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Gatorskin 700x28c tire side wall issue

Old 06-09-23, 01:49 PM
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Gatorskin 700x28c tire side wall issue

This side wall issue (tire currently at 2542 miles ) has not changed much over about a 1000 miles. Does this look like it going to be a problem or is it just loose fibers?

Gatorskin 700x28c at 2542 miles... loose fiber or problem?
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Originally Posted by Gman1958
This side wall issue (tire currently at 2542 miles ) has not changed much over about a 1000 miles. Does this look like it going to be a problem or is it just loose fibers?

Gatorskin 700x28c at 2542 miles... loose fiber or problem?
If it hasn't changed in 1,000 miles, don't worry about it.

I've had a couple Gatorskins recently where that fiber mesh came off at the top, and made a racket flapping against the brake and stays or fork. As far as I can tell that's as functional as a pair of ladies' mesh stockings. I cut the loose parts off with a pair of scissors and kept riding them -- no difference I could tell in performance or tread life. Maybe it was just a layup problem in production?
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Tire plies aren't formed as hoops. Instead they're flat sheets, cut on the bias into strips then formed into hoops. So, someplace along the tire there's an overlap seam. Usually it's well camouflaged so you don't see it. This one seems to be fraying a bit, but it's not to worry. There's plenty of overlap and it would have to get far worse to be an issue. Feel free to ride this until/unless the wall bulges.

Meanwhile, if it bothers you, "glue" the end down again with some rubber cement.
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Sure it's sloppy workmanship. But it might not be any issue. I'd still ride the tire until it had an actual problem that kept me from riding. Or until it starts changing significantly from what it currently is. Which pretty much just is cosmetic at the moment, IMO.

If you want to send a pic to Continental Bike Tire, then do so. Maybe they'll feel embarrassed and send you a coupon or something for your next tire purchase. Maybe even more. But you won't know if you don't tell them. I wouldn't bother though; tires are still pretty inexpensive for the frequency I replace them on my bike.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY
Tire plies aren't formed as hoops. Instead they're flat sheets, cut on the bias into strips they formed into hoops. So someplace along the tire there's an overlap seam. Usually it's well camouflaged so you don't see them. This one seems to be fraying a bit, bit it's not to worry.
Thanks for that info. I've been having the exact same problem with virtually every Continental tire I've had in the last 3 years and probably replacing several of them long before their time.
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All Gatorskins I’ve owned did the same. Never was an issue but looked odd
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