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Bontrager GR1 Team Issue vs Continental 5000 TL - Substantial Speed Difference?

Old 07-28-20, 12:06 AM
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Bontrager GR1 Team Issue vs Continental 5000 TL - Substantial Speed Difference?

I bought a Checkpoint SL5 and generally speaking I am pretty happy with it.
However the Bontrager GR1 40s that come with it seem to have a rather high rolling resistance on paved roads, which is where I am cycling almost 100% of the time.
Iíve been looking at several articles on tires and the Continental 5000 TL 28 (or maybe even 32) caught my fancy.
Now I am wondering if I would feel a difference in speed and acceleration if I bought the Contis compared to the Bontrager GR1 team issue.
I cycle for fun with moderate speeds of around 25km/h and am not looking to break speed records.

Thank you for sharing your opinion or experience.
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Old 07-28-20, 10:23 AM
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I can't give any personal experience with either tire, however check out this review of the Conti tire: https://www.bicyclerollingresistance...x-5000-tl-2018
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Old 07-28-20, 10:41 AM
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Given the advertised diversity that bike offers, I'd run the 32 in either that you choose.

Looking at the prices online for that Trek Bontrager tire......I'd definitely go with the known option of the GP5000 TL. Maybe my quick Google skewed the results, but appears the GP5000 TL is routinely up to $10 per tire less.
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Going from the GR1s to something slick in the 700x32 range might save you 3-4 minutes over the course of 50km.
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Originally Posted by Will2020 View Post
I bought a Checkpoint SL5 and generally speaking I am pretty happy with it.
However the Bontrager GR1 40s that come with it seem to have a rather high rolling resistance on paved roads, which is where I am cycling almost 100% of the time.
Iíve been looking at several articles on tires and the Continental 5000 TL 28 (or maybe even 32) caught my fancy.
Now I am wondering if I would feel a difference in speed and acceleration if I bought the Contis compared to the Bontrager GR1 team issue.
I cycle for fun with moderate speeds of around 25km/h and am not looking to break speed records.

Thank you for sharing your opinion or experience.
With very few exceptions the tires that come on complete bikes like yours are bad. In fact the tires that come on $5000 bikes are bad.

You definitely will notice a difference. Those Contis are frisky tires.

Excel Sports sells them as a pair for around $75.

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Old 07-28-20, 10:32 PM
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I went with 32 mm tubeless GP 5Ks straight away on my Domane. I’m really liking them even though it was a big size jump from the 25 mm Rubino Pros on my Roubaix. No problems on chip and seal, sort of smooth gravel/dirt and smooth blacktop.
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