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We've found a small number of the original GP 4000 S tires, one of our all-time favorites and one of the undisputed best tires ever made. The Grand Prix 4000 S is one of the few tires that miraculously delivers on all fronts, combining speed and amazing handling with impressive puncture resistance and extended tread life. The result is one of the fastest, most durable, and best riding tires ever made.

The Grand Prix 4000 S is actually essentially identical to the black version of the standard Grand Prix 4000 model. The "S" stands for "Schwartz," the German word for Black, which is fitting, because like the black GP 4000, the GP 4000 S benefits from Continental's top rubber compound, an exclusive material which cannot be produced in colors. They call it Black Chili, and it's an incredibly dense rubber, made up of particles roughly ten times smaller than those typically used in bike tires. This state-of-the-art material increases a tire's ability to conform to (grip) the road, while also increasing durability. The Black Chili compound is also more resistant to UV rays, helping it to resist cracking and premature tire wear.

To further durability, the 4000 S also features a Vectran puncture protection barrier. Originally developed by NASA in the construction of space shuttles and suits, Continental has patented Vectran's use in bike tires, which allows their tires to remain extremely light while offering tremendous puncture protection.

The Grand Prix 4000 S features three fabric plies for a total of 330 TPI, has a Kevlar folding bead, a max inflation pressure of 120 PSI, and a weight of 205g (700c x 23mm). This version is available in 700c (622 ISO) and various widths.

Weight: 205 grams

Tire Type: Clincher-Folding 

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 23-622 mm

Max Pressure: 120 psi

Applications: Road Racing, Performance Road Riding 

Made in: Germany 

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Reviewed 1/17/2014
by VtgTrek
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Humboldt, California
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Simply the best.

After riding an older model of Grand Prix for years, I first got the GP 4000S's-used-thrown in when I bought a wheel set. I have been very impressed with the feel and durability of these tires, to say the least!

I commuted on them for a year through the unforgiving streets of Oakland, 20 miles a day, without a single flat. I also did long rides on the weekends (including century rides), again NO flats. And these were pretty well used tires when I got them. I weigh about 135 and ride fixed steel but don't skid much.

Of course, when it was time to get fresh tires I didn't hesitate to buy a new set of GP 4000S's. Bike Tires Direct had a great price and I got my tires FAST. With the new set, I can really appreciate the velvety smoothness of these babies when I'm riding. Installation was no problem at all using levers and the usual moderate amount of elbow grease.

You're doing your research and will come to the conclusion that these are the ones to get. You will not be disappointed. Oh, and the really tough looking German ladies on the box are a nice touch.

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Reviewed 2/28/2014
by runningisfree
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Radnor, PA
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Favorite tires for road bike

I use the both the 700x23 and 700x25 on my road bike for training and racing (wider 25 if I know roads are bad). While they may wear out a bit faster than some of the heavier training tires, the performance and feel make up for it. I am about 160 lbs and pump them up to between 100 and 110psi.

Puncture protection is what you would expect from a fast tire, I haven't had any problems because generally I can avoid pot holes or glass. In both wet and dry conditions, they have maintained good traction with the road.

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Reviewed 2/23/2014
by Anonymous
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Long Island
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Very good road tires

I've been running GP4000s tires for the past several years, and while they are relatively expensive, I find they outlast cheaper tires by as much as twice the mileage. Plus, they are quite good guarding against punctures - a big plus.

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Reviewed 2/6/2014
by Anonymous
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Ogden, UT
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The rubber compound creates good contact with the road, especially when the road is wet.

I used the 700X25 tire as a race day ride with a lot of climbing and descending. At a weight of 170lbs these tires work well then riding on rural roads, some of with are rough in spots. When riding on a long day in the saddle it is nice to drop the pressure to about 110 psi and still be able to corner well. A word of advice here being as I live in a very dry climate lower the air pressure when between rides. I've had cracking issues with other Continental tires.

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Reviewed 1/31/2014
by Anonymous
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Denver, CO
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Great for racing and training

I use these tires for training and racing, when I use clinchers, of course. The wear is excellent, as is the ride and handling. The sale price makes these tires the best deal on any tires. I have used Kendas and Michelins, which do not compare, in my opinion. I ride and race 6,000 to 7,000 miles per year.

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Reviewed 1/20/2014
by Craigp25
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Austin, TX
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BEST TIRE OUT THERE, FAST, RESPONSIVE, AND DURABLE, EXPENSIVE BUT WORTH IT!!!

Best tire I've ever used in 15 yrs of riding. They might not be as durable as the much heavier gatorskins, but are not far off. I ride in TX in the heat and sun and they have done great. I've ridden on days of 108 temps without any issues (the pavement was probably 120-130)!! If you're looking for a fast durable training-racing tire, look no further!!!!

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Reviewed 1/24/2014
by Anonymous
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Hands down the best clincher on the market, awesome grip and tread wear.

This has been my only tire for all of my road riding for the past 5 years and I always keep a set on hand so I can wait for Bike Tires Direct to offer them at a steal. I average 3 to 4 thousand miles per year and have never been left wanting for a different tire.

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Reviewed 1/16/2014
by PilotGuy
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Vancouver, BC
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Wicked Tires

Fast, supple road feel and easy to mount. The GP4000S is THE go to tire for me. I noticed a difference in ride quality and picked up a kmh or two right away after replacing my Vredestein Fortezzas with these. Simply put, I will probably never ride another tire, these rock.

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Reviewed 1/20/2014
by Willy Zipp
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Ontario Canada
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Great tuff tire

The roads I ride on in northern Ontario are not very smooth and what they call pavement is more like chips and dust. I find these tires wear very well with no punctures and excellent grip.

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Reviewed 1/21/2014
by Anonymous
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Santa Rosa, CA
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My Trusty Standby

I have used this tire for several years. They are quite durable for a high performance tire and has good to excellent puncture resistance. Great tires for the rough road surfaces in my area. However, they have become a bit too expensive.

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Reviewed 1/23/2014
by trptdoc
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Santa Cruz, CA
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I have used these for years, after reading about the low rolling resistance and good wear.

These wear as well as any of the better tires I have used, and vastly better than some. They are fun to ride and flats are rare when in the first 1000 miles with these tires.

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Reviewed 1/16/2014
by Gmoyer
Highlands Ranch, CO
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A durable tire and only one I tire and recommend.

A tough and easy rolling tire. Retail price is expensive but I wait each year to buy when biketiresdirect places them on sale.

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Reviewed 1/14/2014
by Auburn Cyclist
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Auburn, Ca.
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Good ride and wear but lots of flats and dangerous sidewall faliures

In the last year I switched from Verdestein Tri Comps to the continental 4000S based on reviews and recommendations. The ride and wear characteristics are good but I've had far more flats with these tires than the Verdesteins and others I've used riding the same roads under the same conditions. More recently I've had 2 occurrences of sidewall cuts-without prior noticeable impacts-that resulted in tire failure. One occurred on a new front tire and put me on the ground at over 30mph. Other club members have also experienced sidewall failures with no apparent reason. The sidewalls on these tires are far too thin to be safe and flat protection is minimal. I'm changing tires.

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Reviewed 12/30/2013
by Lee
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Milwaukee, WI
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Great all around tire

I've used Vredestein Fortezza TriComps for over 8 seasons and was happy with the results. My new Focus Izalco Pro came with OEM Continental Gran Prix and they will be my new tire of choice moving forward. I had over 3,500 miles on the original tires and decided to swap them out to use on a spare bike while they still had some miles left. The Grand Prix offer great cornering, handeling and durability. Great tires.

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Reviewed 11/11/2013
by pukesluber
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Since first use, have not felt a need to try any other tires

Since I first tried the 700x23 GP 4000S about six years ago, I have not seen the need to try any other tires. I'm 210lbs and ride about 150 miles a week throughout the cycling season, putting in about 3500 miles per year. I ride a Trek 5200 OCLV with Bontrager Race wheels. These tires have not let me down. They grip well, seem to have a low rolling resistance, hold up well in road debris, and meet my price expectations when purchased at BikeTiresDirect. I also like the Gatorskins, but prefer the 4000S. Other riders that I have turned onto the 4000S tires also seem to like them. Maybe someone can explain to me why I can buy a car tire mounted, balanced, and out the door cheaper than I can buy a bicycle tire at MSRP?

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Reviewed 11/19/2013
by DL
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Western Colorado
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Just the right balance for an all season tire.

I have been using Grand Prix tires since they were first introduced. The 4000s are a great balance between good mileage and road feel. In the summer I put GP4000s 700x25 on the rear to increase the amount of rubber the touches the road on those long high speed descents in the upper 40 mph range. In the spring and fall I use 700x23's on front and back because they are a little lighter and I am not so concerned about a high speed tempo. In the summer when it is warm you can remove the tires without irons when those unforeseen punctures occur.

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Reviewed 11/11/2013
by Brea Rider
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Brea, CA
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Excellent Tire. Smooth, Supple, Great Handling, and so far Bomb-Proof

I moved away from Continentals several years ago after experiencing too many flats over the years. However, my friends started raving about these tires, and no one was reporting any problems with flats. The 320 tpi make these tires ultra-smooth with wonderful handling characteristics. They are holding up well so far. Continental has purportedly addressed the problems with flats with a special embedded flat-resistant belt. I just put them on my second bike because I am so impressed.

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Reviewed 11/11/2013
by Anonymous
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Great site, tires are perfect for for long road rides in dry condiitons.

Went to LBS to replace factory tires (punture right before my MS150 coming up). Very pricey and hardly any in stock. Did a search and found biketiresdirect.com read reviews on GP4000S. Much better price and could ship in time (both better than LBS). Received 2 days before ride so no time to fully test. On the ride these tires performed better than expected. I felt the reduced rolling resistance and smoothness almost immediately. I completed 184 miles on these tires in 2 days well worth the price. I highly reccomened the site and the tires to fellow riders. Its great when you find a good deal and are happy with the price and service and the results are better than you expected.

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Reviewed 11/11/2013
by Joe Bob
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Tampa, FL
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The one to have

The tire to have in a fast peloton or training ride. Very flat-resistant, fast rolling and excellent handling. I run the pressure at 90 front/100 rear (150 pound rider on a carbon fiber Bianchi) and get an excellent, comfortable ride out of them. Not cheap, but worth the price (especially when I get them on sale!). Not particularly long-lived (4000-6000 miles, a little longer on the front) but that's the price you pay for soft rubber and great handling.

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Reviewed 11/11/2013
by Anonymous
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Best Road Tires

I use the Continental 4000s as my all around, four season tire. I live in CA so I can ride all year and don't have some of the harsh Winter road conditions others may experience. I ride about 3000 miles a year (down from 4000 since I got a house and a dog!).

This tire hold up well and performs well. Decent flat resistance and a nice ride. I've been using these tires for years. Every time I stray and buy something else, I go running back to my Continentals!

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