'Fastest,' 'most performing' yet surprisingly comfortable: a first ride review of Pirelli's new flagship tire

Pirelli's new P Zero Race TLR RS tire unseats the P Zero Race TLR when it comes to pure performance

Pirelli P Zero Race TLR RS.
(Image credit: Anne-Marije Rook)

Celebrated Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli announced the launch of a new flagship tire today. Made in partnership with the Lidl Trek WorldTour team, the all-new P Zero Race TLR RS sits at the very top of the brand's offerings, unseating the P Zero Race TLR when it comes to pure performance. 

Perhaps better known for its 120 years of experience of making tires for motosports, Pirelli returned to the bicycle market in 2017 with decent success, leveraging its partnership with the Lidl-Trek WorldTour team to develop its high-performance models.

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.