I finally got to ride these on some muddy, gritty, variable-terrain fall trails, and these tires never made me feel unsafe or unstable no matter how chunky or fine the surface was.
Theyï¿½re reasonably fast rolling on pavement, but donï¿½t expect them to keep up with your road bikeï¿½s slick racing tires. Still, theyï¿½ll get you to the trails easily enough.
Another plus with these as a tubeless setup is the stability - I can let these tires sit at 32psi for a week+ and lose no air. You donï¿½t need to top these tires off daily before your rides.
In terms of puncture protection, Iï¿½ve rolled over a lot of nasty stuff with them and havenï¿½t yet encountered a puncture, but I canï¿½t say it wouldnï¿½t happen.
I bought these in April, have put 2200 miles on them and about 240,000' of often chunky climbing and descending in the Cherokee, Nantahala, Jefferson and Pisgah National Forests. I have yet to have to plug either tire. And while the rear is showing some wear it is far from finished. Twice I have had them self-seal with Stan's, but never have I needed to tube them. They may not be the lightest or the fastest on pavement, but they're not bad and the dependability and predictability they offer is more important to me than the lowest rolling resistance. I do race, but prefer dependability to outright speed.
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So, I've tried over a dozen gravel tires in the Catskills region of upstate NY. Nothing seems to be able to handle the mix of terrain I encounter. If anyone has ridden here they know you get everything from dry loose over hard to mud to steep rocky climbs to single track and everything inbtw. These tires are extremely damp and comfortable, they handle mud very well, and they roll extremely well on pavement. Where they struggle is in maintaining traction on any kind of drier ascent. If it's damp mud of deeper loose dirt they are fine, but not on a gravel road that's compacted with loose over hard. The smooth center line doesn't sink enough to let the tractor-like side knobs grip in and it slides like a road slick, even on not very steep climbs 5-7 %. You are fine if seated, but you can never get out of saddle which is honestly how a file tread would climb... So it's hit or miss. The aggressive look of the tire screams grip in all terrain but it really does struggle in a dirt road climb. Just something to be aware of. Otherwise great tire with an extremely nice, damp ride. Also- the spec weight can range from 500g to 560g. Hard to get consistency there. Obviously everyone rides different terrain but this is my own experience.
I replaced a worn out Maxis Rambler on the front with this tire. I was looking for something that would offer more confidence on steep, chunky loose descents without too much penalty in rolling resistance for all those miles riding to the good stuff. While I can definitely feel the added inertia getting this tire up to speed compared to the Rambler, the trade-off is worth it. What really surprised me is how smooth this thing rolls on pavement. I assumed with the more aggressive knobs that I would feel a lot of road feedback (vibration) and noise. It is completely silent on pavement, which makes it feel fast, at least psychologically! All in all, I am very happy with the tire. I do think it is a bit overpriced given how many options are out there, hence the three stars on value rating.
Recently used this tire for an extended gravel ride throughout the Dolomites in Northern Italy, where gravel ranges from fine and smooth to very large and jagged. I encountered mud, fire and logging roads, single track, asphalt, and cobblestone sporadically along the way. These tires provided great traction in all the conditions I rode in, are surprisingly tough, and maintained speed on asphalt relatively well (not a lot of drag). I've tried many gravel tires through the years, and in many conditions, but I'm most impressed with the Cinturaro M; an excellent all-around tire, and one I plan on using as my default on my gravel bikes.
I mounted a set of these 700x40 classic tan walls on Santa Cruz Reserve 32 depth wheelset with a 30mm external rim width and 24 internal rim width; at 41psi tubeless front/back, the final width of the tires came out to 41.2mm. First off, these were the easiest tubeless ready tires I've ever mounted (no tire lever needed, and I have weak thumbs!), and equally easy to remove. In the loose, loamy dirt (aka sand) of the Eastern Sierra fire roads, these Pirellis powered through easily and had some minor rear wheel slipping on the extra loose stuff at faster speeds, but nothing out of the ordinary and behaved very predictably on the steep downhills. Transitioning to the hard road tarmac, the Cinturato M's grip was definitely an influence on rolling speed, but overall, it just felt like I was working a little harder as evident by the power meter readings. A small concession IMO, and should not be a detractor. If you're planning on riding 70/30 percent favoring gravel, especially in the sketchy loose stuff, then this is the tire for you. 350+ miles of debris laden trails have yet to produce a puncture or slice on these Pirellis (and I don't mean the light stuff, I'm talking sharp edged shale, not the minor goat head stuff). I'm impressed, and I've run a LOT of different tire makes and models. These have earned a Top 3 spot for my heavy duty gravel rides. Pirelli, you've really produced a great product for us dirt riders.
I love those tires they roll very well we ride mostly on pavement and a little gravel I'm using tubes because I don't feel like dealing with tire sealant, these tires have a strong bead to mount them, I like that
I've had slicks on for the past couple years and wanted a change toward something knobbier that would still feel like it rolls well. These have been excellent.
Tubeless mounting was the most difficult I've experienced on a tire yet - I ended up going to LBS to use their compressor, no issues since then.
Ride quality is pretty good, but I'm still trying to find the right pressure for any road rides that I do; 45psi can feel harsh, but rolls really well.
Traction is stellar. I'll happily go 50-100mi on mixed terrain at 15mph, so I was looking for security over speed. I'm really glad I got these, and I'll probably try to squeeze the 45mm of these into my frame when I wear the current ones out.
I'm running the gravel M 45c on the front for a little more bite (with a specialized pathfinder pro 42 on the rear). This has been a great tire (and combo) for me for the early season. It does well in the spring time/variable conditions that can always range from dusty and dry to muddy and wet this time of year. It's more a jack of all trades, but the center tread does well on hardpack and tarmac, and the spaced shoulder knobs hold decently in corners in most conditions that I've come across yet while shedding mud without any problem. I rode this setup for the Gorge Gravel Grinder long course last week, and it was great. A lot of folks ran narrower tires, but the course was fairly chunky in spots, and I appreciated the extra meat on the bone so to speak. Didn't feel I gave up much speed in rolling resistance, nor aero by running this wider tire and felt confident in the spirited, quick descent corners.
Installed these on my Trek dual sport bike to mainly use on bike paths and light gravel trails with the family. Roll pretty smooth on pavement, but there is some weight compared to previous tires (WTB). Very durable on rough gravel trails and hold air quite well. Give me the visual confidence of a MTB tire, but the great functionality of a multifunctional tire to use with my family.
This is my wife's and I's first "knobby" gravel tire. We were finding the smooth gravel tires weren't cutting it for the off road portions of our rides. We were very worried about excessive rolling resistance on the pavement. Turns out, these tires roll really well on pavement. She's 120lbs, I'm 240lbs - so we cover the spectrum of weight. We are running the 35mm. (Would have purchased 38s if they made them, as we'd like the extra width). But so far so great...
I a bit of a tire nerd and have a subscription to bicyclerollingresistance.com. I'm always trying to find that perfect balance between rolling resistance, puncture protection, grip, and ride quality in a tire, whether its road or gravel. This winter I decided to go for something more aggressive tread wise for my winter gravel riding and assumed I'd just have to give up some rolling resistance to get grip in the slop. Well, I guess you don't! This tire has grip for days, seems to be very resistant to punctures, rides great AND rolls amazingly fast on the road. I'm incredibly impressed with this tire and recommend it to anyone wanting a true all around gravel tire. I'll probably leave it on through the spring assuming the tread lasts that long.
Customer for very long time but my first review. I purchased these tires in 45 mm for my Trek Checkpoint SL. These tires are thick and on the heavier side comparing to my previous tires. I was little concerned about it when I was putting them on but I was in shock with the performance. The rolling resistance, grip and stability especially on loose gravel is incredible. Best upgrade I purchased for my bike.
I run these on one set of wheels and gravel king SS on another.
These give up no speed to the gravel kings, however they are insanely better off road.
I only have run about 200 miles on these tires, so no real opinion on wear.
I would not hesitate to buy them again.
Nice tires. They do well on paved roads, washboards and even loose dirt. They mount easily which is a plus. I had been running GravelKings and they were almost impossible to get the tires to seat on the rim. In the end, everything worked out great, I really like these tires.
I don't have a lot of miles on this tire yet, but so far I'm pretty impressed with its balance/tradeoffs as a tough, high-volume, relatively high traction gravel and mixed terrain tire. I got the 700x45 (black) and am running it on the front with a Cinturato H on the rear. This tire (and the H) both mounted up very easily, with no air loss or seepage/sealant weeping on DT Swiss GRC 1400 carbon wheels (24.5mm internal width). Ride quality is good, with decent damping at 28psi. The tire rolls very smoothly as you would hope from the nearly solid center line of lugs, and on-road noise is low as well. With about 150 miles of mostly rounded gravel at this point I certainly wouldn't have expected any cuts or punctures and haven't seen any issues. The real test will be this coming weekend with ~125mi of sharp limestone gravel and singletrack planned. Only knocks are the relatively high weight (not too far off from 29x2.2 tires with protection) and the price...gravel tires have increased in price by a lot over the past year or so, but it's reasonable on this tire for the high quality of the tire. Happy trails!