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Good training or touring tyre but with limitations,
This review is from: Continental Gator HardShell Tyre 700c x 23 mm, Black (Sports)
I have a carbon fibre road bike and ride for fitness and not for commuting and I am a fairly aggressive rider. I have ridden over 500 miles on a pair of these tyres with only 2 punctures. If you are willing to compromise on ride comfort and still want a fairly fast and grippy race tyre for training, or a generally robust touring tyre then I can recommend the Gator Hardshell.
Does seem to reduce the likelihood of punctures from stone chippings and thorns etc.
A fairly fast tyre but not as fast as a softer road tyre.
Pretty grippy in dry and wet conditions, although a softer race tyre is generally better.
Good value long distance touring tyre.
Very difficult to fit an inner tube. If you do get a puncture then it is difficult to fit a new tube. Something you would only want to do in the comfort of your own garage or on a nice summer's day. Not recommended as a competition tyre.
Slightly harder ride than a normal race tyre
Heavier than a race tyre.
Expensive training tyre.