Before taking the new road bike tire for a spin, I reviewed the technology first. The Grand Prix 5000 has a 12% lower rolling resistance, a 20% better puncture resistance and 10 grams less weight according to Continental. The tires puncture resistance was improved and I put that to the test. While out for a ride we encountered a large patch of glass. My buddies all got flats. I pulled some glass shards out of the tire. No damage and No Flats... The tire smoothly glides over asphalt and my bike has no problem accelerating.
I am an avid cyclist of mostly group rides that range between 20 to 75 miles over flat to hilly terrain. Back roads with some countysecondary roads to help connect the dots. I was a long time user of the Continental brand between the GP4000s and the 4Season. I went between the two depending on the season, weather, and the amount of riding where durability was more sought than ride quality. I would trade between the two by switching out the tires. I ride a 500 mile7 day cycling fundraiser every July in the Northeast US so that alone causes some flux as to what tire to use. I recently went off course by trying out the Vittoria Corsa G which claimed to have vastly improved its durability by way of a new material called Graphine. The first two sets where super fast and buttery smooth. The third set which was used over the 500 mile ride rendered the ugly durability head by rendering three flats. I have since switched back to Continental as I was made aware of the 5000s. Of course they are on par with the Corsas in terms of speed and roll resistance but I've been told the 5000s were made with a 20% improvement on puncture resistance. I just took them out for 40 miler and have to say they are impressive from a ride quality and rollspeed standpoint. I did not flat during that ride but honestly its going to take a much larger sample size to determine just how much more durable they are than the 4000s, the Corsas, and whether they're close enough to the Conti 4Seasons which while very reliable deliver a slower ride with greater vibration. Ruins the experience a bit.
I'm very happy with the 5000s but jury remains out on the surviving the rural routes.
I bought these at a good sale price a few months ago and put them on last week when my 4000's were getting flats to easily. This is usually a sign to me that they needed replacing-about 3000 miles worth of wear.
The new tires were a tight fit on my DT Swiss carbon rims but the new bike tire tool, a Crank Brothers Speedier lever, lived up to its name. It made mounting the tubes much easier than putting on the 4000's , which was what led me to buying the new Crank Bros. tool in the first place. The tires look good on the bike and ride well with better grip on the turns than the previous ones. The ride is comfortable, too. I'm not sure I can tell if they have less rolling resistance. Obviously, I can't comment on longevity or flat resistance yet but usually have good luck with Continental products.
Try these tires. I think they are a good example of continuing product improvement by Continental.
I find two things annoying about these tires compared to the older GP4000s. First, there isn't much rubber there to start with, which helps explain the low rolling resistance. But I wonder how long they will last. Second, the tires are narrower than the older GP4000s. This is to compensate for the wider rims in use today. But I liked the width of the GP4000 700x25s. The new GP5000 700x25s are too narrow, but the 700x28s are two wide.
Been riding the 5000s (regular version) for a couple weeks now and have a few hundred miles on them. 23mm in front, 25mm in rear, latex tubes. I'm 145lbs. I've gotten to do a lot of varied riding on them, including a very wet and rainy crit and gravel. IMO they are excellent tires.
I used to be a die hard Veloflex fan. I rode them for many years for the ride quality. I switched over to GP4000s because they wore better and rolled fast. I could tell they weren't as supple as the Veloflex but I was tired of how easily they cut. I was really excited to try the Michelin Power Competitions, but those were a failure for me. They roll fast and feel good but I got bad sidewall cuts that ruined the tires and made them unrepairable. Bad luck I suppose. I also tried some Vittoria Corsa G for a time, because I got a deal on them. They are okay. They are pretty durable for a supple tire, but they don't really ride that great for me. Not sure why. They definitely don't ride as nicely as the Veloflex. In any case, the 5000s are undeniably fast and IMO feel better than the 4000s, and better than any of the other tires I've mentioned above save for the Veloflex. I haven't ridden them for a few years now so can't really do a direct comparison but the 5000s feel close.
I have used Continental Grand Prix 4000 tires on all my bikes since they were first released and I did not think a better road tire could be produced. When I saw that the Grand Prix 5000 was being released, I ordered a pair the same day. The new tire is incredible and has lived up the the claims of faster, more comfortable, and more grip. I am impressed with the improvements.
1500 miles plus this 5 month winter south Tx.. compared the wear indicators to the new one waiting to be mounted on the front vs.... one can not see any difference in their depth. I do not run sealant.. just enough to
get a decent sidewall seal and then carry plugs and seal if needed. Noted many cuts.. no leaks. 28mm.
Pro One on the front is holding up well 25mm.. yet on the front. I'm 195 lbs.. fitness rider. Like the P Ones.. just the 5000 is superior in all respects. IMO experimenting w roll out testing in various tires.. I'd vote for 28's over 25's for rolling resistance. Especially if your wheelset is light wt.
Continental 5000 23mm tire. I ride 1000 miles plus a month in South West Florida very smooth roads and no hills. I weight 150 lbs. I have over 2000 miles on the tires now with no signs of wear on the front and very little on the rear tire. The tires roll with less resistance than the Continental 4000s. The ride and handling are about the same as the 4000s. I have the tires on Zipp 454nsw wheels and they are easy to mount. I have not had a flat yet. A very nice tire and plan to put the 5000 tire on my other bikes.
This tire grips nicely in corners and rolls smoothly. It seems as durable if not more so than its GP 4000 predecessor. I've put about 1K miles on these tires, riding generally bad roads with lots of urban debris and they're holding up well so far.
I switched to these after I gave up on tubeless. So far they're fast and durable with a much more supple feel than previous versions. Conti's are always a little on the stiffer side (IMHO) and harder to get on the rim than the average tire (always finish at the valve stem!).
I have been using Continental tires for years! I have had no problems with any of the sets that I have purchased. I rode over 2000 miles last year. I have used these while living in Oregon and now Colorado. I now have my partner using Continental tires too and no complaints. Fingers Crossed no flats with this new set!
Vittoria Corsa has been my choice tire for close to 15 years. Built a bike from ground up and was suggested trying Conti 5000. With some reservation I installed a set a year ago. Extremely pleased with the ride comfort and reliability. Im on my second set and most likely will continue to use them. Love the wear indicators.
Old time clichers running around 70 psi (I weighy neraly 200lbs) ride is pretty good and roll seems great to me. As advertised 265 gram tire, 33mm wide on a 20mm internal rim. Mounting is just right really tight but no levers required. Durable enough for small stretches of dirt roads with small stones on the surface.