Tyre giant Pirelli re-entered the road cycling market in 2017. They’re best known in the world of motorsports and have been the tyre supplier to Formula 1 for the past decade, but rewind to the first Giro d’Italia in 1909 and most of the competitors used Pirelli rubber. That race started and finished in Milan, Italy’s industrial and financial capital that was and remains the city of Pirelli’s headquarters.
There are six sets (front and rear) of the tyres to be won in total, each in the mid 700x25c size. The Pirelli P Zero range has performance in mind and is designed to help you go fast, in both dry and wet conditions. We reviewed them in issue 339, and alongside the 4.5* rating, we said:
“Despite being a light and lively tyre under power the carcass comes up big in each size with a buoyant feel that compares well to the competition in terms of comfort and rough road rolling. Pirelli lays its motorbike-derived Smartnet Silica compound over the top and, while we can’t verify the ‘self-aligning molecule’ claims, we can testify that traction is great, particularly in the wet. Straightline speed is decent and puncture resistance is on par too.”