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First Rides: Pirelli’s first road bike tires made in Italy are the versatile P Zero Race 4S

Pirelli has overhauled their premium year-round road bike tire with the new tube-type P Zero Race 4S clincher, the first of many tires to come…

Friday, Mar 18

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Pirelli has overhauled their premium year-round road bike tire with the new tube-type P Zero Race 4S clincher, the first of many tires to come that they are making entirely in Italy. We had the chance to get in a couple of road rides on the updated tire, and it seems to strike a fast-rolling balance between the racier P Zero Race but with extra durability and a longer-wearing tread. Pirelli P Zero Race 4S tires, made-in-Italy

riding photos by Roo Fowler, c. Bike Connection Agency Just a week ago Pirelli shared the news of their new Italian bicycle tire manufacturing capability at their completely revamped, now hi-tech factory just up the road from their Milan, Italy HQ. And the first product out of the robotic assembly line is this clincher Race 4S four-season tire. We’re told that new machinery is still being installed and set up in the plant, so tube-type tires were the first to come off the line. But TLR tubeless tires will be made in the new factory soon, as well. They are also starting with road tires, but all of the Race level tires will eventually move production to Italy, both on-road & off-road. What’s new?

On the outside, the new Race 4S looks quite similar to the original P Zero Velo 4S tire that we saw when Pirelli returned to cycling tires five years ago, just with a tweaked shoulder sipe arrangement. But inside, Pirelli completely redeveloped the tire to pair better summer […]

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