We caught up withPirelli atEurobike 2019 and, as you might expect, there’s a lot going on in its gravel and mountain bike departments for 2020. In this video, Pirelli’s stand rep, Sam, talks us through some of the highlights from the new ranges.
2020 brings new sizes to Pirelli’s Scorpion MTB tyre range,which initially launched earlier this year and is designed for more aggressive riding on rough terrain, and features a new patent-pending side-wall reinforcement technology.
This new technology sees the whole sidewall protected, so puncture protection should be greatly increased. Pirelli says it will also allow riders to run lower pressures for better handling and comfort. We’re certainly looking forward to testing it out ourselves.
Pirelli’s new gravel offering is called theCinturato range, and it borrows heavily from its MTB tyre technology. There are a number of different tyre treads, sizes and widths, all designed for various terrain and applications, and there’s also a tan wall option for the fashionistas.
Simon is a freelance writer and photographer, who has been riding bikes for fun since he was a kid, but took a deep dive into road racing, crits and time trialling culture whilst living in London in his twenties. As a man of very little talent, he always looks to tech to compensate and loves nothing more than finding a smart (preferably cheap) hack that others hadn’t thought of. His stable of bikes certainly isn’t the most extravagant, but they’re all customised to meet Simon’s particular tastes and kept fastidiously clean. His current No.1 bike is a 2009 Giant TCR Advanced SL, that he purchased second hand from a friend in London — he maintains that the 2019 TCR is basically the same bike, so why bother upgrading?