Pirelli Scorpion mini-review

The Scorpion tyres have been on both of the Single Speed hardtails in the house for a few rides now. Not long enough to know them in depth, but after around 100 km of singletrack I have a good idea where they’re taking me, metaphorically and literally.
They are fat (or is that phat?). For a 2.2” tyre they look massive. They also come in a 2.4” width that must be huge. For all their size they were average on weight - at least rated weight as I didn’t bother weighing them before installation.
Pirelli uses a single, soft, compound of rubber with some Pirelli magic in it to provide adequate support. The benefit here is that you can’t wear the grippy compound off the slippery compound leaving you with a slippery tyre. That’s what eventually happens with Maxxis 3C treads.
There has been no wear at all. So that’s a good start. No tearing either (which can happen with soft tyres).

And yet they provide lots of predictable grip. There is almost no tread depth on the rear-specific Scorpion R. Yet it doesn’t slip on loose climbs. And the edge knobs are large enough to complement the front ones. So it has good drive and good cornering. They also seem to roll well with so little knob height on the rear.
Up front I selected the mixed-terrain Scorpion M. It is mixed in a soft/hard sense, not mixed in a wet/dry sense as Pirelli suggests all the tyres are good for the full spectrum of dry>>wet excepting pure mud.

An unexpected bonus is that they are great at air retention. Last Sunday I pumped all four up for a ride at Stromlo. This Sunday I put the pump on for a ride in Kowen Forest and none required any air.
Which teaches me that the rim basically has zero to do with it. I have always lost a little air with these rims regardless of tyre brand until now.

What’s not to like?
There are so many good tyres to choose from these days. If your intentions are cross country racy, the Pirelli Scorpion is an option worth considering.