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Old 05-24-23, 07:25 PM
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Continental GP 5000

Who can tell me what to expect from a pair of continental GP 5000?
I just bought a pair of continental GP 5000 for $100.
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They will be rubber and part of them will be contacting the road at any time assuming you are riding it. They are good tires or bad tires depending on who you ask but I think they are generally decent tires. What exactly do you want to know? You own the tires now so it is not like anyone is going to change your mind or anything is going to be different. Enjoy the tires ride the heck out of them don't worry so much!
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If you are asking this question and have no clue what you bought it's probably going to be the fastest tire you ever owned.

It will also get more flats :-0

Enjoy the speed until your first flat tire or two and then have to make the difficult trade off decision of lowing rolling resistance vs puncture resistance.

I have flipped flopped back and forth with them. I don't miss the speed when riding my gravel king slicks when riding solo.
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Originally Posted by veganbikes
They will be rubber and part of them will be contacting the road at any time assuming you are riding it. They are good tires or bad tires depending on who you ask but I think they are generally decent tires. What exactly do you want to know? You own the tires now so it is not like anyone is going to change your mind or anything is going to be different. Enjoy the tires ride the heck out of them don't worry so much!
It seems better than a warm pillow.
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Old 05-24-23, 08:36 PM
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Expect them to turn up in a box, folded up neatly.
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Old 05-24-23, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Billydog
It seems better than a warm pillow.
I like a good warm pillow on a cold night. I would say I would rather have the pillow then those tires not that they are bad tires but sleep is more important than my bikes and I really should get more of it!
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Hopefully, they are not a massive pain to install as people have had issues getting them on their rims. Those are generally the first generation, as I believe the new generation became more ETRTO compliant.
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Expect decreased rolling resistance over your standard tire, a more supple ride and good puncture resistance. They grip well and can be a PITA to mount, like the ones I mounted today. You should notice a pronounced difference over what you had, unless they were equally expensive.

My impression from the Bontrashers that were on it to the GP5000s: the ride was transformed.

Now back to all the informative comments like the ones above.
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Old 05-24-23, 09:12 PM
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Yeah, what happened to the GP5000s? They were originally fairly easy to mount or dismount, but for the last few years, it's very difficult to get the first bit of bead out of the rim to dismount them. Pushing or pulling with fingers and/or thumbs. Ow. I have "tubeless ready" rims, where the bead pops into the channel with a loud snapping noise when first mounted.

I used a hair dryer on medium to warm up the tire the last time I wanted to remove it at home. That helped a lot. It seems easier dismounting a GP5000 on the road, where I suppose the tire is slightly warmed up naturally.
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Old 05-24-23, 09:21 PM
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These tires sound like a wonderful soft pillow.... Could i be dreaming?
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Old 05-24-23, 10:06 PM
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tubed or tubless

I really like the tubed version, good handling, performance, ride. I used conti racelite tubes.

I when 2000 miles with bfore first puncture..... but tires are wierd, the like you or they don't or you offend the tire gods.... so people experience varies wildly.

on mavic open pro with 28mm tires mounting as tight but got them on with my hands....thumbs were sore afterward
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been rocking the conti gp 5k's (with tubes) '23's for the last few years on 4 different road bikes. pretty decent wear and performance. puncture resistance is
neither here nor there with it seemingly about the same as previous fave-michelins pro 4's (so many variations in the last decade, can't
follow/remember them all). maybe they're difficult to mount but have never had an "easy" tire to mount. ride approx 4,000-5,000 miles on average yearly
and much of the pavé isn't the best along with the occasional .5 mile-4 mile dirt indiscretion mixed in here and there. like them enough for the cashish to be
rocking them exclusively.
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Old 05-25-23, 05:14 AM
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Been riding a tubed pair for 6 months and around 5000km. Not a single puncture, even on some roads with a lot of debris. Still a quite a bit of tread left if the tread indicators are anything to go by. They weren't that bad to mount on the alloy rims on my old Giant, but man were they ever a ***** to mount on my deep carbon rims on my new custom Ti bike. I'm still debating if I want another pair for that reason alone, but other than being tough to mount they are really great tires - fast, comfortable, and decently puncture resistant.
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Old 05-25-23, 06:35 AM
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They don't have the lowest rolling resistance in the world, but pretty low. They don't have the best road grip in the world, but pretty good. They last an above-average number of miles. They're racing tires that function pretty well as everyday riders. I haven't had a puncture flat with one, or their predecessor the 4000S, in over a decade. YMMV if you ride in junk a lot.
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The GP 5000's had great reviews online so I decided to get a set.
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If you were running inexpensive tires on your bike and have enough experience with them then you might notice that the GP 5000 in any version ride much better. If you are in a area where there are thorns and other puncture hazards, then my might flat a little more often. But if you don't live in such area, then expect them to last a long time. Many flats, IMO are from incorrect installation or riding with too low a tire pressure for the bumps and other hazards encountered. So it's a good idea to learn how to diagnose why you flatted each and every time you flat.

I've been using GP 5000's for about five years maybe more. They ride very well and I haven't flatted in the last 3000 maybe 4000 miles I've ridden on them. I used to buy inexpensive tires and they were harsh riding and took a lot of leg muscle. My first pair of decent tires were Vittoria Rubino Pros. The difference in the ride and amount of leg muscle I used to move the bike was amazing to me. The GP 5000's I switched to seem to ride about the same as the Rubino Pros. But the GP 5000's seem to last a little longer.

I think if you hunted, you might have found the GP 5000's at a better price. Though it does depend on which version you purchased.
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The 5000 series are great.
yes, some are tough to install. But manageable with the right technique.

My bike came with a faster tire, I removed those and installed GP5000 S TR.
‘nough said!

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They are a good tire. We have two Trek Domane's in the household with GP5000s on them. One set has 2500 miles on them, the other set has 3500 miles. No flats or any other problems.
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After training and riding all winter with heavy/slow Armadillo's... I switched to GP5000's and instantly set PB's on just about every route I ride. Some areas were close to 2mph faster... and the grip is better, the ride is smoother - tires feel more supple. Better than the other bontrasher and Specialized Turbo's that I ran the previous years.

So far, no flats after about 1200 miles.
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I run my Conti 5000 25mm about 10psi less than other tires to soften them a bit.

Better than Michelin, not as supple as Veloflex or Spec Turbo cotton.

I got my 5000's mounted without levers, but still harder to install than Vittoria Corsa's I have used.
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Those that are having a tough time installing the GP5000 I think it's the rim more than the tire.
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GP 5000's are made in Germany so you know their good..
First thing I bought online that wasn't made in China in a long time lol.
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Originally Posted by prj71
Those that are having a tough time installing the GP5000 I think it's the rim more than the tire.
I say it's more technique. Way less that the rim actually has anything to do with how easy they go on.

Though if you are putting any tire on a skinny rim with a tube that's taking up the space the tire bead should be in while being installed, then yes the rim might be an issue over a wider rim with a deeper spoke channel. But still, with good technique and practice even the worst of rims are easy enough to overcome without using levers.
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More than 100 years experience in the development and production of bicycle tires has made Continental a unique company within the industry.

Continental is the only German bicycle tire manufacturer to produce its tires in Germany......

I wonder where all the other tires are made?
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Their German based factories have sometime produced garbage too when things got by the quality control. Continental also has many of it's tires made in India, Indonesia and other places too.

It's not really where the tire is made. It's all about how well the owners of the Brand holds the tolerances of the manufacturing processes no matter who does the actual manufacturing. And if the quality standards aren't checked by the Brand, then the makers will do whatever they can get away with.
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