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Cinturato Velo Tire
The 145-year-old company Pirelli created quite the buzz when it announced that it was reentering the road cycling tire market again earlier this year. We were excited for sure, and if you've followed motorsports at all, you're familiar with its success in auto and moto races across the globe. As we glanced over the PZero Velo range, we had one question, where are the tubeless tires? We were assured it was in the works and sure enough, the Cinturato Velo Tire is the tubeless-ready tire from Pirelli, blending puncture protection, ride comfort, and top performance.
Pirelli uses its SmartNET Silica compound for less rolling resistance, exceptional handling and grip, especially on wet roads, and long mileage. Underneath the tread is its Armour Tech technology combining a nylon, bead-to-bead, high-density layer, and an aramid breaker and aramid fibers dispersed into the tread. This not only keeps sharp objects from piercing the casing, but it also prevents the tire from stretching ensuring trouble-free tubeless use.
The Cinturato Velo Tire is available in sizes between 26 and 35mm ideal for anything from endurance rides to hardpack gravel.
- All-condition road tubeless tire optimized protection and performance
- SmartNET Silica compound rolls fast and grips well in the wet
- 60 TPI casing balances durability and ride comfort
- Functional Groove Design provides a smooth ride and drains water
- Ideal Contour Shaping increases cornering and handling confidence
- Aramid fiber belt under the tread prevents punctures
- Item #PIR0046
What do you think about this product?
March 6, 2020
Was OK until spring tune up
I rode these for 2k mi after a series of flats with my conti 4000 II made my decision to go tubeless. They rode OK, but were not as smooth or grippy as the conti's they replaced. They certainly fixed the flat issue 100%. OTH, I was not thrilled with the advanced wear on the rear tire. I would guess I have maybe another 1k mi before it's used up.... That is if it could be mounted again. After a long winter of no use(MTB time) , both tires were flat. No problem, I'll just pull them off, and I clean out the old dry sealant as best as possible and reinstall. That worked fine for the front tire, but not at all for the rear. The tire refuses to latch. I tried heating it, doing the tube trick and even going to a shop that had a more powerful compressor than I have (forget using a hand pump). The issue appears to be that the side walls have stiffened and possibly the tire bead has loosened so that no matter how much pressure is applied, the tire leaks all the pressure without moving toward the side of the rim. After dozens of attempts using a lot of soapy water, sealant, different air caps, 2 different compressors I have given up and ordered a pair of conti 5000's which were the tires I wanted in the first place but were unavailable in 700 x 28 at the time I was dealing with that in rash (5x in 2 days) of flats. These are very easy to install on my Reynolds Assault LE rims, easier than the tubed conti 4000's they replaced which might be the problem. If this issue hadn't occurred, l would have bought another tire in a couple of months and moved the front to the rear. Instead I'm forced to spend twice as much, junk both perelli's and move on. A wasteful choice.
February 25, 2020
Great fast commuter tire
Mounted the 32's on a set of Stans Grails with no issuesI run between 40-60 psi and I'm 190 lb (I inflate to 60 psi and by the end of the week they are down to around 40). I've commuted on them for the last 6 months (~3k miles) through Baltimore MD industrial areas; LOTS of glass and debris. No flats that the sealant didn't handle and they have worn very well. They are a great training/commute/every day tire that will see you through thousands of miles. I haven't had to take them off the rim so I can't comment on bead stretch but I could see issues if you try to mount them on a different rim with a smaller effective bead diameter.
September 3, 2019
Not safe for tubeless
I have concerns about the safety of your Cinturato tires. I recently purchased a Pirelli Cinturato Velo 700*26 tire that can be set up tubeless. I read several reviews on this tire before purchasing and the only consistent comment was that they tend to run oversized, i.e. the 700*26 is closer to a 700*28. I set the tire up on a DT RR440 rim with no problems, and checked to see if it was indeed oversized. I measured the tire width at 25.7mm, which seems spot on for a 26. Fast forward a bit and I’ve done a few rides and put a little over 100 miles on the tire, when I notice it is starting to rub against the top of the wishbone brake bridge on my Time RXRS. The tire looked noticeably larger so I measured the width and it came in a 27.6mm, the only two reasons I can think of for this is maybe the casing stretched or the bead stretched. Anyways being I can’t use it on the rear I decide to try the front so I mount it on a Stans Alpha ZTR 340 fill it up to 100psi when the tire explodes off the rim. Yes, I now realize that Pirelli has two maximum psi ratings on the tire, one for tubeless one for tubed. I looked at the tire before mounting and saw max psi 116, and assumed 100 psi was safe, they list a max 87 psi for tubeless, the fact it blew off at 13 psi over is still scary. (Quick note: I have been running tubeless road almost since they first came out with no issues other than the occasion flat that sealant could not plug, I’ve put over 10,000 miles on this ZTR 340 rim mostly tubeless without an issue. However I’ve always stuck with Hutchinson tires in the past, with the exception of one IRC (it worked fine also)) The only reason I can think of for the Pirelli exploding off the rim is that the tire bead must have stretched, which I think would also explain the increase in width of the tire. If that is the case, and with the amount of comments on the Pirellis being oversize, it seems this could be an issue with all Pirelli Cinturato tires, maybe all Pirelli tires. In my opinion this is not a safe tire to run tubeless. I’m quite disappointed as I’ve had to purchase a new tire to replace it, and have a almost new Pirelli that I don’t feel safe using.
August 30, 2019
There are better options
Mounted and held tubeless as expected. A bit shy of the claimed size and the power meter suggests they're pretty inefficient compared to others in the same size, but the bigger problem was bead stretch. I was shocked when I removed the tire to move to another wheel how loose it was on the rim compared to when I installed it. After removing I couldn't get it to mount on any tubeless rim that I own, and would have been pretty dang nervous if I had. Decided to just scrap it and get different tires. This is with the 32mm tire, 165 pound rider, toward the low end of the acceptable pressure range, and no more than 500 miles of riding.
July 22, 2019
I installed these tires tubeless on a set of DT Swiss PRC 1400 wheels. I mentally prepared for an epic failure, but both tires inflated on the first try with just a regular air pump. They have held pressure for a week and i have no issues so far.
July 15, 2019
I WAS excited
I was excited for a good quality tire to use for my commute. I've been using Continental's and Zipp. They did mount easily, good on the road, the issue.......They will not hold air! They go flat within a week if not pumped up. My other tires on these same wheels I only ever topped them off with air, never needed to fill them up due to being flat. These must be inflated fully every week. I will not buy these again and I would not want a friend to buy them.....
August 3, 2019
Seriously dude, you need to understand the limitations of tubeless, and really no matter what road tires you're running should be topping them off before every ride
September 9, 2019
I think there are two issues here. First, with road tires, regardless of type, if you don't fill them in a week, they're going to be pretty low (unless you regularly use the thick butyl tubes). The other issue, I don't think you put enough sealant in the tires, or any for that matter. You can't just mount these and fill them with air. You must use appropriate rim tape and appropriate type and amounts of sealant. With that, your tires will stay inflated. And btw, you really should "top off" your road tires at least every 2nd ride if not every ride.
April 29, 2019
Everyone should go road tubeless
I know there is a lot of people saying road tubeless isn't the way to go, or that they have a lot of improvements to make to be good. Well, Pirelli did it, these tires are amazing, roll well, grip well, and honestly, for the weight are pretty fast once you do go tubeless. I got the 28mm for a disc road bike and i'd never use regular tires again. I've used many vittoria's and GP 4000 II and the Prilli's are hands down a more well rounded tire than the others. If you've been on the tubeless fence, these will bring you to the tubeless side for sure! and not a bad cost for tubeless tires.
April 2, 2019
Like Them So Far
Gravitated to these tires for its durability and tubeless ability. So far, they've held up quite well! Maybe not as supple or fast rolling as some, but for an all-weather, 4-season tire it's not too bad and it beats changing a flat on the side of the road with frozen hands. Sets up tubeless easy and I would definitely buy them again.
April 1, 2019
Most Durable Tubeless Tire I Could Find
I have had 0 issues with flats with this tire but just got it. In many reviews online, tests indicate this is one of the most puncture resistant tubeless tires. You do compromise a bit of rolling resistance but who cares, i'm not on the side of the road changing a flat.
November 25, 2018
Got these to mount tubeless on my road bike. Got 28s. They were difficult to mount. Went on the rim easily, without tools, but that's when the 'fun' started. Couldn't get the bead pre-seated for the life of me. Had to remove valve stem and pray before the beads finally seated. Compressor mandatory! On the road, they are not as supple as the S-works tubeless I've been using. The ride is a bit harsher. But, and here's the real reason I tried these tires, they seem to be much more resistant to rock cuts than the other tubeless tires I've used. The cross-linked carbon in the tread seems to do what Pirelli claimed it would -- prevents cuts. I'm looking forward to seeing how these fair long term. At any rate, my confidence in them is growing with every ride, upon getting home and finding no cuts in the skin of the tires. So be patient mounting them (you'll really have no choice) and see if you don't think they're about the most evolved tubeless road tire available in terms of durability and resistance to cuts. Oh, almost forgot, the 28s sized up to 30.5 mm on my 21mm internal width rims. I'm running them at 90 psi, but am thinking about dropping down 5 psi, then 10 to see if the ride improves.
December 23, 2018
Thanks for the great review of these. I didn't notice until I had mounted them that Pirelli recommended an internal rim width which doesn't exceed 20mm. Like you, I also have a 21mm internal width. No issue in that case? If there were to be an issue, how might it present itself? Thanks!
February 2, 2019
90 psi would give you a very harsh ride on Tubeless tires David, I am sure you'd be great around 40-45psi, unless you're over 200lbs. i don't even run 90psi in my tubed 28mm tires.
February 2, 2020
Can the Pirelli Cinturato be mounted with a track pump or is a compressor required.
May 19, 2019
Are these made with carbon beads?