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The Pirelli Cinturato All Road is a versatile tyre offering grip and usability across a wide range of surfaces, from smooth roads to hard-packed gravel and towpaths. It's a good choice if you're looking to dabble in a bit of off-roading without killing off speed when you want to push on on the tarmac.
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The All Roads have a tread pattern commonly seen among gravel tyres: a fast, slick centre provides speed and limits drag, while small knobbles either side and larger knobbles on the edge of the tyre help bite down on corners and enhance grip.
The tyres are at their best on harder surfaces like canal towpaths, hard-packed gravel and roads, though they did cope better than I expected on rocky and slippery surfaces when I pushed them out of their comfort zone, despite not being designed for it, providing a surprising amount of grip.
Despite being only 40mm wide, they were still capable and comfortable when riding rougher terrain, such as looser gravel. It was nice to be able to transition so effortlessly from road to gravel and back again, at most only needing to adjust tyre pressure. When riding on the road, I ran them at 40psi – hard but still forgiving – dropping them to 30psi when the surfaces became a bit more challenging.
They're made from a mix of polymers that Pirelli calls ProCompound Gravel, which it says should result in better mileage, and also have reinforced sidewalls which, along with Pirelli's ProWall Gravel, a 60 threads-per-inch (TPI) casing, is claimed to enhance puncture resistance and limit sidewall slashes. After nearly 600km on the tyres, they're still rolling smoothly and have very little visible wear.
Something it would be good to see is a choice of TPI counts. Some companies offer their tyres in a range of thread counts, which gives you the option to go for a tyre with more puncture protection (but usually a higher weight) or less but with perhaps a lower weight and more supple feel, depending on your needs.
Pirelli's UK distributor Extra is offering the tyre in two sizes, 700x40 and 700x45, though it also comes in 35 and 50mm widths, and 45mm in 650B.
Fitting these tyres was a real pleasure. I chose to mount them tubeless on a notoriously tricky Edco GRVL 34 wheelset. Up until now I've always had to use the compressor with these wheels, but the Cinturato All Roads required very little persuasion, seating just with a hand pump, and running true to size.
They've required no extra effort since, when swapping between wheelsets, which is a real bonus. Once fitted, and using Effetto Mariposa sealant, they've held air very well.
The Cinturato All Road is priced at £42.99, which is reasonable for a hardwearing, fast-rolling 60TPI tyre.
A tyre offering much the same features is the Hutchinson Overide (Stu tested a 38mm size back in 2020), but from my own experience, having put many miles into both tyres on numerous terrains, I've found the Overides to wear out slightly quicker. You'll also be paying an extra £2 for the Hutchinson equivalent, though it's very slightly lighter, with a claimed weight of 485g; personally, I think the extra weight of the Pirelli is worth it for the longer lifespan.
It also compares well with Vittoria's Terreno Zero, another smooth-treaded road-cum-gravel tyre (Stu tested a 650B model in 2020); that has a 120TPI casing and weighs a claimed 510g, but costs £49.99.
The Cinturato All Road is a good option for swapping between road and gravel – comfortable and responsive, with confidence-inspiring grip. It's very hardwearing and fast rolling and works on a range of surfaces, even when the going gets a bit rougher, though it's slightly limited in that respect by the tread.
Fast-rolling and durable tyre for eating up gravel and tarmac
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Pirelli Cinturato All Road tyre
Size tested: 700x40
Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Pirelli says: "The Cinturato All Road is a gravel-ready tyre designed for tarmac, hardpack trails or light gravel. The tread features a slick central line for fast and smooth riding on tarmac and pavement; progressively higher small paddle-knobs come along to provide solid traction on light gravel, while more aggressive and solid knobs enable cornering confidence when leaning. The Cinturato All Road features the new ProWall Gravel, a 60tpi tubeless-ready casing with added side wall reinforcement to prevent lateral cuts while the ProCompound Gravel, thanks to its formulation made of a mix of polymers, provides an enhanced milage. The Cinturato All Road is a tyre able to provide you traction and grip for fast riding on various different surfaces either on and off-road."
They are great for long miles and easy to fit. They work well for the recommended surfaces and are hard wearing as advertised.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
The tyre has a 60TPI ProWall Gravel casing and ProCompound Gravel, er, compound. Pirelli's UK distributor Extra is offering it in two sizes, 700x40 and 700x45, though it also comes in 35 and 50mm widths, and 45mm in 650B.
The tyres perform well on the recommended surfaces, but are slightly limited by the tread pattern.
They are very durable. After nearly 600km they're still looking very new with minimal signs of wear, and no punctures.
Very comfortable ride.
Reasonably priced compared with similar products in the market.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They ride well and are easy to fit. They are capable across a number of hard-packed surfaces and are very durable.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The ease of fitting.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
There are no real downsides.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
It's a couple of quid cheaper than the same size Hutchinson Overide, if a little heavier than Hutchinson's claimed weight of 485g, while Vittoria's Terreno Zero, which has a 120TPI casing and weighs a claimed 510g, costs £49.99.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
It's a good, hardwearing, fast-rolling tyre for use on and off road. It's very easy to fit and provides a bit of capability off-road, if slightly limited by the tread, and is very durable. I think that makes it very good overall.
About the tester
I usually ride: Windover Bostal My best bike is: Windover Bostal
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Semi pro
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb, Gravel and ultra-endurance racing