Discussion in 'Pedal Powered' started by maklabouhlel, 8 Jul 2018.
Hi, does it matter which direction I install gatorskins. I couldn't find a directional arrow?
Doesn't matter which way you put Gators on, they'll never be grippy and they'll always be slippy!
Towards the bin.
Can you please elaborate?
I think that's already been done...
They're not very highly rated.
So which ones are highly rated?
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.
I had no terrible experiences with gators apart from I could never get them on or off easily. 4 seasons are great though
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.
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.
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.
These are my go to tyres http://www.wiggle.co.uk/continental-grand-prix-4000s-ii-folding-road-tyre/. Very rarely get punctures, grippy and last a long time.
You and virtually the entire internet road cycling community
Few people on here seem to disagree and go with 4 seasons
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
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.
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.
Came in to post this. Quoting for truth.
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.
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.
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