Working with downhill MTB legend Fabien Barel, Pirelli is ready to launch their subsequent stage of DH & EWS race-ready Scorpion Gravity Racing mountain bike tires. The prototype gravity tires are being thrashed down the mountain now, being examined on the EWS & DH World Cup race circuits earlier than an imminent launch for shoppers…
Pirelli Scorpion Gravity Racing prototype EWS, DH-ready MTB tires
Final spring Pirelli crammed out and reorganized their Scorpion mountain bike tire line-up, adapting the identical fundamental household of 5 core off-road tread designs from light-weight, quick XC racing to technical enduro using. On the time we requested concerning the hole on the wider 2.6″ finish of the vary for a correct DH race tire, and had been advised that one thing was within the works. Later, their midsummer eMTB tire debut hinted at extra gravity-ready strengthened casings, the place we had been even capable of pit them head-to-head vs. the venerable Minion DHR for gravity using.
Improvement with 3x DH World Champion Fabien Barel
Pirelli says they’ve been engaged on the brand new Gravity Racing collection of MTB tires for the previous two years, for the reason that begin of the Scorpion household. Now “within the ultimate stage of growth” Pirelli’s growth engineers have introduced French mountain bike legend & 3x DH World Champ Fabien Barel on board to flesh out the final particulars & refinements of the gravity-focused tires. Apart from guiding the ultimate R&D work with Fabien, Pirelli says the tires are set to be raced within the 2021 EWS and DH World Cup collection.
“DH has all the time been recognised as probably the most rigorous and demanding laboratory from the standpoint of product stress. It’s the good and definitive take a look at bench, the place tyres are pushed to the restrict in all their points, from reliability to excessive grip. Parameters reminiscent of absorption and low rolling resistance shouldn’t be missed: these components are more and more essential within the fashionable racing world, the place the extent of efficiency is so excessive and the variations between riders so small, that even the tiniest enhancements in efficiency can take the world’s strongest pilots from an nameless inserting to victory.” – in accordance with Pirelli
Prototype DH-specific new Scorpion Gravity Racing tread designs
We anticipate the tread designs to principally observe the identical normal M medium, S mushy & R rear-specific tread sample designs of the present Enduro & eMTB Scorpion tires, however with some notable condition-specific variation.
The prototypes being examined to date do seem to function a minimum of two or three totally different new gravity-specific tread designs with all-new sipe configurations. The tire labeled Prototype #zero may very well be a modified S mushy design. Whereas one other unlabeled tire options extra rectangular blocky shoulder knobs than any of the extra formed Scorpion shoulders, and a 2+three block middle tread that splits between mushy & rear-specific designs
There’s no official phrase but on when these would possibly make it out to client availability. However primarily based on a number of totally different tread designs already being testing in race-ready tires, we might anticipate Pirelli plans to make use of this EWS & DH WC race season to confirm their rubber mixtures and inner reinforcement layers, with the hopes of debuting the brand new tires by the top of this summer season.
Pirelli Scorpion Gravity Racing prototype EWS, DH-ready mountain bike tires, photographs by Julien Pradas,