Road Bike Tire Test: Continental Ultra Sport III

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  • Continental Ultra Sport III
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)
Pro Members get 9-point radar charts

Continental Ultra Sport III road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

The Continental Ultra Sport III replaces the Ultra Sport II as Continental's cheapest road bike tire. We tested the Ultra Sport II back in 2015 and found it to offer a lot of value for your money as it offers just slightly less performance when compared to more expensive tires. Over the last 5 years, the Ultra Sport II has been the only tire in the lowest price range that we recommend (rating of 3 / 5 or higher).


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The updated Ultra Sport III is still very similar to the Ultra Sport II (read our review). The most obvious change is the new tread pattern of the Ultra Sport III that gives it a more modern look and feel. Also new is an E25 rating for use on E-Bikes with a maximum speed of 16 mph / 25 km/h. Unchanged is the 3/180 casing and PureGrip compound which both are ranked just behind Continental's 3/330 casing and Black Chili compound.


Just like the Ultra Sport II, the Ultra Sport III doesn't have an additional anti-puncture layer under the tread which is something we see more often on cheaper tires. Some of this is made up by the thicker 3/180 casing that offers a bit more protection when compared to the thinner 3/330 casing that's used on Conti's more expensive tires. The biggest drawback of the 3/180 casing is a higher weight and a higher rolling resistance.


This is a test of the 25-622 folding version of the Ultra Sport III. An even cheaper wire bead version is available as well but we always recommend the folding versions as it saves you ~200 grams for a pair of tires at very little additional cost.

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Continental
Model Ultra Sport III
Year 2020
Tire Type Tubetype (clincher)
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range Low
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Manufacturer part number 0150457
EAN4019238026849
TPI 3/180
Compound PureGrip
Bead Folding
ETRTO 25-622
Size Inch 28"
Specified Width (mm) 25
Specified Weight 270 grams
Max Air Pressure (psi) 123
Made In Members Only
Available Sizes 23-622 (700x23c)
25-622 (700x25c)
28-622 (700x28c)
32-622 (700x32c)
25-584 (650x25B)
28-584 (650x28B)

Continental Ultra Sport III Test Results

Continental Ultra Sport III 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 270 grams
Measured Weight 267 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + inner tube (100 gr)
367 grams
Measured Width 26 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 24 mm (un-round)
Total Tire Thickness Center 3 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall Members Only
Unmounted Casing Width 64 mm
Unmounted Tread Width 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 Conti Race28 (100gr butyl)
Rolling Resistance
140 PSI / 9.7 Bar
Not Tested
Rolling Resistance
120 PSI / 8.3 Bar
14.1 Watts
CRR: 0.00423
Rolling Resistance
100 PSI / 6.9 Bar
14.7 Watts
CRR: 0.00441
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 Ultra Sport III road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Total Puncture Score Tread 53 Points
Total Puncture Score Sidewall Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Sharp Needle 10 Points
Tread Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members Only
Tread Total Tire Thickness 3 mm
Sidewall Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Sidewall Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members Only
Sidewall Total Tire Thickness Members Only

Conclusion


  • Continental Ultra Sport III
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

Pro Members get 9-point radar charts

It's quite obvious from our test results the only change made to the Ultra Sport III is a new tread pattern and an E25 rating. While no improvements have been made that show up in our tests, the Ultra Sport III still offers the most bang for your buck when we compare it to other tires in the lowest price class.


When we compare the Ultra Sport III to Continental's top of the range Grand Prix 5000, rolling resistance of the Ultra Sport III is 40% higher, weight is 20% higher, and puncture resistance is the same. In terms of price, it looks like you can buy 2 Ultra Sport III's for the price of a single Grand Prix 5000 (read our review). We leave it up to everyone to decide whether that performance difference is worth it.

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RATING: 3.0 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
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