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Product Spotlight – Vee Tire Snowshoe 26 x 4.7

One of the many splendid new products that we saw at Interbike this year was Vee Tire’s brand new Snowshoe 26 x 4.7 fat-bike tire. We’ve been waiting patiently for them to become available and today, our patience was rewarded with two brand new production Snowshoe tires for us to test! The two tires weighed in at 1185 grams and 1247 grams. Very Respectable! Take a look at our comprehensive list of fat-tire weights HERE

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I mounted them on 100 mm clown shoe rims and compared it to a Big Fat Larry mounted on the same. In a side by side comparison, the Snowshoes, are not quite as tall and not quite as wide as the BFL. The snowshoes use a Silica rubber blend. Silica blends are used in foul weather auto tires by Bridgestone (Blizzaks), Michelin and Goodyear (among others). The Silica blend aids in wet and snowy traction. Preston Fray, National Sales Mgr. at Vee Tire, told us that the snowshoes are the first fat-bike tire to utilize a Silica blend. Now I really want it to snow!

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Side by Side – (L) Vee Snowshoe, (R) Surly BigFatLarry, both mounted on 100mm Clown Shoe Rims

I gassed up the tires with the same lightweight 26 x 2.7 tubes that came out of the BFL and Vee 8 that I had been running. I took them up to 15 psi and the tires seated without any mishaps. I measured the width of the tire casing at it’s widest point and it measured  4.25 inches.

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I shot a slew of photos of the new set-up and then inflated them both to the max tire pressure listed on the sidewall – 20 psi. After that, I brought the whole bike into the house and let it warm up to (room temp) and allowed the tires time to stretch out a bit, over night. The tire casing at the widest point expanded to 4.375 inches, when I measured them in the morning. The width of the knobs (outer edge to outer edge) on the snowshoes is 3.625 inches. The squarish knobs on the Snowshoe are 4 mm high at the center of the tire and 5 mm at the edges.

 

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Editor’s Note: This is an addendum to the initial report that we shared on 10/25

 

After taking the snowshoes on a couple of initial trail rides, I spent some time in the shop and mounted them to two alternate fat-bike rims that I had on hand. You’ve already seen the pictures of the Snowshoe mounted on 100mm Surly Clowshoe rims (above), so I thought it would be helpful to share some tire measurements and photos of them mounted on narrower rims.

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The photo above shows the Snowshoe (L) and a Vee Tire Mission (R) mounted on the 70 mm Jetset fat-bike rims that came stock on the Kona WO that we are currently testing. The widest part of the tire casing on the Snowshoe measured 3.8125 inches when mounted on the Jetsets. The profile on the snowshoes looks much more at home on these rims than on the 100mm clownshoes.

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Next we mounted the Snowshoe (L) and photographed it next to a Vee Tire – V8 (R) on a pair of 65mm Marge Lites. The snowshoe’s widest cross section was 3.6875 inches on the Marge Lites and looks super moto.

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The next shot shows two Vee Tire Snowshoes mounted onto a 65 mm Marge Lite (L) and a 100mm Clownshoe (R). I’m sorry to say that I didn’t have a Rolling Darryl laying around the shop to get the measurements for that set-up.

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second addendum – I went to see my amigo Ox to see if a Snowshoe, mounted on a Rolling Darryl would fit on a Pugsley. Ox picked up a necromancer pug last year, so I snuck across the border down to Illinois tonight to do one last bit of measurements before we get serious about actually reviewing the tire. A few of you have thanked us for our review, premature of us having had sufficient time or mileage in on these tires to adequately render a meaningful opinion. I wouldn’t place too much trust in blogs or forums where people get something and the second thing they do is write a review.  As I’ve mentioned in the comments below, this is what we call a product spotlight or first look. It’s merely an introduction. After we ride the tire for awhile we’ll write a review and after that we’ll ride it for another 4 or 5 hundred miles and write a long term review.

The answer to the burning question – “will it fit a pug mounted on rolling darryls?” is yes! The Snowshoe mounted on the Rolling Darryl measured 4.2187 inches. We mounted it on the rear of Ox’s Necromancer and the snowshoe fit with just shy of 1/4″ clearance at the chain stays and 5/16ths at the seat stays. The full range of gearing worked and there was 1/4″ space between the chain and the tire, when the gear combo was on the lowest gear and in the small chainring. The Snowshoe is just 7/32nds of an inch larger than the Nate that came on Ox’s pug. The photo above is a Larry (L) and Snowshoe (R) mounted on 82mm Rolling Darryls.

The MSRP for the new Snowshoe, from Vee Tire, is $120. We were told that the Snowshoe will only be offered in the lightweight 120 tpi casing. The Snowshoes will be available from your favorite bicycle dealer(s) in late November. We’ll be testing these new sneakers and report back to you after we put a couple of hundred miles on them.

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40 Responses to Product Spotlight – Vee Tire Snowshoe 26 x 4.7

  1. john October 25, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    will these fit on a 80mm wide rim?

    • Gomez October 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

      yes

  2. Viv Jones October 25, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    I would like to see how they fit on Rollin Darryls, they look a little stretched and assymetric on the clownshoes….

    Were these supposed to be 26 x 4.7inches wide?, and they only measure 3.6 in the grip area? How do they compare to the (Vee made) One One Floaters that are 26 x 4.0?

    • Gomez October 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

      Over the next month we’ll mount these on various rims and measure them. We don’t have any floaters to measure. Kind of a rare commodity over in the US. Tell them to send us a pair to test (wink)

      • Viv Jones October 29, 2013 at 11:49 am #

        Thanks Gomez. The comparison with the Vee 8 and Mission is good enough. I have to say this is rather strange that they call it a 4.7inch tire when it appears narrower than their 4.0 inch tires. I am kind of bummed actually as I was hoping for a bigger snow tire that would fit on the Muk and Beargrease. I think the Dillingers/Escalators that I run now might actually be larger than these.

  3. Ditch October 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    Nice write up thanks, can’t wait to read the final review!

  4. Lars October 25, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    Very impressive. I’ll be interested to compare this one to the Sterling.

  5. Tinker Mellow October 25, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Darn, I was really hoping that these would be a realistically priced competitor for the Bud & Lou.

    • lars October 25, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

      30 dollars cheaper, half-a-pound lighter, and with a more sticky compound. I’d say they are excellent competition to bud and lou.

      • Tad Dickman October 28, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

        Lars – I can guarantee once you see these actually photographed next to a Bud or Lou on a 100 they are going to be nowhere near an excellent competition. Tread is not close to being as aggressive. A Lou mounted next to a BFL even looks big compared to the BFL – look at the photo above of the snowshoe next to the BFL – it looks much smaller. Not a very accurate measurement to call this tire a 4.7 when at a realistic riding psi it is only a 4.2

        But… still another awesome option and good for some of us who want a summer tire in place of Bud/Lou in the winter… or a great upgrade for anyone running 3.8′s

  6. Surly Shawn October 26, 2013 at 2:06 am #

    ‘…Snowshoes will be available from your favorite bicycle dealer(s) in late November.’

    Seems a little late for this year. :P

  7. hunter October 26, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    oh I like!

  8. Val A Lindsay II October 27, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Thanks for the review! Knowing these things are off so much on width saved me some heartbreak though not all of it. I was looking forward to a 4.5+” width tire and that’s just too far off to be labeling it a 4.7″, especially at the tread…

  9. Jake October 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    I’ll give you a big ol’ smooch next time I see you if you try it on a RD on the back of a Pugs frame for clearance.

    • Gomez October 28, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

      bring beer and your bike on over!

      • Gomez October 28, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

        My cousin OX has a Black Ops Pug. I’ll see if he can make them fit!

        • FatBikeMike October 29, 2013 at 12:06 am #

          I have a Pugs BlackOps as well and would really like to know if they fit

          • Gomez October 29, 2013 at 6:50 am #

            bring beer and your bike on over!

        • Jake October 31, 2013 at 9:03 am #

          Thanks again, Gomez, for going above and finding this out for us. Much appreciated.

  10. marco October 28, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    it feels smaller than BFL… you think it fit on a clown shoes on my beargres
    ase alloy frame?

    Vee’s is available in europe?

  11. Jon S October 28, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Great looking fatbike tire. I will be really excited to see what an advanced rubber compound can do for traction. I am not talking about soft powder riding, I am thinking packed down, slightly icy type riding.

    Thanks for your efforts VEE. Keep the tires rolling in.

  12. Pete October 29, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    I like the side by side comparison with the BFL. They appear to be a much smaller tire compared to the Bud and the Lou in terms of overall volume, but this could be a really good in between tire for people trying to squeeze the biggest tire possible in frames with limited clearance.

  13. Gomez October 29, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    This is just kind of an introduction of the product. Our review of the tire will come after we ride it for awhile longer.

  14. Volsung October 30, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    Know what would be awesome? A fairly long 9mm thick rod that you can put through multiple hubs so the tires actually line up correctly.

  15. Bob October 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    I’d like to see what they measure on Snow Cat rims.

    • Gomez October 30, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

      No more measuring – time to ride these puppies!

  16. OlovS October 31, 2013 at 4:50 am #

    Awesome review. Well done sir!
    I´m sure gonna fit a pair on my Muk´ for the winter. Hope i can get a hold of of them over here i Europe….

    • OlovS October 31, 2013 at 10:40 am #

      … Preview, that is.. =)

  17. James Stewart November 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    Any word on Pugsley fitment yet?

  18. Troll November 19, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    Being a Silica based compound, one gets the impression these are going to wear very fast on pavement. I don’t feel I’m alone in using my fatbike to commute all winter which ends up being a fair amount of pavement when the snow melts or is plowed. Not a deal breaker but something to consider.

    I was considering bud/Nate for this winter, including snowy single track on weekends and this may be the budget option.

  19. Nelson Muntz November 25, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    Does anyone know if these will fit on a 2012 Mukluk with Daryls?

    • Hunter December 4, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

      I just received two snowshoe tires for my 2012 mukluk the front fits greats the rear barley rubs the chain in the rear on small chain ring in the front and big chain ring in the back. I did think they would be bigger then they are realistically seems only 1/4 wider then the tires I was running Surly Nate and Larry.

      My friend also got a set running on a Surly Necromancer.

      I have rode it in sand, gravel road, and 3-5 inches of fresh snow.
      I like the way they ride and corner a lot more then the nate.

  20. dj November 30, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Gomez – Great intro review…the comparative shots are perfect. Can wait to test these out in some MN snow!

  21. Brian December 12, 2013 at 5:34 am #

    Do you have any updates on how this tire does in the snow?

  22. Michael December 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    What Brian said ^^ and also, any comparison to the Fatback Stirling forthcoming?

    • Gomez December 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

      It’s coming guys…Jesse has about a half a dozen rides in on them, but we need to collect just a bit more data from differing snow conditions.

  23. Tom January 2, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    …hey know a couple of guys that have mounted these on Velocity Dually’s, race wheelset, and are running them tubless…so far they love the weight combination for riding on the snow…now they get pulled in with the 45mm width rim but are pretty light and even with new snow on a packed trail, they do a nice job…

  24. Jeff March 14, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    Did you try these on the rear of the WO with the stock rims? Did they fit?

  25. PJP April 2, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    Is anybody developing a studded tire to go up against the Dillingers? We really needed studs for the icy Nortyheast winter this year, and the Dillingers are very hard to find as well as quite expensive.

    • Gomez April 2, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

      Yes – Vee Tire’s Snowshoe XL will have a studded version.

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