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Armadilloes-vs-Gatorskins....after a four flat weekend...(3 posts)

Armadilloes-vs-Gatorskins....after a four flat weekend...Djudd
Jun 10, 2002 6:16 PM
a few weeks ago I ran out and bought a pair of Armadilloes. They are obviously impenetrable but the ride is very slow. I actually feel off by a gear. Additionally, getting them on the rim was torture. Are Gatorskins any easier ride-wise and mounting-wise? Doug feel free not to answer if your Gatorskin blowout is too fresh.
My opinion from the land of the flat tire!Justride
Jun 10, 2002 9:48 PM
I ride in Tucson Arizona, where every plant is pointed and sharp. People here also drink a lot to stave off the heat so the roads are loaded with glass chards. I am also a clydesdale so this is the land of the flat tire. I tried the Armadillos a couple of years ago and hated the ride and the hard mounting. I was reluctant to try the Gatorskins but a friend was very happy with his so I went for it.

They were easy to mount on my Velocity and my Open Pro rims.
I have worn out one rear Gatorskin and had no flats(1500+ miles). I replaced it with a new one and had my first flat the next day(huge mesquite thorn) and none since. They ride much better than the Armadillos but not as good as some less puncture resistant tires. I am more than willing to give up a little ride quality for far fewer flats. Hope this helps!
re: Armadilloes-vs-Gatorskins....after a four flat weekend...godot
Jun 11, 2002 5:45 AM
I haven't ridden the Amadillo's. Did put one friends bike, and that was a lot of work.

I have been riding the gatorskins for a year and a half now, and am very happy. They are easy to get on and off. They ride fine, but are heavier than the conti 2000's. I don't flat out much anymore and the trade off is well worth it to me.