The all-new Continental Gran Prix 5000 S TR tubeless-ready road bike tire is the one many, many Conti fans have been waiting for. Long loved for its durability and all-around great performance, it’s been a hold out in going tubeless.
Now, with a completely new design casing to make it faster and lighter, the GP goes from being an everyday tire to a race-ready performer. Here are the details…
“Following on from the success of the Grand Prix 5000 – which has arguably become one of the most well-loved performance road tires in the world – we are delighted to announce the launch of Grand Prix 5000 S TR,” said Oliver Anhuth, Head of Marketing TwoWheel Tires, Continental. “We created this new tire to combine maximum performance with ease of use and reliability, regardless of whether a cyclist chooses to race, to spend long days out exploring the roads, to ride through summer or all year round. All new hookless compatibility and tubeless capabilities will put convenience without compromise at the heart of every cyclist’s ride.”
By the numbers, compared to the Gran Prix 5000 TL 700×25, the new Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR is:
- 20% faster
- 28% more sidewall protection
- 50g lighter
And, they say they’re easier to mount thanks to the hookless rim compatibility. The casing uses a new 2-layer sidewall that’s more supple, yet also more cut resistant and supportive. They say this improves both comfort and handling.
They’re still compatible with standard clincher rims with a hook (aka “crochet style rims”), with different recommended maximum tire pressures depending on the type of rim you’re mounting it to and the size of the tire.
After more than 18 months of development on this tire, they proved its worth in the peloton this year with Filippo Ganna’s (INEOS-Grenadiers) World Championship time trial victory in September and Sonny Colbrelli’s win (Bahrain-Victorious) at Paris-Roubaix in October.
It’ll come in two versions, Black and Transparent sidewalls, with the latter getting two 650B options:
Black sidewall tires
700C weights – 250g (25mm) / 280g (28mm) / 300g (30mm) / 320g (32mm)
Transparent sidewall tires
700C weights: 250g (25mm) / 280g (28mm) / 300g (30mm) / 320g (32mm)
650B weights: 280g (650Bx30) / 300g (650Bx32)
Both use Continental’s Black Chili compound, Vectran Breaker puncture protection, and LazerGrip tread patches. They’re available starting October 2021, MSRP 79,90€ per tire.