Pirelli Scorpion “Race” EN/DH mountain bike tires get F1-level improvement


Pirelli’s new “Race Degree” DH and Enduro tires, in improvement for nearly two years, have been the key to getting extra sources poured into the Velo division, and it reveals.

Internally, their reps advised me that if it has to do with racing on the World Cup stage, then Pirelli needs to win. From F1 to Moto, if the tires are going to the highest groups and athletes, they have to be tires which are produced with their high expertise for the only function of profitable.

pirelli race enduro and dh mountain bike tires

Now, fortuitously for us, that mindset involves their new Race EN and DH tires…

Pirelli’s commonplace fashions are designed to stability efficiency with sturdiness, and an approachable journey high quality for the typical fanatic rider. Nothing fallacious with that.

The brand new Race fashions concentrate on all-out race-level efficiency; maximizing grip, compliance, and cornering with much less concentrate on long-term sturdiness.

Pirelli Race EN/DH tire fashions

pirelli race enduro and dh mountain bike tires

Left to Proper: Mud / S / T / M tires.

These Race fashions get 4 new aggressive tread designs, however use the identical naming scheme of M/T/S/Mud so you realize their meant use. Solely in 2.5” width, for 29er and 27.5”

EN vs DH
The EN and DH tires have the identical tread sample and each are tubeless prepared, however they differ in casing and compound. The EN’s DUAL WALL is a extra supple 2-ply 120tpi casing with a typical folding bead.

The DH tires will get inflexible beads with a 2-ply 60tpi casing, plus a 3rd DUAL WALL+ sidewall layer. That additional textile layer on the DH provides extra lateral stiffness, too. All that provides about 150g greater than the EN model.

DH Race tire weights vary from 1310g to 1450g. EN Race tires weigh from 1210g to 1260g.

M for… All Round?
The M mannequin is the “All-Round Racing Efficiency” tire. Its facet knobs have recesses to enhance grip on hardpack and rock faces, however are softer all through as a result of the intermediate knobs are carefully spaced between the middle and facet knobs, so it’s extra about utilizing the rubber itself for grip versus punching into the bottom.

pirelli race enduro and dh mountain bike tires

Left to Proper: M / T / S / Mud tires.

T for Traction
T facet knobs are extra separated from the middle knobs, so their inside edge is sharper and the firmer underlying compound has a spike into the center of the knob so it’s higher supported.

The middle knob might be lower out for entrance tire use or in softer circumstances the place you want extra chew. Or depart it there for extra braking efficiency within the rear or sooner rolling on smoother, tougher terrain.

size and width chart for pirelli race EN and DH mountain bike tires

S for Mushy/Free
S knobs are broadly spaced to stab into tender or unfastened surfaces and grip the firmer floor beneath. The facet knobs look smaller from the highest down, however they’re buttressed fairly effectively to face as much as laborious cornering.

Mud for…yep, Mud
The Mud tire solely is available in a DH mannequin, and solely in a narrower 2.4 width, meant to be a entrance tire for racing in actually sloppy circumstances the place the treads have to chew into the bottom to search out grip. Smaller caps on every tread block are designed to be lower off in circumstances warrant, like for extra precision steering on firmer moist surfaces like roots and hardpack.

Pirelli Race EN/DH rubber compounds

closeup of new pirelli race mountain bike tires

Pirelli’s reps stated compounds are usually not simply concerning the Shore (durometer) score, which is about compression. It’s additionally about hysteresis, which is the rebound, and so they say that’s tremendous essential to stop dropping grip and giving the rider correct suggestions.

The Race tires get a brand new dual-compound design places a tougher rubber beneath the tread blocks, and a softer compound for the knobs. The outer compound is identical throughout the tire, for each heart and facet knobs, as a result of they wished the grip and really feel to stay constant in any respect angles.

That means, the texture doesn’t shift as you go right into a nook. They are saying that is commonplace in motorsports, so why wouldn’t they do it to bicycle tires, too?

This twin compound isn’t used on their commonplace tires, the place many riders will journey the tires for a very long time, even after the sides of the knobs have worn down. There, a single compound maintains extra constant efficiency even because the tires put on down.

tread wear comparison between pirelli race EN and DH mountain bike tires

Pirelli lists each the EN and DH tires as utilizing the identical 42a SmartEVO DH compound, nonetheless they appeared to put on fairly in a different way throughout the press occasion we attended.

Above, the EN tires are proven on left, DH on the suitable. Each are proven after three full days of motorbike park driving underneath varied riders, and the DH tire’s knobs are noticeably extra chewed up on the braking edge. May very well be the way in which the DH bikes have been being ridden, however the variations appeared constant throughout a number of bikes.

Pirelli makes no apologies for this – the aim is most efficiency. In order for you a longer-lasting tire, get the usual variations. But in addition take solace that the EN variations appear like possibly they’ll last more than the DH variations.

Pricing and availability TBA, we’ll replace as quickly as we’ve that information.

First impressions

ride review of pirelli race EN mountain bike tires

As with every take a look at, driving a brand new tire on a brand new bike on new trails means there’s numerous inputs to filter, however my first impressions are actually good.

I rode the Race EN M-series tires on a Canyon Attempt (170mm entrance and rear journey) and was very impressed with each the tires and the bike. Grip was phenomenal, and so they felt extraordinarily supple for a dual-play tire meant to resist the abuses of enduro racing on diversified terrains.

ride review of pirelli race EN mountain bike tires

From hardpacked bounce traces and berms to the loamy softness of some facet trails, they went the place I pointed them. Past that, there was one thing additional about the way in which they felt…possibly it was the “tuned” rubber with low rebound or the additional tender outer rubber layer grabbing maintain of the bottom.

No matter it was, I’m wanting ahead to testing a set out alone bikes on extra acquainted trails.

Pricing & Availability

All Pirelli Scorpion Race Enduro and Race DH tires of the M, S and T tread patterns, in 27.5″ x 2.5″ and 29″ x 2.5″, retail at $99.90 USD. In Europe, pricing varies between the Race Enduro and DH traces, the previous priced at 89,90 € and the latter at 84,90 €. Inventory is due for each markets in early 2023.

Scorpion Race Enduro M 27.5 x 2.5     89,90 €  $    99.90
Scorpion Race Enduro M 29 x 2.5     89,90 €  $    99.90
Scorpion Race Enduro S 27.5 x 2.5     89,90 €  $    99.90
Scorpion Race Enduro S 29 x 2.5     89,90 €  $    99.90
Scorpion Race Enduro T 27.5 x 2.5     89,90 €  $    99.90
Scorpion Race Enduro T 29 x 2.5     89,90 €  $    99.90
Scorpion Race DH M 27.5 x 2.5     84,90 €  $    99.90
Scorpion Race DH M 29 x 2.5     84,80 €  $    99.90
Scorpion Race DH S 27.5 x 2.5     84,90 €  $    99.90
Scorpion Race DH S 29 x 2.5     84,90 €  $    99.90
Scorpion Race DH T 27.5 x 2.5     84,90 €  $    99.90
Scorpion Race DH T 29 x 2.5     84,90 €  $    99.90




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