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Pirelli P ZERO RACE TLR RS, the new road racing tyre

Pirelli is launching P ZERO RACE TLR RS (Racing Speed), its best performing road cycling tyre.

It is made for racing bikes and cyclists seeking top performance results from their bikes, at the level of professionals.

Starting from the stage of the 107th Giro d’Italia (Tour of Italy), the World Tour team Lidl-Trek has officially adopted this new tyre. The American male and female teams have been competing with this tyre since the beginning of the season (displaying the Pirelli label #prototype), and have already collected over 70 podiums, including a 2nd place on the Strade Bianche race and the Women’s Strade Bianche, a 2nd place in the Liège–Bastogne–Liège Femmes, as well as a 2nd and 3rd place at the Paris-Roubaix Femmes and the Paris-Roubaix respectively. Out of these podiums so far, a whopping 30 have been victories, including stage 4 at Giro d’Italia, the Tour of the Alps, the Gent-Wevelgem, the Tour de la Provence and the Tour des Flandres Women, as well as two national titles (ITT and Road) in the South African championships.

P ZERO RACE TLR RS is the latest evolution of the P ZERO Race bike tyres produced in Pirelli’s Milan-Bollate plant. This new product ranks at the top of Pirelli’s hi-performance road range and has been designed and developed specifically for competitions. The new tyre has a strong “racing” spirit; its focus is on grip, in any weather condition, as well as excellent handling when braking, accelerating and with curves, very low rolling resistance and less weight.


P ZERO RACE TLR RS uses the SmartEVO2 compound with its original formula, which is further developed when it comes to its chemistry and process. Produced in the same Pirelli plants that create the motorsport compounds, SmartEVO2 is the result of a “smart” polymer compound – i.e. chemically treated to enhance the functions of the various polymeric chains – created to simultaneously offer the tyre grip and speed, which now have been further improved.

P ZERO RACE TLR RS features a lighter version of Pirelli’s patented SpeedCORE™ casing technology. The thickness of the tread and the structure’s fabric layers have been modified to reduce the weight (-8%* compared to the P ZERO RACE TLR) and contribute, together with the compound, to significantly reducing rolling resistance (-16%* rolling resistance compared to the already high-performing P ZERO RACE TLR).

(*) average value measured on the test bench of all four measures available

P ZERO RACE TLR RS is a tubeless-ready tyre equipped with a new bead, whose geometry and internal structure, made with a different arrangement of the Kevlar strands, has been re-engineered to allow the best compatibility of the tyre with the latest-generation rims, whether hooked or hookless rims.


The proximity between Pirelli’s R&D department, in Milan Bicocca, and the renovated factory in Bollate, has enabled the fast and efficient development of this new tyre, which took less than six months to be designed. The prototypes have been tested and validated both in the lab and using the virtual development models (available to Pirelli and commonly used in the automotive sector) at Pirelli’s Indoor Testing centre, and on the road. Joint tests between the team of Pirelli testers and the Lidl-Trek athletes took place riding downhill on Mount Etna in Sicily and through the Arenberg Forest in France.

P ZERO RACE TLR RS is therefore the most cutting-edge version of Pirelli’s road racing tyres and ranks at the top of the range. Its headline, “Racing Performance”, defines its use, and it thus stands out compared to the P ZERO RACE (All-Round Performance) and the 4S version (All-Weather Performance). The remaining models (P ZERO RACE TLR SL, P ZERO RACE Tub SL and P ZERO RACE TT) complement the range and are dedicated to specific cycling activities.

You will find the P ZERO RACE TLR RS in sizes 26-622, 28-622, 30-622 and 32-622 in the best bike shops and online.

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