Road Bike Tire Test: Continental Grand Prix 4000S II

Published: by
Facebook like buttonTwitter like buttonEmail share button
  • Continental Grand Prix 4000S II
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is best)
Pro Members get 11-point radar charts



Continental Grand Prix 4000S II road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

NOTE: We have a test available of a newer version of this tire: Continental Grand Prix 5000 2018

The Continental Grand Prix 4000S II 700 x 25C, also known as the "GP4000S II", is the best clincher road bike tire in the Tour / Race class Continental has to offer. The GP4000S II is a facelift of the original GP4000S, which already was a popular road bike tire. It has the Black Chili compound for reduced rolling resistance, more grip, and higher mileage. A patented Vectran Breaker layer under the tread gives it the highest possible puncture protection at the lowest weight.


Ad Buy Continental Grand Prix 4000S II at Amazon.com


Because this is one of the most popular road bike tires of the moment, it was at the top of my list of tires to test. I already knew it has a finely tuned balance between rolling resistance, puncture resistance, grip, and durability. This will make it an excellent baseline to compare rolling resistance and puncture resistance with other road bike tires. (view all reviews)


The Grand Prix 4000S II used for this test has a weight of 215 grams, which is 10 grams lighter than the claimed weight of 225 grams. The lower weight should be an advantage in the rolling resistance test because less rubber means less rolling resistance. I must say that every Continental tire I've had on the scale weighed less than the specified weight. +1 for Conti.

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Continental
Model Grand Prix 4000S II
Year 2014
Tire Type Tubetype (clincher)
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range High
Buy At Ad Amazon.com
Manufacturer part number 0100945
TPI 3/330
Compound Black Chili
Bead Folding
ETRTO 25-622
Size Inch 28"
Specified Width (mm) 25
Specified Weight 225 grams
Max Air Pressure (psi) 120
Made In Members Only
Available Sizes 20-622 (700x20C)
23-622 (700x23C)
25-622 (700x25C)
28-622 (700x28C)
23-571 (650x23C)

Continental Grand Prix 4000S II Test Results

Continental Grand Prix 4000S II road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


advertisement
Size, Weight and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 225 grams
Measured Weight 215 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + inner tube (100 gr)
315 grams
Measured Width 27 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 25 mm (un-round)
Total Tire Thickness Center 2.9 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall Members Only
Unmounted Casing Width No Data
Unmounted Tread Width No Data
Tread Cover (Tread / Casing Ratio) No Data
All size measurements are taken at an air pressure of 100 psi / 6.9 bars on a 17.8 mm inner width rim.

As noted previously, the measured weight is 215 grams which is less than the 225 grams specified by Continental. The Grand Prix 4000S II is also quite a big tire with a width of 27 mm and a height of 25 mm on a 17C rim. All in all, not bad for a tire with a weight of 215 grams.

Rolling Resistance Test Results


Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube Conti Race28 (100gr butyl)
Rolling Resistance
140 PSI / 9.7 Bar
Not Tested
Rolling Resistance
120 PSI / 8.3 Bar
12.2 Watts
CRR: 0.00366
Rolling Resistance
100 PSI / 6.9 Bar
12.9 Watts
CRR: 0.00387
Rolling Resistance
80 PSI / 5.5 Bar
Members Only
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4.1 Bar
Members Only
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.

Performance in the rolling resistance test is great. At an air pressure of 120 psi, rolling resistance is a low 12.2 watts, which is excellent for a Tour / Race type tire. Dropping air pressure to 100 psi results in a rolling resistance of 12.9 watts. Lowering air pressure even lower results in a rolling resistance of 13.7 watts at an air pressure of 80 psi.


Noteworthy is the very flat rolling resistance graph of this tire, dropping air pressure to 80 psi increases rolling resistance by only 1.5 watts per tire. This is a great feature because rider comfort will increase greatly at 80 / 90 psi at a very low cost.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Continental Grand Prix 4000S II road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Total Puncture Score Tread 52 Points
Total Puncture Score Sidewall Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Sharp Needle 11 Points
Tread Puncture Force Blunt Needle No Data
Tread Total Tire Thickness 2.9 mm
Sidewall Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Sidewall Puncture Force Blunt Needle No Data
Sidewall Total Tire Thickness Members Only

With a puncture resistance score of 11, performance in the puncture resistance test is slightly below average. Most other tires in the same class seem to score just a little bit higher in this test. In my opinion and taking into consideration the very flat rolling resistance response, this is a good trade-off because I like fast tires. If you happen to hate flats, you might be better off picking a different tire.


While the tread puncture resistance score is slightly below average, the sidewall puncture resistance score of 5 points is slightly better than most other comparable tires. The Schwalbe One V-Guard (review) is a tire which comes very close to the Grand Prix 4000S II in the rolling resistance test. The Schwalbe One has a better tread puncture score (12), but a lower sidewall score (4).

Static Grip Test Results


NOTE: Grip test data is only available on tires tested after November 2018. You can find more information about our grip test here: Introducing Grip Testing

Static Grip Test Results
Wet Grip Average No Data
Wet Grip Center No Data
Wet Grip Edge No Data
Grip in points = coefficient of friction * 100

Conclusion


  • Continental Grand Prix 4000S II
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is best)

Pro Members get 11-point radar charts

After putting the Grand Prix 4000S II through all of our tests, I totally understand why this is such a popular tire. This tire can be run at an air pressure of 80 psi / 5.5 bars at the cost of just 1.5 watts (Crr: 0.0004) of rolling resistance per tire. This is a very slight drop-off and shows the quality of this tire. At 60 psi / 4.1 bars, performance is still excellent as well. It scores 11 points in the puncture resistance test which is lower than average but should be adequate.


If you want fast tires that still offer some puncture protection and are willing to pay for it, the Continental Grand Prix 4000S II is a great choice. From personal experience, I know wear and wet grip of the Black Chili Compound is great as well. I would buy a pair of these if I were in the market for some road bike tires.

Ad Buy Continental Grand Prix 4000S II at Amazon.com


RATING: 5.0 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
Highly Recommended


Comments



Get updates on new articles
Road Bike Rolling Resistance Reviews
Excludes previous models/discontinued tires
Visit the road bike overview to view all
Brand Model Watts
VittoriaCorsa Speed G+ 2.0 (TLR)7.0 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 TT TdF7.2 W
SchwalbePro One TT TLE Addix7.5 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 S TR8.4 W
MichelinPower Cup TLR8.6 W
MichelinPower Time Trial8.6 W
VeloflexRecord (silica compound)9.0 W
VittoriaCorsa Speed (tubular)9.1 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 S TR (tanwall)9.6 W
ZippTangente Speed Tubeless9.6 W
SpecializedTurbo RapidAir 2Bliss Ready9.7 W
ContinentalGrand Prix TT9.9 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 500010.0 W
MichelinPower Road TLR10.1 W
SpecializedTurbo Cotton10.1 W
PirelliP Zero Velo TT10.2 W
ContinentalGrand Prix SuperSonic10.2 W
SchwalbePro One TLE Addix10.2 W
PirelliP Zero Velo Race TLR SL10.3 W
VeloflexCorsa Race TLR10.6 W
MichelinPower Cup10.6 W
MichelinPower Competition10.9 W
ContinentalGrand Prix Force II11.0 W
EnveSES Road Tire Tubeless11.4 W
BontragerR4 32011.5 W
ZippTangente Speed11.6 W
MavicYksion Pro UST Tubeless11.7 W
PirelliP Zero Velo Race TLR11.7 W
ContinentalGrand Prix Attack II11.7 W
ChallengeStrada Pro HTLR11.8 W
VeloflexCorsa Evo TLR11.9 W
HutchinsonFusion 5 Galactik TLR 11Storm12.0 W
WolfpackRoad Race12.1 W
VittoriaCorsa G+ 2.0 TLR12.2 W
VittoriaCorsa G+ (tubular)12.3 W
VeloflexCorsa Race (clincher)12.3 W
VittoriaCorsa N.EXT TLR12.3 W
MichelinPower Road12.4 W
PirelliP Zero Velo12.5 W
VittoriaCorsa Control G+ 2.0 TLR12.6 W
PirelliP Zero Race12.6 W
SchwalbePro One (tubetype) Addix12.8 W
VittoriaCorsa Elite (tubular)12.9 W
CadexRace Tubeless13.0 W
VittoriaCorsa G+ 2.0 (open)13.0 W
MaxxisPadrone Tubeless Ready13.1 W
MaxxisHigh Road13.2 W
ChallengeStrada Pro13.4 W
SpecializedS-Works Turbo13.4 W
BontragerR3 Hard-Case Lite TLR13.6 W
PirelliP Zero Road13.7 W
PanaracerRace L Evo 313.9 W
GoodyearEagle F1 Tubeless13.9 W
ContinentalGrand Prix14.0 W
ContinentalUltra Sport III14.1 W
VittoriaCorsa Control G+ 2.0 (open)14.1 W
MichelinPro 4 Endurance v214.2 W
ContinentalCompetition (tubular)14.2 W
MichelinPower Endurance14.5 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 4 Season 202214.6 W
PirelliP Zero Velo 4S14.7 W
IRCFormula Pro Tubeless RBCC14.8 W
MichelinPro 4 Service Course14.9 W
MavicYksion Elite15.0 W
VittoriaZaffiro Pro G+ 2.015.2 W
VittoriaRubino Pro G+ 2.015.2 W
ZippTangente Course15.3 W
MichelinKrylion 2 Endurance15.4 W
SchwalbeOne Performance Addix15.4 W
PirelliCinturato Velo TLR15.6 W
SchwalbeOne TLE Performance Addix15.8 W
MichelinLithion 215.9 W
SchwalbePro One HT (tubular)16.1 W
PanaracerRace A Evo 316.4 W
SchwalbeDurano Plus Addix16.4 W
ClementStrada LGG16.9 W
MichelinDynamic Sport17.3 W
PanaracerRace D Evo 317.4 W
SchwalbeDurano18.0 W
SchwalbeLugano II18.0 W
VredesteinFortezza Senso All Weather18.0 W
ContinentalGatorskin19.3 W
ContinentalGator Hardshell19.5 W
SchwalbeDurano DD Addix19.5 W
MichelinPower All Season21.3 W
MaxxisRe-Fuse22.6 W
View All
CX/Gravel Rolling Resistance Reviews
Brand Model Watts
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 S TR 3216.6 W
Rene HerseSnoqualmie Pass TC Extralight 4417.3 W
SchwalbePro One TLE Addix 3419.3 W
ChallengeStrada Bianca Pro HTLR 3619.5 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 TL 3219.8 W
SchwalbeG-One RS Super Race 4020.0 W
PanaracerGravelKing TLC 3520.4 W
PanaracerGravelKing TLC 4020.8 W
ContinentalTerra Speed TR (Protection) 3520.8 W
ChallengeGetaway Pro HTLR 4021.2 W
Rene HerseSnoqualmie Pass TC 4421.2 W
TufoGravel Thundero 4021.2 W
TufoGravel Speedero 4021.3 W
ContinentalSpeed King CX RaceSport 3221.4 W
ContinentalTerra Speed TR (Protection) 4021.6 W
PanaracerGravelKing TLC 3222.8 W
PanaracerGravelKing SS TLC 4023.0 W
PirelliCinturato Gravel H 4023.3 W
Rene HerseSnoqualmie Pass TC Endurance 4423.4 W
SpecializedRoubaix Pro 2Bliss Ready 3223.5 W
TufoGravel Swampero 4023.9 W
SpecializedPathfinder S-Works 2Bliss Ready 4224.0 W
MichelinPower Gravel 3524.1 W
SpecializedPathfinder Pro 2Bliss Ready 4224.1 W
Rene HerseBarlow Pass TC 3824.2 W
PanaracerGravelKing SK TLC 4024.7 W
ChallengeStrada Bianca Race TLR 3625.0 W
PirelliCinturato Cross H 3325.2 W
MichelinPower Gravel (v2) 4025.7 W
ChallengeGrifo Pro 3325.7 W
ContinentalTerra Trail TR 4026.0 W
HutchinsonOveride 3526.0 W
PirelliCinturato Gravel M 4026.5 W
WTBRiddler TCS Light 3726.6 W
Rene HerseSteilacoom TC 3826.9 W
PanaracerGravelKing Plus TLC 3526.9 W
VittoriaTerreno Dry TNT G+ 2.0 3327.0 W
ZippG40 XPLR 4027.1 W
VittoriaTerreno Zero TNTG+ 2.0 3727.2 W
PirelliCinturato Velo 3527.6 W
TeravailCannonball Light & Supple 4227.7 W
SchwalbeG-One R Super Race 4028.0 W
Rene HerseSnoqualmie Pass TC Endurance Plus 4428.1 W
SchwalbeG-One Bite Super Ground SpeedGrip 4028.6 W
WTBResolute TCS Light 4228.6 W
SchwalbeG-One Speed Super Ground V-Guard SpeedGrip 4028.6 W
ChallengeGravel Grinder 3328.7 W
MaxxisRambler EXO/TR 120 TPI 4028.8 W
PanaracerGravelKing SS Plus TLC 4029.3 W
VittoriaTerreno Mix TNT G+ 2.0 3329.4 W
WTBNano TCS Light 4029.6 W
PirelliCinturato Cross M 3329.7 W
SchwalbeG-One Ultrabite TLE SpeedGrip 4029.8 W
SchwalbeG-One Allround Super Ground SpeedGrip 4029.8 W
WTBByway TCS Light SG2 4030.4 W
VittoriaTerreno Dry TLR G+ 2.0 4030.4 W
VittoriaTerreno Wet TNT G+ 2.0 3332.2 W
MaxxisRe-Fuse Gravel 4033.9 W
View All
Mountain Bike Rolling Resistance Reviews
Excludes previous models/discontinued tires
Visit the MTB overview to view all
Brand Model Watts
ContinentalSpeed King II RaceSport19.1 W
SchwalbeThunder Burt Super Ground Addix Speed20.2 W
ContinentalRace King Protection20.2 W
ContinentalRace King RaceSport22.4 W
SchwalbeRocket Ron LiteSkin Addix Speed22.6 W
SchwalbeRacing Ralph LiteSkin Addix Speed25.0 W
SchwalbeRacing Ralph Super Race Addix Speed26.0 W
ContinentalRace King Performance26.3 W
SchwalbeRocket Ron TL-E Addix Speed26.7 W
SchwalbeRacing Ralph 2019 TLE Addix Speed27.0 W
ContinentalRace King Sport27.0 W
SchwalbeRocket Ron TL-E Addix SpeedGrip27.2 W
VittoriaMezcal TNT G+ 2.028.0 W
SchwalbeRacing Ray TLE Addix SpeedGrip28.3 W
SchwalbeRacing Ralph TL-E Addix SpeedGrip28.7 W
ContinentalCross King Protection 29x2.229.0 W
VittoriaBarzo TNT G+ 2.030.0 W
SpecializedS-Works Fast Trak 2BR T5/T730.5 W
MaxxisAspen EXO TR30.6 W
IRCMythos XC30.8 W
MaxxisRekon Race EXO TR31.1 W
SpecializedS-Works Ground Control 2BR31.3 W
MaxxisIkon 3C MaxxSpeed TLR31.5 W
ContinentalMountain King II RaceSport31.5 W
ContinentalCross King Protection 29x2.332.9 W
MichelinJet XCR33.2 W
MaxxisArdent Race 3C EXO TR35.1 W
MichelinForce XC35.3 W
KendaSmall Block Eight35.6 W
MichelinForce AM37.4 W
MaxxisIkon eXCeption Silkworm38.2 W
VittoriaAKA40.7 W
View All
Touring Bike Rolling Resistance Reviews
Brand Model Watts
ContinentalGrand Prix Urban16.9 W
SchwalbeMarathon Almotion (OneStar)17.1 W
VittoriaVoyager Hyper17.7 W
ContinentalContact Urban18.4 W
CompassBon Jon Pass18.6 W
SchwalbeMarathon Supreme19.1 W
SchwalbeMarathon Almotion Addix19.4 W
PanaracerPasela PT (ProTite)20.6 W
ContinentalSport Contact II20.6 W
SchwalbeMarathon (GreenGuard)21.3 W
SchwalbeEnergizer Plus21.5 W
CSTE-Series Reach21.9 W
SchwalbeMarathon Almotion TLE Addix22.7 W
ContinentalTop Contact II24.2 W
ContinentalContact II24.3 W
SchwalbeMarathon Racer24.6 W
SchwalbeKojak24.8 W
ContinentalCity Ride II25.1 W
SchwalbeMarathon Plus25.5 W
SchwalbeMarathon Mondial Evo26.7 W
VredesteinPerfect-E27.3 W
SchwalbeMarathon E-Plus27.4 W
ContinentalTop Contact Winter II28.5 W
VittoriaRandonneur32.4 W
ContinentalE.Contact33.4 W
View All
Fat Bike Rolling Resistance Reviews
Brand Model Watts
SchwalbeJumbo Jim LiteSkin PaceStar36.9 W
SchwalbeJumbo Jim SnakeSkin38.6 W
SpecializedFast Trak Fat43.4 W
VeeRubber Vee 845.8 W
SurlyLarry48.4 W
45NRTHVan Helga51.0 W
45NRTHHusker Du51.7 W
SurlyLarry 27 TPI53.0 W
VittoriaBomboloni TNT53.9 W
MaxxisMammoth54.7 W
PanaracerFat B Nimble55.4 W
KendaJuggernaut Pro59.2 W
View All