The Best Road Bike Tires

Updated: 2023-04-07 | Published: 2020-04-17 by Jarno Bierman


Picture of wall of road bike tires in packaging

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: Continental Grand Prix 5000

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: Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR or Pirelli P Zero Race TLR SpeedCore

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 and more wet grip.


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 and more wet grip than the Grand Prix 5000 S TR, we recommend the Pirelli P Zero Race TLR with SpeedCore casing (read our full review). The P Zero Race TLR rolls a bit slower but offers much better puncture protection and more wet grip.


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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: Michelin Power Time Trial

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: Vittoria Corsa Speed TLR G+ 2.0

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: Continental Gator Hardshell

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: Pirelli Cinturato Velo TLR

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: Continental Ultra Sport III

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.



Road Bike Rolling Resistance Reviews
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Brand Model Watts
VeloflexRecord TLR 256.3 W
VittoriaCorsa Speed G+ 2.0 (TLR) 257.0 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 TT TR 287.1 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 TT TR (TdF) 257.2 W
SchwalbePro One TT TLE Addix 257.5 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 S TR 258.4 W
MichelinPower Cup TLR 288.5 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 S TR 288.5 W
GoodyearEagle F1 SuperSport R TLC 288.5 W
MichelinPower Time Trial 258.6 W
VeloflexRecord (silica compound) 238.7 W
VittoriaCorsa Speed (tubular) 238.9 W
MichelinPower Cup TLR 258.9 W
VittoriaCorsa Pro TLR 289.3 W
ChallengeCriterium RS 259.4 W
VittoriaCorsa Pro TLR 269.6 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 S TR (tanwall) 259.6 W
ZippTangente Speed Tubeless 259.6 W
TufoComtura Prima TR 289.7 W
SpecializedS-Works Turbo RapidAir 2Bliss Ready T2/T5 269.8 W
ContinentalGrand Prix TT 259.9 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 2510.0 W
MichelinPower Road TLR 2510.1 W
SpecializedTurbo Cotton 2410.1 W
PirelliP Zero Velo TT 2310.2 W
ContinentalGrand Prix SuperSonic 2310.2 W
SchwalbePro One TLE Addix 2510.2 W
PirelliP Zero Velo Race TLR SL 2610.3 W
VeloflexCorsa Race TLR 2510.6 W
MichelinPower Cup 2510.6 W
SpecializedTurbo Cotton Hell of the North 2810.6 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 All Season TR 2510.9 W
PirelliP Zero Race TLR SpeedCore 2810.9 W
MichelinPower Competition 2510.9 W
ContinentalGrand Prix Force II 2411.0 W
PanaracerAgilest TLR 2811.3 W
ContinentalGrand Prix Attack II 2211.4 W
EnveSES Road Tire Tubeless 2511.4 W
BontragerR4 320 2511.5 W
SchwalbePro One Aero TLE (Rear) 2811.5 W
PirelliP Zero Race 4S 2611.6 W
SpecializedS-Works Turbo 2Bliss Ready T2/T5 2811.6 W
ZippTangente Speed 2511.6 W
MavicYksion Pro UST Tubeless 2511.7 W
PirelliP Zero Velo Race TLR 2611.7 W
GoodyearEagle F1 R TLC 2811.7 W
ChallengeStrada Pro HTLR 2511.8 W
VeloflexCorsa Evo TLR 2511.9 W
HutchinsonFusion 5 Galactik TLR 11Storm 2512.0 W
VittoriaCorsa N.EXT TLR 2812.1 W
WolfpackRoad Race 2612.1 W
VittoriaCorsa G+ 2.0 TLR 2512.2 W
VittoriaCorsa G+ (tubular) 2512.3 W
VeloflexCorsa Race (clincher) 2512.3 W
VittoriaCorsa N.EXT TLR 2612.3 W
MichelinPower Road 2512.4 W
PirelliP Zero Velo 2512.5 W
VittoriaCorsa Pro Control TLR 2812.5 W
VittoriaCorsa Control G+ 2.0 TLR 2512.6 W
PirelliP Zero Race 2612.6 W
PirelliP Zero Race TLR 4S SpeedCore 2812.8 W
SchwalbePro One (tubetype) Addix 2512.8 W
SpecializedS-Works Mondo 2Bliss Ready T2/T5 2812.8 W
VittoriaCorsa Elite (tubular) 2512.9 W
TufoComtura 4 TR 2812.9 W
CadexRace Tubeless 2513.0 W
VittoriaCorsa G+ 2.0 (open) 2513.0 W
MaxxisPadrone Tubeless Ready 2513.1 W
MaxxisHigh Road 2513.2 W
ChallengeStrada Pro 2513.4 W
SpecializedS-Works Turbo 2413.4 W
BontragerR3 Hard-Case Lite TLR 2513.6 W
PirelliP Zero Road 2613.7 W
Rene HerseChinook Pass Extralight 2813.8 W
SpecializedS-Works Turbo T2/T5 2613.8 W
PanaracerRace L Evo 3 2513.9 W
GoodyearEagle F1 TLC 2513.9 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 2514.0 W
VittoriaCorsa N.EXT 2614.0 W
ContinentalUltra Sport III 2514.1 W
VittoriaCorsa Control G+ 2.0 (open) 2514.1 W
ContinentalCompetition (tubular) 2514.2 W
MichelinPro 4 Endurance v2 2514.5 W
MichelinPower Endurance 2514.5 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 4 Season 2514.6 W
PirelliP Zero Velo 4S 2514.7 W
IRCFormula Pro Tubeless RBCC 2514.8 W
MavicYksion Elite 2515.0 W
TufoComtura Duo 2815.1 W
VittoriaZaffiro Pro G+ 2.0 2515.2 W
VittoriaRubino Pro G+ 2.0 2515.2 W
ZippTangente Course 2515.3 W
MichelinKrylion 2 Endurance 2515.4 W
MichelinPro 4 Service Course 2515.4 W
SchwalbeOne Performance Addix 2515.4 W
SchwalbeOne TLE Performance Addix 2515.8 W
MichelinLithion 2 2515.9 W
PirelliCinturato Velo TLR 2616.0 W
SchwalbePro One HT (tubular) 2516.1 W
PanaracerRace A Evo 3 2516.4 W
SchwalbeDurano Plus Addix 2516.4 W
ClementStrada LGG 2516.9 W
MichelinDynamic Sport 2517.3 W
PanaracerRace D Evo 3 2517.4 W
SchwalbeDurano 2518.0 W
SchwalbeLugano II 2518.0 W
VredesteinFortezza Senso All Weather 2518.0 W
ContinentalGatorskin 2519.3 W
ContinentalGator Hardshell 2519.5 W
SchwalbeDurano DD Addix 2519.5 W
MichelinPower All Season 2521.3 W
MaxxisRe-Fuse 2522.6 W
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CX/Gravel Rolling Resistance Reviews
Brand Model Watts
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 S TR 3212.8 W
Rene HerseSnoqualmie Pass TC Extralight 4413.5 W
ChallengeStrada Bianca Pro HTLR 4014.8 W
UltradynamicoCava Race 3314.9 W
SchwalbePro One TLE Addix 3415.5 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 All Season TR 3515.6 W
SchwalbeG-One RS Super Race 3515.7 W
ChallengeStrada Bianca Pro HTLR 3615.7 W
SchwalbePro One TLE Addix 3215.8 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 TL 3216.0 W
SchwalbeG-One RS Super Race 4016.2 W
ContinentalGrand Prix 5000 All Season TR 3216.3 W
ContinentalTerra Speed TR (tanwall) 4516.4 W
PanaracerGravelKing TLC 3516.6 W
VittoriaCorsa N.EXT TLR 3216.7 W
PanaracerGravelKing TLC 4017.0 W
ContinentalTerra Speed TR 3517.0 W
VittoriaCorsa N.EXT TLR 3417.2 W
ChallengeGetaway Pro HTLR 4017.4 W
Rene HerseSnoqualmie Pass TC 4417.4 W
TufoGravel Thundero 4017.4 W
TufoGravel Speedero 4017.5 W
SchwalbeG-One RS Super Race 4517.6 W
ContinentalTerra Speed TR 4017.8 W
TufoGravel Thundero 4418.1 W
ContinentalTerra Hardpack TR 5018.6 W
UltradynamicoCava Race 4218.9 W
PanaracerGravelKing TLC 3219.0 W
TufoGravel Thundero HD 4019.2 W
PanaracerGravelKing SS TLC 4019.2 W
PirelliCinturato Gravel H 4019.5 W
Rene HerseSnoqualmie Pass TC Endurance 4419.6 W
SpecializedRoubaix Pro 2Bliss Ready 3219.7 W
SchwalbeG-One Overland Super Ground SpeedGrip 5020.0 W
TufoGravel Swampero 4020.1 W
SpecializedS-Works Pathfinder 2Bliss Ready 4220.2 W
SpecializedS-Works Mondo 2Bliss Ready T2/T5 3520.2 W
MichelinPower Gravel 3520.3 W
SpecializedPathfinder Pro 2Bliss Ready 4220.3 W
Rene HerseBarlow Pass TC 3820.4 W
PanaracerGravelKing SK TLC 4020.9 W
ChallengeStrada Bianca Race TLR 3621.2 W
ChallengeGetaway XP Pro HTLR 4021.3 W
PirelliCinturato Cross H 3321.4 W
ContinentalSpeed King CX RaceSport 3221.4 W
PirelliCinturato Gravel M 4521.7 W
MichelinPower Gravel (v2) 4021.9 W
ContinentalTerra Trail TR 4022.2 W
HutchinsonOveride 3522.2 W
PirelliCinturato Gravel M 4022.7 W
WTBRiddler TCS Light 3722.8 W
SpecializedPathfinder Pro 2Bliss Ready 3823.0 W
Rene HerseSteilacoom TC 3823.1 W
PanaracerGravelKing Plus TLC 3523.1 W
VittoriaTerreno Dry TNT G+ 2.0 3323.2 W
PirelliCinturato Gravel RC 4023.2 W
ZippG40 XPLR 4023.3 W
VittoriaTerreno Zero TNTG+ 2.0 3723.4 W
Rene HerseHurricane Ridge TC Extralight 4223.8 W
PirelliCinturato Velo 3523.8 W
TeravailCannonball Light & Supple 4223.9 W
SchwalbeG-One R Super Race 4024.2 W
Rene HerseSnoqualmie Pass TC Endurance Plus 4424.3 W
Rene HerseHurricane Ridge TC 4224.4 W
VredesteinAventura 3824.7 W
SchwalbeG-One Bite Super Ground SpeedGrip 4024.8 W
WTBResolute TCS Light 4224.8 W
SchwalbeG-One Speed Super Ground V-Guard SpeedGrip 4024.8 W
MaxxisRambler EXO/TR 120 TPI 4025.0 W
PanaracerGravelKing SS Plus TLC 4025.5 W
VittoriaTerreno Mix TNT G+ 2.0 3325.6 W
PirelliCinturato Gravel S 4025.6 W
ChallengeGrifo Pro 3325.7 W
WTBNano TCS Light 4025.8 W
PirelliCinturato Cross M 3325.9 W
SchwalbeG-One Ultrabite TLE SpeedGrip 4026.0 W
SchwalbeG-One Allround Super Ground SpeedGrip 4026.0 W
IRCBoken Doublecross 4226.3 W
WTBByway TCS Light SG2 4026.6 W
VittoriaTerreno Dry TLR G+ 2.0 4026.6 W
VittoriaTerreno Wet TNT G+ 2.0 3328.4 W
ChallengeGravel Grinder 3328.7 W
PirelliCinturato All Road 4029.7 W
MaxxisRe-Fuse Gravel 4030.1 W
BontragerGR1 Team Issue 4030.4 W
GoodyearConnector Ultimate 3531.4 W
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Mountain Bike Rolling Resistance Reviews
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Brand Model Watts
SchwalbeThunder Burt Super Ground Addix Speed15.7 W
ContinentalRace King Protection15.7 W
SchwalbeRocket Ron LiteSkin Addix Speed18.1 W
SchwalbeRacing Ralph Super Ground Addix Speed19.0 W
ContinentalSpeed King II RaceSport19.1 W
SchwalbeRacing Ralph LiteSkin Addix Speed20.5 W
SchwalbeRacing Ralph Super Race Addix Speed21.5 W
SchwalbeRocket Ron TL-E Addix Speed22.2 W
ContinentalRace King RaceSport22.4 W
SchwalbeRacing Ralph 2019 TLE Addix Speed22.5 W
SchwalbeRocket Ron TL-E Addix SpeedGrip22.7 W
VittoriaMezcal TNT G+ 2.023.5 W
SchwalbeRacing Ray TLE Addix SpeedGrip23.8 W
SchwalbeRacing Ralph TL-E Addix SpeedGrip24.2 W
VittoriaMezcal XC Race TLR G+ 2.024.4 W
ContinentalCross King Protection 29x2.224.5 W
VittoriaBarzo TNT G+ 2.025.5 W
SpecializedS-Works Fast Trak 2BR T5/T726.0 W
MaxxisAspen EXO TR26.1 W
IRCMythos XC26.3 W
ContinentalRace King Performance26.3 W
MaxxisRekon Race EXO TR26.6 W
SpecializedS-Works Ground Control 2BR26.8 W
MaxxisIkon 3C MaxxSpeed TLR27.0 W
ContinentalRace King Sport27.0 W
ContinentalCross King Protection 29x2.328.4 W
MaxxisAspen MaxxSpeed EXO/TR28.5 W
MichelinJet XCR28.7 W
PirelliScorpion XC RC Lite Team Edition28.8 W
MaxxisArdent Race 3C EXO TR30.6 W
MichelinForce XC30.8 W
ContinentalMountain King II RaceSport31.5 W
MichelinForce AM32.9 W
KendaSmall Block Eight35.6 W
MaxxisIkon eXCeption Silkworm38.2 W
VittoriaAKA40.7 W
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Touring Bike Rolling Resistance Reviews
Brand Model Watts
CompassBon Jon Pass15.6 W
ContinentalGrand Prix Urban16.9 W
SchwalbeMarathon Almotion (OneStar)17.1 W
VittoriaVoyager Hyper17.7 W
ContinentalContact Urban18.4 W
SchwalbeMarathon Efficiency18.5 W
SchwalbeMarathon Supreme19.1 W
SchwalbeMarathon Almotion Addix19.4 W
SchwalbeMarathon Almotion TLE Addix19.7 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
ContinentalTop Contact II24.2 W
ContinentalUrban Taraxagum24.2 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 PaceStar29.4 W
SchwalbeJumbo Jim SnakeSkin31.1 W
SpecializedFast Trak Fat35.9 W
VeeRubber Vee 838.3 W
SurlyLarry40.9 W
45NRTHVan Helga43.5 W
45NRTHHusker Du44.2 W
SurlyLarry 27 TPI45.5 W
VittoriaBomboloni TNT46.4 W
MaxxisMammoth47.2 W
PanaracerFat B Nimble47.9 W
KendaJuggernaut Pro51.7 W
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