Gator HardShell Bicycle Tyres from Continental, Handmade in Germany


Having to cycle in London every day I have to pass by a lot of building sites at the moment. To avoid catching any screws or glass in my tyres, when I need it the least, I went for the hard shell option. So far, it worked.

Please accept my apologies for the dirtier tyre than you would usually see in a marketing pictures from the Continental. Since I am actually using the bike and not trying to market anything for the financial gain, it is all ‘el natural.’

Puncture resistant tyre, made in Germany

In addition to Gator Hardshell tyres, I could have gone for any of these other innovations they have:
– Black Chili Compound, to enhance three most important factors in tyres: static friction, rolling resistance, and mileage.
– Pure Grip Compound, provides additional grip while riding.
– ProTection, additional puncture protection for tubeless tyres.
– Race Sport, mix of different technologies for mountain bikes
– RTR, tubeless ready tyres that can be used both with and without an inner tube.
– ECO, tyres designed for e-bikes by offering low rolling resistance.
– PlusBreaker, the highest puncture resistance.
– DuraSkin, lightweight cut-resistant sheath around the tyre casing.
– SuperSonic, tyres for time trial events.
And there are even more. If you fancy learning it all, here is a link

Literally within the same week in which I initially published this post, I managed to puncture one of them. It was the beginning of my epic trip from London to Paris. Before I even left the city, I managed to catch this screw on the bicycle lane.

Continental Hardshell Bicycle Tyre

Despite that, I am still very impressed with them. No punctures in 4 months of daily riding in the city, neither I had any for the rest of my three-day cycle to Paris.

1 Comment

  1. Hosting says:
    11th July 2017 at 7:02 am

    One thing all Continental bicycle tyres have in common is that they are developed in the technology center in Korbach, Germany, where they also undergo strict inspection. Our heart and soul is behind the phrase “Handmade in Germany”, with all of its products and technologies.

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