Pirelli Cinturato Gravel RC is a gravel-racing specific tire, derived from Pirelli's experience in the biggest competitions around the World and the feedback of their PRO athletes. The tread design is inspired by the Scorpion™ XC RC, focused on two key features: higher average speed on straight and fast lines and improved lateral grip when off-road cornering.
Speed Grip Compound:
The SpeedGRIP Compound of the Pirelli Cinturato Gravel RC is a gravel-specific rubber formulation born from Pirelli experience in the World Rally Championship where the performances of speed and grip on and off-road are crucial. This chemical formulation relies on the polymer matrix of the MTB-specific SmartGRIP Compound while lowering its rolling resistance. The gravel application requires good speed and on-off road capabilities, for this reason Pirelli engineers tweaked the compound features towards a better energetic efficiency with little compromise on grip, the result is a predictable compound with solid performances on and off road.
Pirelli engineers combined technologies derived from road-specific reinforced casings with MTB-specific casings to obtain their most advanced gravel casing and produce enhanced performance with the use of special fabric reinforcements and thicker layers of rubber in specific areas of the tire. On the road the majority of punctures are caused by the penetration of sharp objects, while off-road the most common punctures are caused by sidewall cuts. For this reason the TechWALL Gravel features a cut-resistant 120tpi fabric all over the perimeter of the tire while still offering a supple riding feel.