Road Bike Tire Test: Pirelli P Zero Velo Race TLR

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Contents and Test Summary

  1. Introduction
  2. Manufacturer Specifications
  3. Size, Weight, Thickness
  4. Rolling Resistance: 11.7 watts
  5. Puncture Resistance: 12 tread / 7 sidewall
  6. Conclusion: 4.5 / 5 Highly Recommended
  7. Comments
  • Pirelli P Zero Velo Race TLR
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

Pirelli P Zero Velo Race TLR road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Pirelli re-entered the bicycle tire market back in 2017 with the release of the P Zero Velo line of road bike tires. They also launched their first tubeless-ready road bike tire in 2018 with the Cinturato Velo TLR (read our review) which is an all-season tire with very good puncture resistance. Pirelli didn't yet offer all-round or competition tubeless-ready tires, which is a gap they've now filled with the release of the P Zero Velo Race TLR and P Zero Velo Race TLR SL.


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The difference between the Race TLR and Race TLR SL (read our review) is that the Race TLR is targeted towards the all-round class of tires that offer a good trade-off between speed, durability, and puncture resistance. The Race TLR SL is very similar but comes without the puncture strip under the tread and less tread thickness which results in a lighter and faster tire.


The P Zero Velo Race TLR comes with a tubeless-ready 120 TPI "Techwall+ Road" casing that offers very good protection of the tread and excellent protection of the sidewalls (see our test results). The SmartEVO compound is also new and improved (according to Pirelli) over their previous road cycling compounds.


The Race TLR also comes in a good range of sizes: 24-622, 26-622, 28-622, and 30-622. Pirelli did resize these tires a bit for the wider rims that are used these days. The 26-622 size is very similar in size to older 25-622 tires.

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Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Pirelli
Model P Zero Velo Race TLR
Year 2020
Tire Type Tubeless
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range High
Buy At
Manufacturer part number 3832700
EAN8019227383270
TPI 120
Compound SmartEvo
Bead Folding
ETRTO 26-622
Size Inch 28"
Width 26
Specified Weight 270 grams
Max Pressure 109
Made In France
Available Sizes 24-622 (700x24c)
26-622 (700x26c)
28-622 (700x28c)
30-622 (700x30c)

Pirelli P Zero Velo Race TLR Test Results

Pirelli P Zero Velo Race TLR road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


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Size, Weight and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 270 grams
Measured Weight 267 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + valve + rim seal)
287 grams
Measured Width 26 mm
Measured Height 23 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 3 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall 1.1 mm
Unmounted Casing Width 62 mm
Unmounted Tread Width 26 mm
All size measurements are taken at an air pressure of 100 psi / 6.9 bars on a 17.8 mm inner width rim.

Rolling Resistance Test Results


Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube None (20 ml sealant)
Rolling Resistance
140 PSI / 9.7 Bar
Not Tested
CRR: Not Tested
Rolling Resistance
120 PSI / 8.3 Bar
11.7 Watts
CRR: 0.00351
Rolling Resistance
100 PSI / 6.9 Bar
12.7 Watts
CRR: 0.00381
Rolling Resistance
80 PSI / 5.5 Bar
14.3 Watts
CRR:0.00429
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4.1 Bar
16.9 Watts
CRR: 0.00507
All numbers are for a single tire at a speed of 29 km/h / 18 mph and a load of 42.5 kg / 94 lbs.

Use the formula: RR (Watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Pirelli P Zero Velo Race TLR road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Puncture Resistance Tread 12 Points
Puncture Resistance Sidewall 7 Points

Conclusion


  • Pirelli P Zero Velo Race TLR
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

We rate the Pirelli P Zero Velo Race TLR 4.5 out of 5 as we think this is a great tire that can outperform the Continental Grand Prix 5000 TL (read our review) in all our tests except the rolling resistance tests. If you're looking for a tubeless road bike tire that offers more protection than nearly all fast road bike tires, the Pirelli P Zero Velo Race TLR should be on your shortlist.


When we compare the Race TLR to the Race TLR SL, we're also more impressed by the regular Race TLR. The SL only offers only a slightly lower rolling resistance and weight while puncture resistance and tread thickness take quite a big hit. Compare the Race TLR against the Race TLR SL side by side.

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RATING: 4.5 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
Highly Recommended


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