For the past few years we’ve seen almost every tire maker come to the realization that tubeless makes an all around higher performance road tire. Having held a top spot in the premium road clincher market almost since the GP 4000’s debut fourteen years ago, Continental have finally adopted road tubeless with the next generation of their all-around Grand Prix tire. The new GP 5000 TL claims improvements in cornering grip, long-term durability, ride quality & puncture protection with the now obvious real world rolling resistance improvements of road tubeless. Oh and you can also get a much improved GP 5000 clincher too.

Continental GP 5000 TL performance road tubeless tires

Continental GP 5000 TL tubeless road tire, a fully tubeless modern remaking of the industry benchmark road tire

Continental readily admits that they are late to the road tubeless party. Super late, in fact. It seems having a tire that is almost universally praised as being an all-around road market leader can make you a bit complacent. But Conti haven’t just been resting on their road tire laurels, they have been working on developing a solution that they are super happy with. While tire-rim fit has varied from brand-to-brand since the real start of road tubeless, Continental wasn’t happy with simply adapting the low pressure tubeless solution that works for mountain bikes to their premium road market. They don’t want long time GP 4000 fans to buy a tire, fight with tubeless setup, possibly give up, and lose faith in a long-time trusted tire.

Continental GP 5000 TL tubeless road tire, a fully tubeless modern remaking of the industry benchmark road tire

Conti’s whole marketing ploy around the new tubeless tires is that it needs to just work. Tires should disappear beneath you, and we shouldn’t need to worry about our tires or have to stop your ride to fix flats. The marketing copy says that once you get onto the bike, “It’s your time” to ride, trouble-free. But they readily admit (and kind of accept) that also, “It’s about time!”

So Continental developed an all-new TL tubeless construction that they promises will work more easily & more securely that pretty much anything on the market. Plus, they have done it in a tire better in almost every way than their already industry benchmark GP 4000 SII. And it is still entirely handmade in Germany.

Continental GP 5000 TL tubeless road tire – Tire Tech Details

Continental GP 5000 TL tubeless road tire, a fully tubeless modern remaking of the industry benchmark road tireThe heart of making the tubeless tire is a fully sealed butyl inner liner to the 3-layer/180tpi casing, and the large squared off bead that promises a fast and easy seal. We haven’t had a chance to mount one up (if fact, we are publishing this article a day early since another organization failed to respect an agreed upon embargo), but will report back when we get a chance.

This is not a tubeless-ready tire, but a fully tubeless tire. The sealed casing is totally air tight. But Continental still says you need to run the tire with tubeless sealant, both to ensure maximum flat protection and to ensure a seal between the rim to bead interface.Continental GP 5000 TL tubeless road tire, a fully tubeless modern remaking of the industry benchmark road tireBut it isn’t just a new bead, the Gran Prix 5000 TL is almost completely redesigned, improving on most every characteristic. Continental’s signature Black Chili rubber compound has been remixed for improved rolling resistance and better mileage, while also maintaining grip. The Vectran puncture protection layer has evolved to be more resistant without affecting the flexibility of the casing.

Continental GP 5000 TL tubeless road tire, a fully tubeless modern remaking of the industry benchmark road tireThe signature tread pattern on the tires shoulder has been remade, by laser etching the mold (instead of the previous machined grooves in the mold) to create a more porous texture to the rubber for greater surface area and more grip while cornering. Conti also assures us that the modified should detailing maintains the same aero performance, that we have personally witnessed in the wind tunnel helps create a turbulent boundary layer of air, improving aerodynamics especially of deeper aero wheels at increasing yaw angles.

Continental GP 5000 TL tubeless road tire – Active Comfort Tech

Continental GP 5000 TL tubeless road tire, a fully tubeless modern remaking of the industry benchmark road tireAnd unseen inside the casing, but probably the biggest performance improvement in the tire is a new tech called Active Comfort. Essentially by providing more stiffness and controlled damping in the sidewall areas while leaving the portion of the casing under the tread more flexible, Continental promises the ability to run lower tire pressure to maximize comfort & grip, while retaining the stability of higher pressures while cornering at high speed.

Continental GP 5000 TL tubeless road tire, a fully tubeless modern remaking of the industry benchmark road tireWe think that this Active Comfort tech could be the standout improvement in the new GP 5000 (and at least one Conti engineer agreed). It’s also quite similar to some of the lighter enduro MTB tire tech we seen lately – like in the new BLCK DMND tires from Specialized.  That will especially be the case in the wider sizes available in the new tire, where lower pressures will improve grip, comfort & rolling resistance, now possibly without sacrificing stability & control during hard cornering.

Conti GP 5000 TL tubeless road tire – Tire Sizes, Weights & Pricing

Continental GP 5000 TL tubeless road tire, a fully tubeless modern remaking of the industry benchmark road tire

Speaking of larger volume tires, it was a pleasant surprise to see that Conti has gone wide with the new GP 5000 TL. Remember that they still think of this as a high performance road racing tire. It is rated for up to more than 100psi for the narrower versions, and should only be installed on hooked bead tubeless ready rims. But realistically should be run at much lower levels to get the full benefits of going tubeless. (That also means this type of road tubeless tech for high pressure applications will find its way into other Conti road tires. But gravel & cross tires will likely stick with the lower pressure solutions developed for mountain bikes.)

The 75€ tubeless GP 5000 TL is available in 700c x 25, 28 & 32mm versions (300, 345 & 375g, respectively). There’s also a 650b x 28mm version (330g claimed) specifically developed to bring high performance road to smaller riders who get an uncompromised fit & handling on the smaller wheeled bikes (like we’ve seen most notably from Canyon.) Continental chose not to produce more narrow tubeless versions to ensure secure fit and performance with the current crop of wider internal width tubeless rims on the market.

The result of that tech is that the new tubeless GP 5000 TL promises incrementally better performance than the new clincher GP 5000. Conti says the tubeless version has 5% less rolling resistance and 5% better puncture resistance, before you even account for tubeless sealant.

Continental GP 5000 high performance clincher road tires

Continental GP 5000 TL tubeless road tire, a fully tubeless modern remaking of the industry benchmark road tire

As we alluded to from the start, this is a re-imagining of the GP 4000 SII, a tire that many call the benchmark of performance for all-around road clinchers. So almost all of those tech updates also apply to the clincher GP 5000 too.

The claimed performance updates for the GP 5000 clincher vs. the benchmark old GP 4000 SII are pretty sizable: 12% less rolling resistance, 20% better overall puncture resistance, 10g lighter, and with the improved comfort offered by the Active Comfort casing. (And remember, the tubeless version is even better on rolling & puncture resistance.)

If those claims are backed up in real world riding, the new GP 5000 tires are set to reclaim their position as a modern benchmark performance road tire for all sorts of riding & racing. Faster rolling & better puncture resistance than comparable tires on the market, while also being near the lightest as well. Conti says they’ve tested the new GP 5000 TL & GP 5000 against tubeless & clincher tires from the likes of Bontrager, Hutchinson, Maxxis, Pirelli, Specialized, Schwalbe & Vittoria, and they seem pretty comfortable that the GP 5000s are going to set the new standard again for years to come.

Continental GP 5000 TL tubeless road tire, a fully tubeless modern remaking of the industry benchmark road tire

From the outside they look virtually identical and share the same updated Black Chili rubber, the new Lazer Grip micro texturing, and even the Active Comfort stability tech inside the casing.

But inside the differences are more obvious. The tubeless GP 5000 TL has the ribbed inner butyl liner layer that seals air inside, while the tube-type GP 5000 has the same patterned web that controls the interface with an inner tube.

Continental GP 5000 TL tubeless road tire, a fully tubeless modern remaking of the industry benchmark road tire

At it’s core, the construction of the clincher GP 5000 is similar to the tubeless version, without the additional liner or special, blocky tubeless bead. The result is a tire that is lighter and uses a more fine 3-ply/330tpi casing, but still doesn’t quite match tubeless for lower rolling resistance.

The clincher is available in a slightly wider range of more narrow sizes, suited also to fit the more narrow road rims that are still used on many tube-type bikes. The clincher GP 5000 comes in 700c x 23, 25, 28 & 32 (200, 215, 235 & 290g, respectively) as well as 650b x 25 & 28mm (claimed 205 & 230g). The new Conti GP 5000 clinchers all share the same 63€ recommended retail price.

As a running change, Continental has ended production of the GP 4000 for several months, and you will only find the new GP 5000 once existing stock in the market is exhausted.

Conti GP 5000 TL tubeless & GP 5000 clincher road tires – Availability

Continental GP 5000 TL tubeless road tire, a fully tubeless modern remaking of the industry benchmark road tire

All of the tubeless and clincher Conti GP 5000 TL & GP 5000 tires have been in production for months – entirely developed & handmade in Germany in-house by Continental. They are available from tomorrow November 8 through all of the typical retail channels. We’ve heard that warehouses are stocked, and many of the bigger distributors in Europe & the Americas already have the new tires waiting to go. But Conti does anticipate high demand for some of the tubeless versions, so order fast if you really want to ride them soon.

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whatacrackup
whatacrackup
3 years ago

Sidewall is cracking in second photo.

SB
SB
3 years ago
Reply to  whatacrackup

He’s right its cracked. Probably because showbike

greg
greg
3 years ago
Reply to  whatacrackup

it’s like that around the hot patch only. Non-issue

Andrew
Andrew
3 years ago

Yessssss!

dixls
dixls
3 years ago

650b or 650c? would be surpised at a 650b x 25mm

Greg
Greg
3 years ago
Reply to  dixls

650b, as specced on really small Canyon bikes. Looks like 650c is officially dead.

jmacias714
3 years ago
Reply to  dixls

650 is available in 25c and 28c! ETRTO measurement is 584 for the bead diameter.

JBikes
JBikes
3 years ago

The laser etching looks exactly like Michelin’s older tires.

Rode Michelin, then Conti, then back to Michelin’s new Power Comp…Conti is going to have to really work for my business tubeless or not.

TobinGestatesYou (@TobinHatesYou)
Reply to  JBikes

300g for a 25mm makes this one of the heaviest tubeless performance tires. The only heavier tubeless tire I’ve tried is the Panaracer Race A Evo, and that ended up being a very slow tire according to the Bicycle Rolling Resistance website. On the other hand, Continental’s 3x60tpi casings are more or less cottonwalls with a tiny bit of rubber coating on them, so the butyl liner is necessary.

For comparison, the TLR Hutchinson Fusion 5 Galactiks are 220g and the Mavic Yksion Pro UST are 250g. Mavic, Zipp and Pirelli are all having Hutchinson make their tires… They’re cheaper, widely available and proven.

blahblahblah
blahblahblah
3 years ago

but these tires will leave all of them for dead

Mikey
Mikey
3 years ago

Finally!!!

Espen Unaas
3 years ago

What about tubular version?

DB
DB
3 years ago

You keep saying that tubeless has proven benefits for road. Unless you’re prepared to run a Corsa Speed TLR that’s not a unequivocally valid statement. Heavier with equal rolling resistance at best does not a faster tyre make.

SB
SB
3 years ago
Reply to  DB

Yr technically correct, but the masses want reliability and safety plus speed. Cotton tires and latex tubes are downright dangerous for Joe Schmo

JMG_DC
JMG_DC
3 years ago
Reply to  SB

“Cotton tires and latex tubes are downright dangerous for Joe Schmo”

Huh? I’ve been running cotton tires (Vittoria, Specialized) with latex tubes for years with no issues.

Scott
Scott
3 years ago
Reply to  DB

Corsa Speed TLR are so good except in durability. I managed to get 100 miles before I got a puncture that sealed. I then took them off and will save them for races. So fast though, and so comfy.

Frank
Frank
3 years ago

Still below the performance of the equivalent tyre with latex inner tube. Plus dealing with the muck.

By the way, hope Continental has improved the resistance to cuts of the sidewalls this time. Had to throw away a few almost new GP2000 tyres due to that particular weakness.

Justin
Justin
3 years ago
Reply to  Frank

GP2000? You’re still alive from those days?

Frank
Frank
3 years ago
Reply to  Justin

Well, if you are such a stickler for branding, GP2000S-II.

mike w
mike w
3 years ago
Reply to  Frank

Do you mean 4000S-II??

chew
chew
3 years ago
Reply to  Frank

gp4000s 2?

Bmx
Bmx
3 years ago
Reply to  Frank

Tubeless is non comparable when you consider the lack of punctures. Go ride tubeless for a year and you’ll understand the advantages , probably won’t even bother with a spare tube after a while

Joe
Joe
3 years ago
Reply to  Bmx

What’s a tube?

Frank
Frank
3 years ago
Reply to  Bmx

Thanks for the suggestion, bmx. People’s experiences vary, however, depending on the quality of the roads, their riding style, etc. I hardly every flat, so for me tubeless isn’t really worth the hassle (and latex tubes are sweet)! For each their own.

JBikes
JBikes
3 years ago
Reply to  Frank

This. I think i’ve had 3 super easy to fix flats in the last 10 years (2 where during wet rides) I also have tubeless wheels. For road bikes, its not a deal breaker for me and I’ll go with the better/lighter tire at this point. I

blahblahblah
blahblahblah
3 years ago
Reply to  Frank

so if a latex tube is better than a butyl surely no tube is even better

Hexsense
Hexsense
3 years ago
Reply to  blahblahblah

No tube is better than latex tube if there is no butyl tube added to the tire.
Hutchinson TLR (tubeless ready) or something similar without butyl liner are great. Hutchinson Full Tubeless with butyl liner inside the tire is not.

Slamma Jamma
Slamma Jamma
3 years ago
Reply to  Bmx

I’ve had maybe 3 flats in the last 5 years. Doesn’t bother me a bit and never will.

Hans
Hans
3 years ago

So would the TL version work with Roval CLX 50’s? Not sure if these feature hooked beads.

Roddy
Roddy
3 years ago
Reply to  Hans

Hooked rim = tubeless rim

Ben Mills
Ben Mills
3 years ago
Reply to  Roddy

So these would work with hookless tubeless rims? Something like a ENVE SES 4.5 AR?

mh
mh
3 years ago
Reply to  Ben Mills

I’m curious. I run a Hunt wheelset with a similar hookless design.

I have to guess that they’re using a beefy bead hook to offset the safety issues of having a slightly larger bead diameter. At least that’s my takeaway from the marketing re: easy mount/dismount.

Rick Y
Rick Y
3 years ago
Reply to  Hans

Roval CLX rims are Hookless, So I guess you cannot use these!

Mike Malard
Mike Malard
3 years ago

Waiting to see if sealant is actually required as stated by Continental in the article… a true tubeless tire should be sealant opional. I’ve run Hutchinson tires for years on my tubeless road wheels with zero sealant and zero mess, leaks or additional problems.

Jeff
Jeff
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike Malard

no sealant in tubeless tires? Doesn’t that negate the purpose of them? You’ll have to remove tire, patch and then reinstall whereas with sealant, you can just keep riding because it will have sealed the puncture.

Seth Frankel
Seth Frankel
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike Malard

Point of sealant isn’t just for bead leak. It also self repairs punctures.

Andy R
Andy R
3 years ago

Glad they still make 4000s in 650c because I’m sure not jumping on the 584 bandwagon.

Bre L Rue
Bre L Rue
3 years ago

I’d love to be able to sell Conti’s, but until they control their pricing it isn’t feasible. When places like bike tires direct sell their tires for just over what they wholesale for it’s a lost cause. No matter how good they claim to be.

JBikes
JBikes
3 years ago
Reply to  Bre L Rue

You state they don’t control their pricing then state people sell for just over wholesale. Seems wholesale pricing is controlled and conti doesn’t care what level of profit margin a reseller has.
I don’t think I’m alone on shying from companies that only deal through an LBS.
I hope you are a good LBS that provides value other than being the only one around locally.

Shafty
Shafty
3 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

You read what he typed, but still didn’t understand. Not controlling RETAIL or ADVERTISED PRICE, is the problem. They allow anyone to sell and advertise their products at wildly different prices. This hurts the perceived value, and can make it untenable for the LBS.

Don’t knock all bike shops just because you have a bad one near you. You must be forgetting that most often they perform service that the end user can’t. That includes INSTALLING TIRES.

A.
A.
3 years ago
Reply to  Bre L Rue

Agreed. I’m stocking minimal Conti going forward. It’s not worth dedicating so much wall space to a company manages to get its products to mail order companies for so much less that they are able to sell it at or below LBS wholesale. Business practices like this will put an end to independently-owned retail stores, turn every main street into a row of chains, and pull significant tax dollars out of local economies. It boggles my mind that so few customers understand that paying a little bit more at a local privately-owned business ultimately benefits them as well as all of their neighbors.

Ryan
Ryan
3 years ago

They will be online for 69.99 per pair with free tubes included as soon as they start shipping.

JMG_DC
JMG_DC
3 years ago

“They don’t want long time GP 4000 fans to buy a tire, fight with tubeless setup, possibly give up, and lose faith in a long-time trusted tire.”

Uh, if you are riding GP 4000s, you must already be reconciled to fighting with your tires. No high end tire is harder to mount than GP 4000s.

Roddy
Roddy
3 years ago
Reply to  JMG_DC

Sounds like you didn’t watch this youtube video yet: How to fit a Marathon Plus Tyre.mp4

There is no hard mounting tyres if you know how to mount a tyre.

Dominc
Dominc
3 years ago
Reply to  JMG_DC

I see somebody who’s never installed a Vittoria Corsa. GP4000, hard to mount? Not by a long shot!

Olivier
3 years ago

Are the std version convertible……then you get an uber light tubeless… been there with all my MTB tires (schwalbe evo lines) and with the early schwalbe ultrmo ZX and one..with the pro ones its Tubeless easy so no brainer…….

MC
MC
3 years ago

IRC Formula Pro RBCC tubeless are 275g at the 25mm width, and their X-Guard (higher puncture resistance) version weighs in at 300g. Anyone out there with experience on these IRC products?

Yono
Yono
3 years ago
Reply to  MC

I am using IRC for 9 month. Xguard is just perfect. Already done 7500km in 6 month and no puncture. Now using the second pair and I just love them. Changed bc. of racing but could use them more.

lu
lu
3 years ago

Pretty new to cycling, and already hate changing tires.

I do endurance rides on fairly good roads, weight 220 lbs. using paris-roubaix tires from Specialized. Was going to buy Schwalbe Pro Ones at the advice of riding buddies, who swore by tubeless and the Pro Ones. But the reliability issues on amazon and other reviews have me wondering about tubeless.

Do you think these will be significantly more reliable than the Pro Ones? They are much heavier, more like the Ones.

Evan
Evan
3 years ago

Can you comment on the measured width of the new clinchers compared to the measured width of the 4ks? My intel suggests the new tires are much narrower for the same labeled width.

Evan
Evan
3 years ago
Reply to  Cory Benson

While that makes sense after a fashion it makes weight comparisons less direct, so when you say 10g lighter I think they may actually be effectively heavier.

DCJ
DCJ
3 years ago

Is there a tubular version coming or available?

Dmytro
Dmytro
3 years ago

Hi to all!
Somebody know real size(diameter) for Gp5000 TLS 28mm and 32mm on rim with inside size 17mm?

Karl
3 years ago

Lbs just installed standard gp5000 (NOT the TL-version) in a tubeless setup. Is this possible? What are the consequences and at what pressure should i ride them?