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Pirelli P Zero Race

The Pirelli P Zero Race sits at the top of the firm's clincher range, and is designed as a 'race ready all-rounder.' Out in the real world, it feels fast, proves grippy for twisty criterium races, and is a competitive weight.

The P Zero Race is the direct replacement for the P Zero Velo tyre we tested back in 2017. Those thoroughly impressed us with performance both in the dry and wet, and proved quick enough to race on – yet were more durable than most tyres of the same weight.

Fitting the tyres proved little hassle on both old and new wheels, and Pirelli provides a very comprehensive table of what width your tyres will actually measure on different rims – and what pressures it recommends too. On the 19mm Synchros rims that we used for testing, the tyres measured exactly 28mm, just as promised.

Our tester threw the tyres in at the deep end with a midweek crit. The course featured a hairpin corner with no camber which proved the perfect opportunity to test dry weather performance.

Our tester was quickly able to trust the Pirellis, and after a few pedal strikes and watching a few people sliding out in front of him, he was thoroughly impressed – and a few BC points richer.

The rest of the testing seemed to consist of wet training rides and again, we were impressed by the sure-footed feel of the SmartEVO compound.

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Pirelli has found a good balance between speed, grip, durability and puncture protection with the P Zero Race, which results in a tyre that's fit and forget for the summer season at least.