On what was supposed to be the second rest day of the 2020 Tour de France, Continental announced they gave their flagship GP5000 a face-lift. Tan sidewalls can now be found in Continental’s rubber catalog.
The special edition releases are essentially GP5000s with tan side walls, a tribute to classic tire designs from the past, with the best modern tech Continental has to offer. They use the same tech as the original GP5000s, increased puncture protection with Conti’s Vectran Breaker, the legendary Continental Black Chili compound and Conti’s “Active Comfort Technology” for a smoother ride.
Continental questionably only released a 25mm size. In the middle of the industry’s transfer to wider, 28mm tires this left us scratching our heads, but anticipating a launch of a wider variety of sizes.
While we expect the Tour-de-France-stamped, special edition tires to sell out, we expect Conti to continue and expand the size range of the tan side wall design that has been absent from Conti’s catalog for so long.