Road Bike Tire Test: Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR (tanwall)

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  • Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR (tanwall)
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is best)
Pro Members get 11-point radar charts



Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR (tanwall) road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Natural colored sidewalls have become quite popular because of the classic / cotton tire look they provide, and we believe, a general feeling that natural sidewalls offer better performance. It seems like Continental didn't want to be left behind when it comes to the looks of their tires, and they've made all sizes of the Grand Prix 5000 S TR available in both a black-black and black-transparent version.


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In the past, the standard vulcanized tires with a nylon casing always were entirely black as the sidewalls also were part of the vulcanization process resulting in the sidewalls getting filled/covered with a thin layer of rubber. There are many ways to retain the natural-looking sidewalls during manufacturing, ranging from not vulcanizing the sidewalls to filling them with a transparent filler or even painting the sidewalls with some yellow paint :/.


We're not sure how it's done with the GP 5000 S TR, but the sidewalls do have that classic natural look. We must add that the 25-622 version on test here is maybe not the best size for the classic sidewall look as a small part of the sidewalls that runs along the edge of the tread is still vulcanized, and the "natural looking" part is quite slim on this tire.


When purely looking at the specifications on Continental's website, we can't spot any differences between the black-black and black-transparent versions as all sizes have the same specified weight, casing specifications, and maximum air pressures. While there are no differences on paper, our tests indicate a substantial difference between the black-black version we tested last year (read our review) and the black-transparent we tested this week...

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Continental
Model Grand Prix 5000 S TR (tanwall)
Year 2022
Tire Type Tubeless
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range Very High
Buy At Ad Amazon.com
Manufacturer part number 0101873
EAN4019238055559
TPI 2/220
Compound Black Chili
Bead Folding
ETRTO 25-622
Size Inch 28"
Specified Width (mm) 25
Specified Weight 250 grams
Max Air Pressure (psi) 109
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 (tanwall) Test Results

Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR (tanwall) road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


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Size, Weight and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 250 grams
Measured Weight 252 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + valve + rim seal)
272 grams
Measured Width 25 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 22 mm (un-round)
Total Tire Thickness Center 2.3 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall Members Only
Unmounted Casing Width 64 mm
Unmounted Tread Width Members Only
Tread Cover (Tread / Casing Ratio) Members Only
All size measurements are taken at an air pressure of 100 psi / 6.9 bars on a 17.8 mm inner width rim.

Rolling Resistance Test Results


Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube None (20 ml sealant)
Rolling Resistance
140 PSI / 9.7 Bar
Not Tested
Rolling Resistance
120 PSI / 8.3 Bar
9.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00288
Rolling Resistance
100 PSI / 6.9 Bar
10.3 Watts
CRR: 0.00309
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.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR (tanwall) road 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 2.3 mm
Sidewall Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Sidewall Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members Only
Sidewall Total Tire Thickness Members Only

Static Grip Test Results

Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR (tanwall) road bike tire on a grip test machine
Static Grip Test Results
Wet Grip Average 69 Points
Wet Grip Center Members Only
Wet Grip Edge Members Only
Grip in points = coefficient of friction * 100

Conclusion


  • Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR (tanwall)
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is best)

Pro Members get 11-point radar charts

We're a bit puzzled by the transparent version of the Grand Prix 5000 S TR as our rolling resistance test indicates it rolls quite a bit slower than the black-black version. Also surprising is the smaller size when inflated (24.9 mm vs 25.5 mm wide), while the unmounted casing width and tread width are the same for both tires. The smaller size indicates the transparent version doesn't stretch as much under pressure.


Puncture resistance is pretty much the same for both versions, although we expected the sidewalls to be slightly less puncture resistant on the transparent version. Another surprise is the wet grip that comes in higher for the transparent version, which might indicate the casing is more flexible or the rubber compound is slightly different.


To sum things up, there is a difference between the 25-622 Grand Prix 5000 S TR with transparent sidewalls tested in 2022 and the 25-622 Grand Prix 5000 S TR with black sidewalls that we tested in 2021 (read our review). We can think of 2 reasons why that is the case:


1. There is a difference in the casing by use of a different material or an extra layer somewhere which is likely because of the smaller size when inflated.


2. The compound mixing is off, or Continental changed the compound specifications for the entire Grand Prix 5000 S TR range in the past 6 months to offer better wet grip.


Move over to our comparison section to compare the GP 5000 S TR (black sidewalls) to the GP 5000 S TR (transparent sidewalls) side by side.

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RATING: 4.3 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
Highly Recommended


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