Gluing and peeling tubulars is a (serious) labor of love, and many will only bear with the hassle when it comes to their race wheels. But if you ride tubulars all year long, there's no better training tire, especially for the off-season, than the Continental Sprinter Gatorskin Tubular Tire.The secret to their durability on bad roads is twofold and is due to Continental's materials technology. They use Duraskin anti-cut fabric to give the sidewalls extra protection against cuts. It's a polyamide (nylon) mesh that is bonded onto the sidewall plies. It acts like the ripstop material you'd find on ultralight jackets or tents. In the event that you do encounter a sharp object with potential to cut the sidewall, the Duraskin mesh will resist and most importantly limit the extent of the damage. The second line of defense is a puncture resistant layer under the tread called Safety System Breaker. It's a dense layer of tough Nylon interwoven with Kevlar and designed to add serious protection. With the tread and sidewall bolstered against hazards, you'll worry less about grit and gravel on the edge of the road and more about enjoying your ride. Otherwise, the Sprinter Gatorskin has the same 180 tpi casing found on the Sprinter tubular tires. The last difference has to do with the tread. The rubber tread layer on the Gatorskin tubular is thicker, and while furthering the puncture resistance, it also gives the tire a longer service life.The Continental Sprinter Gatorskin Tubular Tires are available in 700 x 22mm only. They're Black with a Black Duraskin sidewall.
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