Continental is FINALLY making a tubeless gravel tyre
At the recent IceBike show, Continental gave me a sneaky look at this unnamed prototype gravel tyre. Not many details were forthcoming but I’ve since managed to tease a little out of the brand, and it looks like a promising sign of things to come.
The tyre in question looks like it’s aiming to be a bit of an all-rounder. The central tread blocks are tightly spaced and low in profile, which should mean they roll fairly quickly.
The shoulder tread is made up of three rows of blocks, which get progressively larger and more widely spaced as you move to the outside edge of the tread area. These should provide some bite in dirt or actual gravel.
Continental product manager Jan-Niklas Jünger described this as “a design in progress”, so it’s entirely possible that the final version will look different.
The tyre on show was a size 700x40mm example, which will apparently weigh around 440g. Other sizes will be available too and, critically, all the new gravel tyres will be tubeless compatible.
Continental has confirmed that the new gravel tyres will officially launch later this year. Further spec details and pricing is still to be confirmed.
The GP 5000 range replaces the immensely successful GP4000 S II — one of the best all-round road tyres on the market — so it was significant that Conti’ felt ready to go tubeless with such a key product.
The GP4000S II was one of the best all-round road tyres ever madeBen Delaney / Immediate Media
Similarly, Continental has hitherto declined to embrace gravel riding as a discipline, producing just a handful of cyclocross focussed conventional clinchers. Gravel-specific tubeless rubber is a new departure and it’s one we’re going to watch closely.
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