It was only last month that performance tyre specialist Pirelli announced its return to the world of bicycle tyres. Then, three new clincher tyres were promised in a range that shared its name with that of the company’s Formula One tyres.
Hot off the back from a trip to the company’s development and testing facilities in Milan, Italy, we are now ready to give you the lowdown on the range plus initial impressions of those highly anticipated black circles.
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A lot of us won’t remember the first time that Pirelli was involved with cycling, but the company’s importance should not be underestimated. Take the first ever Giro D’Italia in 1909, for example, which saw a majority of competitors on Pirelli rubber.
Pirelli PZero Velo range overview
Pirelli will offer three PZero tyres. All are clinchers and will retail close to the €43 mark (final pricing remains TBC). Each of the models inherits Pirelli’s colour coded philosophy, using colours at the sidewall to distinguish between tyres for different conditions. The first stock is expected to land with distributors in August.
Pirelli PZero Velo
Indicated by its silver logo, the PZero Velo is the tyre that perhaps most will be interested in. Designed to work well across a wide range of weather conditions, the PZero Velo uses the same 127tpi casing as the other tyres but features an intermediate tread design that itself has migrated from Pirelli’s motorcycle division, namely in the firm’s Diablo Supercorsa tyre.