Hybrid Bicycles - Armadillos VS Gator Hardshell
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02-19-13, 05:06 PM
I just switched from 700 x 25 Armadillo's to 700 x 23 Gator Hardshell's. On my SPECIALIZED
SIRRUS LTD, not only are they lighter, but ride a lot smoother. I hope they are just as good at stopping flats ..
It depends on your local roads but I found the Gatorskins and Gator Hardshells to be plenty flat resistant. I haven't tried the Armadillos but replaced the Gators with Durano Plus's which were no more flat resistant IME.
Armadillo isn't actually a specific tire type, its Specialized's brand name for the extra level of puncture resistance, and can be found on a wide range of their tires from mountain to road.
gators are way nicer road tires. armadillos ride like bricks.
02-20-13, 05:55 AM
+ 1 on they ride like bricks, I could feel every bump in the road. And there heavy also.
i switched my hybrid's tires from Nimbus Armadillos to Vittoria Randonneur Hyper, and wow, what a difference in ride quality, and rolling resistance. high thread count sidewalls for the win!
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