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    Grand Prix 5000 TL Tire

    We're simply spoiled with using tubeless tires in all of our cycling disciplines and have come to enjoy the ability to run lower pressures for improved grip, comfort, and less rolling resistance. So, when we heard Continental was revamping its GP4000, a tire so universally loved as a competition worthy tire in terms of weight, grip, and rolling resistance, but durable enough to fend off debris and with the ability to rack up some miles before it began to square off, we wondered if a tubeless version would launch. Thankfully, it did and the Grand Prix 5000 TL Tire gives you the ability to ride faster, with more comfort, and with increased puncture protection compared to its standard clincher version. As one of the world's largest tire manufactures, Continental has a host of technologies and compounds it can lean on, giving it the ability to build the highest quality tires. As a testament to its quality, the majority of the pro peloton is riding them, and while we weren’t quite sure how Conti is able to create a road tire that's significantly faster, more comfortable, and less prone to flats than its previous version, somehow it did.

    As Conti's first tubeless road tire to market, it uses tubeless technology specifically designed for the demands of road cycling and made sure to make it easy to install and reliable on the road. A key component to this is its careful attention to the tubeless bead that's specifically developed to seal with its unique shape and stable fit on the rim. The seal is complete with the usage of sealant which has the added benefit of plugging up most puncture induced flats you might come across on your ride.

    This tubeless version continues to use Black Chili to balance the attributes it's after. The rubber compound is critical because it defines the tire's grip, rolling resistance, and longevity. Typically, you can't alter one without it affecting the other which is exactly where Black Chili shines. Using the latest knowledge of polymers and raw material research, Conti uses special synthetic rubbers along with proven natural rubber, creating a high-performance mixture. To it, it adds super-tiny carbon black particles, optimized in shape and surface properties. The complex compound technology is so exclusive that Conti only manufactures tires using Black Chili compound in its Korbach, Germany plant. The tiny size of Black Chili particles allows them to mold to variable road surfaces more readily. It gives the tire greater ability to conform to imperfections in the road surface for excellent grip in demanding situations, such as high-speed cornering, while also reducing rolling resistance. Since the Black Chili particles are so small, more particles fit into the contact patch of the tire, reducing wear and increasing longevity.

    Another returning element from the GP4000 is its Vectran technology right under the tread to boost puncture protection. Vectran is a synthetically manufactured liquid-crystalline polymer fiber that's not unlike spider silk, that gram for gram is stronger than steel. To create it, Conti spins the melted liquid polymer Vectra and processes it further into a multi-strand thread where it enjoys tremendous tear resistance at a very low weight, an ideal puncture protection breaker for a high-performance road tire as it's lighter, more flexible (the key to not affecting rolling resistance), and better protects against cuts than a comparable nylon breaker.

    What is brand new on this tire is its Active Comfort Technology. Continental doesn't go into great detail here other than mentioning that it's embedded in the tire construction and helps to absorb vibrations thus leading to a smoother ride. The other new bit of technology is Lazer Grip where it uses a laser to etch a micro profile that extends over the tire’s shoulder for next-level cornering confidence.

    • Conti's first road tubeless tire
    • Black Chili compound reduces rolling resistance and increases grip and mileage
    • Active Comfort Technology lessens vibrations for a smoother ride
    • Vectran breaker technology reduces puncture risk
    • Lazer Grip etching improves cornering traction
    • Conti's GP5000 TL ushers in a new era of road tubeless tire dominance
    • Item #CON005Q

    Tech Specs

    Compound
    Black Chili
    Size
    700c x 25mm, 700c x 28mm, 700c x 32mm
    Type
    tubeless
    Protection
    Vectran breaker
    TPI
    180
    PSI
    [700c x 25mm] 80 - 109, [700c x 28mm] 65 - 94, [700c x 32mm] 65 - 87
    Bead
    folding
    Claimed Weight
    [700c x 25mm] 300g, [700c x 28mm] 340g, [700c x 32mm] 380g
    Recommended Use
    road cycling, triathlon
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited

    Tech Specs

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    Worn out after 800 miles

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Rubber is separating from tire casing. Happened in my buddy's GP5000s as well after around same distance. These tires are poor quality and dangerous. Continental has ignored both of our emails regarding the issues we have had with the quality of their tires. Be assured if you have a problem, Continental will not give a shit.

    Rear Tire Worn Out After 1,100 miles

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    C.C. recommended this tire. In March I cycled from San Diego to Saint Augustine on Hutchison 35 Overrides, the rear tore in El Paso and I had to ride tubes. I switched to the 5000TL and loved the ride. I ride long distance and I'm hard on my bike, a Seven Evergreen with Belgium rims, it takes a beating. The tire performed flawlessly but I think it wore out quickly. The front still has the wear dimples but the rear tire is toast. Is 1,100 good mileage? I don't know. It did wobble when not seated properly with a tube, which only happened on the last repair and I was too close to home to bother with it.

    Very good tires, if they fit your wheels

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Mixed review. I have a set on a Cannondale HollowGram Si Disc wheelset. They went on tight but OK. They roll really nicely and I'm pleased with them. But, they simply won't fit on my Mavic Comete UST wheelset. I brought them to a shop, and even the pros couldn't come close get getting the tire bead onto the wheel. Since there is no tubeless standard and there are different tubeless ready rim profiles out there, be warned that these tires have a tight tolerance and may not fit your wheelset.

    Jury is still out

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I had these tires mounted after I had several punctures on my first set of Schwalbe Pro Ones. I ride a Trek Emonda SLR 6 Pro with 700c X 28mm wheels/tires combination. I weigh 178 lbs. The very first ride with the Conti's was great until the 35-mile mark, where I picked up a small nail in the rear tire...a $75 nail. Tire sealed but would not hold overnight. I did get home, though. After the tire wouldn't hold overnight, I put a tube in it. That was a difficult process, but after being patient and working the tire for about 1 hour and using Pedro tire levers, I got the tire with the tube seated. A few days later, I got another flat and had to change the tube...it was not as difficult to de-mount and remount the tire this time (yeah!). These are great tires, but nothing can protect tires from the poor road conditions in Southern Maryland. I probably will buy these again.

    I signed on to check the reviews after riding these tires from Calais, Maine, to Alexandria, Virginia-about 850 miles. I had one glass flat in New Jersey, two in Delaware and two in southern Maryland. The first flat self-sealed but I had to put in tubes and patched the rest. The rear tire is completely worn out after 1,100 miles or so and that's why it flatted.

    Great so far

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I’ve put close to 500 miles on these. My first set of tubeless tires. It could just be in my head but the ride does seem smoother. I got the 25mm and I used to have the 25mm Version that needs tubes. I did the Seattle to Portland with them and felt very confident. 207 mile ride. I’ll buy them again unless something crazy happens.

    Very difficult to mount

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These are, without a doubt, the most difficult tubeless tires I've ever tried to mount. I had to use a vice grip (with a rubber pad) to hold the tire on while I worked the bead onto the final section. If I'm out on a ride and have a blow out, there's no way I'll be able to put in a tube. I'm riding on Light Bicycle 55mm tubeless wheels.

    Having said that, the ride quality is pretty darn good. It's clear they roll very well. Once mounted, I had virtually no trouble getting the bead to seat with an air compressor. They lose more air than my Schwalbe Pro Ones though. I inflate to 75-80 psi before every ride, then two days later, both wheels are down to 50-55 psi. I don't really mind, and it could be that the Light Bicycle rims just don't hold air as well as some other tubeless rims.

    For me these mounted waaaay easier than any of the other top rated tubeless tires, and I've tried all of them. On wheels with good interal width & the center channel these are like magic.

    Don’t buy these

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    As noted in other reviews these tires are probably the most difficult to seat onto the rim. The bike shop I took it to said it was the hardest tires he’s ever had to mount. In the two months I’ve had these I have put on about 750 miles. Last week I grazed a small rock and the next thing I know there was a cut in the sidewall. Essentially the sealant is no longer holding and the tire is toast. I have used continentals for years and I’m very disappointed that this happened. While the ride was good the difficulty in mounting them and the fact that the tires are not as durable as they should be tells me that people should not buy these. I have purchased a Zipp replacement.

    Difficult to mount

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Getting the tire onto Hunt 50 wheels was the hardest mounting experience I have had with any tire on any wheel.

    Once the beads were on the rim getting them to seat was no problem at all so that is minor plus. Ride quality is pretty rad so far, no complaints there. Only about 300 on the front and 50 on the rear so I haven't used them that much yet.

    I would recommend having someone other than you install them because it was insanely hard.

    Works well for me

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I purchased these tires to replace ZIPP RT28 tubeless tires.

    My wheels are Reynolds Assault LE disc

    Installation
    Easiest tubeless install I've had so far. I was able to put the tire onto the wheel without using any tools. They inflated and the beads set the very first time. My installs are always done with the valve core removed and using an air compressor. I use about three ounces of Stan's sealant at install time. The tires lose very little air over time--perhaps one PSI per week.
    The previous tires installed on these wheels have been ZIPP RT28 road tubeless and Hutchinson Black Makba CX. tubeless. These tires went onto the wheel easily but were more fussy to seat the bead.

    Ride
    I would say the ride is as comfortable as the ZIPPs and I can't really tell the difference comfort-wise. I suspect they roll better than the ZIPPs as I have been averaging over 18 mph on the rides I've done, with the same perceived effort.

    Wear
    I have 117 road miles on the tires and they show no sign of wear. I have not flatted.

    Recommendation
    I would say the jury is still out on the wear. As a point of comparison with the ZIPPs, I had between 1700 (front) and 2500 (initially on front then moved to rear) miles when I retired them. I could have ridden the front longer but the rear was squaring off and I didn't want to chance riding them longer.

    Don't get these if you actually ride

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have never left a review for any product in my life, but these tires certainly deserve one. In the month I have had the misfortune of owning them, my bike has seen more days out of commission than actually on the road. First off, the tires can hardly be put onto a rim. when my buddies and I finally gave up on installation and brought these to the shop, the mechanics told us that these are the hardest to install tires that they've ever dealt with. Even when seated, the tires still have a visible wobble to them (rim is true), and you could always count on the tires to deflate overnight, never to seat again. They just leak and leak out the sides. I should have followed my gut to never use the first iteration of a product. Stick to a company like Hutchison that actually knows what they are doing with tubeless. I had a puncture and maintenance free 9 months with their tires, and I will be returning to them.

    This may be a silly question, but... is there no sense in carrying a spare inner tube when using this tire, given that it has an internal air chamber? Or, in the event that that chamber somehow failed during a ride, would it be possible to put an inner tube inside of the tire?