Pirelli launches P Zero Race lightweight tubeless road tyre

Pirelli has launched a new World Tour-ready tubeless tyre, the P Zero Race, as the spearhead of its range of tyres dedicated to professional road racing and high-performance cycling.

Two models of the tyre are available; the all-around TLR and the slicker SL version, which will be immediately available on the market.

Three years after the launch of its first clincher, the P Zero Velo clincher, Pirelli has completed its range with the P Zero Race TLR and SL, which were developed in collaboration with two World Tour teams – the Mitchelton-SCOTT of the reigning RR world champion Annemiek van Vleuten, and the Trek-Segafredo of the reigning RR world champion Mads Pedersen and of Vincenzo Nibali. The tyres’ official debut is expected in the races of the UCI top division.

Three years of study and engineering, and over two years of road tests, have led to the two new tubeless-ready P Zeros.

The TLR is an all-around tyre, ideal in competition as well as in training. According to Pirelli, it is almost a four-season tyre, with a TLR casing reinforced by Pirelli TechWALL+ technology to offer excellent grip, high smoothness and puncture protection.

The TLR SL is designed to offer the key advantages of tubeless technology, from grip to smoothness, while emphasising speed and handling. The SL is the lightest and ‘most performing tyre’ produced by Pirelli to date in its cycling-dedicated range.

The new tubeless-ready tyres were made with SmartEVO, an innovative compound which uses three different polymers, each of which provides specific performance. SmartEVO offers extremely balanced behaviour, with the new ternary blend of latest generation polymers offering ‘intelligent’ performance to give better grip on dry and wet surfaces, low rolling resistance and increased comfort.

The new TLR road tyres have been designed and tested on a wide range of rims available on the market. The scale of measures takes into account modern rims according to the latest ETRTO standards and provides. Pirelli fans will find the information on recommended pressures, wheel combinations, riding style, seasonality and more directly printed on the new TLR’s packaging, which is made of 100% recyclable cardboard.

The new P Zeros will be available in cycling shops and online in the EMEA, NAFTA and APAC markets from today, 28 July 2020. The UK distributor is Extra UK.

Hayley Everett

Multimedia Reporter

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