Iï¿½ve been riding on Continental GP 5000 for five years. They are fast, durable, grippy in the turns and a great value for the price. The only issue Iï¿½ve had is getting them on the wheel. They take quite a bit of wrestling to get on.
Bought this tire to replace tire which came with endurance bike. Great all around tire. bike tire direct was the only site which carried 700x30 size. Was tough to put on, but tyre glider was very helpful
I purchased the Conti 5000 to meet my simple needs: durability and puncture resistant
I have used Conti 4000 and now the 5000 for over 10 years. Between the Vittoria, Schwalbe and Panaracer brands, the Contis meet my minimal needs. All other performance ï¿½gainsï¿½ are a bonus. Highly recommend!
I have been running Conti GP's for almost two decades and keep moving with the nomenclature progression. They are very much puncture resistant, light, very sticky for cornering, and a real value for a German made tire for pro racing standards. Unless QC goes out the window or I am given a competitor tire to try to formulate feedback, I will not vacate using this tire. I run a 700 x 25 sizing on a set of full carbon Spinergy wheels that are 32 mm deep with a Hadley Ti Racing hub. If you have not ridden these and are looking for a new manufacturer, give them a try.
Continental hit the exact sweet spot with the 5000. Perfect mix of speed and flat resistance. Excellent cornering grip too. I use the 32mm size on both my road bike and gravel bike's road wheelset. Have worn out 25mm and 28mm similar Conti 4000s as well, and strongly recommend the 32mm width if your bike can take it. The lower pressure greatly & noticeably improves comfort, traction, and tread life. For the occasional fast smooth pavement ride you can pressure them up to be same or lower rolling resistance as thinner tires. I suppose their extra width adds wind resistance, but if that makes a statistically provable difference in your riding then no worries because your team mechanic is wrangling your gear anyway. My only qualification on the 5000 is that it should only see minimal gravel use. I ruined the sidewall on a rear tire one time.
I am a Conti GP5000 devotee and have been for years. They get consistently great reviews, roll fast and feel very comfortable on the road. They also look great. That said, you have to have the correct wheel/tire combination for them or you will suffer as they run tight. Had to cut one off and there have been plenty where no amount of manipulation could get my tire lever under the tire bead even having the whole tire down in the center channel. These were supposed to be my tires for life but they disappointed and I've moved on. My bike shop guy who's been in business for years told me that Conti's main business is car and truck tires, not bike tires. Therefore the R&D just isn't there as opposed to a company like Vittoria which only makes bike tires. It was because of the Conti's that I bought longer vinyl coated steel tire levers because they were the only levers with which I could get the last bit of bead over the tire rim and do so without breaking the lever. Getting stuck on the road because I can't change an inner tube is unacceptable.
I have used gp 4000 and now the gp 5000 since they first came out. The combination of the price and performance is hard to beat. Inthe last three years of riding rural roads I have had zero flats.
The GP 5000 S-TRs are the best I've ever ridden and I've tried a lot! The rolling resistance of these tires are among the lowest in production - super fast, great road feel, supple and sticky. I'm 155 lbs, run them tubeless, and they last me about 3,000 miles on the rear; longer on the front. They are not a puncture free tire but for a race tire they are more durable than others (Pirelli, Specialized Turbo). If you want puncture free - go with the Conti Gatorskins. I ride about 5,000 miles per year and have burned through at least 5 of these tires. I keep coming back! At $120 they are an okay deal. But if you are patient, you can often find them under $90 - a great value!
I like how easy it mounts (slips) on to the rim. I had many other tires before and they were a pain to put on.
I even had to go see a bike shop mechanic to force other tires than the Contintal Grand Prix 5000 on the wheel.
Before ordering, I checked reviews of these tires. Sounded almost too good to be true. Fast, durable, grippy? And in sale! So I put a pair on my Serotta, and Iï¿½ll be darned: what they say is true. This is a great tire, one of the best.
Just read the review from 7/11/2003, stating the Conti GP 5000 were difficult to mount on Mavic Ksyrium Elite rims.
I have three of these wheelsets, and have never had any issues mounting them. I use no tools, only my hands-perhaps a different technique could solve his problems with these tires.
For whatever it is worth, I have worked in the bicycle business for decades, owning a bike shop, and now do charity work in a shop that does charity work that involves restoring bicycles for sale. Also, have been mounting tires on my race bikes (Sew-ups, or tubulars, clinchers, tubeless, etc.) since 1972. So, perhaps I have an advantage on mounting tires.
Perhaps the solution would be for this person to take their Mavic wheels to a bike shop, & get a few pointers there, & hopefully find a slightly different technique that would solve the problem.
I use these (28mm GP5000s) with latex tubes at 80psi rear and a pound or two less in front. I'm about 180 pounds. They are mounted on Velocity Aileron rims optimized for 28mm tires so the tire is the same width as the rim for smooth airflow. I raced road, track, cyclocross and mountain bike most of my life. These tires feel fast and help smooth some of the rough roads. The tread is straight. A lot of expensive tires have wiggly tread and lumps. The GP5000s are straight and smooth with no lumps. The latex tubes not only help them roll easier, but also allow the casing to conform to the road for better cornering traction as well. They wear well and do not cut easily. If I were to to enter some kind competition, I would use carbon wheels and 25mm GP5000s but I like the 28s for comfort and probably would not be at very much of a disadvantage with the 28s being slightly heavier.
My one minor complaint is the tread pattern. There is no need for it and I would perfectly happy with slicks like on any road racing motorcycle. Motos do use rain tires with tread but that's because of the higher speed and larger contact patch. Bicycle tires go a LOT slower and the quarter size contact patch negates any need to "channel" water away.
I'm a road cyclist that wants a tire that rolls fast and has good grip--the Continental Grand Prix 5000 hits the mark. They might not have the best puncture protection, but that's to be expected from a tire that's lightweight and has low rolling resistance.
I haven't been on Conti's in several years and when these went on sale I decided to try them again. I got the 30's and they were relatively easy to mount on my Roval rims. Measured out to exactly 30mm wide when aired up to 60 pounds. I'm running latex tubes in mine and this tire/tube combo rides fantastic. Super grippy and stable in corners and buttery smooth. I can really lean the bike on its side and rail corners and turns. After a few hundred miles...no nicks or cuts or flats, I often hit dirt roads and tame gravel sections and they so far have been up to the task. Definitely not a gravel tire but I can pick my way through. So far, great!
Bought new endurance frame and chose these in 32mm for it. Large enough to ride very light gravel and to run pressures low enough for some comfort. I've ridden Conti's 4 Season, 4000 and Hardshells (winter only) for 12 years on three bikes and feel they create a high quality mainstream product that has performed well. 5000s are too new to have much time on them, but initially they are very similar to the 4000s. Rode through several areas of broken glass and the tire didn't pick any up, I have high expectations for these tires and so far they are meeting them.
I use the Conti 5000 on my road bike. It is just an excellent all around road tire with great rolling resistace and durability. The value proposition is really good, particularly when BTB puts these on sale. Don't miss out.