Pirelli releases Scorpion Race tyre vary for enduro and DH


In search of velocity, traction, predictable dealing with and condition-specific design? Pirelli’s new gravity-focussed vary goals to have you ever coated, with choices for combined, dry, free and moist circumstances, plus enduro and downhill choices.

Italian tyre model Pirelli has launched an entire new lineup of gravity race particular tyres, designed to go well with a variety of various circumstances, from full-on mud to dry and free, and the whole lot in between. The Pirelli Scorpion Race vary includes 4 fashions, with downhill and enduro choices.

The entire tyres within the vary use Pirelli’s SmartEVO compound, plus enduro or DH particular casing choices to supply the optimum mix of structural assist, safety and stability.

The vary was developed with the professional enter of Fabien Barel. The three-time downhill World Champion is understood for his analytical strategy to racing, and has carried that into his post-racing profession, offering technical recommendation and assist to a variety of mountain bike manufacturers.

Preliminary experience impressions

MBR editor Danny Milner hopped over to Italy to present the brand new tyres a primary experience, and shares his ideas under:

“I rode the brand new Scorpion Race Enduro M tyre fitted to a Canyon Try on the tough, rocky enduro trails in Andalo, nestled within the Dolomites, throughout the Bike Connection press camp.”

“Even working the lighter Enduro casing, I used to be capable of run pressures within the very low 20s (PSI) with out impacting the rim on any of the numerous sharp and square-edge rocks protruding from the path. There was additionally good assist when loaded up into turns. One of many journalists (a former French enduro champion) managed to blow his tyre off the rim leaping right into a flat part, however this may occasionally have been extra to do along with his aggression and overconfidence within the tyre than any shortfall with the Enduro casing.”

“Grip throughout roots and flat grime turns was good, with a predictable, constant slide when the sting knobs let go that was straightforward to regulate. On sure sections of damp, mud-washed limestone, the Pirellis floundered, nevertheless it’s exhausting to think about any tyre that may have carried out on this floor. What was most noticeable concerning the new Scorpion Race Enduro M was the grip to rolling resistance ratio. This can be a tyre that requires a lot much less effort to get rolling and holds onto momentum for a lot longer than, say, one thing with Maxxis’s MaxxGrip compound.”

SmartEVO DH compound

Pirelli have used the SmartEVO DH compound throughout the brand new Race vary. Initially developed for motorsports, it includes two layers of compound with barely completely different however complementary properties; a gentle, high-performance compound on the surface for traction, and on the within a damping compound to supply assist and shock absorption.

These two compounds are designed to work in tandem to supply reactive and exact dealing with, notably at excessive lateral masses typical of downhill racing circumstances. Temperature additionally comes into play, with the compound designed to supply constant efficiency from freezing to scorching circumstances.

Fabien Barel supplied technical perception within the growth of the Pirelli Scorpion Race gravity tyre vary

Pirelli Scorpion Race M

Sizes: 29 x 2.5, 27.5 x 2.5

Estimated weight: 1210g (Enduro 27.5), 1260g (Enduro 29) 1380g (DH 27.5), 1450g (DH 29)

There are two M fashions within the Scorpion Race lineup; the Scorpion Race DH M and the Scorpion Race Enduro M, and whereas the names give the sport away with reference to the meant function, these are designed to be probably the most versatile fashions within the Scorpion vary.

The Scorpion DH M options the Pirelli DualWall+ downhill-specific casing, constructed from double-ply 60tpi casing with cut-resistant strengthened sidewall and rubber bead insert. Tender SmartEVO DH rubber compound on the surface, mixed with structural parts and huge knobs mix to supply puncture safety, plus soak up small vibrations, bigger hits and optimise grip with out compromising stability.

For enduro riders, the DualWall enduro-specific casing within the Enduro M tyre is shaped of a double-ply 120 tpi casing with rubber bead insert reinforcement. That is designed to supply the perfect mix of lighter weight, suppleness, safety and assist for this type of racing.

And each the DH M and Enduro M have a tread with a central part designed for exact, predictable traction on braking and acceleration, with lateral knobs constructed for optimum assist. Pirelli means that these tyres will work nicely on a variety of moist and dry terrain, although notably favouring moist or dry rocks or hardpack, or combined and variable circumstances.

Pirelli Scorpion Race T

Sizes: 29 x 2.5, 27.5 x 2.5

Estimated weight: 1360g (DH 29)

When it’s all about grip, then the Scorpion Race T tyres in both Enduro T or DH T are those to achieve for.

Designed to maximise traction whereas braking, accelerating or cornering, the tread sample incorporates a central part with particular knobs designed to ‘enhance traction in each part of rotation’. This features a central knob that’s designed to be minimize for higher mud evacuation, notably on the entrance wheel, and bigger knobs all through promise nice grip when issues are slippery and damp with out compromising stability due to the usage of a stiffer base compound.

As with the Race M fashions, the DH T makes use of the DualWall+ double-ply 60 tpi casing with minimize resistant sidewall, whereas the Enduro T makes use of the DualWall double-ply 120 tpi casing, and each have a strengthened rubber bead insert.

Pirelli recommends these for dry combined or free terrain, or moist roots or hardpack.

Pirelli Scorpion Race S vary

Sizes: 29 x 2.5, 27.5 x 2.5

Estimated weight: 1260g (Enduro) 1380g (DH 27.5), 1450g (DH 29)

Loam-lovers, this tyre is for you. The Scorpion Race S vary is a beneficial alternative for gentle terrain, like free loam, sand, or the place a free substrate sits over firmer floor under.

Bigger, taller knobs dig into the bottom to supply loads of mechanical grip for aggressive driving, mixed with the grippy SmartEVO DH rubber compound. And once more, stability is achieved by having a stiffer base compound under.

As earlier than, the DH S options DualWall+ casing whereas the Enduro S has the lighter DualWall choice.

Pirelli Scorpion Race Mud

Sizes: 29 x 2.4, 27.5 x 2.4

Estimated weight: 1260g (Enduro) 1380g (DH 27.5), 1450g (DH 29)

The clue is within the identify for this vary. When issues are mucky, moist and intensely muddy, the Race DH MUD is the mannequin to achieve for. In contrast to the remainder of the Scorpion Race vary, this one doesn’t include an Enduro choice.

The Race DH MUD is available in a narrower 2.4 width and has excessive, extensively spaced knobs to supply the proper mix of mechanical grip and deal with cleansing. The knobs are designed to be minimize to supply elevated stability and precision on hardpack moist roots if wanted.

Once more, SmartEVO DH compound supplies most grip in deep mud, plus the standard DualWall+ downhill-specific double-ply 60 tpi casing.


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