CX/Gravel Tire Test: Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR 32

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  • Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR 32
Performance compared to all other CX/Gravel tires
(100% is best)
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Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR 32 road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

NOTE: This Contintental Grand Prix 5000 S TR 32 was tested as a CX-Gravel tire at low air pressures and with a butyl inner tube (CX-Gravel standard protocol). You can also find a test of the 25 mm Grand Prix 5000 S TR in the road bike section.

Like its predecessor, the Grand Prix 5000 TL, the brand new Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR in the 32 mm size might be an exciting option as a semi-offroad tire. We already tested the 25 mm version of the Grand Prix 5000 S TR a couple of weeks back, and while it's as fast as the Grand Prix 5000 TL, puncture resistance of the tread had gone down by about 30%.


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Luckily, we recently also tested the now discontinued 32 mm version of the Grand Prix 5000 TL (read our review), and we'll be able to compare the 32 mm versions of the Grand Prix 5000 TL / S TR under the exact same conditions once again. If you're interested in how the 5000 S TR is different from the older 5000 TL from a construction standpoint, please read our review of the 25 mm version of the 5000 S TR as it contains more information about what's changed.


Continental claims the new Grand Prix 5000 S TR is 20% faster, 50 grams lighter, has 28% stronger sidewalls, and is much easier to mount tubeless when compared to the older 5000 TL. We couldn't find the 20% reduction in rolling resistance in our test of the 25 mm version, but we did find it to be much lighter, easier to mount, and also found the sidewalls to be a bit stronger.


Let's take a look at the 32 mm versions as we're curious how Continental's claims stack up for the bigger sizes.


Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specs
Brand Continental
Model Grand Prix 5000 S TR
Year 2021
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range Very High
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Manufacturer part number 0101869
EAN4019238054408
TPI 2/220
Compound BlackChili
Bead Folding
ETRTO 32-622
Specified Weight 320 grams
Max Air Pressure (psi) 73
Made In Members Only
Available Sizes 25-622 (700x25c)
28-622 (700x28c)
30-622 (700x30c)
32-622 (700x32c)
30-584 (650x30b)
32-584 (650x32b)

Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR 32 Test Results

Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR 32  mountain bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


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Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 320 grams
Measured Weight 310 grams
Measured Width Casing 30 mm (un-round)
Measured Width Tread 30 mm
Measured Height 28 mm (un-round)
Measured Knob Height Center 0.0 mm
Measured Knob Height Edge 0.0 mm
Measured Total Thickness Center (excluding knobs) 2.20 mm
Measured Total Thickness Sidewall Members Only
All size measurements are taken at low air pressure on a 17.8 mm inner width rim.

Rolling Resistance Test Results


Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube Conti Cross28 (160 gr)
Measured Width 30 mm
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
30-32 = 66 psi/4.6 bar
33-35 = 60 psi/4.1 bar
36-38 = 54 psi/3.7 bar
39-42 = 50 psi/3.4 bar
High Air Pressure

(66 psi / 4.6 bar)
Members Only
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
30-32 = 55 psi/3.8 bar
33-35 = 50 psi/3.4 bar
36-38 = 45 psi/3.1 bar
39-42 = 42 psi/2.9 bar
Medium Air Pressure

(55 psi / 3.8 bar)
Members Only
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
30-32 = 44 psi/3.0 bar
33-35 = 40 psi/2.8 bar
36-38 = 36 psi/2.6 bar
39-42 = 33 psi/2.3 bar
Low Air Pressure

(44 psi / 3.0 bar)
16.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00498
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
30-32 = 33 psi/2.3 bar
33-35 = 30 psi/2.1 bar
36-38 = 27 psi/1.9 bar
39-42 = 25 psi/1.7 bar
Extra Low Air Pressure

(33 psi / 2.3 bar)
21.4 Watts
CRR: 0.00641
The CX/Gravel section is a multi tire size section, air pressures have been adjusted to the measured casing width.

All numbers are for a single tire at a speed of 29 km/h / 18 mph and a load of 42.5 kg / 94 lbs.

Use the formula: RR (Watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR 32  mountain bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Total Puncture Score Tread 38 Points
Total Puncture Score Sidewall Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members Only
Tread Total Tire Thickness 2.20 mm
Sidewall Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Sidewall Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members Only
Sidewall Total Tire Thickness Members Only

Hard Surface Static Grip Test Results


Static Grip Test Results
Wet Grip Average 72 Points
Wet Grip Center Members Only
Wet Grip Edge Members Only
Measured Knob Height Center 0.0 mm
Measured Knob Height Edge 0.0 mm
Grip in points = coefficient of friction * 100
Wet Grip Test and Off-Road Tires (info)

Conclusion


  • Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR 32
Performance compared to all other CX/Gravel tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - highest - strongest)

Pro Members get 11-point radar charts

When tested under CX/Gravel conditions, the 32 mm version of the Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR rolls much faster than the 32 mm version of the Grand Prix 5000 TL. The difference is much more significant when compared to the 25 mm versions of these tires, and we attribute this to the lower air pressures, differences in the samples we tested, and the possibility that the newer design of the Grand Prix 5000 S TR works out better for the bigger sizes.


Our version of the 32 mm Grand Prix 5000 TL, manufactured in 2021, seems to be heavier, thicker, and slower than the 25 mm version that we tested back in 2018 (corrections made for the increase in volume). On the other hand, the 32 mm version of the Grand Prix 5000 S TR is lighter, thinner, and faster than our 25 mm S TR sample after the same corrections for the increased volume.


Because of these slight differences, we also see an even further reduction in the puncture resistance of the tread. Puncture resistance of the tread came in 30% lower for the 25 mm 5000 S TR when compared to the 25 mm version of the 5000 TL, and this has gone up to 40% for the 32 mm version.


Puncture resistance of the tread is also the main problem we see with the newer 5000 S TR series, and we're not sure yet about how this will work out in real-life and especially under harsher off-road conditions.


Continental probably didn't lie when they claimed a 20% reduction in rolling resistance, but it's perhaps only valid when hand-picking the worst GP 5000 TL and the best GP 5000 S TR.


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RATING: 5.0 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
Highly Recommended


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