Lower drag (gained 1 mph) compared to knobbies, and one of only few tires that fit on my existing rims. Worked well for driving on roads and packed gravel for a cross-country trek over the pass. Great for commuting to work as well.
I ride an average of 150 miles per week. Through the years I've ridden on many tires and brands. The new 5000 is great. First thing I noticed is the more "true to size". My 25mm 4000's always measured around 28-29 after mounted...which is fine with me actually. My rims have a 19mm internal measurement. The 5000 in size 25mm with the same rims now measures about 26mm. These tires are super smooth and stick fantastic on the fast descents which is confidence inspiring. There's probably never been an absolute perfect tire but this Conti comes close to the mark. I use it for just normal everyday riding. I don't race. However, I'm competitive and push myself on most rides. My last pair of Conti, the 4000, lasted just under 3,000 miles and I only flatted once from the notorious goat thorn. With the Conti's I always switch them out way before the wear indicators are gone. If you can get a set on sale I would say there's great value for your steed.
I have been riding Rubino Pro's for a few years now and I think they are one of the best tire values out there. With the new Graphene compound they last even longer. Very supple and good flat protection. Was happy when they started offering the tan sidewall version. Looks great on my all Black Focus Paralane. I actually like these better than the Corsa's due to the great wear and flat protection. Now if they would only offer a tubeless version with the tan sidewalls!