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Pirelli Cinturato Velo TLR tubeless - seat of my pants review

Old 06-17-19, 10:12 AM
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Pirelli Cinturato Velo TLR tubeless - seat of my pants review

Bike: 2017 BH G7
Wheels: Boyd 44mm

After riding Schwalbe Pro One tyres for a year and a half, I decided to try out a different tyre. After reading around the interwebs, I decided on the Pirelli Cinturato tubeless tyre.



These are my impressions after riding a total of 180k this weekend over the past two days. My findings are not scientific and only reflect the seat of my pants feel.

I immediately noticed that the tyres are a harder/harsher ride as compared to the Pro One's. This is not surprising, since Pirelli claims the tyres are made of a puncture resistant compound. I also noticed that the rolling resistance is not as smooth as the Pro One's. Again, not surprising. My sense is the Pro One's are a race tyres, while the Pirelli's are more of a daily training tyre.

The tyres feel sticky, and of the cornering/descending that I did the tyres performed admirably. No complaints.

I am still in early days with the tyres, so I don't have a final opinion yet. So far though, I am happy with my purchase. I'll update the thread as I continue to put more KMs on the tyres and get a better feel for them.
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Almost forgot to add..

Tyres were easy to get on the rim. I'd say as easy as the Pro One's.
The tyres seated easy enough with my floor pump, although I have some questions about the seating. Those questions can be found here.
I filled them with Orange Seal.
Pirelli says to ride them with a max air pressure of 87 PSI, so that's what I rode them with.
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So I have an update on these tyres. After riding 1,700km, the rear tyre developed a soft spot. The best way I can describe it is this way. The inflated tyre was hard (as expected) except for a section about the size of my thumbnail. This part of the tyre was soft and squishy. Doing some google searching around, I suspect it was a tyre bubble, although nothing as crazy as this: Tyre bubble

There is a possibility the soft spot had been on the tyre before the 1,700k mark. I only found it because I had taken the rear wheel off to clean the rear cassette.

I bought the tyre from PBK so I am following up with them to see if I can get a replacement/warranty tyre.

I am disappointed the tyre has this defect as I was enjoying the tyres until this point. The 26mm was a good size for my riding style. The grippiness of the tyre was good. And the weight of the tyre, while heavier, was good for the type of terrain I was riding on. Anyway. I still have the Pirelli on the front. I replaced the rear tyre wit ha 25mm AC0 as it was the only other tubeless tyre I had. I hate having mismtached tyre sizes on my bike. I feel like a hack.
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