Road Bike Tire Test: Continental Grand Prix 5000 TT TdF

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

Continental Grand Prix 5000 TT TdF road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

The Continental Grand Prix 5000 TT TdF (Tour de France) is a tire optimized to provide the absolute lowest rolling resistance and highest speeds during time trials or other events where speed is the most critical factor. The Grand Prix 5000 TT TdF is very similar to the well-known Grand Prix 5000 S TR (read our review) except for some key areas where Continental removed some material to make it lighter and faster.


The main area where Continental went shaving is the tread thickness, which has been reduced by 0.5 mm compared to the more all-round Grand Prix 5000 S TR. Both tires use the same 2/220 casing material with two layers under the tread and an extra layer of Vectran anti-puncture breaker to keep the puncture resistance to a somewhat acceptable level. This means the 0.5 mm reduction comes solely from a reduction in rubber thickness which reduces weight and rolling resistance but also means the expected durability (mileage) will be roughly halved.


The other area where Continental removed material can be found in the sidewalls as they are thinner and easier to puncture on the TT TdF version. If you've read our review of the Grand Prix 5000 S TR (read our review), you might know that the S TR comes with a 2/220 casing, but it's only two layers under the tread, while the sidewalls are made of three layers. On the 5000 TT TdF version, the tire is entirely made of only two layers, saving some weight and reducing rolling resistance.


We're not sure it's the lighter casing design, but inflating the TT TdF version was much more challenging than the S TR version we tested last year. While the S TR could be inflated with a simple floor pump, this was impossible to achieve with the TT TdF version, and we had to use a compressor and remove the valve core to get it seated. If you've had problems with inflating tubeless tires in the past, this might be something to consider.


The TT TdF version is only available in the 25-622 size, and when we compare it to the same sized S TR version, the reduction in tread thickness and sidewall thickness results in a weight reduction of 35 grams. 35 grams might not sound like a lot, but the reduced rolling resistance is what will really make a difference in the race against the clock.


We've run the Grand Prix 5000 TT TdF through all our tests and compared it to the Grand Prix 5000 S TR, Vittoria Corsa Speed G+ 2.0, Schwalbe Pro One TT, and Michelin Power Cup TLR.

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Continental
Model Grand Prix 5000 TT TdF
Year 2022
Tire Type Tubeless
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range Very High
Buy At
Manufacturer part number 0102008
EAN4019238084641
TPI 2/220
Compound Black Chili
Bead Folding
ETRTO 25-622
Size Inch 28"
Specified Width (mm) 25
Specified Weight 215 grams
Max Air Pressure (psi) 109
Made In Members Only
Available Sizes 25-622 (700x25c)

Continental Grand Prix 5000 TT TdF Test Results

Continental Grand Prix 5000 TT TdF 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 215 grams
Measured Weight 210 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + valve + rim seal)
230 grams
Measured Width 26 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 22 mm (un-round)
Total Tire Thickness Center 1.8 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall Members Only
Unmounted Casing Width 66 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
7.2 Watts
CRR: 0.00216
Rolling Resistance
100 PSI / 6.9 Bar
7.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00228
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 TT TdF road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Total Puncture Score Tread 31 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 1.8 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 TT TdF 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 TT TdF
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is best)

Pro Members get 11-point radar charts

As expected, the lightened Grand Prix 5000 TT TdF is one of the fastest rolling tires, but it still comes in a couple of tenths behind the Vittoria Corsa Speed G+ 2.0 (read our review). In nearly all of our other tests, the 5000 TT TdF and Corsa Speed G+ 2.0 trade places with each other, but the differences are neglectable most of the time. We do see the 5000 TT TdF performs better regarding tread width and tread cover, making it more suitable for use on the wider rims that some people use these days.


What concerns us the most is the availability of the 5000 TT TdF (Tour de France) edition, as we're not sure how long this tire will be available. Continental also describes this tire as a LE (Limited Edition) tire, and a quick look online also gives us the impression this tire is hard to find and only available from a select number of countries. On top of that, pricing also made a step up again, but we assume this is also because of the TdF and LE nature of this tire.


The Grand Prix 5000 TT TdF shows us what a lighter version of the Grand Prix 5000 S TR (read our review) can do in our tests, but maybe it's better to wait and see if Continental releases a regular - non-TdF, non-LE - Grand Prix 5000 TT.

RATING: 4.5 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
Highly Recommended


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