Pirelli utilizes motorbike technology for Angel Urban bicycle tires

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The new Angel Urban range of tires for bicycles and e-bikes is to be debuted by Pirelli at the Eurobike trade show in Frankfurt, Germany.

The manufacturer’s latest is designed for use in metropolitan and extra-urban areas and pulls on company experience learned from the motorbike tire sector. This has resulted in the Angel Urban range having a tread pattern and other characteristics which are similar to Pirelli’s tires for motorcycles.

Pirelli has developed three different models of tire, for three different uses. The Angel GT Urban is designed for urban cyclists that ride both in and out of urban areas and offers excellent handling, grip and speed. Suitable for use on e-bikes, the tire features a tread pattern with sparse and spaced grooves similar to a design used on Pirelli’s Angel GT motorcycle tire. This results in a high level of response in wet conditions and durability to avoid perforations.

The Angel DT Urban, however, has been geared toward use by cyclists that ride mainly in metropolitan areas. The tire is reliable in all weather conditions due to its sipped tread which shares many characteristics of Pirelli’s Angel Scooter tire.

Lastly, the Angel XT Urban tire has been produced for riders which cycle off-road or on gravel paths. The multi-purpose product has a low-profile central tread and sidewalls with higher and more aggressive blocks for better grip when cornering. With many design aspects similar to the Pirelli MT60 RS motorbike tire, the Angel XT Urban is stated to offer comfort, grip and traction in light dirt and gravel.

The tread structure of the Angel Urban tire range consists of two different layers. A surface compound, the PROcompound Urban, is based on silica. In constant contact with the riding surface, the formulation provides a high level of safety, precision and grip. Underneath the surface layer is the reinforcement layer. Named HyperBELT, this layer has an average thickness of 5mm to ensure durability and to prevent punctures.

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After spending six years working as a mechanic for various motorsport and high-end performance car companies, Callum joined UKi Media & Events in February 2020 as an assistant editor. In this role he uses his vast practical knowledge and passion for automotive to produce informative news pieces for multiple vehicle-related sectors.

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