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    Difference between ultra gatorskin & gator hardshells

    Recently seen Conti ultra gatorskin tires referenced a couple of times here. What is the difference between those and the Conti gator hardshell tires on which I've ridden the last two years?

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    Ultra gatorskins are the older version of the Hardshells. The Hardshells have more puncture protection and tread, and seem to ride a lot smoother and are easier to mount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terex View Post
    Ultra gatorskins are the older version of the Hardshells. The Hardshells have more puncture protection and tread, and seem to ride a lot smoother and are easier to mount.
    What he said.

    I just got some Ultra Gatorskin tires for my road bike that were marked down to below the price of their regular Gatorskins. The shop must have had them for a few years as they were beaded and 25 mm. I can attest that they were a bit of a pain to mount. I just hope that I don't get the opportunity to have to repeat it too often, especially out on the road. I don't know how smooth the Hardshells are, but these are much smoother than the Kenda Kriterium 25's I had on before.
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