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gatorskins direction

Discussion in 'Pedal Powered' started by maklabouhlel, 8 Jul 2018.

  1. maklabouhlel

    Wise Guy

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    Hi, does it matter which direction I install gatorskins. I couldn't find a directional arrow?
     
  2. uv

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Manchester

    Doesn't matter which way you put Gators on, they'll never be grippy and they'll always be slippy!
     
  3. SoliD

    Capodecina

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    Towards the bin.
     
  4. maklabouhlel

    Wise Guy

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    Can you please elaborate?
     
  5. Feek

    Commissario

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    I think that's already been done...
    They're not very highly rated.
     
  6. maklabouhlel

    Wise Guy

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    So which ones are highly rated?
     
  7. Feek

    Commissario

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    No idea, all I can tell you is that when I was looking at tyres, I was advised away from gatorskins by pretty much everyone. At the suggestion of a number of people on here, including @FrenchTart I bought Continental Grand Prix 4 Season because the description and reviews I could find suggested they'd be exactly what I wanted. I've been very happy with them.
     
  8. GSVBagpuss

    Mobster

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    I had no terrible experiences with gators apart from I could never get them on or off easily. 4 seasons are great though
     
  9. Saytan

    Mobster

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    They're probably the most common retrofit tyre on racy road bikes there is. Basically the go to for shops when people ask for a tyre with a bit of puncture protection.
     
  10. SoliD

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    4seasons I'd go for if I needed something all year round. Gives some actual grip compared to gatorskins which are pretty bad in the dry and absolutely scary in the wet.

    That and if you do need to change a puncture. Good luck in the darkest depths of winter.
     
  11. zophiel

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Glastonbury - Portsmouth

    I have gatorskins they are as other have said not very good for grip. I preferred the specialised armadillo tyre for puncture protection with some grip.
     
  12. Jimbeam3678

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  13. Saytan

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  14. Jimbeam3678

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    Few people on here seem to disagree and go with 4 seasons ;)
     
  15. Saytan

    Mobster

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    4 seasons is basically a winter gp4000. I can see why lots of folks go for it though, it's a fast tyre, easily available and handles well too
     
  16. Armageus

    Don

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    Same - had them for ages and never had any issue. Switched front to 4 season awhile ago though and going to switch the rear this week.

    Not sure what "grip" people are expecting from skinny road tyres. I certainly can't see any additional grip since changing.
     
  17. Jonny ///M

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    Priced way too high now, we sell more Schwalbe Durano for people looking for puncture resistance.

    I slid along the road one day on Gatorskins just riding to work slowly. Rear wheels slip on steep tree lined climbs etc.

    Love GP4000s but have fitted Corsa G+ for the grey sidewall, not as supple as the GP4000s though.

    To answer the question the wee triangles are forward towards the front like an arrow shape ^^ with the bigger blocks to the rear.
     
  18. randomshenans

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    Came in to post this. Quoting for truth.
     
  19. randomshenans

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    I'm running GP4000s on 2 bikes I think... Aeroad has them, I think the ultimate does in 28s too and then the mavics on the pink one. Mavic tyres seem soft as anything! Only reason I am running them is because they're brand new, but not had any complaints with them. I ran the GPs all through winter outside fine, too. I do like a 4 season though, they're a fantastic all year tyre.
     
  20. FrenchTart

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    Gatorskins have no wet grip at all. There's a world of difference between them and any half-decent tyre as soon as there's the tiniest bit of damp on the road.