Tested : Pete’s Pirelli Scorpion Race Enduro M Review.

Pete headed out to Bike Connection Summer to check out the new Pirelli Race range developed with the assistance of Fabien Barel.

Having started their MTB range at the opposite end of the spectrum to their road offerings, namely at the entry-level end of the market, Pirelli come back with some race-inspired rubber with the help of multiple World Champion Fabien Barel.

Pete would put some time into the Pirelli Scorpion Race Enduro Ms aboard a Canyon Strive in Andalo.

Photos by Mountain Bike Connection Summer – Roo Fowler.

Key features:

  • SmartEVO DH compound
  • Dual Wall 2-ply 120tpi sidewall
  • 29 or 27.5″
  • 2.5″ width only
  • 1260g (29″ x 2.5″)
  • Tubeless ready
  • Pirelli.com

Bike Connection Summer 2022 saw the first look at the new race-inspired rubber from Italian tyre giant Pirelli. The new range is a departure from their bottom-up initial offering to the MTB market and very much more race-focussed, just like their road range, with idea that technology will trickling down to the lower tier products.

Five tyres make up the new range, with treads and rubber compounds shared across the downhill and enduro casings. Treads are the all-round performance M, the mixed conditions T, intermediate condition S and for the Mud for… well… mud.

All tyres come with the SmartEVO DH compound, which in effect is a mix of different compounds based on the tyres intended use and can change across the width of the tyre. Harder compounds give firmer lug support with the softer compounds on the outer for maximum traction.

Dual Wall and Dual Wall+ casings are essentially a dual ply 120tpi offering for the Enduro and a dual 60tpi casing with a rubber bead insert for pinch protection on the Downhill tyres. Both Downhill and Enduro are offered in 2.5″ width only in either 27.5 or 29″ diameters. The 29 x 2.5″ tyre tested here weighs in at 1260g per tyre.

I was handed a brand new Canyon Strive shod with the new Pirelli rubber (worth mentioning that I didn’t have to fit these), with a Scorpion Race Enduro M front and rear, which, given that the trails in Andalo are either hard pack dirt or rocks, it seemed like a good place to test a tyre that is designed with exactly that in mind. The thinking behind the M is to provide good all-round grip, as well as good protection from cuts and hits, as well as damping out the trail buzz.

With the resort all lift-assisted, I didn’t get much of a chance to test the climbing prowess of the Scorpion Race Enduro Ms but on the fast hardpack of the main flow trail in Andalo they certainly weren’t holding me back. Despite the morning dew turning the hard pack berms to glass and the limestone rocks being well polished by countless tyres, they never felt vague or squirmy. The firm casing did, however, struggle to dampen the chatter out.

It was onto ‘Black Bear’ where the Scorpion Race Enduro Ms started to make sense. Despite being informed by the guys at Pirelli that running my preferred pressures was causing the sealant to leak, they felt way more at home on the labyrinth of razor-sharp limestone that awaited us for the next 20 minutes or so.

I’d have to content myself with less damping from the tyre and just up the speed to compensate, as the hits kept on coming. Thankfully, the tyre shrugged them all off and the only time they wanted to break traction was on rocks so slick it was like someone had poured 5w30 engine oil all over them. I don’t think anything would have hooked up here.

What do we think?

Despite being overinflated for my weight, they stuck a high line or ten when asked, didn’t shoot off in all directions when shown a polished root and rolled pretty fast for a downhill compound shod tyre.

These are, it’s worth remembering, essentially race-only tyres. If you ride hard, weigh more than a large child or race week-in, week-out, the Pirelli Scorpion Race Enduro Ms should be high on your list.

We love:

  • A tyre to take into battle
  • A genuine race tyre

Could do better:

  • Lighter riders may struggle to run them soft enough

You can check out the Pirelli Scorpion Enduro M tyre over on their website here.