Ok, a little follow up for those of you interested in the Conti GP5000 TL tires. I've put some miles on them over the past week and here's some measurements. (All taken on 25mm ext rim, 18 internal @ 80PSI)
Schwalbe Pro 1 700 x 25 - Actual measurement: 29.4 mm
Schwalbe Pro 1 700 x 25 - Actual measurement: 26.3mm
Continental GP5000TL 700 x 25- Actual measurement: 26.4
Subjectively, I feel that the Schwalbe are slightly more comfortable riding. Begs the question if it's the added width making them feel smoother. The Continental feel a bit harsher compared to the Schwalbe. Unfortunately there are too many things going on (different casing volumes, different TPI) for me to try to suss out where the ride difference is coming from.
Rolling- Yeah... both are freaking fast. If you haven't had the opportunity to ride the new breed of road tubeless, do so! You're in for a treat! I've been a die hard tubular fan for many years but honestly these two tires have me totally rethinking that! Here are two links to instrumented tests for the rolling resistance of both the Schwalbe and the Conti:
Puncture resistance- I don't have enough time on the Conti to make a fair assessment. I can say that after a few hundred miles, the tires are void of any nicks and slices that I sustained on the Schwalbe. Speaking of... I have only had 1 flat with the Schwalbe... and it was a catastrophic one. As in so big that an inner tube wasn't going to fix it! That said, the beads on tubeless seem to be tight enough and I rode 12 miles on a flat front! Adviseable, no... Getting back under my own power... yes.
Weight: Yes I scale my tires... Perhaps I need a hobby. Conti weighed in at 297 g. Schwalbe weighed in at 264g.
So, what do you think??? Drop a comment below with your experiences!
To be continued!
David is either found riding his bike or in his workshop working on them!