At EWS Tweed Valley, we spotted the Theory Global Race Team rolling around the race paddocks on prototype Pirelli Gravity tires, subtly marked with a great big “prototype #0” on the sidewall. Almost ready for production, these will join Pirelli’s Scorpion lineup of mountain bike tires by mid-season 2022, with front and rear specific tread patterns, an all-new casing construction and, possibly, a rather unusual arrangement of rubber compounds. Here’s what we know so far. Pirelli Scorpion Gravity Prototype #0
Seated to 30mm internal rim Santa Cruz Reserve wheels were Pirelli’s latest Scorpion Gravity mountain bike tires, still rolling under the “prototype #0” name. We had a glimpse at these earlier this season, when Pirelli teased with news of their development with Fabien Barel . Indeed, the DH racing legend has been heavily involved in their development, as have EWS and DH Pro Teams, Theory Global Racing and Rogue Racing.
This is the first time, however, that we’ve been able to get a square on look at these new front and rear-specific tread patterns, albeit covered in a light coating of Scotland’s finest. Though racing enduro, Dan of Theory Global Racing opted to run the DH Spec tires; he tells us the tread patterns are designed for mixed terrain riding. On the front, we see a fairly open tread pattern. Down the centre, we see two types of block pairs, alternating regularly. On one set we have two locks sat very close to one another with a shoulder region bridging […]