The Best Road Bike Tires

Updated: 2022-01-07 | Published: 2020-04-17 by Jarno Bierman
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If you don't have the time to dig into the extensive test data we publish about bicycle tires, this page sums up our most recommended road bike tires. When better tires become available, we'll update this page right away.


If you know you're looking for the fastest, most puncture-resistant, tube-type, tubeless, or best low-cost tire, scroll down this page or click the shortcut in the contents box. If you don't know what you're looking for, the best all-round tire is the right choice for 80% of all cyclists.


1. Best All-Round Road Bike Tire

Picture of a Continental Grand Prix 5000 road bike tire on a bicycle wheel

The Continental Grand Prix 5000 (read our full review) is our most recommended all-round road bike tire. The Grand Prix 5000 offers an exceptional combination of low rolling resistance and low weight while still providing a decent puncture resistance and long tread life.



Based on our website statistics, the Continental Grand Prix 5000 is by far the most popular road bike tire among our visitors. It's this popular because it comes very close to the fastest tires in both speed and weight without sacrificing the anti-puncture strip and the thickness of the tread.


We've tested all sizes of the Grand Prix 5000 and compared them back to back in our Grand Prix 5000 23, 25, 28, 32 mm Comparison. We're also using a pair for a long term test with wear measurements and rolling resistance tests every 620 miles / 1000 km: Grand Prix 5000 Endurance Test.


2. Best All-Round Tubeless Road Bike Tire

Picture of a Continental Grand Prix 5000 TL road bike tire on a bicycle wheel

There currently is no best "all-round tubeless" road bike tire available; we recommend 2 tires based on whether you prefer higher performance or better protection.


High Performance All-Round: If you value performance over protection, we recommend the Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR (read our full review) as it's one of the fastest rolling tubeless tires that will also last a lot of miles. The main shortcoming of the 5000 S TR is the lower than average puncture protection, as Continental made the latest addition to their 5000 series lighter and thinner.


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The Grand Prix 5000 S TR still offers some protection, but you'll have to rely more on the tubeless sealant to do its job. To get to an acceptable level of puncture resistance, you need to keep an eye on the tubeless sealant as it dries up over time and needs to be topped up every 3-6 months.


High Protection All-Round: If you're looking for a fast tire that still offers excellent puncture protection, we recommend the Pirelli P Zero Velo Race TLR (read our full review). The P Zero Race Velo Race TLR rolls a bit slower but offers much better puncture protection.


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As the P Zero Velo Race TLR offers much better puncture protection, the sealant isn't as important. If you're not interested in regularly servicing your tires, you might get away with just topping up the sealant at the start of the season.


3. Fastest Road Bike Tire

Picture of a Michelin Power Time Trial road bike tire on a bicycle wheel

The Michelin Power Time Trial (read our full review) is the fastest road bike tire if you're still using inner tubes. Although the Power Time Trial is also extremely fast with regular inner tubes, we recommend using latex inner tubes to bring the rolling resistance down to the levels of the fastest tubeless road bike tires.



With the Power Time Trial and latex inner tubes there is no need to switch to tubeless road bike tires as they will be just as fast as the fastest tubeless tire. With a specified weight of 180 grams for the 23-622 size and 190 grams for the 25-622 size, these are also some of the lightest road bike tires available.


If you need to shave those last few seconds off the clock, the Michelin Power Time Trial is your tire.


4. Fastest Tubeless Road Bike Tire

Picture of a Vittoria Corsa Speed G+ 2.0 TLR road bike tire on a bicycle wheel

The tubeless Vittoria Corsa Speed TLR G+ 2.0 (read our full review) is the fastest road bike tire in the world. The Corsa Speed offers an extremely low rolling resistance even at lower air pressures. This tire is created with only 1 thing in mind: create the fastest road bike tire.



The Corsa Speed rolls this fast because it uses a thin tread made of an extremely optimized rubber compound. The tread is then glued directly onto a 320 TPI cotton casing without any puncture protection strip under the tread. Small punctures will then be sealed by the tubeless sealant that is required to seal the tire.


On top of the lowest possible rolling resistance, you'll also get pretty much the lowest rotational weight as weight is saved by not having to use an inner tube. If you're competing against the best and fastest out there, the Vittoria Corsa Speed TLR G+ 2.0 will get you in the best possible position.


5. Most Puncture Resistant Road Bike Tire

Picture of a Continental Gator Hardshell road bike tire on a bicycle wheel

The Continental Gator Hardshell (read our full review) is the most puncture resistant road bike tire. The Gator Hardshell is a beefed-up version of the popular Continental Gatorskin that has been regarded as one of the most puncture-resistant road bike tires for a long time.



Compared to the Gatorskin, the Gator Hardshell has an even higher puncture resistance score, higher tread thickness, and the sidewalls have been increased in thickness by nearly 50%.


As expected from a puncture-resistant tire, rolling resistance isn't all that great but we think it's still acceptable for such a strong tire. If you don't like punctures or ride in an area where punctures are common, the Continental Gator Hardshell will be your best option.


6. Most Puncture Resistant Tubeless Road Bike Tire

Picture of a Pirelli Cinturato Velo TLR road bike tire on a bicycle wheel

The Pirelli Cinturato Velo TLR (read our full review) is the most puncture-resistant tubeless road bike tire. The Cinturato Velo TLR scores just as well on the puncture tests as the tube-type Continental Gator Hardshell but offers a lower rolling resistance and additional puncture resistance from the tubeless sealant that is used in tubeless tires.



The Cinturato Velo TLR is available in the 26-622, 28-622, 32-622, and 35-622 sizes. The bigger sizes also make this a very fast choice for touring bikes and E-bikes that are ready for tubeless tires. For increased puncture resistance we recommend the biggest size you can fit as tubeless sealant works best at lower air pressures.


If you're looking for a tubeless tire that will be nearly impossible to flat yet still offers a relatively low rolling resistance and low weight, the Pirelli Cinturato Velo TLR is our recommendation.


7. Best Low-Cost Road Bike Tire

Picture of a Continental Ultra Sport III road bike tire on a bicycle wheel

The Continental Ultra Sport III (read our full review) is our recommendation in this category as it's the only low-cost tire that comes close to the performance of the more expensive tires. The Ultra Sport III can be classified as an all-round tire that is suitable for most road bike conditions.



When we compare the Ultra Sport III to Continental's top of the line Grand Prix 5000, rolling resistance is 40% higher, weight is 20% higher, and puncture resistance is the same. Price is about half the price of the Grand Prix 5000 which means you get a lot of value for your money.


The Ultra Sport III comes in 2 different flavors: folding bead and wire bead. We recommend spending just a bit more on the folding bead version as it saves you a lot of rotational weight for only a little bit more money.



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Road Bike Rolling Resistance Reviews
Excludes previous models/discontinued tires
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Brand Model Watts
VittoriaCorsa Speed G+ 2.0 (TLR)7.0 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
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 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
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
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
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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
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
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
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 G+ 2.0 3327.0 W
VittoriaTerreno Zero G+ 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 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 Wet G+ 2.0 3332.2 W
MaxxisRe-Fuse Gravel 4033.9 W
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Mountain Bike Rolling Resistance Reviews
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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
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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
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
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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
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