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Pirelli introduces all-new P Zero Road and P Zero Race clincher tyres

Italian company says it is delivering the “best performing all-round bicycle race tyre ever conceived”

Pirelli has widened its P Zero family by introducing the new all-round P Zero Road tube-type tyre, alongside the P Zero Race all-rounder race-ready tube-type tyre with new SmartEVO Compound and TechBELT casing technology (more on that tech in a mo). These new tyres are taking over from Pirelli’s best-seller, the P Zero Velo, that was launched back in June 2019.  

A tubeless-ready version of the P Zero Race already exists – read our review here – as does a lightweight P Zero Race TLR SL – read our review here.

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The P Zero Race is Pirelli’s new top of the range performance tyre for use with inner tubes, while the P Zero Road is for more day to day use and aims to “be the perfect solution for riders who are looking for the most balanced performance”.

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After three years of development working with its WorldTour teams, Trek Segafredo, Team BikeExchange and AG2R Citroën, the brand claims the new P Zero Race is the “best performing all-round bicycle race tyre ever conceived”.

Like the existing tubeless-ready version, the P Zero Race features Pirelli’s SmartEVO Compound that uses a blend of three different polymers, with each said to provide specific performance qualities to achieve the optimal balance of characteristics.

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Pirelli claims this new SmartEVO Compound results in better grip on the dry and wet, while also providing lower rolling resistance.

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The construction of the casing is new,  made using 120 TPI (threads per inch) nylon. The P Zero Race has been adapted to the new ETRTO 19mm rim standards (inner channel size) and as a result each size has a wider tread than the corresponding P Zero Velo. This wider footprint is said to benefit rolling performance and control when cornering.

A wider protective belt has also been introduced. The new TechBELT technology, according to Pirelli, is a “high performing casing structure with an added layer of high cut resistant fabric underneath the tread to provide superior puncture protection in a wide variety of conditions”.

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Pirelli’s P Zero Road training tyre also uses this casing technology but it features an EVO compound instead of the premium SmartEVO alternative.

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The EVO compound is a “high-tech formulation that provides excellent grip and low rolling resistance at the same time, while offering a great balance of mileage and all-round performance,” Pirelli says.

The P Zero Race is available in 26mm, 28mm and 30mm widths, in black or with tan rubber sidewalls (Classic). It will soon be available in a Colour Edition version too (yellow, red or white). Pirelli claims a weight of 205g for a 25mm model, 225g for 28mm, and 245g for 30mm.

The P Zero Road is available in black, in 24mm (215g), 26mm (235g), and 28mm (255g) widths.

The P Zero Race costs £54.99, while P Zero Road costs £37.99.

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