Pirelli targets race market with new Scorpion XC RC tyres

Italian tyre brand Pirelli is setting its sights on the racing market with the release of the new Scorpion MTB range. 

Known as the Scorpion XC RC, it’s a tubeless ready tyre available in two models, LITE and ProWALL. Aimed at delivering a lightweight tyre with enough grip for race conditions, the XC RC builds on the foundations of the existing Scorpion range, including the SmartGRIP Compound, a by-product of the Italian brand’s motorsport heritage. 

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The tyre’s profile features more aggressive sides and a smoother centre with Pirelli focusing on making it an ideal choice for those racing on modern XC tracks. 

Also new for 2020 is something called Hyperwall, a patented construction that increases even further handling and pinch flat resistance. Aimed at the most demanding scenarios such as gravity and e-MTB, the integrity of the bead area and the stability of the sidewalls are designed to make Hyperwall an important factor for racers to consider when picking their next tyre. 

It will certainly be interesting to test the Scorpion XC RC on some cross-country trails and see if it truly stands out from more established race offerings. 

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Pirelli are distributed by FE Sports here in Australia. Click here to see product listings. 

Sizes: 29x2.2 (LITE AND ProWALL),  

Scorpion XC: RC (Racing), R (Rear), M (Mixed), S (Soft), H (Hard) 

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Headline features include a frame that is 130g lighter than the previous model, a 16% reduction. The new frame is 703g, and the new fork is 329g, bringing the frame to just over the 1kg mark.

The URS LT (Long Travel) offers adjustable front suspension, via a dial on the top of the stem, that controls the bike’s integrated coil-sprung fork.

Raced over the most arduous and thrilling World Championship course in years, and in front of hundreds of thousands of screaming fans, the atmosphere was absolutely electric.