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THE NEW ERA IN CYCLING The new Grand Prix 5000 S Tubeless Ready: Lighter, faster and with stronger sidewalls. The new standard in road tubeless ready technology. Ride faster, more comfortable and with increased puncture protection. Made to make you better. Features: BlackChili Compound, Vectran Breaker
BlackChili Compound: It’s all about how you mix it The crucial balance. The rolling properties of the rubber compound of a tire are primarily determined by three interacting factors: stiction [grip], rolling resistance and mileage [longevity]. The dilemma: If you improve any one of these factors, it can have a detrimental effect on at least one of the others. A tire with maximum grip wears quicker and rolls more slowly. If you then make a tire roll faster and more durable, grip, in turn, is reduced. With our BlackChili Compound, a tread compound that is always based on the latest knowledge of polymers and raw material research, we have supplied the cycling industry with an enduring solution. Depending on the application of a tire, we adjust the compound formulation for the specific discipline – for road or mountain biking, time trialling or downhill racing. How does that work? For BlackChili, we refine special synthetic rubbers with proven natural rubber to high-performance tread mixtures. To these mixtures we then add soot particles, which in turn are optimized in shape and surface properties. The complex compound technology is so sensitive that tires with BlackChili Compound are produced exclusively in our plant in Korbach, Germany.
Vectran Breaker: The benchmark in puncture protection Vectran™ is a synthetically manufactured high-tech fiber from a natural model. Like spider silk, Vectran™ is a liquid-crystalline polymer (LCP). Vectran™ is spun from the melted liquid polymer Vectra and processed further to a multi-strand thread. Spider silk, like Vectran™, has an enormous tear resistance at a very low weight: Exactly the right properties to process into a premium Continental bicycle tire as a puncture protection insert. A Vectran™ Breaker is lighter, more flexible and protects more effectively against cuts than the comparable nylon breaker. Vectran™ Breaker does not adversely affect rolling resistance. Tubeless Ready: Our carcass-construction is robust and impervious against damage and penetration from foreign objects. The result: versatile, low weight and an attractive design. In addition, tires made using this technology can also be set up tubeless or used with an inner tube.