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Old 05-22-14, 08:37 AM
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Gatorskins 700 x 32

Hey guys,
looking for some feedback on some tires that i ordered. i guess i should have posted before i ordered them lol
i ride a cannondale bad boy 5. the stock tires were 700x28 thickslicks, which worked well for me. they were fast and very puncture resistant. once the rear tire started to wear down, i put on some continential 4 seasons and have been getting way too many flats. seems the softer compound tire just sucks up anything i run over. so im now going to give gatorskins a try. i went up 1 side to 700x32 to hopefully give a better ride and have a more beefy looking tire. anyone have any feed back on gatorskins in this size for a clyde? i do alot of city riding and theres glass and metal everywhere.

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Old 05-22-14, 08:54 AM
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look what just came in lol
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Nice! Good luck on no flats.

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Old 05-22-14, 01:23 PM
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Funny, just yesterday I ordered some 28c Gatorskins and I'm wondering if I should have gone with the 32c instead LOL.

My Salsa Vaya came with some 40c Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour tires that are great but most of my riding is on very smooth paved trails and I want something a little smoother and faster. I currently weigh in at 340# which is why I'm wondering if I should have gone with the 32 width instead of the 28. I'll just pump the 28s up to about 130psi and I'm sure they'll be fine but I'm also interested in feedback since I can return them and get 32s as long as I do so before mounting them.
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there is also them in hardshell gatorskins w/ tougher side walls for them dirty road adventures.
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Old 05-22-14, 06:17 PM
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Oddly, just yesterday I took 32 Gatorskins off my bike a built up Disc Trucker.

Bought and rode them for a brevet. I finished, but an hour late. Kept them on for 502 miles total miles since 4/8.

They were nice, quiet. But, nowhere near the traction I was used to on the 38 Marathon's, a 420 on the front and a plus on the rear. I just put back on, especially in the wet and on the random cruft one faces on the road. They were a lot lighter. All objective measures they should be much faster. I really didn't notice it, perhaps on the next ride (first since switching back)...

1 flat in the 502 miles... I pinch tested the tire pressure before riding, but got a pinch flat sprinting up my pea gravel driveway. I'm 265, and was running about a 20 lb pack.
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Old 05-22-14, 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted by gearhead82 View Post
Funny, just yesterday I ordered some 28c Gatorskins and I'm wondering if I should have gone with the 32c instead LOL.

My Salsa Vaya came with some 40c Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour tires that are great but most of my riding is on very smooth paved trails and I want something a little smoother and faster. I currently weigh in at 340# which is why I'm wondering if I should have gone with the 32 width instead of the 28. I'll just pump the 28s up to about 130psi and I'm sure they'll be fine but I'm also interested in feedback since I can return them and get 32s as long as I do so before mounting them.
Uh, max pressure applies for tire and rim combination. The wider the tire the lower max pressure allowable on a given rim. Finding max pressure for your rims with your tires might be difficult.


Fortunately, the wider the tire the lower pressure required to support a load. There are pressure calculators for a given tire pressure out there on the web. Pick one and see...
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Old 05-22-14, 08:16 PM
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Last week I replaced my back tire with a Gatorskin. However, I went from a 35 to a 28. So far I have put 130 miles on it and I am very happy with it. My average speed has jumped about 1 mph but there are other factors that may account for it.
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Old 05-22-14, 08:39 PM
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I just replaced my stock Specialized Espoir tires after 2000 miles with Ultra GatorSkin tires. Mine are 25c vs the 28c I had. The grass was greener on the smaller tires. So far so good! Running them at 100 PSI which is where i ran my 28C, I only have ~100 miles on them though and not much rough roads.
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thanks for all the replys guys
got them on lastnight, just as it started to rain so i havent taken it for a spin yet. theyre definetly more meatier than the 700x28 gp4 seasons i had on there. love the new look. will report back this weekend after i put some miles on

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also, can someone that has a set of 700x32 gatorskins confirm something for me? the sidewall on mine say max psi is 94, but the conti website says 85-105psi
does your say 94psi also?
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Old 05-23-14, 03:17 PM
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My new bike came with schwalbe lugano 23c, I ruined one in 50 miles. I now have over 500 miles and no problems. Lots of rock, gravel a little glass and many potholes. I run mine at 110psi[h=1][/h]
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I just installed the 28s on my Vaya and went for a quick 6 mile ride. They're nice and the bike is definitely more spritely and more fun to ride which was my main goal. The bad news is the increased vibration caused my Garmin 305 to shut off a few times while riding over some big wooden bridges that are along my usual riding trail. I know this is a common issue with the 305 so I'll look for a diy fix for the garmin.

I may still try the 32 width and sell whichever set I decide not to keep.
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Originally Posted by jsigone View Post
there is also them in hardshell gatorskins w/ tougher side walls for them dirty road adventures.
What's with all dem 'thems', sir?
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Old 05-23-14, 06:54 PM
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I general, Gatrorskins are fairly reliable. I've only heard of one case where frequent flats were experienced. However, I think I should attribute that to poor installation. I highly suspect that they were "pinch" flats.
All of my bikes are outfitted with Gators. After having so many flats with Michelins, I switched to Gators...
I haven't had any flats so far!


You might wanna check that sidewall again for the correct psi. I kinda doubt a psi of "94"...

Good Luck!

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Old 05-23-14, 07:22 PM
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Originally Posted by WestPablo View Post
You might wanna check that sidewall again for the correct psi. I kinda doubt a psi of "94"...

Good Luck!
thanks for all the responses guys. The sidewall for sure says 94psi. As does the box

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Originally Posted by anthonybkny View Post
thanks for all the responses guys. The sidewall for sure says 94psi. As does the box

Well in that case, screw the website! Just go with the box!
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Took a 15 mile ride today (first of the season), ran them at 90psi and they performed great. Felt fast and stable. Not much sag on the rear tire at 90psi so tomorrow I'm gonna give 85 a try. I weight in at 265 currently.

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Keep up the good work, so that this time next month, you can weigh in at 250lbs!
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I ran them on my cross check for a few years. The rear will last about 1500 miles before it wears thin enough to start getting punctures. I used to change mine at the first flat, because they get pretty reular after that. The sidewalls are pretty delicate, so don't brush up against any curbs. The only issue I had with them was wet traction was really bad when I was commuting. I switched to Panaracer Pasala Tourguards and haven't had a flat in years. Wet traction is improved and tire life has improved, but I can't say by how much cause I don't track my mileage any more. Plus they are way cheaper.
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I put 700x32 Gatorskins on my cross bike 2 years ago and around 3000 miles later I've never gotten a flat and they really don't look all that much different than when I put them on. Keep them on the lower end of their recommended range and they will wear well. It's obviously hard for me not to recommend them. My weight varies in the 230's and I keep the rear around 90-95 and the front around 85-90. I also put 700x25 Gatorskins on my Pinarello and had no flats after 1000 miles. However, I decided to put Conti GP 4000 II's on the Pinarello to have something more supple and sporty. Overall the Gatorskins have been excellent for me (over 4k miles between two bikes with NO flats and virtually no wear).

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I switched to Panaracer Pasala Tourguards and haven't had a flat in years. .
They must have gotten better. I bought these when I got my touring bike started getting flats and had 2 more within a week.
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Thought I would resurrect this. Last night I went in a rut on the road and the sidewall went about 1/2 mile later. The tires have seen many potholes and glass once(I stopped to clean the glass off tread) There was only about 600 miles on them. I still feel they are a good tire but will try armadillos next.
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I run Gator Hardshells on 2 bikes. 700x28s and 27x1 1/4. I've had 1 flat in 5 years. That was from a wire staple that would have flatted a car tire. The 700x28s I run at 120 rear, 100 front. The 27x 1 1/4 at 105/95 and I weigh 235. Prior to using these tires I probably averaged a flat per month, usually through the sidewall from the chip seal roads in my area. Problem solved.
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Hey, you have your SMP maker ribbon hanging off the bottom of your saddle, just like me! Sort of a static electricity discharge device, yo. No ball lightening going to get us!

With Gatorskins I started decreasing pressure, up to 20 psi under (1&1/4 and 25s). The sidewalls are so stiff they stay in shape even if a little soft. Much plusher ride on the front end.

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