Continental Grand Prix 5000 – A Benchmark Among Cyclists

If for fifteen years, the Continental Grand Prix 4000 held an indelible place in the bicycle wheel sector, it now meets a competitor to match its performance, or at least its worthy successor: the Grand Prix 5000 of the brand. The latter is quickly the darling of lovers of bicycles on asphalt.

Presentation of the Grand Prix 5000

The first appearance of the GP 5000 dates from November of 2018. It enters the scene to replace its big brother the GP 4000 bearing the logo of the same manufacturer. The latter took center stage and prized by amateur and professional cyclists alike for its performance going beyond a standard tire on road bikes . The GP 4000 drew its notoriety from its versatility. It easily adapted to all situations that arose on the asphalt, not to mention the weather conditions. It brought together the criteria of durability, resistance and comfort with brio which allowed it to rise to the top of the consumers’ choices in the sector.

14 years after the first productions of this equipment which caused a sensation among the cyclist, we now discover its heir: the GP 5000. The announcement of its initial exhibition took place in the Canary Islands in front of about fifty journalists.

The GP 5000 is accompanied by a catchy slogan: “It’s your Time”. Literally, everything suggests that the reign of the GP 4000 is coming to an end and that from there, it is the turn of the GP 5000 to shine. It is also available in two types: the first takes the strengths of its predecessor with the presence of an inner tube. The second is equipped with tubeless technology, long awaited by connoisseurs of the designer.

Improved design

If we know the appearance of the GP 4000 very well, we immediately notice the difference when we lay our eyes on the GP 5000. In terms of evolution, we always go through the aesthetic side, and this, the manufacturer does not. has not overlooked. On the GP 5000, we can see this tone presenting a compromise between aggressiveness and elegance. It immediately asserts its design quality at first glance. We find in particular side structures more marked than those of its big brother. In addition to playing a versatile role, adapting to several styles of two-wheelers, this aesthetic contributes significantly to the grip of the whole on the asphalt.

Continental also sidesteps any assembly-related issues by showing off its material with a roundness and centering that satisfied the majority of testers. In terms of size, we especially notice a good effort made by the designer. If the regulars note that the “sizing” of the manufacturer is big, like the case of the GP 4000, the brand has updated itself by providing wheels that no longer differ vaguely from the rims. As an example, if we take a 23mm GP 4000 model that will be at least 27mm and will fit a modern 21mm internal rim. A 25mm GP 5000 meanwhile will be around 26.8mm.

To ride an excellent bike, equipping it with wheels with the same status remains essential. This is why Continental launched its tires fitted with various technologies: in order to keep GP 4000 fans by its side and to conquer the rest of the discipline’s enthusiasts.

The Grand Prix 5000: top-level performance

However, the manufacturer has kept the reference in which it has forged its reputation, the famous Black Chili and by making some improvements. It has a structure composed of 3 layers of 110 TPI each. In total you have 330 TPI, which gives the tire optimum stability when cornering. On the road, you gain in balance as it considerably reduces the resistance to friction.

To this technology are added the reliefs drawn by laser. They are nicknamed the Lazer Grip sculptures. This is engraving mounted on the sides of the tread to provide more grip to the assembly on the asphalt: optimized grip withstanding all weather conditions, whether it be rain, snow or sleet and many more.

If comfort appeared to be a limit with the GP 4000, Continental is trying to overcome this disadvantage with the integration of the Active Comfort system. As its name suggests, it aims to boost the convenience of the cyclist which was not obvious enough on the predecessor of the GP 5000. To do this, the manufacturer has chosen to embed a layer of polymer capable of dampen vibrations and dampen jerks along the way.

The Grand Prix 5000 in tubeless mode

The novelty that has impressed consumers is the tubeless version of the GP 5000. The brand has finally decided on this market with this technology already known to the general public, but has endowed its wheel with a particular design.

The tubeless model embeds the strengths of its inner tube cousin with its triple layers of 60 TPI plies each reinforced with the Vectran Breaker system. The latter is distinguished by its contribution to the robustness of the assembly by increasing its protection against punctures by 20%. It has an instantaneous sealing capacity for any perforations along the way.

Although its weight is heavier than the standard GP 5000, i.e. an excess of 100 g, this equipment nevertheless gains more rolling resistance. The presence of the additional layer inside optimizes its sealing due to the fact that the use of a preventive liquid is no longer compulsory during its assembly, but only recommended.

With the success of the GP 4000 in the bicycle tire market, Continental cannot hope that these new materials will follow the same path.

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