currently has 20% off all tyres when using code 'TYRES20', which includes twinpacks. This makes the £44.99 twinpack a brilliant £35.99 - thats £18 a tyre! With free delivery.

Plus these are the slightly more expensive folding ones instead of the wired.

Great price if you are after some. I can see from searching that the last best deal was at Halfords 4 months ago for £18.39. Code expires in 3 days.

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Good price, only if they were the Continental GP 4 Seasons which I prefer. I normally purchase mine from Amazon Germany for around the same price including postage and conversion rate

Hassann

Good price, only if they were the Continental GP 4 Seasons which I … Good price, only if they were the Continental GP 4 Seasons which I prefer. I normally purchase mine from Amazon Germany for around the same price including postage and conversion rate


If you don`t mind me asking what makes GP 4s superior to Gatorskins? I have both just haven`t ridden the bike with GP 4s long enough to notice the difference

Heat added anyway

Original Poster

I should have also said that the wired twinpack is £36.95, which is £29.56 after code. So £14.78 each!

siqass

If you don`t mind me asking what makes GP 4s superior to Gatorskins? I … If you don`t mind me asking what makes GP 4s superior to Gatorskins? I have both just haven`t ridden the bike with GP 4s long enough to notice the differenceHeat added anyway



​The Gatorskins is more geared up towards durability/puncture protection. Due to this, the tyre sacrifices speed as there's more friction and weight. The GP 4S basically is a good balance between rolling resistance, puncture protection, weight and durability. It has done really well in the wet too. I commute to work 4 days a week on these tires and so far I've been really happy with them.

Just to clarify I'm no expert but that's what I've learnt from my extensive research before deciding what to go for. I may not be 100% correct lol

I have gatorskins on my winter wheels. Absolute nightmare to change if you have a puncture. Very tight on the rim. Apart from that there good.

Hassann

​The Gatorskins is more geared up towards durability/puncture protection. … ​The Gatorskins is more geared up towards durability/puncture protection. Due to this, the tyre sacrifices speed as there's more friction and weight. The GP 4S basically is a good balance between rolling resistance, puncture protection, weight and durability. It has done really well in the wet too. I commute to work 4 days a week on these tires and so far I've been really happy with them. Just to clarify I'm no expert but that's what I've learnt from my extensive research before deciding what to go for. I may not be 100% correct lol



​Yup, gatorskin imo is the best tyre for puncture protection. GP 4S is the best all around tyre but in British winters not a great idea.

Are the folding versions any easier to get on? I find gatorskins really good but am tired of shredding my hands whenever I need to get them on and off!

They have the hardshells as well. Does anyone know the difference?

SimonInd

They have the hardshells as well. Does anyone know the difference?



I found this extract from Continental quoted by Edge705 on cyclechat:

Hardshell Protection:
• Aimed at hardcore fast commuters who need the speed of a race commuter tyre (ie Gatorskin or Grand Prix) but bulked out to provide a tougher cross section in case of that unseen pot-hole or scuffed sidewall on the curbs

I've got a 10+ year old Raleigh mountain bike, I was thinking of putting slicker tyres on it as I only do about 2 miles a day on it and it's quite slow on the road with the off road tyres. I guess these won't fit first of all and would be overkill if they did?

I think I've found what I'm looking for >

wiggle.co.uk/sch…rd/


Edited by: "fishmaster" 11th Sep 2016

darrenjones2

I have gatorskins on my winter wheels. Absolute nightmare to change if … I have gatorskins on my winter wheels. Absolute nightmare to change if you have a puncture. Very tight on the rim. Apart from that there good.


Agreed. Changed one last weekend and took me an 45mins. Can change the wife's 'standard' road tyre in about 10mins

rhiaction

Are the folding versions any easier to get on? I find gatorskins really … Are the folding versions any easier to get on? I find gatorskins really good but am tired of shredding my hands whenever I need to get them on and off!


Personally I find folding far easier to attach. Wired can be a nightmare when new but eventually loosen up a little.

MAdam98

​Yup, gatorskin imo is the best tyre for puncture protection. GP 4S is t … ​Yup, gatorskin imo is the best tyre for puncture protection. GP 4S is the best all around tyre but in British winters not a great idea.



The gatorskin is most definitely not the best tyre for puncture protection. That'd be the Schwalbe Marathon Pluses. Though they are a fair bit heavier and have much more rolling resistance.

ramando

Personally I find folding far easier to attach. Wired can be a nightmare … Personally I find folding far easier to attach. Wired can be a nightmare when new but eventually loosen up a little.


Second that. Folding is the way to go. Much easier to put on and lighter.

citynotutd123

The gatorskin is most definitely not the best tyre for puncture … The gatorskin is most definitely not the best tyre for puncture protection. That'd be the Schwalbe Marathon Pluses. Though they are a fair bit heavier and have much more rolling resistance.



Nope, tubeless is the best tyre for puncture protection. Eliminates pinch flats as well.

Hassann

Good price, only if they were the Continental GP 4 Seasons which I … Good price, only if they were the Continental GP 4 Seasons which I prefer. I normally purchase mine from Amazon Germany for around the same price including postage and conversion rate



​On amazon.de I see the pair for €80 which is £68.
These tyres are half that.
Edited by: "rapid111111" 11th Sep 2016

davester2k

Nope, tubeless is the best tyre for puncture protection. Eliminates pinch … Nope, tubeless is the best tyre for puncture protection. Eliminates pinch flats as well.



I haven't actually used any tubeless bikes, I imagine that they'd be more easily penetrated that the Marathon+'s though, in terms of sharp objects on the road?

citynotutd123

The gatorskin is most definitely not the best tyre for puncture … The gatorskin is most definitely not the best tyre for puncture protection. That'd be the Schwalbe Marathon Pluses. Though they are a fair bit heavier and have much more rolling resistance.



​I didn't mean out right puncture protection...
Marathon Pluses are not aimed at road cyclists. They are unbelievably slow. They are commuter tyres.

fishmaster

I've got a 10+ year old Raleigh mountain bike, I was thinking of putting … I've got a 10+ year old Raleigh mountain bike, I was thinking of putting slicker tyres on it as I only do about 2 miles a day on it and it's quite slow on the road with the off road tyres. I guess these won't fit first of all and would be overkill if they did?I think I've found what I'm looking for >http://www.wiggle.co.uk/schwalbe-city-jet-active-line-26-tyre-with-kevlar-guard/



It'll depend on what size your wheels are - best thing to do would be to check what size your current tyres are. If it's a mountain bike, then a 26" tyre (such as the one you've linked to) would sound like a fair assumption. The tyres in this deal are 700c, which is a different size.

Used gatorskins commuting in London for years, get about 2k miles out of each tyre before they start to puncture. Tried lots of other brands but keep coming back to them. The GP4s are great but only lasted me half as long and are expensive to replace, the marathons are indestructible but slow and a slog when you need a decent average speed.

Only downside with the gators is they are not the most grippy in the wet

MAdam98

​I didn't mean out right puncture protection...Marathon Pluses are not a … ​I didn't mean out right puncture protection...Marathon Pluses are not aimed at road cyclists. They are unbelievably slow. They are commuter tyres.



​Tell that to my missus with the Marathon Pluses on her eBike happily tootling along at 18mph. Up a 10℅ incline. For 10 minutes at a time.

Thought only me about this tyre fitting but had to use three fittings clamps to fit tyre.
Edited by: "morrig" 12th Sep 2016

Ended up on specialized armadillos 4 season at the moment but I was looking for some of these previously. Will see how mine go over the winter months (as there's always more crap washed into the side of the road).

Edited by: "mercutio98uk" 12th Sep 2016

great price ordered.

citynotutd123

I haven't actually used any tubeless bikes, I imagine that they'd be more … I haven't actually used any tubeless bikes, I imagine that they'd be more easily penetrated that the Marathon+'s though, in terms of sharp objects on the road?



Nah, 30mls of sealant in each tyre and unless you really really try you'll remain puncture free. The added benefit is you can run much lower pressures too.
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