CX/Gravel Tire Test: Pirelli Cinturato Cross Mixed Terrain

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Contents and Test Summary

  1. Introduction
  2. Manufacturer Specifications
  3. Size, Weight, Thickness
  4. Rolling Resistance: 29.7 watts
  5. Puncture Resistance: 8 tread / 5 sidewall
  6. Conclusion: 3.5 / 5 Recommended
  7. Comments
  • Pirelli Cinturato Cross Mixed Terrain
Performance compared to all other CX/Gravel tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - highest - strongest)

Pirelli Cinturato Cross Mixed Terrain road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

The Pirelli Cinturato Cross Mixed Terrain is the more aggressive version of the Pirelli Cinturato Cross range. As the name implies, the Cross Mixed Terrain is made for a large range of surfaces from hardpack up to the loose stuff, and whether wet or dry.


The Cross Mixed Terrain is very similar to the Cross Hard Terrain (read our review), the only difference seems to be the tread pattern with higher knobs and more room between the knobs to clear mud easier. Both tires are built from the same materials: 127 TPI Tubeless-ready casing with a bead to bead woven fabric reinforcement and the Pirelli SpeedGRIP compound on top.


From the looks of this tire it's probably one of the most aggressive cyclocross tires out there as we haven't seen many with such an open-spaced, and big knobs tread pattern.


Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specs
Brand Pirelli
Model Cinturato Cross Mixed Terrain
Year 2020
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range High
Buy At
Manufacturer part number 3770600
EAN8019227377064
TPI 127
Compound SpeedGRIP
Bead Folding
ETRTO 33-622
Specified Weight 390 grams
Max Pressure 72
Made In France
Available Sizes 33-622 (700x33c)

Pirelli Cinturato Cross Mixed Terrain Test Results

Pirelli Cinturato Cross Mixed Terrain  mountain bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


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Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 390 grams
Measured Weight 420 grams
Measured Width Casing 31 mm
Measured Width Tread 31 mm
Measured Height 31 mm
Measured Knob Height Center 2.6 mm
Measured Knob Height Edge 2.7 mm
Measured Total Thickness Sidewall 1.15 mm
Measured Total Thickness Center (excluding knobs) 2.40 mm
All size measurements are taken at low air pressure on a 17.8 mm inner width rim.

Rolling Resistance Test Results


Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube Conti Cross28 (160 gr)
Measured Width 31 mm
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
30-32 = 66 psi/4.6 bar
33-35 = 60 psi/4.1 bar
36-40 = 54 psi/3.7 bar
High Air Pressure
26.9Watts
CRR: 0.00806
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
30-32 = 55 psi/3.8 bar
33-35 = 50 psi/3.4 bar
36-40 = 45 psi/3.1 bar
Medium Air Pressure
28.0 Watts
CRR: 0.00839
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
30-32 = 44 psi/3.0 bar
33-35 = 40 psi/2.8 bar
36-40 = 36 psi/2.6 bar
Low Air Pressure
29.7 Watts
CRR: 0.00890
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
30-32 = 33 psi/2.3 bar
33-35 = 30 psi/2.1 bar
36-40 = 27 psi/1.9bar
Extra Low Air Pressure
32.9 Watts
CRR: 0.00986
The CX/Gravel section is a multi tire size section, air pressures have been adjusted to the measured casing width.

All numbers are for a single tire at a speed of 29 km/h / 18 mph and a load of 42.5 kg / 94 lbs.

Use the formula: RR (Watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Pirelli Cinturato Cross Mixed Terrain  mountain bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Result (higher is better)
Puncture Resistance Tread 8 Points
Puncture Resistance Sidewall 5 Points

Conclusion


  • Pirelli Cinturato Cross Mixed Terrain
Performance compared to all other CX/Gravel tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - highest - strongest)

Although the Pirelli Cinturato Cross Mixed Terrain is very similar to the Cinturato Cross Hard Terrain, there is a definitive difference in rolling resistance between these tires that gets bigger at higher air pressures. This isn't a tire made for running on asphalt at higher pressures as the tread pattern just doesn't work for that.


If your most important requirement is off-road grip under bad conditions and a tire that can clear mud, the Cross Mixed Terrain will be a good choice. Best of both worlds could be a Mixed Terrain on the front and the Hard Terrain on the rear. Check the CX/Gravel overview page to compare all CX/Gravel tires.


RATING: 3.5 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
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