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Continental Gatorskins vs Grand Prix 4-Seasons?

Old 09-18-11, 10:06 AM
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Continental Gatorskins vs Grand Prix 4-Seasons?

Can anyone offer some comparisons of these two tires? I have the 28c 4-Seasons now but would like to try a 32c tire which is not available in the 4-Seasons.

I chose the 4-Seasons mainly for their durability. Haven't had one flat in the 1500 miles I have been using them so far.

Is the rubber softer on the 4-Seasons to make them more winter friendly? While I don't ride as much over the winter I don't stop completely.
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Originally Posted by r32nj
Can anyone offer some comparisons of these two tires? I have the 28c 4-Seasons now but would like to try a 32c tire which is not available in the 4-Seasons.

I chose the 4-Seasons mainly for their durability. Haven't had one flat in the 1500 miles I have been using them so far.

Is the rubber softer on the 4-Seasons to make them more winter friendly? While I don't ride as much over the winter I don't stop completely.
Gatorskins roll about the same or might be a bit faster than 4-seasons.

Gatorskins definitly last longer.

Gatorskins have less traction on wet pavement but you shouldn't be pushing them hard enough to matter.

Neither one is prone to flats.
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Originally Posted by r32nj
Can anyone offer some comparisons of these two tires? I have the 28c 4-Seasons now but would like to try a 32c tire which is not available in the 4-Seasons.

I chose the 4-Seasons mainly for their durability. Haven't had one flat in the 1500 miles I have been using them so far.

Is the rubber softer on the 4-Seasons to make them more winter friendly? While I don't ride as much over the winter I don't stop completely.
Grand Prix 4000s and Gatorskins are similar construction tires. The Grand Prix has the Black Chilli compound which has a lot more grip in the corners than the Gatorskins.

Grand Prix 4 Seasons include the Vectran Breaker... Which makes them similar to the Gatorskin Hardshell tires. Again with the Black Chilli compound.

I roll 23mm Gatorskins on my Trek Pilot 2.1 and 4 seasons in 28mm on my Surly Long Haul Trucker.
I'm not hard core enough for the four seasons to have been worth the extra money, except I got them on sale, and nobody had Hardshell Gatorskins in 28mm when I went shopping at the LBSs
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Gatorskins feel like they're made of cement. They're mediocre tires. I haven't been on GP 4 Seasons, but GP 4000s might be the best clincher tires anyone makes, so if it were down to these two, I'd go with the 4 Seasons.
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I chose Gatorskins for durability too, plus they ride fine on my old steel frame Panasonic.
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i love my gators.
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I just recently installed Gatorskins and I like them very much. Definitely durable and roll just fine for me.
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I have run Ultra Gatorskins and GP 4 seasons in the 23mm size. Tiz' a U-Pick-Um, they might as well be the same tire.
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