I had these same tires on my urban bike for 3 years, with zero flats and little wear showing (from the pattern engraved into the surface).
If the bike hadn't been stolen, I probably could've ridden on those tires another 5-7 years (guessing).
I'm sure these new ones will wear as well. I bike 15-20 miles a week, in a fairly urban area with some thorns and debris on the roads.
The surface of the tires looks fairly smooth, but they felt normal when gripping the road.
Tires grip nicely. I go down hills fast, and want the extra assurance I won't have a blow out. Wish they had other colors available for an accent stripe matching bicycle color. One tire had a little wobble to it, and Western replaced it, no questions asked. Think that is a rarity. Manufacturing standard looks good. I got 28mm width. Love the extra size vs. the standard 23mm I was running previously.
Bought 28cc tire as a replacement to my original 23cc tires. Have about 400 miles on the new tires and they seem to be functioning ning well. No cuts or flats in the tread. Smoother ride and were easy to install. Look forward to putting on many more care free miles.
It snowediced in Portland this year which was incredibly annoying and made road conditions strange. Totally devastated my cheaper tires, cool until now, in the gritty aftermath.
After a few $20 replacements I got hip to the fact that Gatorskins would shoulder these conditions and I'm happy to report I've been flat-free for an entire season.
I'll give you 5 stars for now but if I recently bust please know I'll write a fresh review and excessively whine. Until then.
We live in One of Californias three fastest-growing towns. The result is constant detritus on our streets, no matter how the city and the builders try to keep them clean. I have found Continentals amazingly puncture rsistant and durable. Unless I hit a discarded, unbent staple from construction, they just keep on going. I havent purchased any other brand for quite a while now.
Just a great all around tire. Less puncture resistant than other Continental tires. There is some added weight but well worth it especially in the winter with all the cinders and salt on the ground.
I live in Arizona and the roads have thorns and small rocks that cause flat tires all the time. Ive switched to these great tires along with thorn resistant tubes and I rarely have a flat. I highly recommend this product.