Putting the Pirelli Cinturato Gravel H through it's paces in the Flint Hills of Kansas.
When it came to giving the Pirelli Cinturato Gravel H a review, we mounted them up and wore them out in the home of Unbound Gravel. But does the Gravel H have what it takes to de-thrown some of the best, such as the Panaracer SS or Specialized Pathfinder?
Pirelli Cinturato Gravel H 700 x 40
- Incredibly Fast Rolling
- Decent Weight for Size
- Durable so Far but Only Time Will Tell
- Loss of Traction on Climbs
- Not Very Supple
- Slightly More Expensive Than Most
When we first got our hands on the Pirelli Cinturato Gravel H (Retail about $60 on Amazon), we were pleasantly surprised with how fast they looked. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got plenty of other tires that showed up and thought the same to only be disappointed, but with the Cinturato Gravel H, we had no real letdown once we hit the gravel. Before we get too far, let’s talk about some of the basics, they are tubeless compatible and set up very quickly (we still have one set on our aluminum rims that aren’t holding air all the time, but we will blame the sealant for this). They measured fairly true to the labeled with at 40.6mm mounted to a 25mm internal width rim, which we always love to see.
Riding and Testing
Cinturato Gravel H Review Final Thoughts
While the Gravel H has been out for some time, they have yet to significantly impact the gravel scene, at least in the midwest area. This may be brand loyalty or people unfamiliar with Pirelli as a bike tire brand, but they are missing out. Do these tires have what it takes to eventually de-thrown the best that Specialized and Panaracer have? Only time will tell, but as of right now, we are a fan, even with the slightly higher price.