Prototype Pirelli tyres are revealed as the new P Zero Race TLR RS

After being spotted on the bikes of Lidl-Trek for much of the early season, Pirelli has now officially launched the tyres

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The new tyre is claimed to be 'the fastest most performing tyre to date'

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The new tyre is claimed to be 'the fastest most performing tyre to date'

Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli has just unveiled its latest performance road tyre, called the P Zero Race TLR RS. The new tyre has been a bit of an open secret for a while now, at least in the sense that a new tyre was on its way from the brand having been spotted on the wheels of both the men’s and women’s Lidl-Trek teams.

It is claimed to be the "fastest and most performing cycling tyre to date", bringing together and improving the range of Pirelli’s existing technologies in one tyre.

The P Zero Race TLR RS features an update to the SpeedCore, which is a thin air-tight layer inside the tyre. This rubber compound is infused with aramid particles, allowing Pirelli to create a lighter casing structure that has enabled the overall weight of the tyre to be reduced.

This new SpeedCore has also allowed for a reduction in the tyre's thickness, which has also improved its rolling resistance.

Pirelli has used the SmartEVO compound for the P Zero TLR RS. However, it has revised the compound to improve the grip and rolling resistance it can offer. The brand claims that this has been done thanks to "a new made in Italy manufacturing process". This new compound is also said to "boost the handling precision and control even further in both dry and wet conditions".

The new tyres are hookless compatible (28mm and above) and comply with both ETRTO and ISO standards, with a new TLR bead design aiming to improve air retention and better compatibility with modern rim designs.

Pirelli offers the P Zero Race TLR RS in four different widths: 26, 28, 30 and 32mm, showing the sign of the times. It was not that long ago that a brand's tyre range maxed out at 28mm whereas now it is towards the narrower end of the scale.

Pirelli has also included a tyre pressure guide to help set up your tyre depending on your weight, tyre width and rim width. If you are using this guide it is important to remember that if you fit the tyres to hookless rims the maximum 73psi (5 bar) still applies regardless of what the recommended optimal pressure for your tyre and weight is calculated at.

Will you be fitting these to your bike when it comes to swapping out your tyres? Let us know in the comments section below. For more tech news from the world of cycling make sure to check out the tech news section of the GCN website.

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